Current Graduate Students

Current Cluster Fellows and Research Fellows

Note that prior to 2009, graduate students admitted to SHC all entered through the History Department. Since then, the SHC program has expanded to welcome students through all the humanities and social science departments.

profile picKevin Baker | Cluster Fellow

(History, entered 2011) Kevin received a BA in History and Political Science and an MA in History from Georgia State University. He is interested in the interplay of the information sciences and projects for post-colonial development.

Main advisor: Ken Alder


chernoh-bah-140xChernoh Bah | Graduate Affiliate

History - Entered 2017


Savina Balasubramanian | Graduate Affiliateprofile pic

(Sociology, entered 2010)

profile picJessica Biddlestone | Graduate Affiliate

(History, entered 2015)


profile picColin Bos | Cluster Fellow

(History, entered 2016) Colin Bos specializes in the history of medicine and West African intellectual history.

Main Advisor: Helen Tilley

profile picMichael Caldwell | Graduate Affiliate

(Chemistry, entered 2013)

profile picBeatrice Choi | Graduate Affiliate

(Rhetoric, entered 2012)

profile picCecilio Cooper | Graduate Affiliate

(African American Studies, entered 2012)



Gil Engelstein 140x175Gil Engelstein | Graduate Affiliate

History - Entered 2017

profile picBonnie Ernst  | Cluster Fellow

(History, entered 2011)  Bonnie has a BA in History from the University of Chicago, and her topics of interest include the social and cultural history of shifts in criminal justice systems. 

Main advisor: Michael Sherry

Photo of Mallory FalinMallory Fallin | Cluster Fellow

(Sociology, entered 2015)

Main advisor: Steven Epstein



iconDexter Fergie - Cluster Fellow



profile picMary Beth Finch | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2006)

Photo of Chelsea FraizerChelsea Frazier  | Cluster Fellow

(African American Studies, entered 2013). Chelsea holds an MA from Purdue University in American Studies and a BA from Barnard College in Women’s Studies.

Main Advisor: Michelle Wright

profile picXirui Gong | Graduate Affiliate

(Chemistry, entered 2013)

photo of guistiJoseph Guisti | Cluster Fellow

(Sociology, entered 2010). Joseph has a BA from UCLA, where he majored in Sociology with a minor in Society and Genetics. Joseph’s interests include the sociology of knowledge, addiction, the sociology of health and illness, and organizations and institutions.

Main Advisor: Carol Heimer


profile picMelanie Hall | Graduate Affiliate

(History, entered 2015)


matthew-herrera-140Matthew Herrera | Graduate Affiliate

History - Entered 2017






profile picAustin Jenkins | Cluster Fellow

(Sociology, entered 2016) Austin holds a B.S. in the sociology of law, criminology, and deviance from the University of Minnesota. He is interested in the development of disease notions of addiction in the American nineteenth century and their reconfiguration in contemporary forms of legally-coerced substance abuse treatment.

Main Advisor: Carol Heimer

photo of jonesE. Bennett Jones | Cluster Fellow

(History, entered 2014). Bennett received a BFA in fiber and material studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as an MA in museum studies from the University of Florida. Her interests include natural history, visual culture, and animal studies. 

Main Advisors: Susan Pearson and Lydia Barnett

norman-joshua-140xNorman Joshua | Graduate Affiliate

History - Entered 2017

profile picMatthew June | Graduate Affiliate

(History, entered 2013)  Matt June received a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in History from San Diego State University. His interests include policy-making, political development, and the regulation of psychoactive pharmaceuticals.

Main advisor: Michael Allen


Andrew Kim Andrew Kim | Graduate Affiliate

(Anthropology, entered 2018) Andrew Kim received a B.S. in Anthropology & Human Biology from Emory University in 2015. His interests include human biology, global mental health, developmental origins of health and disease, cross-cultural psychiatry and critical medical anthropology.

Advisor: Christopher Kuzawa


profile picMarcel Knudsen | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2011)




youjia-li-140xYouJia Li | Graduate Affiliate

History - Entered 2017

katya-maslakowski 140x170Katya Ann Maslakowski | Graduate Affiliate

History - Entered 2017




profile picGemma Mangione | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2009)

profile picSakhile Matlhare | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2012)

photo of menonAlka Menon  | Cluster Fellow

(Sociology, entered 2011). Alka received a BA in Biology from Cornell University. Her interests include the intersections of gender, race, and class in relation to health, as well as the politics of sexuality.

