These recent PhDs of extraordinary promise are scholars-in-residence at the Humanities Center for the full academic year, taking part in all Center activities, including their own lectures and colloquia.
Receiving her PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University, where she specialized in Latin American and African literatures, Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra is currently an assistant professor in the English Department at the University of Mississippi, teaching courses in world, Anglophone, and postcolonial literatures.
While in residence at the Humanities Center, Magalí will be completing the manuscript of her first book, a large-scale study of novels about dictators in Latin American and African literatures, titled "Critical Engagements: Reading Novels about Dictators on the Southern Axis." Her articles and book reviews have appeared in the Latin American Literary Review, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and e-misférica. Two essays on the African dictator-novel are forthcoming in the collection Unmasking the African Dictator: Essays on Postcolonial African Literature (2014). Magalí was also the guest editor of the most recent issue of the journal The Global South (7.2; 2013).
Taught at Harvard University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has been a fellow of the National Humanities Center in Durham, North Carolina. His work focuses on mid to late 20th century American literature and U.S. cultural and intellectual history, with emphases on the intersections of fiction, popular culture, religion, and ethnicity. His first book was God-Fearing and Free: A Spiritual History of America's Cold War (Harvard University Press 2010). His writings have also appeared in boundary 2, American Literature, Literature/Film Quarterly, The Flannery O'Connor Review, and The Immanent Frame. Additionally, he is the editor of New Essays on Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping, Gilead, and Home (forthcoming from Brill).
While an Early Career Fellow at the Humanities Center, Jason will be completing a book project on American film noir and making preparations for the international conference "Protestantism on Screen" (Wittenberg, June 2015), of which he is a co-sponsor.