My research will examine and discuss the relationship between sociopolitical conflict and the identity and cultural characteristics of Baghdad.
Research Partnership Opportunities
I plan to complete the extensive electroacoustic composition cycle titled "Mishpatim (Laws)." This cycle, scored for voices speaking percussionist, ensemble, and electronics, will be written for the Ensemble Surplus, the Neue Vocalsolisten, and the Experimentalstudio in Freiburg, Germany.
I’m a visual artist with a multimedia approach to artmaking. Some of the media I work in are printmaking, video, photography, and writing. In other words, I have a multifaceted job.
The project is the script writing of Fire, Next Time, a feature film about the sacrificed youth of the 2000s, taking place today in Dakar. Ada is a teenage girl working as a hairdresser. In her neighborhood, all of the boys have left by sea for a better future.
Juxtaposed against a dominant historiography that describes Beirut’s growth as a process originating from a central physical or administrative core, my project brings to light narratives taken from the city’s peripheries that together posit a revised vision of the city’s product
This project is a series of pieces of media criticism. I am interested in collecting information on how mainstream media covers historically underprivileged groups. I aim to collect data on certain trends in language and space allocation.
This project is a novel in progress. Hippocrates is set in Sri Lanka and New York. The story begins in the 1970s and ends in 2009, and includes material connected to militancy, mass casualties, political theatre, activism, feminism, medicine, and international/humanitarian law.
Nacre, or mother-of-pearl, is the iridescent inner lining of many mollusk shells. The micro-structure of nacre may depend on the water temperature at the time nacre was deposited. We will do experiments to test this hypothesis.
I am writing a history of modern Thailand written through the lens of impunity—the failure to hold state perpetrators accountable for wrongdoing—and the legal, political, and social structures that produce it.
To support post-high school success, this study focuses on the relational, contextual, and inner resources that lead to the development of aspirations, sense of purpose, future orientation, and ultimately academic achievement across ethnicity.
The aim of this project is to explore and develop observational techniques to detect signatures of potential biomarkers in the atmospheres of exoplanets.
The Arctic Ocean is losing its sea ice at a rate that suggests an ice-free Arctic in the coming decades. How do these changes affect the ocean?
Biological function is intimately tied to morphology and shape at all levels and thus begs for a quantitative approach to describe, predict, and compare shapes.
This project is an analytical history of the World Health Organization’s global smallpox eradication program (1965–1980).
In Meldrum Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a mural celebrates the astonishing diversity of a city where more than 100 languages are now spoken.
The fragrance of the lilac lithely transports the cumbersome cargo of time as no prose can.
My project offers a fresh look at the enduring question, “When does government bureaucracy work?” by examining the relationship between government administration, grassroots practice, and the mediating effects of professions in the context of public education and public health.
My project is a nonfictional examination of the rise of autoimmune disease in the United States, which is still poorly understood. Blending memoir and socio-cultural reporting, it will explore the history of autoimmune disease.
My research project is a novel titled “The Thousands.” The novel chronicles the lives of several African American soldiers (eventually known as “Buffalo Soldiers”) following the Civil War, through the violence of Reconstruction and into the "Indian Campaigns" in the Americ
In the 19th century the ecology of Tamilnadu, a region in southeastern India, was severely degraded. This project examines the impact of these changes on agriculture and livelihoods.
I am writing three new pieces in which I will devise new compositional concepts and tools within the context of chamber-music practice as expanded via multi-layered, performative, live-processing.
My research is focused on engineering microbial hosts (primarily E. coli and S. cerevisiae) for production of small molecules. A primary challenge we encounter is the lack of effective screens to be used for high-throughput (HT) evaluation of strain libraries.
To high-energy astrophysicists, the calm beauty of the night sky is the world’s grandest illusion. It contains some of the wildest, most elusive, and odd creatures in the universe.
I am writing a history of “philosophy” (the love of wisdom) in 20th-century American life.
I am interested in the intersection of music and sound. Physicists often have a different approach to sound than musicians, and I am exploring points of contact and divergences. Timbre (sound color) plays a big role in my work, as do (quirky) musical instruments.
Please note: This research partnership opportunity begins in January 2015. The project is a film that revolves around different forms of storytelling. As its backbone, it will be a film about a film being made in Morocco.
During my Radcliffe fellowship, I plan to work on my fifth feature, “The Ornithologist,” editing it over an extended period of time while doing research, possibly taking it along unforeseen paths.
Current sentiment analysis techniques are good enough when predicting the opinion of a community of individuals over one item, but they may produce wrong or inaccurate results when several possibly correlated items are under consideration.
Everyday we’re bombarded by innumerable sources and types of DNA damaging agents that can cause genetic mutations, cell death, and disease. Thankfully, our cells have evolved DNA repair mechanisms to restore damaged DNA to its accurate sequence.
This project is a study of new consumer practices within the sharing economy, such as time-banking, collaborative consumption, "making," and peer-to-peer exchanges.
How a Language was Born: Cognitive, Linguistic, and Social Factors That Led to the Creation of Nicaraguan Sign Language
This project will document social and cognitive factors leading to the emergence of a new sign language in Nicaragua.
This project is a historical and political study of the contributions of Latin American diplomats, jurists, and social movements to the idea of the international protection of human rights, focused on the period from 1945 through 1990.
This book project will explore the United States’ unprecedented experiment with intensive, top-down, constitutional regulation of capital punishment over the past half century.
The project involves the completion of a monograph that presents a general theory of human rights.
Photography is a tool of modern Japan's political imaginary.
I am working on a project about the psychological underpinnings of human cooperation.
This project analyzes data from the Boston Reentry Study (BRS), a longitudinal study of 135 men and women leaving prison for the Boston area.
Germany has developed a public culture of remembrance that mixes victims and survivors with perpetrators to the point of interchangeability. Numerous centers and museums recall the Nazi period and the Holocaust.
Evolution acts all around us, all of the time, yet this process continues to be misunderstood and misrepresented. This project seeks to create an app whereby the user intuits the logic of natural selection and genetic drift while playing an addictive and fun game.