Current Junior Research Fellows

We currently have five Junior Research Fellows in the Fellowship:

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Christine Batchelor

Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow in Geography

Christine Batchelor is currently the Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow at Newnham College. Christine studied Geography at the University of Cambridge (BA 2009), where she developed initial interests in glaciers and ice sheets. Christine’s MPhil and PhD research at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge (MPhil 2010, PhD 2014) focused on using marine geophysical and geological data collected from formerly-glaciated continental margins to reconstruct the dynamics of former ice streams (fast-flowing regions of ice within an ice sheet).

Christine is conducting her post-doctoral research as a member of Professor Julian Dowdeswell’s Glacimarine Environments group at the Scott Polar Research Institute. Her ongoing research uses a variety of marine geophysical and geological data to make inferences about the configuration and dynamics of former ice sheets and the patterns and processes of sedimentation that occur beneath ice streams. Information about past ice streams is needed to further our understanding of the processes that are currently operating at the largely inaccessible beds of contemporary ice streams, and to predict the likely future responses of ice sheets to climatic change.

Cécile Bushidi

Cécile Bushidi

Newby Trust Research Fellow

Cécile Bushidi is the Newby Trust Research Fellow at Newnham College. Previously, she held the Isobel Thornley Bequest at the Institute of Historical Research, part of School of Advanced Studies in the University of London. She recently submitted a Ph.D in History at SOAS under the supervision of Dr John Parker and with the generous support of the Wolfson Foundation.

Her postdoctoral project builds on the assumption that during the last two decades of colonial rule in Kenya, cultural enterprises possibly strengthened ethnic identities. She also considers how non-state actors shaped ideas about folklore. Theoretically, she draws on and contributes to debates on Africa’s transition from colonialism to independence and the role of performance in shaping discourse on identity politics.

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Mélanie Lamotte

Newton Trust/Moody Stuart Research Fellow

Mélanie Lamotte is currently the Newton Trust/ Moody Stuart Research Fellow. She completed an MPhil in early modern history (Cambridge, 2011) and received an Arts and Humanities Research Council Studentship for my PhD (Cambridge, 2015). In 2013, she was a Research Fellow at the Kluge Center, Library of Congress.

She is particularly interested in the early modern history of interethnic antagonisms, race, slavery, material life and French colonialism. Her PhD thesis focuses on colour prejudice in the early modern French empire (c. 1635-1767). It is a comparative study of French Louisiana, Guadeloupe and Île Bourbon (now called La Réunion). Her post-doctoral research investigates the material life of slaves in the same regions, from the seventeenth to the mid-eighteenth century.

Dr Úna Monaghan

Úna Monaghan

Rosamund Harding Research Fellow

Dr. Úna Monaghan is a harper, composer, and sound artist from Belfast. Úna read Natural Sciences at Newnham before earning an MA and PhD in Sonic Arts at Queen’s University Belfast.

Úna’s research examines the intersections between Irish traditional music, experimental music practices, improvisation and interactive technologies. Her creative practice as musician, composer and sound engineer are reflected in a layered methodology that combines ethnography, composition, historical and musicological research, software and interface design, and performance. Her work investigates the creative, social, political and cultural challenges and opportunities that arise when a folk music tradition confronts new tools such as digital technologies and improvisatory techniques.

Dr Alexandra Vukovich

Alexandra Vukovich

Joyce Lambert Research Fellow

Alexandra Vukovich is currently the Joyce Lambert Research Fellow at Newnham College. Following her undergraduate studies in Classics and History, Alexandra completed her MPhil in Slavonic Studies at Cambridge and was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship for her doctoral research, supervised by Professor Simon Franklin, on the topic of the ritualisation of political cultures in early Rus’. Future research will examine the influence of Byzantine political models in the shaping and elaboration of the political culture of early Rus’.