Glick Fellows 2011

In 2011, Cathy and Craig Glick, members of our Dean’s Advisory Board, donated $100,000 to the School of Liberal Arts. Each year for the next five years, SLA’s Executive Committee will name four outstanding SLA faculty members to be Glick Fellows. These individuals will receive funds to support their scholarly or creative pursuits. Young Glick Fellows will be chosen from assistant professors who are developing their dossiers for tenure and promotion. Senior Glick Fellows will be either associate or full professors who are advancing their careers and gaining an international reputation.

This year we are proud to announce the first four Glick Fellows:

Senior Glick Fellows:


Vicki Mayer

Vicki Mayer is an Associate Professor of Communication and Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Television and New Media. She has authored or edited four books about media production, producers, and audiences. Following on the heels of a decade of research into media production economies and media labor, her new project, "The Making of Hollywood South: The Cultural Economy of Film Production in New Orleans" will provide the opportunity to look back to the origins of film production in our city. Although statewide tax incentives has sustained the local film economy most recently, city officials and entrepreneurs have long looked at the city as a good site for film locations and labor. Her particular focus for the fall will be to look at the 1920s-1930s, the decades preceding and postdating crises precipitated by flooding and economic depression (sound familiar?). This archival research will reflect her ethnographic work on local cultural economies as well as contemporary cultural policies that incentivize film through massive tax breaks. She wishes to thank the Glick family for their generous support.


Rosanne Adderley

Laura Rosanne Adderley is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. She holds a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from Yale University and a Ph.D. in African Diaspora History from the University of Pennsylvania. Her scholarly and teaching interests focus on the social and cultural history of communities of African descent. Her research particularly explores the black experience during the years of the Atlantic slave trade and black enslavement throughout the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. She focuses on the nineteenth century, and the long decades during which these systems of slavery and slave trading were gradually dismantled. She is also especially interested in the history of the Caribbean basin. Her current research project is tentatively entitled, "Horrors Committed" : a Story of Slave Ship Rape and International Abolition in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World. This proposed microhistory will explore a single slave ship case for which there is detailed evidence of assaults committed during the Atlantic crossing followed by years of diplomatic and legal maneuvering being Great Britain and Spain to investigate the case, prosecute the perpetrators, and to settle the Africans as free people in the Caribbean. For the spring semester of 2012 she has received a four-month fellowship at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University. Although her tenure at the Gilder Lehrman Center is limited to four months, the Glick Fellowship support will facilitate a full six-month stay in New Haven. The sabbatical time will be primarily devoted to working on the slave ship microhistory; using research conducted in Britain and Spain over the past decade, and taking advantage of the voluminous documentary sources related to slavery and abolition in Yale University Libraries.

Young Glick Fellows:


Michelle Foa

Michelle Foa is an Assistant Professor of nineteenth-century European art in the Newcomb Art Department. She completed her doctorate in 2008 at Princeton University and is currently writing a book on the Neo-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat. Her book, entitled Picturing Perception: The Work of Georges Seurat, situates Seurat’s pictures as an investigation into our sensory perception and comprehension of the external world, and as an exploration of new ways to evoke these experiences in pictorial form. It will be the first book-length study to take Seurat’s complex engagement with various aspects of visual experience as its central focus. Michelle will spend her research leave next fall working on the completion of her manuscript. The Glick Fellowship will enable her to spend one month in Paris, France, carrying out research on particular aspects of late nineteenth-century French science and culture at the Bibliothèque nationale de France and other libraries and archives.


Rebecca Atencio

Rebecca Atencio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research analyzes representations of the Brazilian military dictatorship in literature and popular culture. She is currently completing a book project about how literary fiction has responded to, and helped inform, government policies seeking to redress dictatorship-era human rights crimes. The Glick fellowship will allow Rebecca to spend several weeks in Brazil next fall researching two new government initiatives with direct bearing on her current project: the proposed creation of a National Truth Commission and the inauguration of Brazil’s first national memorial dedicated to victims of political repression. The results of this research will be published in the form of an epilogue to the book she is presently completing and will also jumpstart a second project on memorials and monuments in post-dictatorship Brazil.

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