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Announcing the Central Program’s ACLS Fellows


The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the results of the 2015-16 ACLS Fellowship competition. This year’s cohort of 69 fellows was selected from a pool of nearly 1,100 applicants through a rigorous, multi-stage peer review process. 

“The 2016 ACLS Fellows represent the intellectual vitality of humanities and humanistic social science research today,” said Matthew Goldfeder, director of fellowship programs at ACLS. “The fellows’ projects exhibit great disciplinary, temporal, geographic, and methodological diversity. This year’s cohort, moreover, includes several independent scholars as well as faculty of all ranks, on and off the tenure track, from more than 50 colleges and universities, working on projects that peer reviewers deemed best poised to make original and significant contributions to knowledge.

ACLS Fellowships allow scholars to spend six to twelve months researching and writing full time. The program, which awards fellowships of up to $70,000 each, 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.

  • Lorraine V. Aragon (Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) Partial Enclosures: Copyright, Creativity, and Traditional Cultural Expressions in Southeast Asia
  • Melinda Baldwin (Independent Scholar) In Referees We Trust? Scientific Legitimacy and the Rise of Peer Review in the Twentieth Century
  • Christopher Ball (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame) Language and Riverscape in Indigenous Brazil: Mapping Cosmology and Politics of Place
  • Tyler Bickford (Assistant Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh) Tween Pop: Children's Music and the Public Sphere
  • Andrea F. Bohlman (Assistant Professor of Music, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) Fragile Sound, Quiet History: Music and Unofficial Media in Communist Poland
  • Timothy Scott Brown (Professor of History, Northeastern University) The Greening of Cold War Germany: Environmentalism and Social Movements across the Wall and Beyond, 1968-1989
  • Megan Bryson (Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville) Esoteric Networks: Transregional Buddhism in the Dali Kingdom
  • Sinem Arcak Casale (Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) Courtly Encounters in War and Peace: Ottoman-Safavid Gift Exchange, 1501-1660
  • Wendy Hui Kyong Chun (Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University) Discriminating Data: Neighborhoods, Individuals, Proxies
  • Amy Rose Deal (Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley) Reporting Belief in the Nez Perce Language
  • Asa Eger (Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Greensboro) Islamic Antioch: A History of a Medieval City from the Fifth to Fifteenth Centuries
  • Dyan H. Elliott (Professor of History, Northwestern University) Sexual Scandal and the Medieval Clergy
  • Nicole Rachelle Fleetwood (Associate Professor of American Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick) Carceral Aesthetics: Prison Art and Public Culture
  • Jennifer Fleissner (Associate Professor of English, Indiana University, Bloomington) Maladies of the Will: The American Novel and the Symptomatology of Modernity
  • Elizabeth A. Foster (Assistant Professor of History, Tufts University) Decolonizing Faith: Catholics and the End of French Empire in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Victoria S. Frede (Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley) Elective Affinities: Friendship in Russia, 1750-1840
  • Heidi Gengenbach (Assistant Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Boston) Recipes for Disaster? Hunger Relief and Changing Rural Foodways in Mozambique
  • Joy Gordon (Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University, Chicago) Perfect Injustice: The United Nations Security Council and the Question of Legitimacy
  • Neve Gordon (Professor of Politics and Government, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel) The History and Politics of Human Shields
  • Yogita Goyal (Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles) Slavery and the Transnational Reinvention of Form
  • Bruce Grant (Professor of Anthropology, New York University) The Donkey Wars: Satire, Free Speech, and Political Imagination in the Muslim Caucasus
  • Christopher Grasso (Professor of History, College of William and Mary) Skepticism and American Faith: From the Revolution to the Civil War
  • Gerardo Gutierrez (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder) “And Moctezuma became angry when we left Mexico...”: Nahua Migrations to Eastern Guerrero, Contested Landscapes, and Place-Making as Represented in the Lienzos de Chiepetlan
  • Waïl S. Hassan (Professor of Comparative and World Literature, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) Arab Brazil: Literature, Culture, and Orientalism in the Racial Democracy
  • John Hay (Assistant Professor of English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas) A New World in Ruins: Postapocalyptic Fantasies in Antebellum American Literature
  • Larisa Jasarevic (Senior Lecturer of Global Studies, University of Chicago) Post-War Natures and Contemplative Apicultures: Beekeeping in Bosnia
  • Ari Joskowicz (Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University) Jews and Roma in the Shadow of Genocide
