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Visiting Fellows

Neubauer Collegium Projects are often rooted in collaboration between University of Chicago faculty and experts from other institutions. These collaborations regularly involve co-taught courses, formal meetings, working group discussions, or targeted training opportunities, all in a setting that facilitates rigorous investigation. The Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellows Program brings collaborators from around the world to the University of Chicago for short- and long-term visits.

Visit the Faculty Research Projects page to learn more about the projects in which Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellows are involved.

All photos by Erielle Bakkum Photography.

Jo Guldi

Associate Professor of History at Southern Methodist University; 2019–2020 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Jo Guldi is Associate Professor of History at Southern Methodist University. She is formerly a Mellon Postdoc at the University of Chicago, a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, and the Hans Rothfels Chair at Brown University. She is author of Roads to Power: Britain Invents the Infrastructure State (Harvard 2010) and co-author of The History Manifesto (Cambridge 2012). She is currently PI of a $1 million NSF grant to text-mine the longue-duree history of property rights. Her recent articles in Isis, Technology & Culture, Public CultureHumanity, and other journals investigate the uses of text mining as well as the history of participatory movements to provide housing, land and water for all. As a Visiting Fellow she will be conducting research for the Textual Optics project at the Neubauer Collegium.

Tom Hunter

Lecturer, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia; 2019–2020 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Thomas M. Hunter lectures in Sanskrit and South-Southeast Asian Studies in the Department of Asian Studies of the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining UBC he worked for over twenty years guiding students from North America in their study abroad programs in Indonesia and India. He has been a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1996), the Institute for Advanced Study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2003-4), and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2006-7). His publications focus on the ancient literature of India and Indonesia, especially works in the Kawi, or Old Javanese, language.

Rick Lowe

Professor of Art, University of Houston; 2018–2020 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Rick Lowe (Professor of Art, University of Houston) is an artist whose approach to community revitalization is path-breaking: Lowe has initiated arts-driven redevelopment projects in Houston – the renowned Project Row Houses – and other cities, including the Watts House Project in Los Angeles and post­-Katrina rebuild in New Orleans. Lowe's pioneering "social sculptures" have inspired a generation of artists to explore more socially engaged forms of art-making in communities across the country and internationally. His work has been exhibited at Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum and Museum of Fine Arts; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea; and the Venice Architecture Biennale. During his residency at the Neubauer Collegium he will be developing a project tentatively titled Black Wall Street Chicago: Actualizing Hope Through Concerted Actions, a research-informed exhibition that celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the MacArthur Foundation's "Genius" awards. Inspired by the historical example of the Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa, OK, the project will advance new understanding of the economic standing of African-Americans and will explore ways to improve economic well-being in urban communities. This project aims to generate a collaboration among individuals, organizations, institutions, businesses, and the University of Chicago to improve conditions for people living in communities with limited opportunities.

Alisea Williams McLeod

Assistant Professor of Humanities, Rust College

Alisea Williams McLeod, former Chair of Humanities at Rust College (Holly Springs, Miss.), joined the faculty there in the fall of 2011. A native Detroiter and a grandchild of twentieth-century African American migrants, McLeod situates her own identity and sense of location in a negotiation of Northern and Southern experiences. Interest in re-spatializing her family’s narrative has taken her South and has led to work in Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction studies. McLeod completed a PhD in English and Education at the University of Michigan in 1998. Her work there involved ethnographic study of her family’s movement within the City of Detroit. McLeod has taught at several colleges and universities including St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina; Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Indiana University in South Bend. McLeod has been awarded a number of fellowships including a Gilder Lehrman Summer Faculty Fellowship and an American Documentary Editors Summer Fellowship. With University of Richmond professor Scott Nesbit and University of Chicago Harper-Schmidt Fellow John Clegg, McLeod successfully wrote for an NEH Advancement Grant—Freedom’s Movement: African American Space in War and Reconstruction—in 2018. She has been part of other grant projects including a 2019-2020 Humanities Grant for the Public Good funded by the Council of Independent Colleges and Mellon. During her residency at the Neubauer Collegium, she will be collaborating with the research team on the Practices of Emancipation II project. McLeod is married to Carter McLeod Jr., a chemist with Dairy Farmers of America. They have three adult children.

