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New Arrivals for the New Year

It’s been a busy start to the year at the Kluge Center, but not even the dreaded bomb cyclone could stop our new fellows! In the past month we’ve welcomed five new scholars into residence. Here are a few of the projects they’ll be working on:

Jacob Fairless Nicholson is a newly arrived British Research Council Fellow and a doctoral candidate in King’s College London’s Department of Geography. During his residency, Jacob will be working on his project, “A Transnational Cultural and Historical Geography of Anti-racist Education in Britain, 1960-1990.” His overarching project investigates how anti-racist education was experienced and negotiated by children and adults in post-war Britain. While in residence at the Library, he will explore the transnational aspects of British anti-racist education, looking specifically at the Manuscript Division’s archival collections of prominent civil rights activists such as Bayard Rustin and James R. Forman. By reading and analyzing these and other important actors’ papers on teaching and integration, and documents related to their travel to and correspondence with people and groups in England, Jacob hopes to elucidate how British anti-racist education was influenced by internationalist exchange and encounter.

Gwendolyn Wright is the new Kluge Chair in Modern Culture. Professor of Architecture at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation with appointments in the Departments of History and Art History, Gwendolyn will use her time in residence at the Kluge Center to work on her project, “Affordable Housing: Histories, Variations and Futures.” Her research has focused principally on American architecture and urbanism from the late-nineteenth century to the present day. She has also written extensively about transnational exchanges, especially colonial and more recent neo-colonial aspects of both modernism and historic preservation.

While at the Library, Gwendolyn’s work will focus primarily on the contemporary needs and challenges of American affordable housing. Analyzing patterns across some of the most significant and successful examples, she will look to cities that have sought to address the housing needs of underserved groups or those most in need of housing assistance—notably single mothers, families, the elderly, young people, or the homeless. Included in her cases studies will be American cities like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Austin, Seattle and, Washington, D.C., as well as international cities, including Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, São Paulo, Singapore, and Shanghai.

Additional scholars who arrived in the month of January were:

  • Tahir Hemphill
    Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education, TH Media, Inc., “Representing Blackness: Media, Technology and Power.”
  • Hayang Yumi Kim
    David B. Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality, The Johns Hopkins University, “Managing Madness: Religion, Gender and Care in Japan, 1870s-1920s.”
  • Andrew McGee
    Digital Studies Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University, “Mainframing America: Computers, Politics, and Digital Public Life in America from the Birth of the Computer Age to the Dawn of the Internet.”

Check back next month for more arriving scholars. Click here for the full list of scholars currently in residence.