Finance & Administration

Friedl Business Center

The Friedl Business Center is the management center for the departments in the Friedl Building:  African and African American Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Program in Latino/a Studies, and the Program in Literature.  

Financial transactions, budgets, financial statements, payroll (non-student), travel, reimbursements, financial transfers, hiring/interviewing/evaluation of all departmental staff, hiring other personnel, all flow through our offices.  In addition to the financial transactions, the Business Center processes foreign national visitors.  Conferences and other meetings for the building departments can be planned, assisted, or coordinated with the Business Center.  Any building maintenance that is outside of department space is routed through our offices, among many other business activities.  So please, if you have any questions, we will try to look into it for you.  Feel free to come and see any one of us!

Thank you!

Pam Terterian,  Administrative Manager

Contact Information

Pam Terterian, Administrative Manager
224 Friedl Building
(Faculty, Departmental Budgets/Financial Oversight/Approvals, Building Departments Staff Development, Postdoc Payroll, Building plans oversight)

Nicole Brady, Staff Accountant
223 Friedl Building
(Departmental finances/reconciliations/AAAS, Literature, Latino/a Studies corporate card & reimbursements)

Tracy Carhart, Corporate Card/Reimbursement Assistant
222 Friedl Building
(Cultural Anthropology corporate card & reimbursements)

Maria Maschauer, Events and Visitors Specialist
221 Friedl Building
(Building events, Special Events, Foreign Visa Specialist)


Department Events


The Institute for Critical Theory is hosting a three day conference:

Contradictions that Matter: Sex, Ontology, and Apocalypse
Featuring: Slavoj Žižek, Mladen Dolar, and Alenka Zupančič

April 11-13, 2018
Jameson Gallery / 115 Friedl Building

There is no registration; all interested parties are welcome.  Please see attached flyer and this weblink for more details.  

The Institute for Critical Theory presents 

April 19th  - Eric Cazdyn “The Blindspot” film and lecture 5pm-6:30pm Friedl 107



Expense Reports

The Vice President of Finance & Treasurer has issued a new corporate card policy that will suspend a corporate card for 90 days for any unassigned transaction (a transaction for which no receipt has been turned in and entered into an expense report).  The Friedl Business Center is making the necessary changes to our own internal deadlines in order to meet these requirements, effective immediately (September 19, 2016):

All corporate card receipts are due in the Friedl Business Center (Tracy or Nicole) by the 15th of every month.  (i.e. Sep receipts due October 15).  On or around the 10th of each month, Tracy and Nicole will send you a list of outstanding transactions as your only reminder.  Please be sure to include all of the necessary information needed to clear your transactions.  No other follow-up emails will be sent requesting receipts.

At any time you can view your own outstanding transactions by going to, my info tab, my expenses tab, then go to ‘manage corporate card transactions’. 

The full policy is  posted to the Duke Finance page (New Corporate Card Policy) and the addendum is below.

Thank you!


Corporate Card Policy for Untimely Postings Addendum

The IRS Accountable Plan rule requires that any business expenses include appropriate documentation, i.e. receipts and permissible business purposes. No personal charges are permissible. In support of this regulatory requirement as well as the clean close initiative related to federal grants, Duke University requires timely processing and reconciliation of all transactions related to corporate card expenses.

Unassigned Corporate Card Transactions

Corporate card transactions for which no action has been taken prior to the published untimely posting schedule are defined as unassigned transactions.

• These expenses will be posted to losses and damages, based upon the applicable departmental funding sources.

• These unsubstantiated transactions will result in card suspension.

Assigned Corporate Card Transactions

Corporate card transactions that have been included in an expense report but not routed through all approval levels prior to the untimely posting deadline are incomplete and defined as assigned transactions.

• All corporate card charges must be incorporated into an expense report with appropriate receipts and documentation. These must be routed for approval by the untimely posting deadline.

