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Who Is VitA?

Voices in the Anthropocene is a collective of graduate students at The Ohio State University. Members include:



Mercedes Chavez

PhD The Ohio State University, 2021
A.M. University of Chicago, 2009
B.A. The Ohio State University, 2007

Mercedes Chavez is a lecturer in Comparative Studies at the Ohio State University and recent PhD graduate in English with a specialization in Film Studies. Her research began in film as an English undergraduate at Ohio State and later refined in the Master of Arts Program in Humanities at the University of Chicago. Her MA thesis, “Wassup Haters: Waxing Reflexive in Larry Clarke’s Wassup Rockers,” interrogates independent filmmaker Clarke’s use of reflexive, ethnographic techniques in conjunction with the sexualization of underage Latinx youth. Her current research builds on the relationship between reality and racial, gendered, sexual, and transnational sensory images through the film aesthetic under the framework of the Anthropocene. Her dissertation, Origin Stories: Cinema and the Anthropocene, brings together film aesthetics and the environmental humanities in an exploration of contemporary transnational cinemas of the hemispheric Americas using decolonial Latinx, feminist and queer methodologies. Mercedes' interdisciplinary work garnered a university-wide fellowship from the Ohio State Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme during its inaugural 2019-2020 academic year. Her work has appeared in Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism and at the Wexner Center for the Arts read.watch.listen blog.




Katelyn Hartke

Ph.D. Candidate at The Ohio State University
M.A. The Ohio State University, 2017

Kate Hartke is a PhD candidate in English at The Ohio State University. She is interested in twentieth-century transnational literature, modernism, colonial and postcolonial women authors, poetry, and the environmental humanities. More specifically, Kate is interested in the way transnational women authors negotiate their regional and cosmopolitan identities in and through their work. She is also interested in the overlap in the calls for new modes of meaning-making and art-making in both the Modernist movement and Anthropocene scholarship.




Jordan Lovejoy

Ph.D. Candidate at The Ohio State University
M.A. The Ohio State University, 2017

Jordan Lovejoy received her BA in English with a concentration in professional writing and editing, Spanish and women’s and gender studies from West Virginia University in 2015. Jordan is currently a graduate student in English and folklore, and she is the graduate student archivist for the Center for Folklore Studies. Her work focuses on environmental trauma narratives in West Virginia, Appalachian folklore and folklife projects, working-class women's narratives, and how locals and environmental groups can build stronger relationships in rural areas. Jordan served as a Global Arts + Humanities Team Fellow for the 2020-21 academic year.





Preeti Singh

M.Phil. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2014
M.A. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2012
BA (Hons.) English. University of Delhi, 2010

Preeti Singh is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at Ohio State University and holds current graduate fellowships with the 2021-22 Global Arts + Humanities Team as well as at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. She researches and teaches postcolonial literature and theory, US Empire studies, and critical and cultural theory with a focus on twentieth and twenty-first-century writings from South Asia and its diaspora. Her ongoing dissertation examines literary representations of states of exception in the decolonization era and their relevance for the theorization of contemporary social and political crisis. She is particularly invested in discourses of development and infrastructure in literary and cultural narratives from the Global South. At Ohio State, she has taught courses on ‘Planetary Solidarities in Environmental Literature’ and 'The City as Protagonist: Representations of Urbanity in Literature and Culture" that explore the intersection of environmental and urban crisis with themes of race, migration, gentrification, and colonialism. Her interdisciplinary research has been supported by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, and the Gordon P.K. Chu Memorial Fellowship. Preeti's academic work has appeared in South Asian Review, The International Journal of Comic Art, the Journal of Drama Studies, Strange Horizons, and Raiot Magazine.