DPDF Fellow Spotlight Videos

Aynne Kokas



DPDF alum Aynne Kokas discusses the value of conducting pilot research during her DPDF fellowship and how her participation in the Visual Culture research field has informed her career choices thus far. She is currently adapting her dissertation on Sino-U.S. media co-production into a book manuscript titled “Shot in Shanghai: Blockbusters, Social Networks and Sino-U.S. Media Convergence.” Her other current research focuses on the circulation of U.S. environmental media on Chinese social networks. Aynne received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently a Baker Institute Fellow in Chinese media and a sustainability postdoctoral fellow at the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. She will be Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Media Policy at the University of Virginia beginning in the fall of 2014.

Rebecca Woods



DPDF alum Rebecca Woods discusses the enriching experience of interacting with her DPDF colleagues from diverse disciplines and with diverse research interests within Animal Studies, as well as how she has maintained connections with those colleagues since her fellowship experience. Woods’ research focuses on the interplay between livestock and environment in North America, New Zealand, and Australia, and efforts to maintain populations of rare and “historic” livestock breeds. She is currently a doctoral candidate in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Stuart Schrader



DPDF alum Stuart Schrader discusses the insights he gained from discussions with his DPDF colleagues and faculty directors regarding inherited understandings of global urbanism, as well as how his experience visiting Jakarta, Indonesia with his fellow DPDF field alumni in 2012 influenced his thinking about the field of Provincializing Global Urbanism. His research examines race and urban risk management in U.S. cities from the late 1960s to the past decade. He is currently a doctoral candidate in American Studies at New York University.

Rachel Meltzer



DPDF alum Rachel Meltzer elaborates on how her work on developmental and neighborhood change has evolved since her participation in The Political Economy of Redistribution. Her research centers on issues related to housing, economic development and local public finance, and how public policies in these areas affect individuals, neighborhoods and cities. Current projects look at how and why retail and commercial services change in neighborhoods undergoing economic and racial transitions. Meltzer earned her doctorate in Public Policy/Public Administration and M.P.A. from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University is an Assistant Professor of Urban Policy at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.

Ramzi Fawaz



DPDF alum Ramzi Fawaz discusses how his dissertation research on radical politics and superhero comic books developed through his participation in the 2007 research field Visual Culture. More broadly, Fawaz’s research focuses on the relationship between literature and popular culture and 20th century social movements, with particular attention to the cultural politics of civil rights, black power, and women's and gay liberation. Fawaz received his PhD in American Studies from George Washington University in 2012 and was previously Visiting Lecturer of English & American Studies at George Washington University and Georgetown University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a specialty in Queer Theory/LGBT Studies.