• Expense reports for which appropriate approval levels are not completed by the published untimely posting schedules will be posted to losses/damages, based upon the applicable departmental funding sources, and may result in card suspension, if there are recurring untimely postings.

• If the cardholder has provided the required information and the initiator has not taken action or approvals are delayed, departments may elect to take corrective action for the initiator or the approvers who have not taken the necessary action. No action will be applicable for the cardholder.

• Reports will be provided to management centers and business managers for those individuals who have multiple occurrences of assigned transactions.

Requests for Reinstatement of Cardholder Privileges:

Requests for reinstatement of cardholder privileges may be submitted after a 90 day period. A form has been developed to facilitate these requests, and it will be posted to the Employee Travel website. The receipts and business purposes should be attached to the form.

• In the event that receipts and permissible business purposes are not provided to support the unsubstantiated expenses, the corporate card will not be reinstated.

• Approvals will be required by the business manager and management center, if applicable.


Other Events


Grad Students

Join Duke Story Lab on Saturday afternoon from 1:00-4:00 PM for a workshop on storytelling games, more commonly known as role-playing or tabletop games. We'll give you a quick primer on this style of gaming and then jump right in to playing! Snacks and drinks provided.

Our attendance is limited to 10 people to ensure a smooth gameplay experience, so reserve your spot by picking up a free ticket on Eventbrite now!




Sarah Rogers

Has environmental damage in the Amazon region of South America progressed to the point that it will soon bring about the collapse of the entire Amazonian ecosystem? The February 2018 issue of the journal Science Advances suggests that the answer may be yes.

This alarming prospect will be discussed and debated during a special webinar April 5 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm EDT as part of Amazon Frontiers, the Fourth Annual Global Brazil Conference at Duke University. The webinar, Is the Amazon at a Tipping Point?, will feature international experts participating both at the conference and remotely from throughout the Americas, and will include representatives from the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network; the Sustainable Amazon Foundation and National Institute for Amazon Research, both in Brazil; and experts from Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of Texas-Austin, the Smithsonian Institution, and other organizations. Leaders of the indigenous Kuikuro Nation in Brazil’s Xingu Valley will also be present.

Members of the public are welcome to join the meeting either in person or via the internet. The location will be East Duke Bldg. rm. 209 on Duke’s East Campus, 1318 Campus Drive, Durham, NC.

To join the meeting online, go to on your browser and enter the following information:

Meeting number: 735 146 501


Meeting password: Fg3wUxtS

For a full conference program, go to:

Paul Baker, Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences:
Kenneth Maffitt, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies,, 919-681-3981

Female Genital Cutting, Transnational Encounters, and Supporting Human Rights in the South, April 5

The event will be held on Thursday, April 5th, 4:30 – 6:00 pm, in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke, Room 101.

To RSVP for the event, email by noon April 2nd.



The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in conjunction with Duke Information Science + Studies, the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge, Duke Libraries, and the Department of English present "Digital Matters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies," a Digital Humanities symposium to be held at Duke on April 6-7. Speakers will consider new directions in digital research and methodologies, especially those that think creatively about digital publication, data analysis, and interdisciplinary scholarly and pedagogical collaborations. Workshops will showcase current projects and give participants the opportunity to develop familiarity with technical skills. Plenary speakers include Dr. Cheryl Ball, director of the Digital Publishing Collaborative at Wayne State University Libraries, project director for Vega, and editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; and Dr. Vaughn Stewart, Director of the Digital ACT Studio at UNC-Greensboro. For full program details, see the program website at, or contact Dr. Jessica Hines at 



Wednesday, April 11 at 6:00PM, 107 Gross Hall, Ahmadieh Family Auditorium,

The Liberators: Ernie Gross and Don Greenbaum

In honor of Yom HaShoah, The Duke Center for Jewish Studies in connection with the Coalition for Preserving Memory is proud to welcome Ernie Gross and Don Greenbaum.  Ernie Gross survived the horror of Dachau, while Don Greenbaum helped to liberate the Camp as part of Patton’s Third Army.  Please join us for a dialogue between these exceptional men, followed by a reception.


