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Previous Faculty Fellows


  • 2015-2016 Fellows
  • 2014-2015 Fellows
  • 2013-2014 Fellows
  • 2012-2013 Fellows
  • 2011-2012 Fellows

2015-2016 Fellows

Visiting Fellows:

Stefan Vander Elst is Associate Professor of English at the University of San Diego, and Director of USD’s Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Professor Vander Elst’s time as a Visiting Fellow at the DHC is focused on the completion of his book, The Knight, The Cross, and the Song: Chivalric Literature and Crusade Propaganda, Twelfth–Fourteenth Centuries. This book will be the first work to discuss systematically the influence of secular literary forms on Crusade propaganda and ideology in the Middle Ages. Though most contemporary scholarship regards the Crusade as primarily a religious concern, Professor Vander Elst argues that from the very beginning of the Crusades both clerical and lay propaganda used chivalric literature to appeal to issues beyond religious devotion as parallel motivations for the Crusades, including imagined territorial rights, national exceptionalism, duty to family, and—due to the influence and increasing popularity of chivalric romance among knights—notions of love and “secular adventure in the service of women.”
As an actor in the Théâtre du Soleil, Georges Bigot performed under the direction of Ariane Mnouchkine from 1981 to 1992, notably in Richard II and Henry IV by William Shakespeare. In 1986, he received the National Critics Syndicate’s award for best actor for his role of King Norodom Sihanouk. A frequent collaborator with Helene Cixous and Tim Robbins, Bigot is known not only as an acclaimed actor, but as a dancer, director, and producer. Bigot has directed several theater stages around the world (USA, Brazil, Chile, Singapore, Mali, Cambodia, France, etc.) and has taught at the University of Bordeaux III from 1993 to 2001 where he federated the actors who later formed Le Petit Theatre de Pain. During his tenure as a Visiting International Fellow at the DHC, Bigot will be conducting a mask-making workshop and holding open rehearsals, collaborating with DePaul, The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and Theatre Y in an upcoming stage production.

2014-2015 Fellows

Visiting Fellow:

Taja-Nia Y. Henderson is an associate professor of law at Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New Jersey. Her teaching and research interests are in legal history, property (including slavery around the world), punishment and prisoner reentry. Professor Henderson's work has appeared in N.Y.U. Law Review, Lewis & Clark Law Review, Columbia Journal of Race & Law, Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, and the Law & History Review. During her time with the Humanities Center, she will continue work on a book manuscript from her dissertation, "Crucibles of Discontent: Penal Practice in the Shadow of Slavery, Virginia, 1796-1865."

DePaul Faculty Fellows:

Barrie Jean Borich, English
"Oh. Exhalations of a City," a long-form literary essay
Rebecca Johns-Trissler, English
"Prophetstown," a novel
Elizabeth Millan Brusslan, Philosophy
"Jens Jensen's Chicago Legacy: A Poetry of Nature"
Kevin Thompson, Philosophy
"Intolerable: Michel Foucault and the Prisons Information Group"

2013-2014 Fellows

Visiting Fellow: 

Nicole Anderson, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, is the co-founding editor of the Derrida Today Journal, published by Edinburgh University Press. She is an international fellow of the London Graduate School and a member of the Biocultures Project at University of Illinois at Chicago. Anderson has recently published "Derrida: Ethics Under Erasure" (Continuum 2012).

DePaul Faculty Fellows:

James Fairhall, English
James Joyce, Ecology, and Relationships between Human Beings and Nature
Heidi J. Nast, International Studies
Pet-i-filia, Volumes 1 and 2
Franklin Perkins, Philosophy
The Many Lives of the Daodejing
Christopher Tirres, Religious Studies
Portraits of Liberation Across the Latino/a Americas

2012-2013 Fellows

DePaul Faculty Fellows:

Black Hawk Hancock, Sociology
On the Lower Frequencies: Ralph Ellison and the Question of American Identity
Michele Morano, English
Thirteen Ways of Thinking About Love: A Literary Essay
James H. Murphy, English
The Dublin Quartet: A Cultural, Intellectual and Literary History
Elizabeth Rottenberg, Philosophy
From Death Drive to Death Penalty: Jacques Derrida and the Future of Psychoanalysis
Roshanna Sylvester, History
Stargazing: Schoolgirls, Science, and Technology in Cold War America and the Soviet Union
David Lay Williams, Political Science
Spinoza's Political Theory: Republics of Fear, Love, and Reason

2011-2012 Fellows

DePaul Faculty Fellows:

Matthew Abraham, Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse
The Humanities' Central Role in the Mission of the University: Resuscitating John Henry Newman's Ideal
Rachel Shteir, Theatre School
The Steal
Kurt Westerberg, School of Music
Vision and Prayer