Dissertation Fellows


Ricarda Hammer Ph.D. '18, Department of Sociology

Ricarda Hammer is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Brown University. A historical sociologist, she is interested in empire and racial formations and the colonial entanglements of social and political theory. Her dissertation examines the formation of the politics of difference in the British imperial state, from the racialization of rights, to the production of colonial subjecthood and racialized conceptions of welfare. Before coming to Brown, Ricarda studied at the University of Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. 


Isadora Moura Mota Ph.D. '17, Department of History

Isadora Moura Mota is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Brown University. Born and raised in Brazil, she completed a B.A. in History at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2003 and a master’s degree at the Center for the Social History of Culture at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in 2005. Her research interests include nineteenth-century Brazilian history, comparative slavery and emancipation in the Atlantic World as well as the study of race in Latin America. She is currently writing a dissertation on Afro-Brazilians’ geopolitical literacy and the role of British abolitionism and the American Civil War in the history of emancipation in Brazil. 

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Matthew Beach Ph.D. '16, Department of English

Matthew Beach is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at Brown University, with research interests in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, gender and sexuality, race and body theory, and disability studies. His dissertation, "Out of Time: Sentimentality and Temporality in American Literature" reads American sentimental literature through the lens of contemporary work on temporality, affect, and futurity. The project argues that the sentimental genre prefigures and therefore has much to contribute to current theoretical debates on affective historiography, exhaustion, pain, and optimism.