Ernie Gross was born in 1929 in Turtz, Romania. His father was a salesman and his mother was a Romanian language tutor. He was one of nine children but two passed away in their infancy.  In April 1944, when Ernie was 15 years old the Hungarian government deported him and his family to the Seulish ghetto for three weeks and then to Auschwitz, where he lost his parents and younger siblings.  Within days he was sent to the first of several labor camps where Ernie spent nearly a year.  When he was no longer strong enough to work, the Nazis sent Ernie by train to Dachau.

On April 28, 1945, the train was stopped due to heavy bombing by American troops.  The train arrived at Dachau a day later than planned. On April 29, 1945, the same day that Ernie Gross arrived at Dachau, the American army liberated the camp.  Ernie was standing in line with other prisoners awaiting their death when they saw the German guards and soldiers throw down their weapons and flee.

Ernie spent the next several months in a displaced persons camp and in September 1947 finally immigrated to New York City and then Philadelphia to where his father’s three sisters lived. He learned English and worked in various jobs to support himself. In 1957 he married his wife Bella Berger, who also survived concentration camps. Together with Bella, Ernie has three sons and two grandchildren. He earned his GED from Northeast High School and then worked as a business owner in several different business ventures including a grocery store in Olney, a janitorial service, a cafeteria in Germantown, a lunch truck at Temple University, and a grocery store on South Street in Center City.

In 1976 Ernie lost Bella to cancer.  He remarried in 1981 to Roza and gained three additional grandchildren. In 2009 he lost Roza to dementia. Ernie has remained active in his retirement reading the Torah and acting as Gabi at his synagogue and working occasionally as a courier and driver. He is a member of the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, and has contributed a video archive for the Shoah Foundation at University of Southern California and an audio archive for Gratz College. He speaks at area schools, churches, synagogues and community groups, and impresses upon his audiences that even though people have differences, it is important to not hate and to understand that we are all equal.

 Don Greenbaum served in World War II as a forward observer, operating on the front lines.  Don earned a Purple Heart in Germany on Nov. 9, 1944, and after his release from an army hospital, fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Under the command of General George Patton’s Third Army, he and the troops in his divisions (283rd Field Artillery Battalion) were among the first Americans to liberate Dachau concentration camp on April 29, 1945.  Don has spoken at Gratz College, at public schools and at synagogues about his experiences. The Shoah Foundation videotaped him, telling his story of being a liberator and how that experience has changed his life.  Don and his wife Shelley were invited to travel to Poland and participate in the 2012 March of the Living.  

The Institute for Critical Theory is hosting a three day conference:

Contradictions that Matter: Sex, Ontology, and Apocalypse
Featuring: Slavoj Žižek, Mladen Dolar, and Alenka Zupančič
April 11-13, 2018
Jameson Gallery / 115 Friedl Building

There is no registration; all interested parties are welcome.  Please see attached flyer and this weblink for more details 


Macchia versus Memory? Outlining inner images

A lecture by Nicola Suthor
History of Art, Yale

Monday April 16
5 pm
Reception at 4:30pm

Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall
Smith Warehouse, Bay 4
First Floor 

Jane S. Richardson Lecture
April 17 | 4:30-6:30 p.m.
French 4233

Biophysicist Jane Richardson, the James B. Duke Professor of Medicine & Biochemistry, developed the now ubiquitous method of visualizing the 3D structure of proteins called the Richardson or Ribbon Diagram. She now works on computational biology, physical biochemistry, protein design, protein folding and structure, RNA biochemistry, structural biology and x-ray crystallography.

This lecture is part of the annual Natural Sciences in the 21st Century Colloquium, sponsored by Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Natural Sciences Division.

