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.

KevinBaker2017@u.northwestern.edu

Main advisor: Ken Alder


Savina Balasubramanian | Graduate Affiliateprofile pic

(Sociology, entered 2010)

savinabalasubramanian2015@u.northwestern.edu


profile picJessica Biddlestone | Graduate Affiliate

(History, entered 2015)

JessicaBiddlestone2017@u.northwestern.edu


 


profile picColin Bos | Cluster Fellow

(History, entered 2016) Colin Bos specializes in the history of medicine and West African intellectual history. He is interested in the role of textuality and orality in healing cultures, the interaction between biomedicine and traditional medicine, contests over the ownership of medical knowledge, and the history of West African ideas about science, medicine, and disease. 

ColinBos2022@u.northwestern.edu

Main Advisor: Helen Tilley


profile picMichael Caldwell | Graduate Affiliate

(Chemistry, entered 2013)

michaelcaldwell2013@u.northwestern.edu


profile picBeatrice Choi | Graduate Affiliate

(Rhetoric, entered 2012)

beachoi@gmail.com


profile picCecilio Cooper | Graduate Affiliate

(African American Studies, entered 2012)

ceciliocooper@u.northwestern.edu


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.

BonnieErnst2011@u.northwestern.edu

Main advisor: Michael Sherry



Photo of Mallory FalinMallory Fallin | Cluster Fellow

(Sociology, entered 2015)

MalloryFallin2015@u.northwestern.edu

Main advisor: Steven Epstein


profile picMary Beth Finch | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2006)

m-finch@northwestern.edu


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. Chelsea’s interests include black feminist theory, ecological criticism, and Afro-futurism. Her work lies at the intersection of black feminist literary theory and political ecology.

chelseafrazier2013@u.northwestern.edu

Main Advisor: Michelle Wright


profile picXirui Gong | Graduate Affiliate

(Chemistry, entered 2013)

xiruigong2013@u.northwestern.edu



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. The working title of his dissertation is "Crónica, progresiva y mortal: Producing knowledge about addiction treatment in Mexico City."

JosephGuisti@u.northwestern.edu

Main Advisor: Carol Heimer

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profile picMelanie Hall | Graduate Affiliate

(History, entered 2015)

MelanieHall2012@u.northwestern.edu



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.

austinjenkins@u.northwestern.edu

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. Her dissertation, "The Indians Say: Settler Colonialism and the Scientific Study of Animals in America, 1722 to 1860," explores the use of storytelling in early American natural history. 

e.bennettjones@gmail.com 

Main Advisors: Susan Pearson and Lydia Barnett


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. His dissertation has the provisional title, "Users and Abusers: From Protecting Consumers to Policing Prescriptions to the 'War on Drugs.'"

MatthewJune2016@u.northwestern.edu

Main advisor: Michael Allen


profile picMarcel Knudsen | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2011)

marcelknudsen2016@u.northwestern.edu


profile picGemma Mangione | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2009)

gemmamangione2015@u.northwestern.edu


profile picSakhile Matlhare | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2012)

sakhilematlhare2017@u.northwestern.edu


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.

AlkaMenon2011@u.northwestern.edu

Main advisor: Steve Epstein


profile picJessica Meyer | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2012)

jessmeyer@u.northwestern.edu


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.

JaimieMorse2014@u.northwestern.edu

Main advisor: Steven Epstein


profile picSaheli Nath | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2013)

s-nath@kellogg.northwestern.edu


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. Her dissertation, Truth in The Milieu of Politics: Knowledge, Authority and Democratic Freedom, explores how factual truth becomes authoritative in politics and, conversely, how truth's many others -- lies, conspiracy theories and propaganda -- are named as such.

lexineame@gmail.com

Main advisor: Mary G. Dietz. 


Photo of Kellie OwensKellie Owens | Cluster Fellow

(Sociology, entered 2010) Kellie Owens’ research interests include the sociology of science, medicine, and technology. Her dissertation examines knowledge production and risk management practices in medicine, with a focus on American childbirth. In other projects, she has explored: the construction of expertise and evidence in complementary and alternative medicine; how scientists perceive the importance of racial diversity in university laboratories.

kowens@u.northwestern.edu

Advisor: Steven Epstein


photo of plaissAdam Plaiss | Cluster Fellow

(History, entered 2009). Adam has a BA from Indiana, Bloomington, and an MA in History from the University of Delaware. He works on late 19th and early 20th century US history, with a focus on infrastructure development.

Main advisor: Ken Alder 


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)

AditiRaghavan@northwestern.edu


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.

MargaritaRayzberg2016@u.northwestern.edu

Main advisor: Steven Epstein


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.

BenjaminRiggs2020@u.northwestern.edu

Main advisor: Jake Smith


profile picChristopher Robertson | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2013)


christopherrobertson2013@u.northwestern.edu


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.

t-rousse2019@nlaw.northwestern.edu


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. She is studying the intersection of legal rights and public health in the US and abroad.

atolman@northwestern.edu

Main advisor: Carol Heimer


photo of tubiOmri Tubi  | Cluster Fellow

(Sociology, entered 2015)

OmriTubi2015@u.northwestern.edu

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." His interests involve sexuality, gender, law, and the politics of science and knowledge.

stefanvogler2012@u.northwestern.edu

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.  She is interested in changing notions of the natural environment, global and local intellectual networks, and the transition to socialism.

RachelWallner2020@u.northwestern.edu

Main advisor: Peter Carroll


profile picChristine Wood | Graduate Affiliate

(Sociology, entered 2005)

c-wood@northwestern.edu


profile picChristina Young | Graduate Affiliate

(Clinical Psychology, entered 2011)

christinayoung2017@u.northwestern.edu


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.

vincentyung@u.northwestern.edu

Main advisor: Jeremy Freese