DeGooyer Named a Radcliffe Institute Fellow

Willamette University Bearcat Bulletin
May 14, 2018
By Tara M. Gregg

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has selected Stephanie DeGooyer to be a Radcliffe Institute fellow. Not only was the pool of applicants outstanding, but the disciplinary breadth of Radcliffe’s incoming fellowship class is impressive: from a scientist seeking a solution to water scarcity in North Africa and the Middle East to a celebrated documentary photographer best known for her iconic images of carnival strippers and Nicaragua’s Sandinistas. DeGooyer joins more than 50 women and men in the 2018–2019 Radcliffe fellowship class as they pursue work across the sciences, social sciences, humanities and arts.

As the 2018–2019 Frieda L. Miller Fellow, DeGooyer will pursue an individual project in a community dedicated to exploration and inquiry at Harvard’s institute for advanced study.

“We’re delighted with this new group of exceptionally talented fellows,” says Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen RI ’02, the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in Harvard’s Department of History, “and we are excited to see what the coming year holds, as they each embrace the unique intellectual and creative freedom that a Radcliffe fellowship offers.”

While in residence, fellows at the Radcliffe Institute present lectures and exhibitions to the public, participate in cross-disciplinary study groups, and work closely with undergraduate Harvard students who serve as research partners.

At the Radcliffe Institute, DeGooyer will make progress on her book manuscript, “Acts of Naturalization: Immigration and the Early Novel,” which investigates citizenship and immigration law from the perspective of eighteenth-century literature. By returning to the period that saw some of the earliest claims to humanitarian recognition by states, DeGooyer reveals how legal and prose fiction engaged a controversy about naturalization as a subject for investigation and as a frame for literature itself. Her project argues that eighteenth-century literature is a progressive place from which to reimagine immigration criteria today.

DeGooyer is an assistant professor of English and women's and gender studies. She is a co-author of "The Right to Have Rights" (Verso Books, 2018) and has published or has forthcoming articles in ELH, Humanity, and The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. DeGooyer writes about literature, politics and gender for venues such as The Los Angeles Review of Books, frieze, and Public Books.

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study is a unique space within Harvard University—a school dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across all disciplines. Each year, the Institute hosts about 50 leading scholars, scientists, and artists from around the world in its renowned residential fellowship program. Radcliffe fosters innovative research collaborations and offers hundreds of public lectures, exhibitions, performances, conferences, and other events annually. The Institute is home to the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, the nation’s foremost archive on the history of women, gender, and sexuality. The Radcliffe Institute has awarded more than 900 fellowships since its founding in 1999. 

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