Post-Doc for Dr. Kristiana Willsey in Boston

IMG_1630Liberal Arts and Sciences is going to miss Kristiana Willsey a lot when she heads off to Boston next September.  She has just been awarded a Fellowship at the American Academy of Art and Sciences for emerging scholars where she will be working on revising her dissertation for book publication.  l

The American Academy of Art and Sciences established the Visiting Scholars Program  in 2002 as part of an Academy-wide effort to promote the work of early-career scholars. It provides residential fellowships for post-doctoral scholars and untenured junior faculty who are working on projects relating to American history, culture, and public policy from the founding period to the present. The Program offers scholars an academic year for research and writing free from teaching and administrative duties, a collaborative work environment, and the opportunity to interact with Academy members.

Kristiana will be part of a vibrant interdisciplinary group. Tuesday afternoon gatherings are required  and that is when she will be presenting her research, discussing ideas with Academy members, and meeting with editors, publishers, and fellow scholars of different career stages in different fields. True, she will have to leave the balmy Los Angeles weather for snow and sleet to take advantage of this opportunity, but she says she is up to the challenge and still has lots of cold weather gear from her time in Indianapolis.

Kristiana has been a vital part of the LAS community from her first semester.  She began teaching Cultural Studies, but she has also been a valuable instructor for the senior Capstone courses and she has collaborated with Maggie Light in developing their Ways of Knowing course for the Foundation year.  Additionally, she has developed new courses such as Fairy Tales and New Media.

She still has a few more months left in the L.A. area.  Flag her down, congratulate her on the well deserved fellowship, and wish her luck on this next great adventure.  We will just have to wait for the book…