Mertz Library Humanities

Fellows, Scholars, & Interns 2016

Mellon Junior Fellows, Summer 2016

Katherine Briant
M.A., Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University (anticipated 2017); B.A., English, University of Rochester

Research: A codicological study of a 13th-century medical manuscript – analysis of the production, transmission, and reception of a collection of texts produced in France in the second half of the 13th century.

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Lauren Trahan
Fordham University (2016)
B.A. in Natural Science and Visual Arts

Research: Examining the Historical Practice of Botanical Illustration and Exploring New Visual Techniques for the Modern World—new thought on the intersections between plant scientific knowledge and botanical representation; interactive, technical ways (digital imaging; 3-D modeling) through which plant anatomy and science can be communicated.

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CUNY–NYBG | Humanities Institute Graduate Research Fellowship, Summer 2016


Matthew Devine
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Ph.D. student in Environmental Psychology. Adjunct Lecturer, LaGuardia Community College.

Research: Modern cultural-historical and social relationships with the natural world. Study of the New York City Plantsman’s Ledger, 1793–1795, an account book by an anonymous plantsman, providing a unique cultural-historical account of 18th-century life in lower Manhattan.

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Kaitlin Mondello
The Graduate Center, CUNY
M.A., M.Phil. Ph.D. Candidate in English. Adjunct Professor, Hunter College

Research: Transatlantic science and literature in the 19th-century; exploring developments in natural history as represented in the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Emily Dickinson. Study of John Torrey’s Calendarium Florae for the Vicinity of New York, 1818-1820—a manuscript recording daily excursions and flower sightings in New York.

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MELLON VISITING SCHOLAR at Humanities Institute, Summer 2016


Victoria Johnson
Hunter College
Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, Hunter College, The City University of New York. The Birkelund Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, 2015-16.

Research: David Hosack and the First Medical Botanical Garden in the Republic.

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INTERN, at Humanities Institute, 2016-17


Haley Hauge
Fordham University
Marketing Major and Visual Arts Minor in the Gabelli School of Business.

Responsibilities: Assist and organize all outreach for the Humanities Institute. Develop marketing and promotional materials as well as other visual documents for administrative use.

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ASSISTANTSHIP, Collaborative Pilot Program NYBG-Columbia University, History in Action, 2016-17


Robert Corban
Graduate Student, Department of History, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University

Research and professional experience in the fields of environmental history, agricultural history and the history of science. Conduct research and organize preparatory work for the symposium and workshop “Biodiversity and its Histories,” for Spring 2017.

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Support for the Humanities Institute provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation