Fellowship Program

( ) (The CPT offers fellowships to faculty and graduate students pursuing research related to the annual technique. CPT fellows are members of a vibrant research community and have access to all CPT facilities and working groups. Fellowship applications are due November 1 each year.  ( ) (

Current Fellows

Claudia Sadowski-SmithProfessor of English and American Studies at ASUShow MoreClose

An author of The New Immigrant Whiteness: Neoliberalism, Race, and Post-Soviet Migration to the United States (New York University Press, 2018), Border Fictions: Globalization, Empire, and Writing at the Boundaries of the United States (University of Virginia Press, 2008), and Globalization on the Line: Culture, Capital, and Citizenship at U.S. Borders (Palgrave, 2002). She is the editor or co-editor of special journal issues on comparative border studies and postsocialist literatures in the United States, and has published widely on migration and border studies, including on transnational adoption and transnational reality TV.


During the fellowship, Sadowski-Smith plans to work on US and European cultural representations that examine extensions of hospitality and provisions of the sanctuary to migrants and refugees. She is interested in placing into dialogue US and European histories and practices of migrant sanctuary and hospitality.

Olivier VallerandAssistant Professor with The Design SchoolShow MoreClose

Olivier Vallerand joined Arizona State University in 2018 as an Assistant Professor with The Design School. He completed a PhD in Architecture from McGill University and post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on self-identifications and their relation to the built environment. His work has been published in the Journal of Architectural Education, Interiors, The Educational Forum, in the edited volumes Sexuality (2014) and Making Men, Making History (2018), and in Unplanned Visitors: Queering the Ethics and Aesthetic of Domestic Space (2020), a monograph on the emergence of queer theory in architectural discourse.

Lara LebeikoFellow in the Landscape Architecture MLA3+ program at the Herberger Design School.Show MoreClose

As a fellow in the Landscape Architecture MLA3+ program at the Herberger Design School, Lara Lebeiko is dedicated to ecological restoration and urban rewilding. Her current research is in support of sustainability and urban design for climate change and mitigation of extreme heat environments. She is a dual citizen of urban and the outdoors, having lived in both the dense New York City, as well as a remote houseboat in Seattle wetlands. She has a background in strategy and branding, and has launched several startup companies and helped to expand many others. Lara has a BA in Journalism & Communications from Ohio State University and an AA in Interior Design.

Mario Orospe HernandezPhD student in Religious Studies at ASUShow MoreClose

I am currently a PhD student in Religious Studies at Arizona State University. I have earned a master’s in Philosophy and a bachelor’s in Political Science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). I used to work as a professor in the Department of Humanities in Tecnológico de Monterrey, México, where I taught courses in Ethics, Philosophical Thought and Theory of Knowledge. I have obtained the Fulbright-García Robles Scholarship to accomplish my doctoral studies in the United States. I am currently interested in topics around Critical Secular Studies, Critical Theory and Liberation Theology.


The research project that I will be performing during my CPT fellowship aims to explore the role of secularization as a bordering practice that has created physical and epistemological boundaries. To analyze the tension that this process has created between capitalism and religion, I would like to perform a multi-sited ethnographic analysis concerning the different stages in the life cycle of a smartphone. During its production, this evocative commodity crosses multiple borders in places like Silicon Valley, China or lithium mines in Bolivia. This methodological approach will intend to make visible the multiple physical and epistemological borders that interact in its design, resource-gathering, manufacturing, selling, exhibition and disposal.


Jonathan Bratt(Project) Responsive Media EnvironmentShow MoreClose

Project comprises the design and display of a responsive media environment in which visitors poetically enact socioaesthetic qualities of urban public places. The environment is being created in collaboration with fellow CPT fellow Garrett Johnson and other media engineers at ASU’s Synthesis Center. We are designing the environment using Synthesis’ Ozone media system, which allows visitors to space to modulate ambient qualities such as sound and light by continuously sensing and analyzing their movement through the space. The environment uses field recordings of busy public places in Tianjin, China, as a raw material in which visitors can compose ambient sounds through walking and gesturing. The environment not only catalyzes immersive sensory experiences of Tianjin’s public life but also allows visitors to co-create those experiences, drawing attention to the imbrication of activity and sensation in dense social spaces. The project gestures toward the potential for geographers to draw on developing media arts technology and knowhow for research-creation and public engagement.

Grisha Coleman(Associate Professor, Arts, Media and Engineering, ASU)Show MoreClose

Grishia was using her fellowship to help support the 6th International Movement and Computing Conference that she is hosting at ASU moco19.movementcomputing.org

Garrett Johnson(Project) CryptocurrencyShow MoreClose
David Tinapple(Associate Professor, Arts, Media and Engineering, ASU)Show MoreClose

In his fellowship David will work with CPT to design and build an interactive installation as an exploration of the feedback loops that takes place when human-machine systems are asked to monitor and limit themselves. This work will be part of a larger exploration of new emerging possibilities in the design of democratic mechanisms.