Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellows

Recipients of the four annually awarded Internal Faculty Fellowships receive a one-course teaching release in the spring semester of the fellowship year, a $1,000 research bursary, and an office in the Glasscock Center for the fellowship year. These fellows, along with the Glasscock Faculty Research Fellows, will present and participate in the Faculty Colloquium Series during their fellowship semester.

Academic Year 2018-2019

Emily Johansen
Emily Johansen is an associate professor of English in the Department of English at Texas A&M University. Her work examines twenty-first century transnational literature and theory, focusing on the discourses that surround global identity and citizenship. Her work is particularly invested in the links between the socio-economic and the cultural, interrogating the way cultural texts respond to and intervene in a variety of social debates. By reading imaginative texts alongside non-fictional narratives and theoretical discourses to consider their mutually overlapping concerns, she examines the way cultural texts engage with the ethical and political realities of contemporary life. She is the author of Cosmopolitanism and Place: Spatial Forms in Contemporary Anglophone Literature (Palgrave, 2014) and the co-editor of Neoliberalism and the Novel (Routledge, 2016).

Jennifer Mercieca
Dr. Jennifer Mercieca is an historian of American political rhetoric. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University, Founding Director of the Aggie Agora, Immediate Past Chair of the Public Address Division of the National Communication Association, founding editor of Citizen Critics, and creator of the #teamrhetoric hashtag on Twitter. She writes about American political discourse, especially as it relates to citizenship, democracy, and the presidency. Jennifer has published two books about political rhetoric: Founding Fictions (University of Alabama Press, 2010) and The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency (Texas A&M University Press, 2014). She is finishing a third book about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and demagoguery. She has written about Trump’s rhetoric for USA TodayThe Huffington PostWashington Post, and other major media outlets. She has also been interviewed about Trump’s rhetoric by the BBC World NewsNPR’s All Things ConsideredThe New York TimesAustralia’s ABC RadioSlate, and many other outlets throughout the United States and Worldwide. Her articles about rhetoric, Trump, and the 2016 election were read over 250,000 times during the election. In 2016 she was invited to deliver a TedX Talk: “Be a Citizen, Not a Partisan.” She is a 2016 recipient of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, the highest award given to faculty for teaching at Texas A&M University.

Vanita Reddy
Dr. Vanita Reddy is a feminist scholar and cultural theorist whose research focuses on the intersections of race, sexuality, and gender in global contexts. She is an associate professor of English at Texas A&M University with a faculty affiliation in Women’s and Gender Studies and the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute. Dr. Reddy’s research focuses on contemporary South Asian diasporic literature and culture, examining practices of cultural identity, belonging, and political community within the South Asian American and the global South Asian diaspora. It seeks to make visible subjects and populations who have occupied a historically marginal place within studies of diaspora and globalization, such as women, girls, service sector workers, undocumented migrants, and sexual minorities. Dr. Reddy’s first book, Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity, and South Asian American Culture (Temple UP, 2016) examines how ideas about Indian beauty and fashion shape contemporary South Asian American identities and belonging. Dr. Reddy’s research has been published in the peer-reviewed journals Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, The Journal of Asian American Studies, Contemporary Literature, and The Routledge Handbook of the Indian Diaspora. Dr. Reddy is also the guest co-editor of a special issue of Scholar and Feminist Online, “Feminist and Queer Afro-Asian Formations” (March 2018). She is the recipient of the Texas A&M Aggie Allies Rainbow Award for Accountability, Climate, and Equity (2016) and a Texas A&M Division of Research Arts and Humanities Fellowship (2018-2021).

Katherine Unterman
Katherine Unterman is an associate professor in the Department of History, where she joined the faculty after receiving a Ph.D. from Yale University and a Masters in Legal Studies from Stanford Law School. Her specialties are legal history and American foreign relations. She is the author of Uncle Sam’s Policemen: The Pursuit of Fugitives across Borders (Harvard University Press, 2015), a history of international fugitives and extradition law. She has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, and the American Historical Association, among others. Her next project is a history of law in the American territories.

In addition to presenting their works-in-progress during the 2018-2019 Faculty Colloquium Series, the Glasscock Internal Faculty Residential Fellows will discuss completed research during the Glasscock Center’s Morning Coffee Hour in the 2018-2019 academic year. The Glasscock Center accepts applications for Glasscock Internal Faculty Residential Fellowships each spring semester. Applications will be accepted again in Spring 2019 for the 2018-2019 academic year. For further information visit or contact the Glasscock Center at or (979) 845-8328.

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