By Design Fellows 2015-2016

The appearance of design—fine detail, intricate patterning, and evidence of planning—is ubiquitous in nature and culture. The 2015-2016 Northeastern Humanities Center fellows presented projects that are concerned with aspects of design —ornamentation, utility, aesthetics, creativity, emotion, rationality, and intention— as well as projects that theorize and question principles of design. Among the questions members considered were: Is design approached differently in different contexts: for example, the design of objects and physical structures, of experiments, of organizational structures, of public policies, or works of art? How should we design for change? What makes for good design? Is absence of design possible? How is design linked to unintended consequences? What is gained from reflecting on design?

Convened by

Lori pic websiteLori Lefkovitz
Director, Northeastern Humanities Center
Ruderman Professor and Director, Jewish Studies Program
Professor of English
College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Faculty Fellows


REL-Bucar-webLiz Bucar
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy and Religion
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

“Pious Fashion”



HIST-Cain-webVictoria Cain
Assistant Professor
Department of History
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

“Worth a Thousand Words: Photography, Technology, and Making of Modern Education”



ENG-Theo-Davis-webTheo Davis
Associate Professor
Department of English
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

“Determinism and Unpredictability in Naturalist Fiction”



felleisenMatthias Felleisen
Trustee Professor
College of Computer and Information Science

“How to Design Programs”



POLS-Jimenez-webBenedict Jimenez
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

“Inequality by Design?”



parkerAndrea Parker
Assistant Professor
College of Computer and Information Science
Bouvé College of Health Sciences

“Designing for the Qualified Self” 


ENG-Peterfreund-webStuart Peterfreund
Professor
Department of English
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

“From Natural Theology to Irreducible Complexity: The Way of the Argument from Design after Darwin”


Smith1-392x261Gillian Smith
Assistant Professor
College of Arts, Media, and Design
College of Computer and Information Science

“Understanding the History of Generative Design: Uncovering Themes in Procedural Content and Generative Methods across Media”


Graduate Fellows


PHD-Emily-CumminsEmily Cummins
Ph.D. candidate, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

“Designing Uncertain Futures: Building Home and Unhomely in Detroit”



Charles Lesh photoCharles Lesh
Ph.D. candidate, Department of English
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

“The Spatial Rhetorical Function of Graffiti Writing in Boston, Massachusetts”