Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Fellows
Katie Schaag is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a specialization in Performance Studies and a minor in Fine Art and Creative Writing. Her dissertation, Conceptual Theatre, explores the political potential of thought experiments in African American avant-garde drama and feminist performance art. She co-founded the Art + Scholarship Borghesi-Mellon Workshop and the Madison Performance Philosophy Collective, and co-curated a series of Theory-Practice Collaboratories and Mad Theory symposia. She is a consultant at DesignLab, a transmedia storytelling center, where she empowers students and faculty to translate their ideas into new forms for diverse audiences.
Adam Mandelman recently completed his PhD in Geography at UW-Madison. He was the developer and founding managing editor for Edge Effects, a digital magazine of UW-Madison's Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE). He currently manages Wisconsin 101, a participatory history project devoted to retelling Wisconsin's history through objects.
Megan Marsh-McGlone is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Interdisciplinary TheatreStudies, with an area of focus in avant-garde performance and a minor in Visual Culture. She works in the department of Molecular Biology as a project and research assistant for evolutionary biologist Dr. Sean B. Carroll. Megan also holds an MA in Theatre Research from UW-Madison. Megan’s performance art work is influenced by a 4 month intensive workshop she completed with Leslie Hill and Helen Paris of Curious focusing on Autobiology. Her current art practice and scholarly work focuses on lactation, medical science, and societal expectations of new motherhood.
Marcus Cederström recently earned his PhD in Scandinavian Studies and Folklore from UW-Madison. He is a public folklorist whose research focuses on Scandinavian-American immigrant women and the intersections of immigration, labor, and creative expression. He also spends time working with indigenous communities on questions of pedagogy and sustainability. Currently, Marcus is the Community Curator of Nordic-American Folklore for the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic.
Jaime Vargas Luna
Jaime Vargas Luna is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at UW-Madison, with a minor in Latin American History. His work focuses on performances and negotiations of social identities (especially feminisms, queer narratives and indigeneities) in colonial and post-colonial Peru. He is the co-founder of the publishing houses Sarita Cartonera and [sic] libros; and of the creative reading project Libros, Un Modelo Para Armar, and is a former literary adviser for Casa de la Literatura Peruana. Currently, Vargas Luna works as a Spanish instructor at UW-Madison, and volunteers for the Monday editions of A Public Affair in WORT 89.9 fm.