Graduate Student Affiliates

Kimberly Bain, Department of English

Kimberly Bain joined the Department of English at Princeton University in 2015. Her most pressing intellectual interests include: transnational American literature and the literatures and cultures of the Global South (with a particular focus on Hong Kong, the Caribbean, and India). More broadly, her interests have consolidated around questions of diaspora, structural power, resistance, embodiment, trauma, and subjectivity as a character and as a reader in narratives of postcolonialism and enslavement. She also makes frequent forays into media studies, digital humanities, and machine aesthetics.

Joe Bucciero, Department of Art & Archeology

Joe Bucciero is a first-year graduate student in the Department of Art & Archaeology. His research so far has focused on the postwar avant-garde in the United States, in particular the broader category of “minimalism” as it developed in New York across multiple media (art, music, performance, cinema). He is the co-author, with Michael Blair, of Young Marble Giants’ Colossal Youth (Bloomsbury, 2017) and co-editor, with Lawrence Kumpf, of Blank Forms, a semiannual journal covering time-based art. He received a B.A. in 2015 from Columbia University, where his thesis focused on the artist Donald Judd’s place within American art history and intellectual history.

Eden Consenstein, Department of Religion

Eden Consenstein joined the Religion in the Americas subfield in 2015, after completing a B.A. in religious studies at the University of Toronto and an M.A. in religious studies at New York University. Her Master’s thesis, “Buying into Ordinary: Polygamy and Consumerism on Reality Television” looked at depictions of consumerism and domesticity in two reality television shows about fundamentalist Mormon families. Her research at Princeton investigates the connections between religion, information, media, business, and politics in the United States during the mid-twentieth century.

Jessica Cooper, Department of Anthropology

Jessica Cooper is a fifth year graduate student in the Department of Anthropology. Her dissertation examines the systems of evidence and ethics practiced in two mental health courts in Northern California. Mental health courts are novel criminal courtrooms that aspire to move criminal offenders with psychiatric diagnoses out of jails and into community mental health programs that are provided and overseen by the courtroom. In ethnographically documenting the practices of everyday life in two mental health courts and the clinics with which they collaborate, the dissertation explores how social relationships oriented around care between courtroom professionals and offenders both are influenced by and direct criminal justice reform. Jessica holds a B.A. in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.A. in the social sciences from the University of Chicago.

Justin Fowler, School of Architecture

Justin Fowler is a Ph.D. candidate at the Princeton School of Architecture and a founding editor of Manifest, a journal of American architecture and urbanism. He received his M.Arch at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and previously studied government and the history of art and architecture at the College of William and Mary. He is the editor of Evolutionary Infrastructures by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi (Harvard GSD, 2013), an assistant editor of Invention/Transformation: Strategies for the Qattara/Jimi Oases in Al Ain (Harvard GSD, 2010) and his writing has appeared in Volume, Pidgin, Speciale Z Journal, Thresholds, PIN-UP, Domus, Conditions, and Topos, along with book chapters in Material Design: Informing Architecture by Materiality (Birkhauser, 2010), and Aircraft Carrier: American Ideas and Israeli Architectures after 1973 (Hatje Cantz, 2012). He has worked as a designer for Dick van Gameren Architecten in the Netherlands, Somatic Collaborative in Cambridge, and managed research and editorial projects at the Columbia University Lab for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab) in New York. He also served as managing editor for C-Lab issues of Volume magazine and co-directed think tank research for the GSAPP/Audi Experiments in Motion initiative.

Sean Fraga, Department of History

Sean Fraga is a doctoral candidate in the history department. He studies the cultural history of place in the United States, especially the ways people use technology to understand and shape their surroundings. His dissertation, “Ocean Fever: Water, Trade, and the Terraqueous Northwest,” argues that Americans went west in order to participate in Pacific Ocean commerce. As part of his research, he organized the 2016 American Studies graduate student conference, “Water and the Making of Place in North America,” with Julia Grummitt and Kimia Shahi. In spring 2019, Fraga will teach AMS 413, “Writing About Cities: Place And Memory,” a seminar in which students will develop proposals for new monuments to be added to Princeton’s campus. For more information, follow @seanfraga or visit

Brian Gingrich, Department of English

Brian Gingrich (B.A. Southwestern University; M.A. German studies, Stanford University) studies modern literature from America and Europe, and he’s also interested in American cinema, Freud, aesthetics, notions of realism, and narrative style. His dissertation focuses on the concept of narrative pace in modern fiction: its crafting, its indeterminateness, its spatial and temporal composition, and its ultimate correspondence to what we try to understand, socially, as the pace of modern life.

