Three postdocs to join faculty as part of C3 diversity initiative

After hosting the successful Creating Connections Consortium (C3) Summit in March, Connecticut College is now ready to put into action the ideas and initiatives discussed at the conference.

C3 is a partnership of more than 20 institutions — led by Connecticut College, Middlebury College and Williams College — devoted to helping undergraduates and graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds advance along the academic pathway, and to helping participating institutions attain their transformative goals.

As part of the C3 initiative, the College will be hosting postdoctoral fellows during the 2014-15 academic year. They are:

Siri Colom

Colom will be hosted by the program in Environmental Studies in connection with the Sociology and Anthropology Departments. She is a doctoral candidate in the department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include urban governance and politics, racial institutions of domination, political economy, development and globalization, theory, environmental change, and social change amidst socio-natural and economic disasters. Her dissertation title is “Politics Beyond Defeat: Politics of Visibility in Post-Katrina New Orleans.”

Colom will be teaching “Urban Sociology” in the fall semester.

Seema Golestaneh

Golestaneh will be hosted by Anthropology in connection with Religious Studies. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. Her research interests include anthropology of religion, alternative Islamic discourse, the politics of cultural heritage in Iran, anthropological and aesthetic theory, and the intersections of literary criticism and cultural theory. The title of her dissertation is “The Social Life of Gnosis: Contemporary Sufism in Post-Revolutionary Iran.

Golestaneh will be teaching “Anthropology of Religion” in the fall semester.

Tony Lin

Lin will be hosted by Slavic Studies. He is a doctoral candidate in the Slavic Studies department at the University of California, Berkeley. He is fluent in Russian and Polish and is a native speaker of Mandarin and Taiwanese. He has conducted extensive research at many notable institutions in Russia, Poland, Germany and France, including the Russian State Archive for Literature and Art in Moscow and The Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw. His dissertation title is “Myth and Appropriation: Chopin in the Context of Polish, Russian, and European Literature and Culture.”

Lin will be teaching a first-year seminar, “The Absurd,” in the fall semester.

C3 is supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


June 23, 2014