The Institute for Critical Theory presents 

April 19th  - Eric Cazdyn “The Blindspot” film and lecture 5pm-6:30pm Friedl 107



Payment Requests

For Payment Requests, please be sure to see the staff assigned to your department.  You will need to include all of the information necessary to process your payment.  If payments are for travel, you will need who the travel was for, the dates and purpose of travel, time you left for the airport, and any other information requested.  A more detailed explanation is available from the business center contact assigned to your department.  Also, please be sure to note on your receipts whether or not the receipts are for reimbursement to you, or if the receipt is for a corporate card reimbursement.

Do not pay anyone out of pocket and expect reimbursement.  All payments to individuals must be paid directly by Duke to the individuals.


Research Accounts

Transfer thresholds for the start of each fiscal year are as follows:

1.     If the beginning balance of the faculty research account as of July 1 is less than or equal to $5,000, 100% of the annual research amount will be deposited in July.

2.     If the beginning balance of the faculty research account as of July 1 is greater than $5,000 but less than $10,000, 50% of the annual research amount will be deposited in July with the remaining amount deposited on request.

3.     If the beginning balance of the faculty research account as of July 1 is greater than $10,000, all deposits will be on request.

Note: After the initial July transfers, any additional transfers must be made through a deposit request. There is currently no mechanism to trigger automatic transactions based on date, balance level or other criteria.


Payroll Building

The Graduate Student Payroll is handled in the individual departments.  All other payroll is handled in the Business Center.  Please DO NOT have anyone start to work, DO NOT promise anyone funds, DO NOT promise anything payment-wise, until you discuss with Nicole or Pam in the Business Center.  There are (surprisingly!) so many issues involved when it comes to paying people at Duke.  What applies to one person does not necessarily apply to another.

Anything to do with Payroll, paying someone for any type of work, or an 'allowance' or 'fellowship'... must be run through the Business Center to make sure that it can be done.  Also, keep in mind, paying someone takes a lot of time.  There are permissions and forms, etc.,etc.,etc., so, I just like to let everyone know ahead of time.



Visiting Scholars - African and African American Studies (AAAS)

Name  University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor Project Description


Young Hyo Lee

Professor in the Department of History Education, Jan 2017 Michaeline Crichlow According to Young Hyo Lee, "This study is to trace the transatlantic migration movement of American Blacks in the nineteenth century."




No Visiting Scholars


Name  University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor Project Description


Jennifer Pechhold Freie

University, Berlin, Germany Sept 2015 Tommy DeFrantz “I would like to enhance my knowledge in the field of culture, specifically music culture and identity."

Yuping Wang

Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China Tommy DeFrantz My research topic will be “The Black Prodigy and the White Consciousness: unraveling the Wheatley riddle,” a research project directed at the intersection of history, race, and literature.”

Jerlando F.L. Jackson

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin Nov 2015 Tommy DeFrantz Jerlando came to African and African American Studies while on sabbatical at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor Project Description


Zhao Shuyan
(Jane Austin)
University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China Feb 2014 Sandy Darity According to Zhao Shuyan, her specific area of research is women's health and5rb v rights protection.
Guo Xi Inner Mongolia University,
Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China

Dec 2014 Sandy Darity

According to Guo Xi, his area of research is basic public services and its policy. 

Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor Project Description


Carlos Garrido Castellano

University of Granada, Spain
Now, University of Lisbon, Portugal

July 2013 Michaeline Crichlow According to Carlos, "I will do research on Carribean Cultures and art." 


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Li Zhang Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, Nanjing, China

August 2012 Sandy Darity

According to Zhang Li, her research topic at Duke is Income inequality and history of economic thoughts.

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Lihua Zhao

China West Normal University, in Nanchong, China August 2011 Sandy Darity

According to Lihua, her research topic is Spatial Politics of 20th Century African-American Fiction.


