George Aumoithe


George Aumoithe is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the history department. He specializes in 20th century U.S. history and the history of public health.

Brenda Chang


Brenda Chang graduated from Cornell University in 2010 with a double major in Mathematics and Economics and from UC Berkeley in 2012 with an MPH in Epidemiology/Biostatistics. Currently, she is a PhD student in biostatistics at the Columbia University Medical Center campus. Her research interests include functional data analysis of brain imaging data and the epidemiology of retroviruses.

Candace Cunard


Candace Cunard is a PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature, interested primarily in the eighteenth century novel and the participatory literary culture within which it begins to develop. She is also interested in issues surrounding the intersections of gender presentation, generic convention, models of authorship/authorial personae, and the increasing authority of the novel as a genre.

Allison Dewitt


Allison Dewitt graduated from New York University magna cum laude with a double major in German and Italian literatures. As an undergraduate she became interested in the connections between European and Islamic cultures, particularly in Dante and Goethe. She is now finishing her first year as a PhD student in the Italian department, and she is interested in exploring Dante’s relationship to the Islamic world and Arabic literature and philosophy, as well as this larger cross-cultural phenomenon throughout the middle ages.

Kirk Fiereck


Kirk Fiereck is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University, with academic training in the natural sciences (B.S. in biochemistry), public health (M.P.H.) and the social sciences (M.Phil. in sociomedical sciences / medical anthropology). His research and intellectual interests include the ethnography of biomedicine, public health and expertise; globalization and global health; political economy; postcolonial studies; public health ethics and bioethics; science and technology studies; sexual theory; sexuality, gender, feminist and queer studies; social movements; and risk and the articulation of social difference.

Benjamin Hansberry


Benjamin Hansberry has BA's in music and philosophy and an MA in music theory. His research deals in epistemological issues in music theory and analysis. In addition to music theory, epistemology, and "meta-music-theory," he is interested in Schenkerian analysis, analysis of 19th-century German art song, and philosophy of mind.

Caroline Marvin


Caroline Marvin is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Psychology department. Her current research aims to figure out more about curiosity – how it works and how it affects subsequent memory. The idea is to explore whether we view information that we’re curious about as a reward, i.e., in the same way we might view money or chocolate. She is looking at how curiosity might change across the lifespan; She has examined undergraduates and older adults, and she is looking to start studies in adolescents.

Holly Myers


Holly Myers is a PhD student in Slavic Languages and Literatures, with a major in Russian Literature and a minor in Central Asian Cultures. Her research interests include twentieth-century Soviet literature, contemporary Russian-language literature, cinema, musicology, and gender studies.

Philip Rodenbough


Philip Rodenbough's research interests are at the intersection of polymer chemistry, material science, and organic electronics. In his current project he is investigating the use of the azide-alkyne Huisgen cycloaddition in the formation of semi-conducting polymers that feature triazole groups. This involves demonstrating the advantages of click chemistry reactions, which are characteristically clean and efficient.

Matthew Sanger


Matthew Sanger is engaged in researching the beginnings of sedentism, establishment of permanent towns, and the development of regional identities within Native American communities more than three thousand years ago in coastal Georgia and Florida. He is investigating two large, ritually-charged village sites in order to better understand how native peoples refashioned their material and social worlds and were able to establish long-lived villages with well-defined identities.