Celia Sánchez Natalías

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Zaragoza; 2019–2020 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Dr. C. Sánchez Natalías received her doctorate in History from the Universidad Zaragoza and the Università degli Studi di Verona in 2013. Her research has focused on the study of defixiones for more than a decade. Her dissertation and forthcoming book, which will be published in the British Archaeological Reports-International Series, are dedicated to the study of Latin, Estruscan, Oscan, Celtic and bilingual defixiones from the pars occidentalis of the Roman Empire with the exception of the North African provinces, which she is currently working on. In addition to the re-edition of old texts and the publication of new ones, Dr. Sánchez Natalías has published a range of articles about ancient magic. Fundamental aspects of her professional philosophy include internationalization, publication and participation in conferences, collaboration with other experts and the critical and creative thinking necessary for moving her field forward. As a Visiting Fellow she will be conducting research for the Curses in Context project at the Neubauer Collegium.

Nina Sanders

Curator, Writer, and Cultural Consultant; 2018–2020 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Nina Sanders (Apsáalooke) is a curator, writer, and cultural consultant. She has worked for institutions like the School for Advanced Research, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, where she curated and created finding guides for over 250 historic Crow photographs for the Smithsonian Online Virtual Archive. Most recently Nina curated an exhibition of Contemporary Native American art at the Coe Foundation for the Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sanders has written for the Smithsonian, First American Art Magazine, and Native American Art Magazine. She is currently collaborating with Neubauer Collegium Curator Dieter Roelstraete on a gallery exhibition opening March 2020 that emerges from the Neubauer Collegium's Open Fields project.

Anna Seastrand

Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Minnesota; 2017–2020 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Anna Seastrand's work broadly addresses the relationships between visual, oral, and written texts in South Asian art, with particular focus on physical and notional landscapes, pilgrimage, and performance. Her book in progress, The Kinesthetic Temple, foregrounds movement as central to understanding mural painting in early modern south Indian temples. Seastrand earned her PhD with Distinction from Columbia University in 2013 and currently serves as Assistant Professor of South Asian Art at the University of Minnesota. During her residency at the Neubauer Collegium, she is collaborating on the Interwoven project. 

Alaka Wali

Curator and Applied Cultural Research Director, The Field Museum; 2015–2020 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Alaka Wali is curator of North American Anthropology in the Science and Education Division of The Field Museum and Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University. She was the founding director of the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change from 1995- 2010. She currently curates the sizeable North American collection which includes a contemporary urban collection. Her research sites include urban Chicago and the forests of the Peruvian Amazon. Her current work concerns the relationship between art-making and the capacity for social resilience. She has curated over 10 exhibits for The Field Museum. As a Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, she is collaborating with Justin Richland and Jessica Stockholder on the project Open Fields: Ethics, Aesthetics and the Very Idea of a Natural History.

Susanne Wengle

Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Notre Dame and concurrent faculty at Notre Dame's Keough School for Global Affairs; 2017–2020 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Susanne Wengle is an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Notre Dame and concurrent faculty at Notre Dame's Keough School for Global Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. from University of California Berkeley, and was a post-Doc at the University of Chicago between 2011 and 2014. Her past research examines how the political economy of market institutions in post-Soviet Russia, hence what “politics” make them possible, but also how their effects change the political conditions in which they were formulated. The empirical focus of her current project is agriculture and food production in Russia and the US. She works on a project on agricultural sustainability that examines sustainability is a relational learning process that evolves differently across polities and regulatory contexts. As a Visiting Fellow she will be conducting research for the Sustainable Agriculture as Relational Learning Process project at the Neubauer Collegium.