Visiting Scholars - Center For Global Studies and the Humanities

Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor Project Description


Juliana Matasova)

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine January 2017 Walter Mignolo According to Juliana, “Full title of research - "Female Artists and the Desired Ukraine: The Ukrainian Female Singer-Songwriter Tradition (1990-Present) as Transformative Social and Artistic Practice".  Area of research: decolonial, area and border, translation studies; women's and gender studies, body studies; ethnomusicology; critical theory.”
Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor Project Description


Edgar Forster University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland January 2016 Walter Mignolo According to Edgar, his specific area of research is Global Studies and Education.
Fernando Montenegro Sandoval From Quito Ecuador And the Industrial Technical Institute Int. in Mexico City, Mexico February 2016 Walter Mignolo According to Fernando, "The main topics I will entertain is the relation between literature works and different geopolitical approaches, with the US-Mexican Border as the most important scenario in which those discussions take place."


Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor Project Description


Yan Fang The School of Chinese Language and Literature, Central China Normal University, Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China August 2015 Walter Mignolo According to Fang Yan, “My research will focus on the topic of “the theory-traveling of Chinese Marxist literary theory from the perspective of coloniality/decoloniality”, which will involve areas of research such as comparative literary theory studies, modernity/coloniality studies, the geopolitics of knowledge studies.”
Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor Project Description


Estevão Fernandes Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil Feb 2014 Walter Mignolo According to Estevão, his research interests are attending and help organize the workshops “The Art of Democratic Revolution” and “The Global Goes Native: Integrating Indigeneity to Global Issues”.
Haiyan Xie School of Foreign Languages, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China March 2014 Walter Mignolo According to Haiyan Xie, “Literary translation and cultural studies are my field of studies, and now modernity is my specific area of research because I'm now doing a research about "Lu Xun's translation and its appeal to modernity".
Julio Roberto de Souza Pinto The House of Representativves, Training Center, Training and Enhancement Program Graduate, Brasilia, Brazil Aug 2014 Walter Mignolo According to Julio, "I'll be studying the concept of coloniality as a starting point to understand the social, economic and political formation of Brazil."
Zhu Feng China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, China Aug 2014 Walter Mignolo According to Zhu Feng, "I intend to do research in the field of postcolonial studies."
Dong Jo Kang Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea Sept 2014 Walter Mignolo According to Dong Jo, “I will write my dissertation.” called, “Not reached modernization of Korea made by the mistranslated term “modern” and misperceived Western modernity”.
Name University Dates  Email Duke Faculty Sponsor Project Description


Miguel Mandujano Estrada University of Barcelona, Spain April 2013 Walter Mignolo According to Miguel, he is working on writing the article "The 'P'urhépecha' Spring; Toward A Decolonial Reading Of The Restoration Of 'Good Government In Cheran, Mexico" and the chapter "An Assessment From The South; Cheran And The Relevance of Subaltern Cosmopolitanism".
Andrés Argüello Parra Universidad Santo Tomás Bucaramanga, Colombia October 2013 Walter Mignolo According to Andrés, his field of study is the philosophy of education.  His specific area of research is Decolonizing Pedagogy and its ethical issues on emerging societies.
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Pamela Tala-Ruiz Received her doctorate from the Universidad de Chile, in Santiago, Chile, and came to Duke to do postdoc research Feb 2012 Walter Mignolo Pamela's research topic is: "Latin American Literature, and research about young writers (under 40 years old)'s novels and how they are showing the phenomenon of migration".
Yu Kuang Beijing Normal University, Beijing China Aug 2012 Walter Mignolo According to Kuang Yu, his research topic at Duke are, "literary criticism/European thoughts history/philosophy of politics/German Romantic Studies/Comparative studies of west and Chinese poetics."
Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor  Project Description


Rebecca Fuchs University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany September 2011 Walter Mignolo

According to Rebecca, her research topic is, "I write my dissertation in American Studies about Caribbean literature and globalization. My particular focus is on contemporary diaspora novels dealing with dictatorships in the Caribbean and how they narratively challenge colonial structures in knowledge and historiography."




