2015 Doctoral Fellows
Renee Dinsmore – Public Affairs and Administration
Dinsmore’s research interests center on linking public administration practice and population health outcomes. Her research explores the ways in which local governments can intervene in non-health sectors to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities. Dinsmore seeks to understand how changes in community development, criminal justice, or education policy can improve population health and well-being over time.
Justin Lyle - Mathematics
Lyle's research focuses on questions related to homological algebra, invariant theory, and algebraic geometry. In particular, he is interested in the relationship between Auslander-Reiten Theory and the geometry of certain classes of rings. In the past he has examined these topics from the noncommutative perspective though he is beginning to take a more commutative view. The applications of his work lie primarily in theoretical physics, most predominantly in string theory.
Charles Redmon – Linguistics
Redmon’s research focuses on the acoustic and aerodynamic properties which define the categorical boundaries between speech sounds in different linguistic systems. His work is located primarily in South Asia, with a particular emphasis on the Indo-Aryan and Tibeto-Burman languages spoken in Northeast India. In treating sound categorization as a probabilistic process, particularly in subsets of systems whose demarcation is notably fuzzy, he hopes to build better predictive models of where phonetic structures stabilize and conversely where they shift, both cross-linguistically and language-internally through time.
Juan Pablo Román Alvarado – Spanish and Portuguese
Román Alvarado is researching travels and journeys in the literature and film of the northern part of South America during the 20th century, focusing on movements from the geographic and epistemological center of the countries, to its different peripheries. The research involves a reading of the mythical aspect of the individual on the road in a personal search of a logos, the reading of the elements of the world where that mythical search takes place (nature, native population territories and goods, native bodies, female bodies), and the analysis of how notions of nationality, borders, masculinity, economy, progress and power are shaped in the narrative discourses.
Alexander Taylor – History
Taylor studies and researches such things as the Catholic Church in late medieval/early modern England, theological controversies across Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries, the British Empire and the interchange of religion, culture, and philosophy with its various colonial possessions (India, Ireland, the United States), and is interested in the intellectual history crucial to Western Civilization, including the lives and thought of such persons as Plato, Aristotle, Origen, Augustine, Boethius, Aquinas, Thomas More, Edmund Burke, and others.
Imani Wadud – American Studies
Imani Wadud's research is over how community-based and participatory projects can be understood transnationally. She examines how art as social practice is a form of political and social commentary, but Wadud is largely interested in its intersections between diaspora, memory studies and visual representations of gender, race, and identity. The goal is to create connections around the world, building bridges between cultures and empowering communities using art.