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Announcing the 2024-25 Society of Fellows Graduate Team Cohort

April 10, 2024

Announcing the 2024-25 Society of Fellows Graduate Team Cohort

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The Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme is pleased to announce the seven recipients of the 2024-25 Graduate Team Fellowship competition. The incoming fellows, currently pursuing either PhD or MFA degrees, join us from six different departments.

About the Graduate Team Fellows Program

The Graduate Team Fellowship program at Ohio State is the first team-based, arts and humanities graduate fellowship program in the United States. The Global Arts + Humanities Graduate Team Fellowships are financial awards made on the basis of academic merit through a division-wide competition. These fellowships are given to recognize the cross-disciplinary aspirations and accomplishments of graduate students in the division of arts and humanities. The fellowship competition is open to students whose projects engage cross-disciplinary critical and/or creative practices as well as students who seek to foster the development of participatory networks with local Columbus communities. Fellows may be at any phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. 

2024-25 Thematic

The theme for the 2024-25 Society of Fellows seminar is CARE | CULTURE | JUSTICE. This thematic foregrounds care as an interdisciplinary investigation. It approaches care as a cultural practice that alerts us to the ethical and political obligations that arise from explicit claims of harm and everyday requirements for nutrition, shelter, bodily integrity, education, health and social belonging.

2024-25 Graduate Team Fellows Cohort

PhD, Spanish and Portuguese
Project Title: Catholic Feminism and the Fight for Abortion Rights in Mexico, Argentina and the USA

PhD, Dance
Project Title: Relational Embodiment

MFA, Art
Project Title: Color of Knowledge

PhD, Comparative Studies
Project Title: New Men Must Be Born

PHD, East Asian Languages and Literature
Project Title: "A Language Like Calluses:" The Poetics of Affect and Embodied Translation with Migrant Worker Poets in China and Taiwan

PhD, Dance
Project Title: Paradigms of Care and Justice Through Intertribal Native American Dance

PhD, History
Project Title: Aids on the Margins


Assistant Professor, Comparative Studies
Trained in comparative literature and the author of three novels, Ashley Hope Pérez is interested in the ethical implications of how we tell, read, mediate and interpret narratives. Her forthcoming book, Deformative Fictions: Narrative Ethics and Cruelty in Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature, explores how difficult works of fiction disrupt readers’ attempts to make sense of narrated cruelty, what we can do in response and how these uncomfortable encounters matter for our understanding of narrative ethics. As one of the most frequently banned writers in the United States since 2021, she has used her insights as a literary scholar, novelist and educator to advocate for public school students and their right to experience diverse literature as a space for learning, discovery and growth.