2021 Klarman Fellows

  • Toni Alimi
    Toni Alimi
    Toni Alimi, a Ph.D. candidate in Religion at Princeton. His book project, “Slaves of God,” based on his dissertation, studies Augustine’s justification of slavery, explains its centrality to Augustine’s ethics and politics, and shows how this understanding of slavery continues to shape our world. As a Klarman Fellow, Alimi will continue his work on premodern conceptions of slavery and their transmission to modernity, working with faculty host Charles Brittain, the Susan Linn Sage Professor of Philosophy.
  • Christian Gaetz
    Christian Gaetz
    Christian Gaetz, a Ph.D. candidate in The Department of Mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests center on the mathematical field of algebraic combinatorics and its connections outside of mathematics to computer science and physics, and within mathematics to algebraic geometry and representation theory. At Cornell, he will continue developing a new approach, based on the theory of Coxeter groups, to several combinatorial problems. He will work with faculty host Karola Mészáros, associate professor of mathematics.
  • Nancy Lin
    Nancy Lin
    Nancy Lin, a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Chicago. Her research shows how art, urban social life, and the built environment mutually transformed one another at the turn of the 21st century by examining contemporary Chinese art practices that took place in city streets and construction sites. As a Klarman Fellow, she will examine how these art practices intersected with urban social groups such as migrant and middle-class workers. Her faculty host is Iftikhar Dadi, associate professor of the history of art and visual studies.
  • Alejandro Martinez-Marquina
    Alejandro Martinez-Marquina
    Alejandro Martinez-Marquina, a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Stanford University. His research focuses on understanding how people make decisions. Using economists’ experimental, theoretical and empirical methods, he explores how the presence of uncertainty and the accumulation of debt affect people’s financial decisions, and he studies how preferences form and evolve in decisions both financial and general. At Cornell, he will work with Ted O’Donoghue, the Zubrow Professor of Economics.
  • Richard Nally
    Richard Nally
    Richard Nally, a Ph.D. candidate in physics at Stanford University. A theoretical physicist, Nally is interested in developing new connections between string theory and arithmetic geometry, an area of math attracting renewed interest in recent years. In particular, string theory picks out certain geometric objects, called Calabi-Yau varieties, which, Nally and collaborators argue, have interesting arithmetic properties. At Cornell, Nally will continue developing connections between physics and mathematics, working with Liam McAllister, professor of physics.
  • Anna Shechtman
    Anna Shechtman
    Anna Shechtman, a Yale University Alumni Fellow with a Ph.D. in English literature and film & media studies (2020) from Yale. Her book project, “The Media Concept: A Genealogy,” details the history of the media concept in the United States and its appropriation and circulation among American culture industries. As a Klarman fellow, Shechtman will work on two cultural histories about the “media” and “data” concepts, respectively, working with Jeremy Braddock, associate professor of English.
  • Amalia Skilton
    Amalia Skilton
    Amalia Skilton, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas at Austin and previously the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Skilton studies how children learn to direct others’ attention: are joint attention behaviors (directing others’ attention by combining gestures and words) learned from adults, or are they innate? At Cornell, Skilton will analyze data she collected in a Ticuna community in Peru, the first comprehensive study of joint attention development in a non-Western setting, to discover whether Ticuna children follow the same developmental path as children living in other social settings, working with Sarah Murray, associate professor of linguistics.
  • Matthew Zipple
    Matthew Zipple
    Matthew Zipple, a Ph.D. candidate in biology at Duke University. His research explores how social relationships and behavior influence offspring survival, focusing on primates. At Cornell, he will build and test a model which connects maternal survival and offspring fitness in shaping the evolution of long lives, not just for humans and other primates, but for all animals, working with H. Kern Reeve, professor of neurobiology and behavior, and Michael Sheehan, the Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigator in the Life Sciences.

Meet the 2020 Klarman Fellows