Where Are They Now? Explore the Different Paths Our Former Fellows Have Taken in the Past 5+ Years!

Spring 2018


Christina Schultz, PhD candidate in Germanic Studies and 2016 ReWrite Participant, defended her dissertation “The Politics of Ethnic Comedy in German Turkish Culture” on November 27, 2017. Congratulations Christina!

Melissa Hibbard, 2014–2015 Dissertation Fellow, and ReWrite Coach 2016 and 2017, has accepted a position at PolyPrep Country Day School in New York.  She plans to defend her dissertation, “Children of the Polish Republic: Child Health, Welfare, and the Shaping of Modern Poland, 1914-1939,” in May 2018.

Robert Williams, Professor Emeritus of Germanic Studies and 2002-2003 Institute for Humanities Faculty Fellow, passed away March 10, 2018. He was awarded an Institute Faculty Fellowship for his project “Hegel and Nietzsche: On Masters and Slaves.” His most recent book, Hegel on the Proofs and the Personhood of God: Studies in Hegel’s Logic and Philosophy of Religion, was published in 2017.

Saniye Vatansever, Dissertation Fellow 2014-2015, (Phd 2015). In January 2018 started in her new position as Assistant Professor at Bilkent University in Turkey, had a paper accepted in HOPOS (The Journal of the International Society of the History of Philosophy of Science). The title of her paper is “Kant’s Response to Hume in the Second Analogy: A Critique of Buchdahl’s and Friedman’s Accounts”. It will appear fall 2018.

Fall 2017

We are delighted to announce that Professor Mark Canuel is appointed as the new Director of the UIC Institute for the Humanities. Professor Canuel is a member of the UIC English Department with research interests focusing primarily on British Romanticism and Critical Theory. His many publications weave together literature, politics, history, and philosophy, and he has established a longstanding interdisciplinary approach to scholarship which reflects his deep interest in the ways in which the humanities matter in our public life. He is the recipient of the Silver Circle Teaching Award, has served in numerous administrative roles on campus, including as Head of the English Department, and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the British Romantic Period for the Modern Language Association (MLA). We hope that you will join us in giving Professor Canuel a warm welcome as he takes over the leadership of this intellectually vibrant, interdisciplinary, community of scholars.

William D’Alessandro, PhD candidate in Philosophy and 2016-2107 Resident Graduate Fellow, defended his dissertation “Intertheoretic Reduction and Explanation in Mathematics” on August 7, 2017.

Congratulations to Bill!

Sharon Weiner, PhD candidate in Germanic Studies and 2017 ReWrite Dissertation Writing Retreat, defended her dissertation “The Nature of the Beetle:  Language and Trauma in the Work of Ilse Aichinger, Thomas Bernhard and Ingeborg Bachmann” on June 6, 2017.  In summer 2017 she will be on faculty at the German School at Middlebury Language Schools.  In Fall 2017 she will be Visiting Assistant Professor at Emory University.

Congratulations to Sharon!

Tim Soriano, Institute for the Humanities Resident Graduate Fellow 2016-2017, and History Department PhD candidate, will be Newberry Library Graduate Scholar-in-Residence Program for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Congratulations to Tim!

Spring 2017

Tim Soriano, UIC History and Resident Graduate Fellow, delivered a paper at The Harvard Graduate Conference on International History, March 9 & 10, 2017. The conference’s theme was “Migration, Immigration, Diaspora.” See conference link here.

Alexandra Filindria, Political Science Department, was awarded the 2015 Migration Studies Best Article Prize  for her co-authored essay:  Buckinx, Barbara and Filindra, Alexandria.  “The case against removal: Jus noci and harm in deportation practice.” Migration Studies 3.3 (2015): 393-416. 1-24.This project was supported by the UIC Institute for the Humanities and LAS Award for Faculty Research in the Humanities.  We congratulate Professor Filindria on this recognition.

Leroy Shaw, Professor Emeritus of German Literature and 1990-1991 Institute for Humanities Faculty Fellow, passed away December 11, 2016.  He was awarded an Institute Faculty Fellowship for his project “New German Biography: Rebirth or Unwitting Suicide?”.

Fall 2016

Sultan Tepe, 2013-2014 Institute Faculty Fellow, was awarded the 2016 American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Weber Best Paper Award for “The Elusive Structure of State Secularism and its Disguised  Critics.”  The award recognizes research and analytical excellence and is given by the APSA, the highest ranked professional organization in Political Science with more than 13,000 members from 80 countries. Professor Tepe wrote: “The Humanities Institute’s excellent intellectual environment enabled me to develop the arguments of the  paper and to sharpen my research.” We are delighted to be able to support ongoing research projects and congratulate Sultan.

Cody Stephens, PhD candidate in Criminal Justice, and part of the inaugural ReWrite Dissertation Writing Retreat, submitted her dissertation in July 2016.  Congratulations to Cody.

Spring 2015

Victor Margolin (Emeritus Prof.) receives lifetime achievement award

Victor Margolin (Emeritus Professor in Art History) was awarded The DESIGN-ED/Design Research Society/CUMULUS Lifetime Achievement Award on June 30, 2015. The award is given to an individual whose career has greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of Design Research worldwide. Factors considered in the selection process included: span and scope of career, legacy of the individual’s work, and additional awards or honors received.

The award was presented June 30, 2015 at the 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers and Design Educators.

Victor Margolin was an Institute for the Humanities Fellow in 2004-2005 for “A World History of Design” and 1985-1986 for “Issues of Modernism: Lissitzky, Moholy-Nagy, Rodchenko, and the European Avant-Grade.”

Read additional information on Victor Margolin.

The Process of Writing of World History of Design

Fall 2014

Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina’s inaugural Janet Colm Award for Transformative Leadership recognizes three distinguished individuals in appreciation of their leadership to help ensure increased access to comprehensive health care for women, men and teens.

The recipients are:

Susan Levine, Professor of History and Director, Institute for the Humanities, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Susan Levine, Professor of History and Director of the UIC Institute for the Humanities received the inaugural Janet Colm Award for Transformative Leadership from Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina (PPCNC). Levine served as board president of Planned Parenthood of Orange and Durham Counties from 1987-1991.  Under her leadership the affiliate expanded access to reproductive health care for underserved women and teens, began offering abortion services, and created community “natural leader” and “peer educator” programs.  The award is named in honor of Janet Colm, who is just retiring after serving 32 years as Executive Director and CEO of PPCNC.  “It was my good luck to work with a visionary leader like Janet Colm,” Levine said.  “Together we were able to ensure access to comprehensive health services, and in the process further women’s opportunities for equality and empowerment.”

Rivka Gordon, Chief of Staff for Clinical Care and Innovation in the Kaiser Permanente Federation, Oakland, CA.

Donna Chavis, Philanthropist and founder, Center for Community Action, Lumberton.

Read more about the Levine Planned Parenthood Award .
Susan Levine receiving the award (click on the images to enlarge):
IMG_3912   IMG_3783