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Announcing the 2014 Central Program's ACLS Fellows


The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the results of the 2013-14 ACLS Fellowship competition. This year, a total of 65 fellowships were awarded to faculty of all ranks and independent scholars to support research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. ACLS received over 1,000 applications for the fellowship this cycle, making the program once again the most competitive from among ACLS’s portfolio.

“ACLS employs a rigorous multi-stage peer-review process to ensure that humanities scholars select those fellows deemed to represent the very best in their fields,” said Matthew Goldfeder, director of fellowship programs at ACLS. “This year’s fellows, chosen for their potential to create new knowledge that will improve our understanding of the world and its diverse cultures and societies, represent over 50 colleges and universities, and a vast array of humanities disciplines, including music, philosophy, art history, and sociology.”

ACLS Fellowships provide salary replacement for scholars who are embarking on six to 12 months of full-time research and writing. The program is funded by ACLS’s endowment, which has received contributions from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council’s college and university Associates, past fellows and individual friends of ACLS.

ACLS Fellows and project titles are listed below; for more information about the recipients and their projects, click  here.

Eugenia Afinoguenova (Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Marquette University)
Spaniards at the Prado: A Leisure Culture History, 1819-1939

Tanya Agathocleous (Associate Professor of English, City University of New York, Hunter College)
Circuits of Disaffection: Criticism, Dissent, and Affect in the Colonial Public Sphere

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson (Assistant Professor of History, University of Chicago)
The British Origins of the Anthropocene: Coal, Climate, and Deep Time, 1784-1884

Jean M. Allman (Professor of History, Washington University in St. Louis)
An Intimate History of the African Revolution: Kwame Nkrumah and the Women in Question

Beth L. Bailey (Professor of History, Temple University)
The U.S. Army and the Problem of Race, 1965-1985
Professor Bailey has been designated an ACLS/Oscar Handlin Fellow

Robert Bird (Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago)
The Stalin Consensus: Aesthetics in an Age of Terror

Monica Black (Associate Professor of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Evil after Nazism: Miracles, Medicine, and Moral Authority in West Germany

Jaimie Bleck (Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame)
Listening to Grinw: Everyday Political Discussions about Mali's Democratic Recovery

John P. Bodel (Professor of Classics, Brown University)
The Ancient Roman Funeral

Michael S. Brownstein (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, New Jersey Institute of Technology)
On the Virtues and Vices of Spontaneity

Ari Z. Bryen (Assistant Professor of History, West Virginia University)
Law and the Boundaries of Authority in the Roman World

Ivano Caponigro (Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of California, San Diego)
Richard Montague: The Simplicity of Language, the Complexity of Life

Heekyoung Cho (Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington)
Translation’s Forgotten History: Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the Formation of Modern Korean Literature

Suzannah Clark (Professor of Music, Harvard University)
Quirks in Tonality: Aspects in the History of Tonal Spaces

Deborah R. Coen (Associate Professor of History, Barnard College)
Dynamic Empire: Climate and Circulation in Late Imperial Austria

Mary Jean  Corbett (Professor of English, Miami University)
Behind the Times: Virginia Woolf in Fin-de-Siècle Context

Alyssa DeBlasio (Assistant Professor of Russian, Dickinson College)
The End of Russian Philosophy: Philosophy and Religion at a Crossroads in the Twenty-first Century

Michael Thomas Demson (Assistant Professor of English, Sam Houston State University)
Blighted Corn: Radical Agrarian Romanticism

Yvonne Elet (Assistant Professor of Art History, Vassar College)
Materiality and Metamorphosis: Stucco in the Architecture and Decoration of Early Modern Europe

Patience Epps (Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Texas, Austin)
Linguistic Diversity and the Amazonian Puzzle

Heather L. Ferguson (Assistant Professor of History, Claremont McKenna College)
The Proper Order of Things: Language, Power, and Law in Ottoman Administrative Discourses

Caitlin A. Fitz (Assistant Professor of History, Northwestern University)
Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions

Stephanie J. Fitzgerald (Assistant Professor of English, University of Kansas)
Red Letters: Print Culture, Alternative Presses, and the Rise of Contemporary Native American Poetry, 1968-1984

Daniela Flesler (Associate Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literature, State University of New York, Stony Brook)
The Memory Work of Sepharad: New Inheritances for Twenty-first Century Spain

Devin Fore (Associate Professor of German, Princeton University)
All the Graphs: Soviet Factography and the Emergence of Avant-Garde Documentary
Professor Fore has been designated an ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellow 

Severin Fowles (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College)
Comanche New Mexico: An Archaeology

Brenna W. Greer (Assistant Professor of History, Wellesley College)
Image Rights: Black Representation Politics and Civil Rights Work in the Postwar United States

Tobias Gregory (Associate Professor of English, Catholic University of America)
Milton’s Strenuous Liberty

