25 Years

ICGC Announces 2016-17 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow

ICGC will welcome Mingwei Huang, from the Department of American Studies as our Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow in 2016-17.

The University of Minnesota Graduate School’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) supports exceptional doctoral students conducting interdisciplinary research the chance to work with faculty at one of the University's interdisciplinary research centers or institutes. Students are selected by a University-wide faculty committee based on criteria including the interdisciplinary nature of the research project, how the student would benefit from interaction with the research center or institute, and the center or institute's interest in hosting the student. 

Mingwei Huang is a PhD Candidate in American Studies with a concentration in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies, and teaches in the Department of Writing Studies. Mingwei’s adviser Jinga Desai and mentor Aren Aizura are both ICGC affiliated faculty members.  Embracing interdisciplinary approaches, her research interests broadly include Afro-Asia, the global south, south-south flows, contemporary empire, cultural studies, visual culture, popular culture, the anthropologies of capitalism and globalization, Johannesburg, Chinese diaspora, and economic informality and the illicit. Her dissertation "Plastic Empire, Empire of Plastic: Contemporary Chinese Capital and Migration in South Africa" uses ethnography and visual analysis to explore transnational flows of people, capital, and goods in contemporary “Chinese Johannesburg.”

ICGC’s has hosted several successful IDF scholars in the past years.  2015-16 IDF Lalit Batra (Department of Geography, Environment, and Society) is flourishing in the ICGC space and giving a Brown Bag talk on March 11, 2016 entitled “Gases, Cockroaches, and Bare Bodies: Dalits and the Politics of Sanitation in Postcolonial Delhi”.  2014-15 IDF Elizabeth Williams (Department of History) is finishing her dissertation entitled “A Sunny Place for Shady People: Constructing Race and Sexuality in Colonial Kenya, 1895-1963” and is expected to graduate in the coming semester. 2013-14 IDF Akshya Saxena is an Assistant Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.  2012-13 IDFs Garnet Kindervater and Heather O’Leary are a visiting scholar and Lecturer in the Departments of Government and Geography at Dartmouth and Postdoctoral Fellow of Water Policy and McMaster Water Network Coordinator, respectively. 

For more information on the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships, please click here.