The Core Fellows Program at Boston College enables early career scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to develop their research and teaching potential. Core Fellows contribute to the Core Curriculum, the foundational, fifteen-course program in the liberal arts that all Boston College students complete as part of their undergraduate education at a Jesuit, Catholic institution. Fellows are attached to home departments as Visiting Assistant Professors. Salary and research support are competitive. Initial appointments are for one year and are potentially renewable depending on curricular needs.
During one semester, Core Fellows teach lab sections for interdisciplinary Complex Problems courses, team-taught by Boston College faculty. They work alongside experienced teaching mentors on topics such as climate change, race and gender, terrorism, and design and innovation. Labs for Complex Problems courses are devoted to problem- and project-based learning. During the other semester, each Core Fellow teaches an elective in his/her field as well as an Enduring Questions course, linked pairs of classes that two Core Fellows design together.
In 2017–2018, the six Core Fellows represent the fields of Environmental Studies, History, Political Science, Science and Technology Studies, and Sociology. Together they are teaching the following Enduring Questions courses:
In Search of Human Rights: Health and Healthcare (Sociology)
In Search of Human Rights: U.S. Foreign Relations (History)
How Democracies Die: A Political Postmortem (Political Science)
How Democracies Die: A Historical Postmortem (History)
Nature on Exhibit: From Sea Monsters to Sea World (Environmental Studies)
Through the Looking Glass: Business and the Natural Environment (Science and Technology Studies)
Before beginning the program, Core Fellows participate in a workshop on interdisciplinary teaching and active learning at Boston College’s Center for Teaching Excellence.
Information about 2018–2019 fellowships will be available on this website in early November 2017. The application deadline is January 15, 2018.
Required specializations vary from year to year. Candidates should exhibit exceptional interdisciplinary research and teaching skills, display a capacity for originality and innovation, and be open to teaching undergraduate students holistically.
Matthew Berry is the 2017-2018 Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science and the Boston College Core Fellows Program. A graduate of the Boston College doctoral program, Dr. Berry has written on the subject of equity and the rule of law, as well as on an Aristotelian approach to social justice. He is currently working on a book-length study of conservative and reactionary political thought. He has taught courses on ancient and modern political philosophy, constitutional law, Christian political thought, and the question of justice. Dr. Berry holds a B.A. from Baylor University's University Scholars Program (Class of 2010). He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, with his wife and two-year-old son.
Office: Carney 221
Amanda Demmer is a diplomatic historian interested in the intersection of foreign relations and domestic politics. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in 2017. She is currently preparing a manuscript that explores the role of migrants and migration policy in postwar U.S.-Vietnamese relations, tentatively entitled Moving On: Migrants and the Last Chapter of the Vietnam War.
Amanda has received fellowships from the Clements Center for National Security, the Society of Historians for American Foreign Relations, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, and the Hoover Institution, among others. She has taught courses in modern American history, U.S. foreign relations, and U.S. migration history. Future projects include a history of U.S. recognition policy.
Dr. Demmer's publications include “Trick or Constitutional Treaty?: The Jay Treaty and the Quarrel Over the Diplomatic Separation of Powers” in the Journal of the Early Republic, 35.4 (Winter 2015): 579-598; and “Forging Consensus on Vietnamese Reeducation Camp Detainees: The FVPPA and U.S.-Vietnamese Normalization” in Andy Johns and Mitch Lerner eds., The Cold War at Home and Abroad: Domestic Politics and U.S. Foreign Policy since 1945 (University of Kentucky Press, 2017).
Office: Stokes S254
Lauren earned her B.A. in Social Studies from Chapman University and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston College in 2017. Her areas of expertise are in health and medicine, reproduction and reproductive justice, gender and feminist theory, qualitative methodology, and science knowledge and technology. Her dissertation, “Contingent Care: Obstetricians’ Lived Experience and Interpretations of Decision-Making in Childbirth,” examines how the organizational context within which obstetricians work influences how they make decisions about what kind of care to provide their patients. The first chapter, “The Doctor-Patient Relationship As a Toolkit for Uncertain Clinical Decisions,” appeared in Social Science and Medicine in May 2016. She also co-authored a book chapter with Kelly Joyce and Meika Loe titled “Science, technology and ageing,” in the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology (2015).
Lauren’s teaching style has an activist orientation that seeks to energize students around topics of social justice and facilitate personal growth in students as individuals and citizens. Her courses foster critical thinking and help students develop skills that will translate to their success beyond the classroom. Her classes are heavy on discussion and writing, and make use of project-based and experiential learning.
Lauren is an all season outdoor enthusiast, lover of food, and a mom to a toddler named Dylan. When not working on scholarly pursuits, she loves adventuring with her husband and spending quality time with family.
Office: McGuinn 406
Dr. Lucy McAllister is the 2017-2018 Visiting Assistant Professor and Core Renewal Fellow in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. She holds a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and German Studies from Connecticut College. While pursuing her doctoral studies, she concurrently taught an environmental justice course in New Delhi, India, as part of a study abroad program at Babson College.
Dr. McAllister’s research focuses on the business-environment relationship. As part of her dissertation and related work, she has examined topics such as the human and environmental harms of the electronics commodity chain, the social and environmental messaging of lead multinational corporations, and the impacts of technological solutions to climate change on women and children in informal and emerging markets. Her dissertation work was selected for a University of Colorado Boulder Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and she has also received a Fulbright Teaching Assistant Award. She has published her research in outlets such as the Health and Human Rights Journal, Sociology of Development, and the Population Reference Bureau. She also holds a certificate in college teaching from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Office: Stokes S274
Jenna Tonn is the 2017-2018 Core Visiting Assistant Professor in Science and Technology Studies. Dr. Tonn received her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University and taught in the Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Harvard before arriving at Boston College. Her research centers on the social and cultural history of scientific knowledge, with a specific focus on women and gender in STEM. She is currently working on a book about the gendered social world of nineteenth-century experimental biologists. Her next project is a history of radical feminist biology in the postwar United States. Dr. Tonn also holds a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University.
Office: Stokes S276
Jesse is from Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee before moving to Boston in 2009. Jesse completed his Ph.D. in the Department of History at Boston College in 2016. His research focuses on the intersection of militarization, race, and ideas of sovereignty in the British Empire in the early twentieth century.
Jesse’s book manuscript, The Quest for Security: Race, Sovereignty, and the Defense of the British Empire, 1898-1931, has been supported by Boston College, a year-long fellowship at Yale University’s International Security Studies program, the Smith Richardson World Politics and Statecraft fellowship, the Tobin Project for Sustainable National Security Strategy, and the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy. He also published the article “‘Grey Dawn’ in the British Pacific: Race, Security, and Colonial Sovereignty on the Eve of World War I,” Britain and the World 9, no. 1 (March 2016), which won the Saki Ruth Dockrill Prize for International History from the Institute for Historical Research (IHR) at the University of London.
Dr. Tumblin has taught courses at Boston College since 2015, including the Modern History Core, electives on both world wars, and a Complex Problems class on environmental issues. Jesse looks forward to adding Core Enduring Questions teaching to that mix, as well as a lab-based course on terrorism. Outside work, Jesse enjoys traveling with his wife and daughter, backpacking, snowboarding, pipe collecting, and exploring New England’s small but burgeoning heavy metal scene.
Office: Stokes S248