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Third cohort of postdoctoral scholars announced

The newest group of the Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars in the Humanities has been selected, USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett announced on May 9 in a memo to faculty and staff.

Going into its third year, the program aims to strengthen an array of humanities disciplines across the university.

Chosen from more than 950 applicants in 14 fields, this year’s scholars will join USC in mid-August and represent “another class of exceptionally talented and accomplished scholars,” wrote Garrett, senior vice president for academic affairs.

“Relying on their diverse perspectives and academic backgrounds, they will invigorate discussion and further develop professionally by researching and teaching with our outstanding faculty,” she added.

The 2013 Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars are:

Alison Annunziata (Slavic languages and literatures) received her PhD in Russian literature from Columbia University in 2012. Her research interests cover late 18th- and early 19th-century Russian prose, postmodern perspectives in the Enlightenment, poetics of domesticity and exile, Russian formalism and Tolstoy. While at USC, she plans to refine her dissertation and produce a manuscript distilling two critical periods — the Enlightenment and formalism — to their central motifs of light and form.

Sean Nye (musicology) received his PhD in comparative studies in discourse and society from the University of Minnesota in 2012. Nye’s research interests include Austro-German musical aesthetics and literature in the 18th to 20th centuries, electronic and industrial music, cultural musicology, and subcultural studies, gender and sexuality, media and sound studies, science fiction and Theodor Adorno. He plans to turn his dissertation, Teutonic Time-Slip, into a book and start a second project dealing with Philip K. Dick’s interests in music and stereo sound.

Natalia Pérez (Spanish and Portuguese) received her PhD in Spanish from Princeton University this year. Her dissertation, Whispered Materiality: Voice and Gender in the Theater of Early Modern Spain, focuses on the philosophical question of voice in relation to the theater of the Spanish Golden Age. While at USC, she plans to work on a book project tentatively titled Marrano Theater: Distribution of the Sensible in the Early Modern Comedia.

Molly Pulda (English) received her PhD from the City University of New York this year. She plans to turn her dissertation, Sympathetic Ink: Memoirs of Family Secrets, into a book manuscript while furthering her research on secrecy in contemporary American literature.

Atia Sattar (comparative literature) received her PhD in comparative literature from Pennsylvania State University in 2012. Her research interests include medicine and literature; science, technology, and society; and 19th-century British and French literature. She intends to turn her dissertation, The Aesthetics of Experiential Medicine: Literature and Scientific Inquiry in the Nineteenth Century, into a book.

According to Garrett, three scholars from last year’s cohort have secured faculty positions after one year of postdoctoral fellowship.

Bradford Bouley will join the Department of History at Penn State University as an assistant professor this fall. Anastasia Kayiatos will join the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature at Macalester College as a visiting assistant professor this fall. Bryan Roberts will join the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics in spring 2014.

In addition, Alejandro Pérez-Carballo, from the 2011 cohort, will begin this fall as an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts.

Third cohort of postdoctoral scholars announced

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