Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Dhanveer Brar

    Black Cultural Studies and Critical Theory

    Ph.D., Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2006

    Project: Blackness, Radicalism, Sound: Black Consciousness and Black Popular Music in the U.S.A (1955 - 1971)

    Dhanveer Singh Brar is a scholar of black studies specializating in the intersections of black critical thought, black radicalism, and culture. He has taught at Goldsmiths College (University of London), Central St.... (more)

  • Kevin Connolly


    Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2011

    Project: Learning to Perceive Color

    Kevin Connolly works on perceptual learning, cases in which a person (often an expert) perceives the world in an improved way because of prior exposure or practice. As a Mellon Fellow with the Forum, he is focusing... (more)

  • Nicholas Gaskill

    American Literature and Visual Culture (19th–early 20th century)

    Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006

    Project: Vibrant Environments: The Feel of Color from the White Whale to the Red Wheelbarrow

    Nicholas Gaskill studies nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century U.S. literature, philosophy, and visual culture. He’s currently writing a book on U.S. literature and theories of color perception at the turn of the... (more)

  • Gina Rivera


    Ph.D., Harvard University, 2013

    Project: The French Instrumental Origins of Tone Color

    Gina Rivera is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the Penn Humanities Forum of the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Harvard University, with a dissertation on... (more)

  • Ruth E. Toulson

    Cultural Anthropology

    Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2009

    Project: The Color of Death: Ritual, Materiality, and the Corpse

    Ruth E. Toulson is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on overseas Chinese populations in Southeast Asia. Broadly, her research examines the relation between religion and politics in Southeast Asia,... (more)