André Keiji Kunigami received his doctorate in Asian studies from Cornell University. He is a film and media scholar whose interests revolve around questions of perception, spectatorship, and temporality in the early 20th century so-called peripheral spaces to the “West.” At Carolina, he will work on revising his dissertation “Of Clouds and Bodies: Film and the Dislocation of Vision in Brazilian and Japanese Interwar Avant-garde” into a book manuscript. Before joining the University as a Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow, Keiji taught history of Brazilian and world cinema at the Fluminense Federal University.
Carolina has selected five postdoctoral scholars as 2018-20 Faculty Diversity Fellows. They are:
- André Keiji Kunigami, Romance studies;
- Jacob Lau, women’s and gender studies;
- Sarah Mills, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center/Gillings School of Global Public Health;
- Danielle Purifoy, geography; and
- Annette Rodriguez, American studies.
The fellows receive paid two-year postdoctoral positions in their selected departments, additional funds for research, professional development and networking opportunities and a unique opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor in their discipline.
The University launched the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity in 1983 as part of a continuing commitment to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and advancing scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in higher education.