2022-23 Top-Up Fellowship Winners
Gabriel Carter (English)
Edmund (Ned) Molder (Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies)
Amani Ponnaganti (Geography)
Aida Arosoaie (Anthropology)
Cynthia Baeza (Curriculum and Instruction) is a PhD student from the Curriculum and Instruction Department. She is a WCER, Ed-GRS, and a Top Up Fellow. Her primary research interest is in the intersection between Bilingual and Science education for Latinx emergent bilingual students. She is in the process of completing a minor in the Science and Technology Studies (STS) field to promote cross-disciplinary integration, civic engagement, and critical thinking in bilingual and science education. Cynthia joins the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a 7-year teaching experience. Her experience in teaching and leadership has led her to plan and facilitate professional development for educators and educational leaders at the local, state, and international levels. Cynthia hopes her research will enhance high-quality science education in bilingual programs for emergent bilingual students.
Joshua Doyle-Raso (Medical History and Bioethics) started at UW-Madison in 2018, after completing his BA History at McGill University in Montreal and earning an MA in History and International Development Studies at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Josh is beginning his PhD dissertation work in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, examining how the health and healing strategies of migrant agricultural workers have historically undergirded international labor and food supply chains in North America. Specifically, his work examines how central Mexican laborers who travel to work on Ontarian fruit and vegetable farms have navigated their health both at home in Mexico and at work in Canada. His work examines the ways in which health, disease, injury, and community creativity and resilience have shaped our present world.
Patrick Walsh (History) investigates the cross-talk between bacteriology, immunology and endocrinology in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries in America in his dissertation. As a historian of biology and medicine, he cares about how biology becomes therapy, and how therapy becomes biology. He is grappling especially with the notion of “pasteurization,” and what this meant for the physiological sciences, the life sciences, and for therapeutic industries. Walsh takes seriously the provocation that the twenty-first century is the “century of the microbe,” and he thinks that the advent of germ theory is a rich place to begin re-evaluating histories of self, the organism and biological practice.
2020-22 Top-Up Fellowship Winners
Xerxes Minocher (School of Journalism and Mass Communication) is interested in how communities shape, and are shaped by, digital technologies. Their dissertation research explores how communities of practice respond to the emergence of AI technologies. Using case studies of both mundane and controversial instances of AI technology, this work reflects on the politics of knowledge at play in the development, adoption, and contestation of ‘AI’.
Amanda Rose Pratt (English) is a PhD student in English with a concentration in Composition and Rhetoric. Her research examines the way psychedelic substances are constructed as therapeutic from the perspectives of psychedelic science and psychedelic publics. Situated at the intersection of conversations within critically engaged rhetoric of science, science and technology studies, and phenomenology, this project works to understand the unique relationships between psychedelics, science, and publics, with an underlying goal to intervene in important and timely conversations around access, equity, diversity, and inclusion in psychedelic studies.
Prince Vincent-Anene (History) examines the place of technology in African societies and how technologies imbricate culture, politics and religion. His research interest also revolves around the question of laboratory, and he aims to trace laboratories beyond the western epistemic traditions of built infrastructures.
Yiping Xia (School of Journalism and Mass Communication) is a PhD student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research looks to form a grounded understanding of people’s engagement with news, drawing from the long-standing emphases by STS on epistemology, expertise, and situated knowledges. Working with colleagues, he has also conducted and published studies on digital disinformation and journalist-audience relationships on social media.
Yidong (Steven) Wang (School of Journalism and Mass Communication) is a PhD candidate at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Informed by cultural studies and queer theory, his research focuses on communication ecology and community media. He has been working on a dissertation with LGBTQ communities in Beijing, China and Madison, Wisconsin. He has professional training in journalism and performed publicity work for multiple organizations.
2019-21 Top-Up Fellowship Winners
Kallista Bley (Geography) is conducting research related to water quality monitoring and public health governance.
Chloe Haimson (Sociology) is a doctoral candidate in the Sociology department. Her research examines both the direct and indirect consequences of incarceration, as well as the discretionary decisions made by professionals working in the criminal justice system. For her dissertation, she is focusing on the role of parole supervision after prison in the reentry process and how parole agents perceive, as well as make choices about, the reentry trajectories of the people they supervise. She is interested in the rising role of algorithmic risk prediction tools in this process, as well as its impact on the broader criminal justice system.