Ahmad Greene-Hayes, Department of Religion

Ahmad Greene-Hayes is a doctoral student in the Religion in the Americas subfield, and an interdisciplinary scholar pursuing graduate certificates in African American studies and Gender and Sexuality studies. During the 2016-2017 academic year, he worked with Professor Wallace Best as the graduate student coordinator for the Department of African American Studies’ faculty-graduate seminar, “Sexuality in African American Communities and Cultures.” His research interests include Black religion(s), African American Pentecostalism, Holiness Movements, gender and sexuality in Black churches, and 19th-20th century African American and Africana religious histories. He is the past recipient of fellowships and apprenticeships from the Mellon Mays Foundation, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Creating Connections Consortium (C3), and he currently holds the Princeton University Program in American Studies’ 2017 Pre-dissertation fellowship, along with the Dean’s and President’s fellowships; the Ford Foundation Predoctoral fellowship (2017-2020); and the 2017-2018 Yale University LGBT Studies research fellowship.

Julia Grummitt, Department of History

Julia Grummitt is a graduate student in the Department of History. She studies 19th-century North America with a specific interest in visual and material culture. Her work places landscape painting, cartographic practice and representations of Native American/First Nations peoples into dialogue with histories of territorial sovereignty, treaty making, and the continental expansion of the United States.

Before coming to Princeton, Julia received her M.A. in history from Trent University (Peterborough, Canada) where her thesis about Camilo José Vergara’s repeat photography in post-industrial American cities was awarded the President’s Medal in the Master of Arts. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts with combined honours in the history of science & technology and in Canadian studies from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada), where she received the University Medal in Canadian Studies.

Casey Hedstrom, Department of History

Casey N. Hedstrom is a graduate student in the Department of History, where she studies the cultural, intellectual, and political history of the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Her dissertation project examines the Civil War pension system, a sprawling and contested federal program that raised — and raises — questions about the nature of disability, work, welfare, and the reach of the state in late 19th-century America. She is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the City University of New York, Brooklyn College.

Janet Kong-Chow, Department of English

Janet Kong-Chow is a graduate student in the English department. Her interests include contemporary African-American literature, racial identity formation (and fluidity), transnationalism and diaspora, collective memory, violence and trauma, cultural commodification, and visuality. She received her B.A. in English and history from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.

Benjamin Lindquist, Department of History

Benjamin Lindquist began working on a Ph.D. in the Department of History in 2015. Before coming to Princeton, he studied studio art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (B.F.A.) and Yale University’s School of Art (M.F.A.) and taught art history and art theory at Butler University and Purdue University.

Benjamin has received fellowships from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the American Society of Church History, the Strong National Museum of Play, and Creative Time. He was an Al Held Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy in Rome and a Fulbright Research Scholar in Zurich, Switzerland. He has presented over a dozen papers, both nationally and internationally, on the sensory and visual culture of American religion.

His publications include “Mutable Materiality: Illustrations in Kenneth Taylor’s Children’s Bibles,” Material Religion, Volume 10, Issue 3 (September 2014) and “Testimony of the Senses: Latter-day Saints and the Civilized Soundscape,” Western Historical Quarterly, Volume 46, Issue 1 (Spring 2015). The latter won the Western History Association’s Bert M. Fireman Prize.

Caleb Maskell, Department of Religion

Caleb Maskell is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Religion. His dissertation, “The Kingdom of God and the Transformation of American Religious Imagination, 1830-1877” tells the story of the way that the discourse of the Kingdom of God moved from the margins to the mainstream of American religious life, becoming a lingua franca for describing widely diverse visions of the American religious future. He earned a bachelors degree in fundamentals from the University of Chicago in 2000 and a masters degree from Yale Divinity School in 2004. Before coming to Princeton, he was the Associate Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale.

Jason Molesky, Department of English

Jason’s research and teaching span all periods of American literature, with a focus on 20th- and 21st-century narratives about fossil energy extraction. His interests include the modern metropolis, immigrant and ethnic literatures, proletarian fiction, disaster and environmental writing, and critical race theory.

Jason holds an M.F.A. from the University of Mississippi, where he was a Grisham Fellow in creative writing. His fiction and nonfiction take inspiration from his family’s experiences in the coal camps and steel towns of northern Appalachia, including his own previous career as a fourth-generation underground coal miner. His most recent work deals with extreme energy extraction, particularly the cultural and environmental implications of hydrofracturing (fracking).

For more on Jason’s research, writing, and photography, or to view his CV, please visit

Wangui M. Muigai, Department of History of Science

Wangui is a graduate student in the history of science program with broad interests in race and medicine, history of childhood, and American cultural history. Her research focuses on medical and public health ideas about mortality at the turn of the twentieth century. She received her A.B. in history and science from Harvard in 2009.

Heath Pearson, Department of Anthropology

Heath Pearson is a Ph.D. candidate in the anthropology department and a graduate student affiliate of the Department of African American Studies and the Program in American Studies. He is currently undertaking ethnographic fieldwork in a county on the east coast with four prisons, exploring what happens over time to local institutions and organizations after prisons become the main employer for residents. His most recent article, “The Prickly Skin of White Supremacy,” explores the co-constitution of race and place in Huntington, Indiana, and the many ways racialized violence lingers in the land throughout multiple generations. He was a Lassen Fellow in the Program in Latin American Studies in 2013-14, the recipient of an AMS summer research prize in 2014, and a recipient of a Center for Health & Wellbeing summer research prize in 2015. He co-organized the American Studies Graduate Student Conference, “Life & Law in Rural America: Cows, Cars and Criminals.” He also spends a great deal of time listening to music.