Visiting Scholars - Cultural Anthropology


Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor Project Description
Yuxi Cao Director of the Training Center, China International Intellectech Corp, Beijing, China January 2016 Ralph Litzinger According to Yuxi, her research plan is finding what source can make the demographic dividend sustainable in China, and induce how the technology innovation dividend effects US economic growth. 
Lang Jing Nankai University, Tianjin, China

August 2016  Ralph Litzinger According to Lang Jing, "My major in China is the Theory of Literature and Art and the direction of my research focus on Modern Chinese film."                             
Liu Liu Minzu University of China, Beijing, China August 2016 Louise Meintjes, Ralph Litzinger, Judith Farquhar        According to Liu Liu, “I wish to further my studies in anthropology theories and dance anthropology methodologies at Duke."



Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor Project Description



No Visiting Scholars



Lin Di

Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin Province, China September 2014 Ralph Litzinger According to Lin Di, “My research area is the focus on the Urbanization of Chinese Migrant Workers.”

 Man Yang (Judy Yang)

Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei, China

December 2014 Ralph Litzinger According to Man Yang, her field of study is Anthropology of media.


Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor Project Description


Lijuan Yan Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China June 2013 Ralph Litzinger According to Lijuan Yan, her area of interest is about China's migrant labors and cultural heritage and development of ethnic minorities. 
Magnus Stenius Umeå University, Sweden October 2013 Orin Starn According to Magnus, his specific area of interest is, embodied ethnography and phenomenological theory.
Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor Projecct Description


Haifei Wang

Lanzhou University, in Lanzhou, China August 2012 Ralph Litzinger

According to Haifei, his research topic at Duke is visual anthropology and culture anthropology.

Zhuoma Zengji
"Zomkyid Drolma"

Minzu University of China, Beijing, China

September 2012 Ralph Litzinger According to Zomkyid Drolma, her research topic is anthropological theories, ethnographic methods, and China studies.


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Luo Kanglong Jishou University, Jishou City, China Aug 2011 Ralph Litzinger According to Luo Kanglong, "My Research Topic is about Ecological anthropology, cultural adaptation, and Cultural Anthropology."
Ruifang Wang Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China Aug 2011 Ralph Litzinger According to Ruifang Wang, her research interests are rural social changes, lifestyle changes under the influence of modernization, the minorities’ migrant labor. 



Visiting Scholars - The Program in Literature

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Anna Helle University of Jyväskylä, Finland Jan 2017 Michael Hardt According to Anna, “I am planning to write my forthcoming book.  My specific areas of research are (Finnish) contemporary literature, experimental poetry, (French) literary theory, affects and emotions in literature and reading, capitalism and contemporary literature.” 



Min Liu Huangshi City, China Sept 2016 Ken Surin According to Liu Min, her research area of interest includes English and American Literature and literary criticism.



Lea Muldtofte Olsen Aarhus University, Sweden Feb 2015 Negar Mottahedeh According to Lea, "I will be visiting and collaborating with associate professor Negar Mottahedeh and working with other relevant researchers and professors, and writing my midterm dissertation
Wang Xingkun Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin, China  March 2015 Michael Hardt According to Wang“My area of research is the concept of “common” in Chinese and western thought, especially the relationship between the common, the public and communism. My field of study is the  comparison between Chinese classical thought (esp. Confucianism and Legalism) and western radical and critical thought, with the aim to reach a synthesis.”
Axel Cherniavsky University of Buenos Aires, Argentina Oct 2015 Michael Hardt According to Axel “I intend to pursue research on the reception of the Hegelian philosophy in the XXth century in France.”
Cheng Hongwu University of Jinan, Jinan, China Oct 2015 Toril Moi According to Cheng Hongwu "My academic interests are gender theory, and the comparison of western feminism and Chinese feminist literature. I want to do the research about the new trends of American literature since the new century."
Bruna Della Torre de Carvalho Lima University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil Dec 2015 Fred Jameson According to Bruna, the area of her research is “to investigate the relation between the reification process and the crisis of narrative regarding Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno’s debate during the 1930’s.”
Eduardo Altheman Camargo Santos University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil Dec 2015 Fred Jameson According to Eduardo, the area of his research is, “to develop an analytical articulation of Foucault’s theories of disciplinary society and biopolitical and neoliberal governmentalities, on one hand, and Marcuse’s diagnosis of one-dimensional men and society, on the other.”
Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor Project Description