Zhe Yu Lee (Geography) is a PhD student in the Department of Geography. He is developing a PhD project oriented around the knowledge politics of land-related bureaucratic practice in Indonesia. He has broader interests in how scientistic epistemological frameworks that became dominant during the 1950-1970s in the context of global decolonization and Cold War geopolitics have consequentially structured techno-managerial imaginaries of contemporary global environmental governance. His research draws on scholarship in subfields as diverse as political history, science and technology studies, political ecology, critical development studies, socio-legal studies, history of social sciences, social studies of neoliberalism, critical international relations as well as environmental and agricultural history.
Mariam Sedighi (Educational Policy Studies) is specializing in Comparative International Education and Global Studies. Mariam is broadly interested in the ways individuals make meaning of different systems of truth — such as imperialism, Islam, and globalization—and how those different discourses translate into material, social, and ethical practices.
Patrick Walsh (History) is a historian of modern biology. His current project examines the life and work of nineteenth-century French physiologist Charles Brown-Séquard, who is famous (and infamous) for his unconventional experiments on blood, nerves, glands and gonads. Brown-Séquard’s work provides an insight into how biological “life” was articulated, navigated and then defined in the nineteenth century, and how this elusive concept was translated into technologies of the body. Walsh’s project tracks how the concept of “life” changes with time, and how it persists as an ongoing intellectual issue in contemporary scientific debates.
2018-20 Top-Up Fellowship Winners
Rod Abhari (Communication Arts)
Ayodeji Adegbite (History)
Kate Carter (Political Science)
Margaret Earley (Sociology)
Adam Hayes (Sociology)
Siddharth Menon (Geography)
2016-18 Top-Up Fellowship Winners
Daniel Bornstein‘s (Sociology) research focuses on the use of sustainability standards to regulate large-scale agriculture. A number of multi-stakeholder schemes have emerged to govern the environmental and social impacts of biofuel production. Daniel is interested in the role of third-party auditors tasked with verifying companies’ compliance. What forms of evidence do they consider valid, and how do they incorporate the perspectives of local communities?
Dagoberto Cortez‘s (Sociology) dissertation investigates how doctor-patient interactions are socially organized and co-constructed in cancer clinics. He uses ethnographic observations of clinic visits, draws on conversation analysis to interrogate audio recordings of these visits, and utilizes in-depth semi-structured interviews to explore interactions between terminal lung cancer patients and their doctors and to examine medical decision-making. The project analyzes: 1) how patients diagnosed with non-curable lung cancer, their caregivers, and oncologists talk about the cancer; 2) how important information from diagnostic tests (e.g., CAT scans, MRIs, PET scans) is presented; and 3) how treatment decisions are made, given that the patient has already been diagnosed with having an incurable disease.
Laura Alex Frye-Levine studies the articulation of environmental knowledge at the intersection of ecology and society. Her dissertation examines processes of heterodoxy in the community of practice known as ecological economics.
June Jeon’s (Nelson Institute & Sociology) research investigates the production and reproduction of ignorance in scientific laboratories with combination of historical and ethnographic methods. Specifically, he intends to demonstrate how environmental scientific researches are shaped by public policy, corporate influence, and socio-historical contexts, and that, therefore, the production of scientific knowledge and ignorance are tied to various forms of manufactured ignorance.
Zhe Yu Lee‘s (Geography) research interests encompass the legacies of social processes behind the scientization of environmental and economic knowledges in the Cold War geopolitical context (i.e. with the advent of technics of statisticalization, quantification, metrics, classification) and how they have led to the contemporary dominance of “expert-driven” modes of land, environmental and sustainable development governance in many different parts of the world, particularly in Southeast Asia.
Madeleine Pape (Sociology) studies the intersections of gender, governance and science through three case studies: 1) the gender eligibility regulations of international sports governing bodies, 2) the NIH regulations for sex/gender inclusion in preclinical health research in the US, and 3) gender mainstreaming in research and innovation in the European Union.
Stephanie Velednitsky‘s (Geography) work combines science and technology studies and post-colonial theory to study science’s role in producing, circulating, adjudicating and distributing industrial risks among diverse parts of society.