Emily Prifogle, Department of History

Emily incorporates her legal and policy backgrounds into the study of 20th-century American history. Her dissertation prospectus, “Views from the Midwest: Rural Communities, Law, and Nation in the Twentieth Century,” examines local government structures in rural Midwestern communities in an effort to make “the rural” legible in new ways to historians as well as legal scholars. Emily is also interested in public history, narrative, and micro-history projects. Her previous work has focused on recovering marginalized voices within twentieth century social movements, including the civil rights and women’s rights movements.

Leslie Ribovich, Department of Religion

Leslie Ribovich entered the Department of Religion in the religion in the Americas subfield in 2011. Her interests include the relationship of church and state in the United States, contemporary character education programs, the history of teaching morality in schools, gender, virtue theory, and religion in the public sphere. She received a B.A. cum laude in Religion and English from Barnard College, earning distinction on both senior theses. Her Religion senior thesis was on the universalizing of moral values in the public sphere among thinkers in the character education and New Atheist movements. Leslie is also a recipient of the Beinecke Scholarship.

EB Saldaña, Department of Anthropology

EB Saldaña’s research interests include mental health, American health and insurance policy, adolescence, archives and paperwork, experts and expertise, privatization, and emotional labor. Her current work investigates the rising rate of young people in out-of-home care in Kentucky from the perspectives of young people who have been identified as requiring the highest levels of specialized care by the Kentucky foster care system. Before coming to Princeton, she worked in a variety of youth-oriented nonprofits after earning a B.A. in ethnicity, race, and migration from Yale.

Ezelle Sanford, History of Science Program

Ezelle Sanford III is a doctoral candidate at Princeton University’s Program in the History of Science. Working at the intersection of history, black studies, and anthropology, he studies race, medicine, and public health from the 19th century to the present. Specifically, his research interests trace the role of black medical professionals, the institution of the black hospital, contemporary health policy, and health activism. His dissertation project, “A Source of Pride, A Vision of Progress,” proposes to uncover the complex inter- and intra-racial social relationships within and surrounding the Homer G. Phillips hospital of St. Louis, Missouri, while providing new insights for writing institutional history.

Kimia Shahi, Department of Art and Archaeology

Kimia Shahi is a graduate student in the Department of Art & Archaeology. She studies the history of American art with a focus on landscape and geography in the 19th and 20th centuries. Kimia is particularly interested in maps and cartography and their historical intersections with the visual arts in relation to national and cultural identity. Related interests include the roles of vision and representation in cross-cultural exchange and encounter, spatial history, globalism, environmental and ecological history and theory, as well as contemporary art and artists that address these and similar themes. Kimia received an A.B. in art history from Dartmouth College in 2009, followed by an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, in 2012. Last year, she was the recipient of Princeton’s George S. Heyer Graduate Fellowship in American/Modern Art History. This year, she joins the Princeton University Art Museum as a McCrindle Intern in the department of American art, where she will work on the upcoming exhibition Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment (2018).

Shelby M. Sinclair, Departments of History and African American Studies

Shelby M. Sinclair is a doctoral student in Princeton University’s Departments of History and African American Studies focusing on 19th and 20th century Black women’s intellectual history. She is interested in the development of Black feminist theory and praxis in the context of revolutionary struggle. She is currently working to construct a transatlantic intellectual history that uncovers the fraught historiography of sexual violence as a theme in Black internationalist thought. She seeks to reveal the ways that theory on space, place, citizenship and subjecthood is intimately linked to Black women’s bids for sexual respectability. Shelby earned her B.A. with honors from Stanford University where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and recipient of the George M. Frederickson Award for Excellence in Honors Research.

Joel Suarez, Department of History

Joel Suarez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History. His dissertation, “Work and the American Moral Imagination,” examines the values ascribed to work in the wake of its transformation in the latter half of the 20th century. With an emphasis on social critics, novelists, the poor, and the working class, he explores how contending visions of the good life were challenged and reconstituted amid changes wrought by deindustrialization and the ascent of low-wage service sector work.

Tszkit Yim, Department of East Asian Studies

Tszkit Yim is a graduate student in the Department of East Asian Studies, after completing a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature and an M.Phil. in Comparative Literature in the University of Hong Kong. His current research investigates the changing configurations of Chinese diaspora in and beyond contemporary China, intersecting transpacific Asian American studies, inter-Asia cultural studies, and postcolonial Hong Kong studies. His dissertation tackles the infrastructural poetics and migratory optics of Chinese diaspora since the Cold War to the present, through modernist architecture, street photography, and cartographic/cinematic representations of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, and global Chinatowns in New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Toronto, etc.