Jordan Buysse is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Virginia. His dissertation, “The Word and the Bit: Information in 20th/21st Century Fiction,” joins the recent history of the term information with literary aesthetics in order to assess the legacy and future of the technologized word. His teaching in the English department includes such courses as The Literature of Artificial Intelligence and Writing about the Internet.
Alicia Caticha is a doctoral candidate in the history of art and architecture at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation, “Étienne-Maurice Falconet and the Matter of Sculpture: Marble, Porcelain, and Sugar in Eighteenth-Century Paris,” understands the sculptor Falconet as a key interlocutor between Enlightenment aesthetic theory and artisanal production outside the Academic sphere.
Alyssa Collins is a doctoral candidate in the English department of the University of Virginia. Her dissertation, “Racing the Posthuman: Blackness, Technology, and the Literary Imagination,” looks at the intersections of race and technology as depicted in twentieth-century and contemporary African American literature, digital culture, and new media. When she is not writing her dissertation, she writes about race, superheroes, and embodiment around the internet.
Justin Greenlee is a doctoral candidate in art history at the University of Virginia, where he works on topics pertaining to late medieval and early modern art in Italy. His research often deals with objects that are created, acted on, and restored many times—works that frustrate a study of the moment of creation and require an analysis that moves across time and geographic borders. His areas of interest include the history of art and humanism, the collecting practices of the Byzantine émigré Basilios Bessarion, and the Kardashians.
Sarah McEleney is a doctoral candidate in Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Virginia, studying the postwar literary history of the Soviet Union. Her participation in the DASH-Amerikan project was an element of her role as a fellow in the Praxis Program during 2016–17. Her interests include digital humanities, data science, and twentieth-century Eastern European literature and cultural history.
Joseph Thompson is a doctoral candidate in the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History. His dissertation, “Sounding Southern: Music, Militarism, and the Making of the Sunbelt,” traces the economic and symbolic connections between popular music and the US Cold War military to reveal defense spending’s disproportionate influence on the formation of sonic and political color lines in the late twentieth century.