Kimberly Hamlin

Associate Professor of American Studies and History and Director of American Studies
Altman Faculty Fellow 2016-17

Kimberly Hamlin focuses on the intersections of gender and science in U.S. history.  She is the author of From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women’s Rights in Gilded Age America (University of Chicago, 2014), as well articles on Darwin, sexology, and the origins of the Miss America Pageant. Her essays have won the Margaret Rossiter Prize from the History of Science Society and the Emerging Scholar Award from the Nineteenth Century Studies Society.  She co-chairs the History of Science Society’s Women’s Caucus and is the co-founder and previous chair of the American Studies Association’s Science and Technology Caucus.  

Amanda Diekman

Professor of Psychology
Altman Scholar 2016-17

Amanda Diekman is a social psychologist who investigates how stereotypes stem from and reinforce the social structure. Her work, funded by the National Science Foundation, explores how communal opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) foster engagement by disrupting stereotypes about those fields. Her research has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Personality and Social Psychology Review

M. Cameron Hay-Rollins

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of the Global Health Studies Minor
Altman Scholar 2016-17

M. Cameron Hay-Rollins specializes in medical and psychological anthropology as well as in global health.  Her research explores suffering and coping with chronic health conditions.  It has been published in Medical AnthropologyEthos, Transcultural Psychology, and Arthritis Care and Research.  She is the author of Remembering to Live: Illness at the Intersection of Anxiety and Knowledge in Rural Indonesia (Michigan, 2001) and editor of Methods that Matter: Mixed Methods for a More Effective Social Science (University of Chicago, 2016). Her current research examines how narratives facilitate diagnosis, healing, and coping. 

Daisy Hernández

Assistant Professor of English
Altman Scholar 2016-17

Daisy Hernández writes in various nonfiction genres about the intersections of race, citizenship, class, and sexuality. She is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir (Beacon Press, 2014) and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism (Seal Press, 2002). A former editor of ColorLines, a newsmagazine on race and politics, she has also written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and NPR's All Things Considered and CodeSwitch. Her essays have appeared in the Bellingham Review, Dogwood, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, Hunger Mountain, and Rumpus.

Kate de Medeiros

Associate Professor of Gerontology
Altman Scholar 2016-17

Kate de Medeiros is a gerontologist whose research interests include the narrative construction of self in old age, the life story genre, and the experiences of people with dementia.  She is the author of Narrative Gerontology in Research and Practice (Springer, 2014) in addition to numerous articles and book chapters.  Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Brookdale Foundation. She is currently co-authoring a book on ethics and aging.

Kaara L. Peterson

Associate Professor of English
Altman Scholar 2016-17

Kaara L. Peterson studies the convergences of medical history, early modern literature, and art history. Her books include Popular Medicine, Hysterical Disease, and Social Controversy in Shakespeare’s England (Ashgate, 2010) and the collection The Afterlife of Ophelia (with Deanne Williams, Palgrave MacMillan, 2010). She has published essays in Renaissance Quarterly, Studies in Philology, and Shakespeare Quarterly. Her current work examines the representation of Elizabeth I, from painted portraits to the queen’s “case history.”  

Jonathan Strauss

Professor of French
Altman Scholar 2016-17

Jonathan Strauss specializes in French literature and culture from 1800 to the present, focusing on issues of subjectivity, mortality, and life.  He is the author of Subjects of Terror: Nerval, Hegel, and the Modern Self (Stanford, 1998); Human Remains: Medicine, Death, and Desire in Nineteenth-Century Paris (Fordham, 2012); and Private Lives, Public Deaths: Antigone and the Invention of Individuality (Fordham, 2013). He has held a residential fellowship at the Cornell University Society for the Humanities and is currently completing a book on poetic time.

Zara Martirosova Torlone

Professor of Classics and Core Faculty in the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies
Altman Scholar 2016-17

Zara Martirosova Torlone is a scholar of Latin poetry and the reception of classical literature in Russia. Her publications include Vergil in Russia: National Identity and Classical Reception (Oxford, 2015); Russia and the Classics: Poetry’s Foreign Muse (Duckworth, 2009); and Roman Love Poetry (with Denise McCoskey; Oxford, 2013). She has published essays on Russian cinema, textual criticism, and Roman erotic elegy. She is currently editing a volume on classical reception in Eastern and Central Europe and working on two books on Russian literature. 

Liz Wilson

Professor of Comparative Religion
Altman Scholar 2016-17

Liz Wilson is a scholar of pre-modern Buddhism in India, with secondary specializations in South Asian Hinduism and Jainism. Her research centers on family formations, especially gender, sexuality, aging, and end of life care. She is the author of Charming Cadavers: Horrific Figurations of the Feminine in Indian Buddhist Hagiographic Literature (University of Chicago, 1996) and the editor of The Living and the Dead: Social Dimensions of Death in South Asian Religion (SUNY, 2003) and Family in Buddhism: Buddhist Vows and Family Ties (SUNY, 2013).  Her current research focuses on end-of-life care in South Asian religious settings.

Emily Zakin

Professor of Philosophy
Altman Scholar 2016-17

Emily Zakin studies political philosophy, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century continental philosophy. Her current research focuses on the limits and possibilities of political community. She is the co-editor of Derrida and Feminism: Recasting the Question of Woman (Routledge, 1997) and Bound by the City: Greek Tragedy, Sexual Difference, and the Formation of the Polis (SUNY, 2009).  She was a founding co-editor of philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, and has published numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as Journal of Speculative Philosophy, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, and Telos.

Wietse de Boer

Professor of History

Wietse de Boer studies early-modern religious and cultural history, especially the Italian Renaissance and Counter-Reformation. The author of The Conquest of the Soul: Confession, Discipline and Public Order in Counter-Reformation Milan (2001), he has also published numerous articles and coedited three volumes, including Religion and the Senses in Early Modern Europe (2012).  He has held residential fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Academy in Rome, and the Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti), where he later served as Visiting Professor.  He is currently completing a book on religion and sensory experience in Italy between 1450-1650.