Two new Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows have joined Hampshire through the World Language Enrichment and Acquisition (WLEA) program during academic year 2010/11.
Daniel Altshuler’s focus is in language, mind, and culture. Altshuler holds a doctorate in linguistics and a certificate in cognitive science from Rutgers University. He studies meaning and context in language, focusing on Russian and the recently extinct Native American language Osage. Russian, along with English, is his first language. He taught a course in fall 2010, “Discovering the Rules of Language,” that was a nontraditional introduction to linguistics, focusing on those two languages as a way to learn to study others. He is teaching “Literature and Cognition” during spring semester 2011.
Judith Flores Carmona’s focus is critical literacies and pedagogies. Flores holds a doctorate in sociology of education from the University of Utah. Her dissertation was on the role of families and oral histories in the education of Latino/a and Chicano/a children in elementary school. She is teaching “Critical Ethnography: Got Reflexivity?” during spring semester. During fall semester, she taught “Testimonio: Chicana and Latina Epistemologies and Pedagogies.”
Hampshire’s first Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, George Gathigi, joined the College in the 2009/10 academic year.
These postdoctoral fellowships and the WLEA program are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with the goal of developing Hampshire College into a language learning community.
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