Lillian Guerra (Professor of History, University of Florida)
Making Revolutionary Cuba, 1946-1959

Faith C. Hillis (Assistant Professor of History, University of Chicago)
Europe’s Russian Colonies: Community, Politics, and Modernity Across Borders

Francine R. Hirsch (Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A Cold War Story

Gene Andrew Jarrett (Professor of English, Boston University)
Paul Laurence Dunbar: The First African American Poet Laureate

James H. Johnson (Professor of History, Boston University)
Masks and Modern Consciousness

Robert A. Kaster (Professor of Classics, Princeton University)
A New Critical Edition of Suetonius’s Lives of the Caesars 

Marion Holmes Katz (Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University)
Re-Configuring Muslim Wifehood in the Fourteenth Century

Melissa R. Kerin (Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, Washington and Lee University)
Materiality of Tibetan Buddhist Shrines: Devotional Objects and Ritual Agents in Tibet, Western Himalaya, and U.S.

Suk-Young Kim (Professor of Theater and Dance, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Between National Trauma and Global Entertainment: Historicizing the Rise of Korean Pop Music and Digital Media
Professor Kim has been designated an ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellow 

Marwan M. Kraidy (Professor of Communication, University of Pennsylvania)
Creative Insurgency: Arab Dissent in an Age of Revolution
Professor Kraidy has been designated an ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellow  

Katherine M. Kuenzli (Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Wesleyan University)
Designing Modernsim: Henry van de Velde from Neo-Impressionism to the Bauhaus

Dietrich Christian Lammerts (Assistant Professor of Religion, Rutgers University, New Brunswick)
Buddhism and Written Law: A History of Dhammasattha Literature in Burma

Bronwyn A. Leebaw (Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, Riverside)
A Trace of Hope: Human Rights, Atrocity, and the Memory of Resistance

Annette Damayanti Lienau (Assistant Professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Arabic and its Linguistic Rivals: Sacred Language and the Crisis of Post-Colonial Literature

Tabea A. Linhard (Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Washington University in St. Louis)
Unexpected Routes: Exile, Migration, and Memory, 1931-1945

Charlene Makley (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Reed College)
The Politics of Presence: State-Led Development, Personhood and Power among Tibetans in China

James A. McHugh (Assistant Professor of Religion, University of Southern California)
An Unholy Brew: Alcohol in Indian History and Religion

Seth Moglen (Associate Professor of English, Lehigh University)
Bethlehem: American Utopia, American Tragedy

Richard A. Moran (Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University)
Speech as an Intersubjective Act

William R. Newman (Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University, Bloomington)
The Alchemy of Isaac Newton, A New Appraisal

Thomas O'Donnell (Assistant Professor of English, Fordham University)
Theoretical Lives: Identity-Critique and Monastic Community in England, 1000-1259

Cynthia Radding (Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Bountiful Deserts and Imperial Shadows. Seeds of Knowledge and Corridors of Migration in Northern New Spain

Isaac Ariail Reed (Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder)
Trouble at the Edge of Empire: Principals, Agents, and Others at the Origins of American Modernity

Catherine Robson (Professor of English, New York University)
Talking to the Enemy: Germany’s Capture of British Voices in the Great War

Jason R. Rudy (Associate Professor of English, University of Maryland, College Park)
Nostalgia at Sea: Remembering British Poetry in the Colonies

Teemu H. Ruskola (Professor of Law, Emory University)
China, For Example: China and the Making of Modern International Law
Professor Ruskola's fellowship is supported in part by the Munro Fund for Chinese Thought.

Karen J. Sanchez-Eppler (Professor of American Studies and English, Amherst College)
In the Archives of Childhood: Personal and Historical Pasts

Anat Schechtman (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago)
Infinity in Modern Thought

Anna C. Schultz (Assistant Professor of Music, Stanford University)
Performing Translation: Indian Jewish Devotional Song and Minority Identity on the Move

Marcy E. Schwartz (Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University, New Brunswick)
Public Pages: Reading and Community along the Latin American Streetscape

Jenni Sorkin (Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Live Form: Women, Ceramics, and Community, 1945-1975

Carol A. Stabile (Professor of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon)
Pink Channels: Women and the Broadcast Blacklist

Holly Watkins (Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Rochester)
Echoes of the Nonhuman: Organicism, Biology, and Musical Aesthetics from the Enlightenment to the Present

John Watkins (Professor of English, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Premodern Marriage Diplomacy: A Cultural History

Judith Weisenfeld (Professor of Religion, Princeton University)
Apostles of Race: Religion and Black Racial Identity in the Urban North, 1920-1950

Kirsten Weld (Assistant Professor of History, Harvard University)
The Long Spanish Civil War in Latin America

Emily E. Wilcox (Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
National Movements: Socialist Postcoloniality and the Making of Chinese Dance   

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