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-20th century.

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.

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

Luke Naessens, Department of Art and Archaeology

Luke Naessens is a graduate student in the Department of Art and Archaeology, focusing on post-war and contemporary art in the United States. His research examines primitivist tropes in Postminimalist, feminist and ecological art in the 1970s, considering artistic practices of site-specificity, ritual and research in dialogue with contemporaneous Native American discourses on land rights and cultural appropriation. Luke received a B.A. in art history and English literature from Trinity College Dublin in 2013, and an M.A. in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2014, and prior to coming to Princeton worked on the curatorial team in the Barbican Art Gallery, London.

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

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.

Jessica Womack, Department of Art and Archeology

Jessica Womack studies modern and contemporary art from the Caribbean and is interested in nation building, identity (re)formation, diaspora, and performance. Her dissertation focuses on Jamaica after independence in 1962 and seeks to examine the connections and negotiations between artists, arts institutions, and Jamaican, British, U.S., and Cuban government officials. She received her AB in art history with high honors from Dartmouth College. Before coming to Princeton, she held curatorial and programming positions at the Hood Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.

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.