Main advisor: Steve Epstein

profile picJessica Meyer | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2012)

jamie morse picJaimie Morse  | Cluster Fellow

(Sociology, entered 2009). Jaimie Morse is a PhD candidate in Sociology and Presidential Fellow at Northwestern. Her dissertation traces the history and use of medical evidence to document political and sexual violence as a means of human rights advocacy since the 1970s. Morse was a Fulbright Scholar in Malawi and received an MA in Public Health from UCLA.

Main advisor: Steven Epstein

profile picSaheli Nath | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2013)

profile picAlexandra Neame

(Political Science, entered 2009). Lexi Neame is a PhD candidate in Political Theory, and holds a B.A and M.Phil from the University of Queensland. She has written on political concepts in popular representations of genetics, and the historical entanglement of representative democracy with techniques of quantification and statistics.

Main advisor: Mary G. Dietz. 


Jayson Maurice Porter | Graduate Affiliate

History - Entered 2017

 profile picSandra Racek | Cluster Fellow

(Art History, entered 2014). Sandra received her MA from University College London in the History of Art and a BA from Fordham University. She is interested in medical imagery form the early modern period in Europe. 

profile picAditi Raghavan | Graduate Affiliate

(MTS, entered 2008)

photo of rayzbergMargarita Rayzberg  | Cluster Fellow

(Sociology, entered 2010). Margarita has a BS in International Business from Northeastern University and an MA in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown. Her work unites science and technology studies with the sociology of markets.

Main advisor: Steven Epstein


Kaelin-Rapport-140x.jpgKaelin Rapport | Graduate Affiliate

Cultural Anthropology



profile picBenjamin Riggs | Cluster Fellow

(Screen Cultures, entered 2016). Ben earned a BA in Media Arts at the University of New Mexico and an MA in Communication and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. A former high school science teacher, he is interested in playful experiences with science across different media, particularly narrative entertainment media, and the formation of youth science cultures.

Main advisor: Jake Smith

profile picChristopher Robertson | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2013)

profile picThomas Rousse  | Cluster Fellow

(MTS and Law School, entered 2013). Tommy earned a MA in Media, Technology, and Games at the University of Copenhagen, and a BA from Northwestern University in American Studies. He is studying mass media network technology as refracted through the American legal system.



Talia-Shabtay-140x.jpgTalia Shabtay | Graduate Affiliate

Art History





icon McKenzie Stupica | Cluster Fellow

Art History




syvertsen-adam 140 Adam Syversten | Cluster Fellow




photo of tolmanArielle Tolman  | Cluster Fellow

(Sociology and Law School, entered 2013). Ari received a BA from Wesleyan in Sociology and Neuroscience, and has more recently conducted research for the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Main advisor: Carol Heimer

photo of tubiOmri Tubi  | Cluster Fellow

(Sociology, entered 2015)

Main advisor: Wendy Espeland

profile picStefan Volger | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2012) Stefan is a PhD candidate in sociology and is currently completing work on his dissertation "Ruling Sexuality: Law, Expertise, and the Making of Sexual Knowledge."

Main Advisor: Steve Epstein

Photo of Rachel WallnerRachel Wallner  | Cluster Fellow

(History, entered 2015). Rachel studies discourse on science and the formation of academic disciplines in twentieth-century China.  Her research currently focuses on the politics of Chinese geographic knowledge production during the Second World War.

Main advisor: Peter Carroll

profile picChristine Wood | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2005)




guangshuo-yang-140xGuangshuo Yang | Graduate Affiliate

History - Entered 2017

profile picChristina Young | Graduate Affiliate

(Clinical Psychology, entered 2011)

photo of yungVincent Yung  | Cluster Fellow

(Sociology, entered 2012) received a BA in Sociology and BS in Genetics and Plant Biology from UC Berkeley. His interests lie at the intersection of laboratory research, knowledge commodification, and higher education.

Main advisor: Jeremy Freese