Previous Postdoctoral Scholars
Sean Everette Gantt, CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2014-2016
Assistant Director of Education, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez, CO
Sean Everette Gantt earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico before joining CRRES as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2014. Following his CRRES Fellowship, Sean accepted a position as Assistant Director of Education at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, CO. Sean is a visual and public anthropologist with training in archaeology and ethnography, specializing in Southeastern U.S. Native American Studies and focusing on economic development, indigenous self-representation, and identity. His dissertation, entitled “Nanta Hosh Chahta Immi? (What are Choctaw Ways?): Cultural Preservation in the Casino Era,” investigates the long-term impacts of tribal economic development programs on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians reservation in East-Central Mississippi.
Diana Martha Louis, CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2014-2016
Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies and American Culture, University of Michigan
Diana Martha Louis received her Ph.D. in English from Emory University in July 2014. Following her Postdoctoral Fellowship with CRRES, she accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and American Culture at the University of Michigan. Her research pursues the intersections of Disability Studies and Critical Race Studies with respect to issues of mental illness in African American life. Her current project, The Colored Insane: Slavery, Asylums and Mental Illness in 19th-Century America, examines the impact of major transformations in both American psychiatry and African Americans’ social condition—the end of one of America’s prototypical institutions of confinement and the expansion of another, slavery and asylums, respectively.
Nicole Ivy, CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2013-2015
Museum Futurist, American Alliance of Museums
Public Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Washington D.C.
Nicole Ivy earned her Ph.D. in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale University in 2013. Following the conclusion of her Postdoctoral Fellowship with CRRES, Nicole became an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow in Washington, D.C., where she now works as a Futurist with the Center for the Future of Museums. In this her unique role as a Futurist with a formation in History, Nicole collaborates with museums, educators, and researchers to innovate museum practice and conducts research on the history of labor organizing in the nonprofit sector. Her scholarly research centers on the race, gender, technology, and the politics of memorialization.
Julie Lee Merseth, CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2013-2015
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University
Julie Lee Merseth received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2013. After finishing her Postdoctoral Fellowship with CRRES in 2015, she accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. Her areas of specialization are situated in the field of American politics with a dual and overlapping focus on race and immigration. Her research is especially animated by questions of how racial and ethnic politics in the United States are changing as a result of fast-growing populations of immigrants, largely from Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Her current book project, tentatively titled, Beyond Panethnicity: Immigration and the Challenges of Racial Solidarity, investigates the potential and pitfalls of forging a race-based political solidarity among Asian Americans and Latinos.