American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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Alexander von Humboldt - Foundation



Dominic Boyer (1996-97)
Dominic is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2000. Dominic’s current research is on “the practice of news journalism in the era of global informational economies.” His project analyzes the political-economic, social, and phenomenological dimensions of news journalism as digital technologies and the widespread outsourcing of correspondent work to wire service organizations have changed the character of news journalism as professional practice. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Dominic spent the year in Berlin and eastern Germany focusing on the professional transition of former East German journalists to life and work in the unified (West) German media system. (5/15/06)

David Brenner (1993-94)
David Brenner is the Director of the Houston Teachers Institute at the University of Houston, where he also serves as an adjunct assistant professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature in the Honors College. He is the author of two books, Marketing Identities: The Invention of Jewish Ethnicity in Ost und West Wayne State University Press, 1998) and German-Jewish Popular Culture before the Holocaust: Kafka’s Kitsch(Routledge, 2008). His translation of Niklas Luhmann’s Die Religion der Gesellschaft will appear in 2011 with Stanford University Press. Presently he is writing a memoir on teaching about the Holocaust and genocide.(3/25/10)

Misa Dayson (2012-13)
Misa is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at UCLA. Her research focuses on how art spaces and visual culture in Berlin foster public dialogs about the experiences of contemporary national, cultural, and racial identity formations in Germany and Europe. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Misa explored how artistic engagement of identity issues in both media and Berlin art institutions fostered creative cultural community building between people from various international and German domestic backgrounds. Misa holds a M.A. in Anthropology from UCLA, and a B.A. in African American Studies and Film Studies from Wesleyan University. Prior to working on her graduate research and receiving the German Chancellor Fellowship, she worked in film via creative development and production.

Maria Garrett (2004-05)
During her year as a German Chancellor Fellow, Maria conducted research at Hamburg’s Amnesty for Women, an organization dedicated to securing rights for migrant women in Germany. Her project focused on the marriage migration of Thai women to German men. In particular, Maria examined how marriage migration blurs boundaries between legal and illegal migration and disrupts contemporary definitions of women’s work in gendered flows of labor migration. Maria is enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago in the department of Anthropology. She obtained a master’s degree in the department in 2002 and graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 1998. After her college graduation, Maria interned for a year at EMPOWER Foundation for women in Thailand, generously supported by a grant from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. (4/21/06)

Joseph (Seppi) Lehner (2012-13)
Seppi is currently a PhD candidate in archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Seppi’s research examines the origins and evolution of the first large scale cooperative systems in human history.  He will examine how complex economies first coevolved with large political systems in Eurasia through collaboration with the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut expedition to the ancient Hittite capital BoÄŸazköy-Hattuša in modern Turkey.  Analyses of archaeological debris from this site will be analyzed at the Curt-Engelhorn-Zentrum Archäometrie in Mannheim and at the Eberhard-Karls-Universtät Tübingen Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters. The findings will help answer how and why economic activities like long-distance trade may drive the evolution of social complexity.  Seppi has contributed to archaeological fieldwork all over the world in addition to Turkey, including Alaska, Syria, Egypt, India, and Mongolia. As a German Chancellor Fellow, one of Seppi’s principal aims is to develop lasting transatlantic relations between our German and American research institutions to increase the transparency of data and theoretical dialogue.

Noelle Noyes (2002-03)
As a German Chancellor Fellow, Noelle entered a master’s program in European Studies at the University of Osnabrueck in Germany. After completing her German M.A., she returned to the United States and is now working at a strategy consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Noelle’s master’s thesis on current migration (written in German) will be published in a book and introduced by an expert on migration, Professor Klaus Bade. (5/5/05)

Damani Partridge (1999-2000)
Damani Partridge is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and at the Center for Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Michigan. In addition to teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses on “Race and Displacement,” “Citizenship and Non-Citizens,” “Urban Anthropology,” “The Races of Sexuality and the Sexualities of Race,” “Diasporic Aesthetics,” and “The Anthropology of Europe,” he is completing the revisions for his book manuscript: Becoming Non-citizens: Technologies of Exclusion and Exclusionary Incorporation after the Berlin Wall. This project is based on research he began in 1995 in Berlin, Germany, during his year as a Fulbright scholar, and then expanded in 1999/2000, during his year as a German Chancellor Fellow, to address broader questions of citizenship and the production of non-citizens after the fall of the Berlin Wall. (5/12/06)