Mount Vernon Society of Fellows

Mount Vernon Fellows play a leading role in creating a lively intellectual and creative environment on GW’s Mount Vernon Campus. During their two-year fellowship, postdoctoral fellows teach small seminars that provide an intellectual anchor to the living and learning community. Fellows participate in a regular research workshop chaired by the Associate Provost for Special Programs and the Mount Vernon Academic Experience, a forum meant to support and provide structure as they move their publications and other work forward. Most important is that the fellows actively participate in the academic community at Mount Vernon through both their teaching and their research. 

2019-20 Mount Vernon Fellows

Carolyn Arena

Carolyn Arena

Dr. Carolyn Arena earned her Ph.D. in International and Global History from Columbia University. She has previously taught courses at Columbia, NYU, and Quinnipiac universities. She joins GW after completing a National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral fellowship at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at William & Mary. Her research on the enslavement of Native peoples of the Caribbean has also received funding through fellowships from Fulbright, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Smithsonian Institute.

Seminar taught: Who Made World Trade? Native Peoples and Global Merchandise

David Dagan

David Dagan

David Dagan received his Ph.D.in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University in Spring 2019. His research focuses on American politics, in particular conservatism, federalism, and the criminal justice system. While in graduate school, he co-authored the book Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration and a number of journal articles. He is now working on a book about the rise of mass incarceration. Before entering academia, David spent 10 years in journalism: at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington and the Central Penn Business Journal in Harrisburg and as a freelancer in Berlin, Germany. He has written for The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and other outlets. David lives in Baltimore with his wife and their two little boys.

Seminar taught: Civics in the Age of Populism

Ali Hamdan

Ali Hamdan

Dr. Ali Hamdan’s research explores the geographical dynamics of civil war in the Middle East, focusing on Syria and Lebanon. He has written on the conflict in Syria in several outlets including GeopoliticsJadaliyya, the Middle East Institute, and the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP). Hamdan received a BA from Middlebury College and a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Seminar taught: A World at War: Geographies of Conflict in the 21st Century

Adam Liebman

Adam Liebman

Adam Liebman has a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from UC Davis and has been a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University's Center for East Asian Studies. His research is focused on waste politics and environmental activism in the context of China, where he previously lived and conducted research for over five years. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled Turning Trash into Treasure: Shadow Economies and Toxic Ecologies in Postsocialist China. As a former junk artist, punk rock drummer, and science fair champion, Adam enjoys exploring creative, multimedia, and interdisciplinary approaches to research and teaching.

Seminar taught: Rethinking Sustainability