University of Pittsburgh

2014-2015 Fellows

Early Career Residential Fellows

These recent PhDs of extraordinary promise are scholars-in-residence at the Humanities Center for the full academic year, taking part in all Center activities, including their own lectures and colloquia.

Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra
Receiving her PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University, where she specialized in Latin American and African literatures, Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra is currently an assistant professor in the English Department at the University of Mississippi, teaching courses in world, Anglophone, and postcolonial literatures.

While in residence at the Humanities Center, Magalí will be completing the manuscript of her first book, a large-scale study of novels about dictators in Latin American and African literatures, titled "Critical Engagements: Reading Novels about Dictators on the Southern Axis." Her articles and book reviews have appeared in the Latin American Literary Review, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and e-misférica. Two essays on the African dictator-novel are forthcoming in the collection Unmasking the African Dictator: Essays on Postcolonial African Literature (2014). Magalí was also the guest editor of the most recent issue of the journal The Global South (7.2; 2013).


Jason Stevens
Jason Stevens has taught at Harvard University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has been a fellow of the National Humanities Center in Durham, North Carolina. His work focuses on mid to late 20th century American literature and U.S. cultural and intellectual history, with emphases on the intersections of fiction, popular culture, religion, and ethnicity. His first book was God-Fearing and Free: A Spiritual History of America's Cold War (Harvard University Press 2010). His writings have also appeared in boundary 2, American Literature, Literature/Film Quarterly, The Flannery O'Connor Review, and The Immanent Frame. Additionally, he is the editor of New Essays on Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping, Gilead, and Home (forthcoming from Brill).

While an Early Career Fellow at the Humanities Center, Jason will be completing a book project on American film noir and making preparations for the international conference "Protestantism on Screen" (Wittenberg, June 2015), of which he is a co-sponsor.


Internal Faculty Fellows

These fellows are Pitt faculty members awarded time released from teaching in order to advance work on their books while in dialogue with other fellows and the larger Humanities Center community.

Armando García, Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Jonathan Platt, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Gayle Rogers, English, Literature Program
William Scott, English, Literature Program
Gavin Steingo, Music
Molly Warsh, History


Short-Term Fellows

During their short, several-day stays with us, these scholars in the Humanities Center deliver lectures, colloquia, or seminars.

Nancy Struever, Professor Emerita at Johns Hopkins University

Randall Balmer, Mandel Family Professor in the Arts & Sciences and Chair of the Department of Religion at Dartmouth University

Robert Hariman, Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University

Gary Tomlinson, John Hay Whitney Professor of Music & the Humanities and Director of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University

John Brewer, Eli and Edye Broad Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of History and Literature at the California Institute of Technology

Ben Lerner, Professor of English at Brooklyn College



Past Fellows







Colloquium Series

Thursdays, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
602 Cathedral of Learning