Fellowship Program

( ) ( The CPT offers small seed grants to faculty and graduate students who want to pursue research related to the center’s practice. As a fellow, you are member of a vibrant research community and have access to all CPT facilities and working groups. Fellows are expected to participate in biweekly meetings and present their work once each semester. ( ) (

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.