Van Wyck Postdoc at Harvard

Doctoral candidate Brian Van Wyck has been named a postdoctoral fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. Van Wyck will defend his dissertation, titled “Turkish Teachers and Imams in Postwar Germany: Race, Islam, and Belonging,” in July. A Fulbright scholar and recipient of the Berlin Program Fellowship, Van Wyck’s studies at Michigan State have been supervised by Prof. Karrin Hanshew.

The Harvard University Mahindra Humanities Center is a crossroads for interdisciplinary discussions among Harvard faculty, faculty from other area institutions, graduate students, undergraduates, and the public. The Mahindra Center seeks to foster collaborations between the humanities, social sciences, and sciences in the belief that the humanities make a unique contribution in establishing — through interpretation and conversation — communities of interest and climates of opinion.

In addition to pursuing their own research projects, postdoctoral fellows at the Mahindra Center are core participants in meetings of the Center’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seminar on the topic of migration and the humanities.