Shen Chu “Lisa Shen” Tsinghua University, Beijing, China Jan 2014 Ken Surin According to Shen Chu, “I will study how the translation of children's literature in the early twentieth-century China is manipulated and maneuvered by the interplay of nationalism and cosmopolitanism.
Anouch Kurkdjian Cidade Universitária, São Paulo, Brazil Jan 2014 Fred Jameson According to Anouch, her research is on literary theory.
Pedro Mendes Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Brazil Mar 2014 Michael Hardt According to Pedro, “My research is about "the formation of the multitude within the globalization process as political, estetical and ethical (among others);autoformation of the individuals". It involves political theory on globalization, critical theory and philosophy.”
Shane Denson Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Englisches Seminar/American Studies, Hannover, Germany Aug 2014 Mark Hansen According to Shane, "The title of my project is "Serializing Digital Community: A Media-Archaeology of Serialization Practices in Computer Games and Digital Media Culture."
Johannes Björk Umeå University, Sweden Aug 2014 Michael Hardt According to Johannes, the research he will conduct will, “focus upon the aesthetic experience of Swedish workers in the late 19th century as a ground for politics and methodological and political presumptions within the institution of comparative literature and the way in which these presumptions in an unreflected, not to say unconscious way, have been decisive in dissociate a field of proletarian literature from literature as such by what may be called an exclusion by homage.”
Thangamani Ravichandran "Ravi" Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India Aug 2014 Kate Hayles According to Ravichandran, “I intend to pursue research on the interface between literature, technology and environment from global and pedagogical perspectives. My area of research comprises Posthumanism, Ecocriticism, Cybercriticism, Climate Fiction and Ecotopia. As part of developing pedagogical strategies for teaching courses on the field of technoliterature with a focus on environment.”
Xiaowu Huang Working for Central Compilation and Translation Bureau as an editor first in the Journal Foreign Theoretical Trends and in the Journal Marxism and Reality, in Beijing, China Sept 2014 Michael Hardt According to Xiaowu Huang, "I will do research on Italian Marxism especially the New Left at Duke. The title of my project is study on Italian New Left."
Jussi Ojajärvi Oulu, Finland Sept 2014 Michael Hardt and Fred Jameson According to Jussi, “I will be doing research on the field of literary theory (concepts of class, political unconscious, cognitive mapping) and contemporary (in particular, Finnish) literature.”
Chen Xin Tsinghua University, Beijing, China Sept 2014 Ken Surin According to Chen Xin, the title of my project is resistant writing-Studies on Nadine Gordimer within Perspective of Post-colonialism. My research field is post-colonialism, French Philosophy, and Third World Literature.
Inge Hinterwaldner University of Basel, in Basel, Switzerland Oct 2014 Mark Hansen According to Inge, she is writing her habilitation thesis on "Fluid Form Conceptions: Preliminaries for an Aesthetics of Ephemeral Images".
Li Wei Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China Oct 2014 Ken Surin According to Li Wei, “My area of research is western critical theories in the 19th and 20th Century, and I am going to collect documentations for my PH.D dissertation about Matthew Arnold’s cultural theories.”



Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor Project Description


Anne Berit Lyngstad Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway Jan 2013 Toril Moi

According to Anne Berit, “I intend to work on my ph.d dissertation in Scandinavian Studies and Comparative Literature (The novel as a Performative Hybrid. Biographical Staging in Contemporary Scandinavian Prose).”

Anna-Klara Bojo Göteborgs University, Göteborg, Sweden Jan 2013 Michael Hardt

According to Anna Klara, her area of research concerns the limits and possibilities of expressing subjective experience in language.

Vidar Thorsteinsson From Iceland and
University: Ohio State University, USA
Jan 2013 Michael Hardt and
Kate Hayles

According to Vidar, his ongoing doctoral research is in the field of cultural and social theory. 

Qing Zang Nanjing University, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, China Aug 2013 Rey Chow

According to Zang Qing, my research focuses on gender study, aiming to re-evaluate the contribution of female writing to contemporary Chinese literature and reconsidering the relationship between western feminism and Chinese female writing.”

Yufeng Xu “Anna Xu” East China Normal University, Shanghai, China Dec 2013

Ken Surin

According to Anna Xu, she is doing research on culture and poetry.

Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor


Mauricio Berger Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina January 2012 Michael Hardt
Tatiani Rapatzikou

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

March 2012 Ken Surin
Jiansheng Hu Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China April 2012 Ken Surin
Li Cao

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

July 2012 Michael Hardt
Shu Wang Zhijiang College of Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China September 2012 Mark Hansen
Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor


Jussi Ojajärvi University of Eastern Finland (2011-), and the University of Tampere, Finland (-2010) January 2011 Fred Jameson
Pierre-Louis Patoine University of Paris 8 in France, and the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada August 2011 Kate Hayles
and Michael Hardt
Nanna Bonde University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark September 2011 Kate Hayles
Cheng Lu Fudan University, Shanghai, China November 2011 Ken Surin


Name University Dates Email Duke Faculty Sponsor


Tao Qi

Anhui University, Hefei, China

January 2010 Ken Surin
Fusheng Wang Jilin University, Changchun, China January 2010 Ken Surin
Lanjun Qin Peking University, Beijing, China August 2010 Michael Hardt
Peter Waites Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden August 2010 Kate Hayles
Sylwia Chrostowska University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 2010 Ken Surin
Tammy Castelein Utrecht University, the Netherlands November 2010 Michael Hardt
Bram Ieven Utrecht University, the Netherlands November 2010 Michael Hardt
Lingli Yuan Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China December 2010 Ken Surin
Hao Zhou Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China December 2010 Ken Surin



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Lovorka Gruic-Grmusa University of Rijeka, Croatia June 2009 Kate Hayles
Lv Na "Lu Na" "Luna"

Jilin University, China

August 2009 Ken Surin
Yanlin Shi Renming University of China. Beijing, China September 2009 Ranji Khanna
Anna Maria Thiemann Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany October 2009 Kate Hayles


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Weihua He Tsinghua University, Beijing, China August 2008 Fred Jameson
Hoonsung Hwang Dongguk University, Chunggu, Seoul, Korea August 2008 Jan Radway
Qinghong Xu

Anhui University, Hefei, China

September 2008 Jan Radway
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Michael Kühn Universtiy of Hannover, Hannover, Germany January 2007 Michael Hardt


Michael Epp Peterborough, Ontario, Canada September 2006 Jan Radway
Fang Li Chongqing, China September 2006 Michael Hardt
Julia Almedia Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

November 2006 Jan Radway
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Magnus Wennerhag Lund, Sweden January 2005 Michael Hardt
Catherine Driscoll

University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

August 2005 Robyn Wiegman
and Jan Radway
Yuqiong Wang

Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China

August 2005 Fred Jameson
Guo Jun

Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China

September 2005 Jan Radway
Marit Kathryn Corneil

NTNU, University of Trondheim, Trondheim, Norway

November 2005 Jane Gaines