Hidden Drives: The Scene and Unseen of Home is a collaboration between the Mead Art Museum and the five fellows in residence at Amherst College’s Center for Humanistic Inquiry in 2019 – 2021. The fellows have come to the CHI from different fields and disciplines to conduct research and collaborate with each other under the rubric of the theme “home.” Over the course of 2020, the fellows explored a collective interest in how our perceptions, experiences, and routines of home are controlled by forces that might be invisible to some while intensely felt by others.


Stephen DillonStephen Dillon

CHI Fellow, Associate Professor of Critical Race and Queer Studies

Stephen Dillon is Associate Professor of Critical Race and Queer Studies at Hampshire College. He is the author of Fugitive Life: The Queer Politics of the Prison State (Duke University Press, 2018). hampshire.academia.edu/StephenDillon

Lili KimLili M. Kim

CHI Fellow, Associate Professor of History and Global Migrations

Lili M. Kim is an interdisciplinary historian of Asian America specializing in migration, transnationalism, gender, sexuality, and empire. Her scholarship and teaching are deeply informed by feminist and critical race theories and firmly grounded in the investigation of lived experience as well as the historical construction of differences in race, gender, sexuality, class, and nation that shape those experiences. Her first book, “Decolonization Dreams: Gender, Race, Empire, and Korean Americans’ Transnational Struggles for Freedom” is a feminist intersectional study of Korean migration to Hawai‘i and the continental United States in the early twentieth century. Supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, among others, her second book project, “In Transit: Migration, Globalization, and Korean Women in Argentina and the United States,” traces the transient history of Korean migration to Argentina that began in 1965 and tracks Korean Argentines’ subsequent remigration to the United States.

Sam PresnalSamantha Presnal

CHI Fellow

Samantha Presnal’s research focuses on domestic cooking and food culture in France at the turn of the twentieth century. Her current book project examines the emergence of new mediums of culinary education—demonstrations, competitions, magazines, home economics programs, and culinary schools—and the ways in which they reshaped ideas and experiences of French womanhood. She received her PhD in French Studies from New York University, where her research was supported by a Fulbright Fellowship. A graduate of Amherst College, her tenure as a CHI fellow marks a “home”coming of sorts. samanthapresnalphd.wordpress.com

Ashlie Sandoval Ashlie Sandoval

CHI Fellow

Ashlie Sandoval is a performance studies theorist who researches and teaches courses in critical race theory, women of color feminisms, ethnic studies, and architectural theory. Her current book project, “Designing Reconciliation: Race and the Performance of Architecture,” studies how design is called upon to manage racial inequality in the twenty-first century, showing how the built environment functions as a type of staging that produces racial meaning. She came to Amherst College after completing a fellowship at Princeton University and receiving a PhD in performance studies from Northwestern University, where her research was supported by the Ford Foundation and the Black Metropolis Research Consortium.

Ashley Elizabeth SmithAshley Elizabeth Smith

CHI Fellow, Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and Environmental Justice

Ashley Elizabeth Smith is from Wabanaki territory in the Kennebec River Valley in Maine, but currently lives along the Kwinitekw in the traditional homelands of the Nonotuck people. She is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and Environmental Justice at Hampshire College. Smith’s research interests focus on the northeast and include decolonization and Indigenous revitalization, Indigenous-settler relations, and the politics of knowledge. As a CHI Fellow, she is working on her first book project, “Remembering Norridgewock,” which focuses on Indigenous and settler practices of place, history, and memory at the site of a Wabanaki village on the upper Kennebec River in Maine. hampshire.edu/faculty/ashley-smith

Production Team

Darryl Harper, Associate Professor of Music; Director of the Center for Humanistic Inquiry
David Hart, Video Production
Deb Howes & Sophia Howes, Howes Studio, Inc.
Willa Jarnagin, Director of Web Design & Communications Services
Asha Kinney, Academic Technology Specialist
Emily Potter-Ndiaye, Dwight and Kirsten Poler and Andrew W. Mellon Head of Education and Curator of Academic Programs, Mead Art Museum, and Hidden Drives Project Manager




Special Thanks

Cheryl Savageau
David Yoo
Franklin Odo
Kailey Smith
Sarah Montoya
Robert Hansbury
Kiara Vigil
Ruth H. Chung
Marn J. Cha
Christina Rice
Los Angeles Public Library
Central California Korean Historical Society