2016-17 Public Fellows

Rachel Boothby
Underground Food Collective

A PhD candidate in the Geography department, Rachel Boothy's work considers the ways that eating food in the 20th and 21st century US embeds us in complex ideological, material, environmental, and social systems that shape how we think and act. Rachel is a founding editor at Edge Effects, the UW Madison Center for Culture, History, and the Environment’s environmental humanities digital magazine. In her dissertation Everything and the Squeal: Putting the Pig Back Together, she explores the ways that modern Americans consume pigs, as parts and commodities that are not nature “doornail dead,” but rather have themselves social lives and consequences that shape the ways we think of and act in relation to each other and to the nonhuman world. This year, Rachel will work with the Underground Food Collective and help them develop open source food safety materials which can then be used by small food producers around the world.


Danielle Delaney
The Race to Equity Project

Danielle Delaney is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Entitled Wearing Raven's Cloak: Law, Recognition, and Indigenous Identity, her dissertation surveys the legal regimes on indigenous identity in the United States and Russia, in order to study the interplay between law and politics of recognition through a comparative analysis of how/why indigenous peoples use the legal constructs of the State to preserve and expand indigenous sovereignty and self-determination. Prior to graduate school Danielle was the senior policy analyst and legal counsel for the National Council on Urban Indian Health in Washington, DC. and served as legal counsel to the Tribal Technical Advisory Group to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.In 2016-2017, she will help the Race to Equity Project research state and local racial disparities and inequities impacting Native Americans, and interview Native American parents and students about their experiences.


Devin Garofalo
UW-Madison Center for the Humanities
Great World Texts in Wisconsin

A PhD candidate in the Department of English, Devin Garofalo specializes in British Romantic and Victorian poetry. She  explores these topics and more in her dissertation, Open Worlds: Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Science, which explores how crossovers between poetry and cosmological theory reshaped the category of “world” over the course of the nineteenth century. The project investigates how “world” emerges as a new organizational category that exceeds the bounds of the nation state, and accommodates dynamic gaps and shifts. In 2014-2015, Devin managed the Great World Texts program, assisting over 500 Wisconsin high school students in examining and interpreting Rousseau's Confessions, and in 2015-16 assisted with programming for the 16th-century Chinese novel, Journey to the West. This year Devin will again manage the program, which focuses on William Shakespeare's play The Tempest.


Jennifer MacLure

Jennifer MacLure is a PhD candidate in English Literary Studies with research interests in nineteenth-century literature, the history of medicine and public health, and medical humanities. Her work has appeared in Victorian Poetry and Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Jennifer's dissertation, Contagious Communities: The Politics of Bodily Contact in Victorian Novels, explores literature written in England from 1830-1880, during the development of modern public health measures such as compulsory vaccination, mandatory infectious disease reporting, and urban sanitation. As a Public Fellow, she will work in UW-Health's Patient and Family Advisor Partnership program to develop effective ways to reach out into the community, developing partnerships that will promote open dialogue among existing community groups and health councils and will help to develop a new program, “VOICES of UW Health, ”to use patient stories to inform, engage and inspire UW-Health providers and staff. 


Jamila Siddiqui
UW-Madison Center for the Humanities

Jamila Siddiqui is a PhD candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation, Mapping Rigor in the Open Movement of Higher Education, theorizes the movement of “openness” that is building among public scholars, digital pedagogues, the digital humanities, and posthumanist literatures, particularly as this movement connects with higher education. As an advisor at the Center for Educational Opportunity (CeO), Jamila led the design and implementation of a new Second-Year Retention Program. This year, she will implement a Public Humanities Exchange for undergraduates, providing guidance and oversight to help UW-Madison undergraduates design and implement community projects that draw upon humanities scholarship and methods. 


Christy Wahl
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Christy Wahl is a PhD candidate in the Art History Department, and specializes in European Modernism and visual culture. Her dissertation, ‘In den Tagen des Vergessens’: The Life and Work of Hannah Höch under National Socialism, analyzes works created under National Socialism by the avant-garde artist Hannah Höch (1887–1979), primarily known as the sole female artist of Berlin’s Dada group. She has worked for Chazen Museum of Art since 2014 and prior to that worked for the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. As a Public Fellow, Christy will work with MMoCA to engage new and historically underrepresented audiences and to develop programming and partnerships connected to the creative, cultural, and innovation landscape in downtown Madison.