2013-14 Public Fellows

World Literature Fellows, Great World Texts

Heather DuBois Bourenane is a PhD candidate in the Department of African Languages and Literature, and has worked with the Center for the Humanities since 2009, when she wrote the Teaching Things Fall Apart in Wisconsin guide for the Great World Texts program. She has taught English and literature at UW-Madison, Madison College, and the Ohio State University, where she received a Master's degree in African and African American Studies. A former outreach coordinator, she has been a University/Women's Philanthropy Council fellow and served as editor of many volumes of the African Studies Program's annual newsletter. The possibilities and necessity of the public humanities are at the center of her personal and professional interests, and her dissertation addresses the politics of form in contemporary Anglophone fiction of Africa and the Diaspora.

Gabriella Ekman is a PhD Candidate in English Literary Studies at UW-Madison. She received her MA from New York University and her BA from Reed College. Her dissertation, Reading Tennyson in Sierra Leone: The Portable Poetics of Empire, investigates poetry's travels between imperial Great Britain and two of its colonies: Sierra Leone and West Bengal in India. It asks how nineteenth century British poetry was transformed when it migrated into new and often radically dissimilar interpretive communities. She is the recipient of a Pre-doctoral Mellon Fellowship from the University of London's Institute for Historical Studies, a UW-Madison Chancellor's Dissertation Fellowship, and a Vilas Research Award. Her work has appeared in Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth Century Writing. She has taught English literature and composition for many years, first at a community college in Washington State and now at UW-Madison's English Department. She works with the Community Writing Assistance Program and has since 2012 co-facilitated a course in African-American studies at Oakhill Correctional Institute through the Writers in Prisons project.

Digital Humanities Fellow, Madison Public Library

Kelly Hiser is a PhD candidate in Historical Musicology at UW-Madison where she has worked as a TA for classes on western music history and musical ethnicities of Wisconsin. Her research interests include American popular and avant-garde musics, film, gender and technology, material culture, and performance. In her dissertation she examines connections between materiality and musical meaning in the histories of the theremin and the Hammond Organ and argues for an expanded historiography of electronic music that includes commercial instruments and performance practices. Kelly has presented papers at national meetings for the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and Feminist Theory and Music. She holds a bachelor's degree in piano performance from Slippery Rock University and a master's degree in musicology from the University of Miami.

Humanities Fellow, To the Best of Our Knowledge

Stephanie Youngblood is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at UW-Madison. She received undergraduates degrees in History and Liberal Arts from the University of Oklahoma, and holds master's degrees from both Oxford and York Universities. Stephanie has published articles in Callaloo and GLQ, has taught at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, and has been the recipient of both University and Sawyer Seminar Fellowships. Her dissertation looks at the intersection of poetry, testimony, and the body in American literature concerning the AIDS crisis and September 11th.

Humanities Fellow, Madison Children's Museum

Anna Zeide is currently completing her PhD in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, writing a dissertation on the history of the U.S. canning industry, which explores how the rise of processed food in America was grounded by scientific expertise against a changing consumer and environmental backdrop. She has also exercised her interests in food and the environment in a variety of venues throughout the broader UW and Madison communities. She has designed a food-based environmental studies course for the UW PEOPLE Program; worked as a Food Programming Liaison for the UW GreenHouse environmental dorm; served as a Project Assistant for the Center for Culture, History, and Environment; and worked with Community GroundWorks and the Wisconsin School Gardening Initiative. Her academic and civic engagement work has been recognized through a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and by a UW-Madison Exceptional Service Teaching Assistant Award. Anna is now excited to extend her experiences and passions through the Public Humanities Fellowship at the Madison Children's Museum, where she will focus on developing the Museum's sustainability and health initiatives.