Jepson Fellows for 2018-19 and Their Project Summaries

* Nabil Al-Tikriti, Associate Professor, Department of History and American Studies, “Intellectual Origins of Ottoman Theology.”

Project summary: To explore the intellectual origins of Ottoman Theology by tracing several hundred sources used by a prominent Ottoman scholar in his Arabic treatises.

* Belleh Asa’ah Fontem, Assistant Professor, College of Business, “Dynamic Learning and Pricing with Time-Inconsistent Customer Behavior”

Project summary: To use analytical, as well as computer-based tools, to study learning and price-setting policies for an online seller that sequentially engages in personalized interactions with its customers.

* Kate Haffey, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, “Bloomsbury, Modernism, and the Ethics of Queer Friendship.

Project summary: A book project aimed to develop a theoretically rigorous concept of “queer friendship” based on foundational and recent scholarship in queer theory and on the writing of the Bloomsbury Group, a circle of close friends that includes several prominent modernist authors.

* Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, “Composing the Exiled Self: German and Austrian-Jewish Memoirs of Life under the Third Reich.”

Project summary:  A book project that focuses on the German-speaking Jews of Hitler’s Third Reich and on the German and Austrian-Jewish exilic self in memoir literature. 

* Jon Pineda, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, “Completion of a New Novel.”

 Project summary: To complete a new novel; planning to generate 200 manuscript pages

* Sushma Subramanian, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, “Elaine Morgan’s Aquatic Ape: How Storytelling Shapes Science.”

Project summary: To use the history of BBC dramatist Elaine Morgan’s account of man’s origin [the “Aquatic Ape”] to examine the role of storytelling in democratizing science.