  • Robin Judd (Associate Professor of History, Ohio State University, Columbus) Love at the Zero Hour: Jewish Brides, Solider Husbands, and Strategies for Reconstruction, 1943-1955
  • Kathryn Kerby-Fulton (Professor of English, University of Notre Dame) Medieval Interiorities and Modern Readers: Recovering Medieval Reading Practices for Understanding the Self
  • Robert Kugler (Professor of Religious Studies and Classics, Lewis and Clark College) Discovering Legal Pluralism: Toward a New Understanding of the Jews of Hellenistic Egypt
  • Fabio Lanza (Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies, University of Arizona) Revolution In the Quotidian: A History of Maoist Urban Space, 1953-1983
  • Rebecca Maloy (Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Colorado, Boulder) Sung in Honor of Sacrifice: Text, Melody, and Exegesis in the Iberian Offertory
  • Lerone A. Martin (Assistant Professor at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis) J. Edgar Hoover’s Stained Glass Window: The FBI and Christian America
  • Daniel Wallace Maze (Independent Scholar) The Bellini Workshop
  • Mary Kate McGowan (Professor of Philosophy, Wellesley College) Just Words: Speech and the Constitution of Harm
  • Virag Molnar (Associate Professor of Sociology, The New School) Civil Society and the Return of Radical Nationalism in Postsocialist Hungary
  • Fabien Montcher (Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Saint Louis University) Scholarship and the Making of Politics in Early Modern Empires: The Iberian Routes of the Republic of Letters
  • Amy M. Mooney (Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Columbia College Chicago) Portraits of Noteworthy Character: Negotiating a Collective American Identity
  • John K. Moore (Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Alabama, Birmingham) “His Majesty’s Prosecutor v. José Soller, Mulatto Pilgrim, for Impersonating a Priest and Other Crimes”: A Study, Critical Edition, and Translation
  • Mithi Mukherjee (Associate Professor of History, University of Colorado, Boulder) The Asian Jurist and the Empire: Radhabinod Pal, Anticolonialism, and the Counter-Discourse of International Law
  • Christina Neilson (Assistant Professor of Art, Oberlin College) Living Devotion: Animating Sculpture in Early Modern Europe
  • Becky M. Nicolaides (Affiliated Research Scholar at the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, University of Southern California) On the Ground in Suburbia: A Chronicle of Social and Civic Transformation in Los Angeles Since 1945
  • Patrick J. O'Banion (Associate Professor of History and Geography, Lindenwood University) Deza and Its Moriscos: Faith and Community in Early Modern Spain
  • Vanessa Ogle (Assistant Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania) Archipelago Capitalism: Tax Havens, Offshore Money, and the Shadow Economy, 1920s-1980s
  • Carol J. Oja (Professor of Music and American Studies, Harvard University) Black Virtuosos and Civil Rights: Racial Desegregation of the Concert Hall and Opera Stage after World War II
  • Ana Hedberg Olenina (Visiting Scholar at the Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture, Arizona State University) Psychomotor Aesthetics: Perspectives on Expressive Movement and Affect in Russian and American Modernity, 1910s-1920s
  • Jann C. Pasler (Professor of Music, University of California, San Diego) Sounding the French Empire: Colonial Ethnographies of Music and New Media, 1860-1960
  • Samuel Perry (Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, Brown University) From across the Genkai Sea: Japanese Literature and the Korean War
  • Derek Peterson (Professor of History, and Afro-American and African Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) The Infrastructure of Dissent in Postcolonial Uganda
  • Brian A. Porter-Szucs (Professor of History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) Supply-Side Socialism: The Foundations of Neoliberalism in Communist Poland
  • Allison Pugh (Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia) On the Cutting Edge of Intimacy: Children, Parents, and Institutions Negotiating Cultural Change
  • Tahera Qutbuddin (Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago) Classical Arabic Oratory: Religion, Politics, and Orality-Based Aesthetics of Public Address in the Early Islamic World
  • Lindsay V. Reckson (Assistant Professor of English, Haverford College) Realist Ecstasy: Religion, Race, and Performance in American Literature
  • Ariel Rogers (Assistant Professor of Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University) Screens and the Cinematic Apparatus in 1930s Hollywood and Beyond
  • Nina Rowe (Associate Professor of Art History and Music, Fordham University) The World in a Book: Weltchroniken and Society at the End of the Middle Ages
  • Kristina Sessa (Associate Professor of History, Ohio State University, Columbus) The Church at War in Late Antiquity, 350-700 CE
  • Yüksel Sezgin (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University) Muslim Family Laws, Human Rights and Democracy
  • Jenny Sharpe (Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles) Immaterial Archives: Lost Pasts, Salvaged Futures
  • Kristel Smentek (Associate Professor of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Objects of Encounter: China in Eighteenth-Century France
  • Julia Staffel (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis) Unsettled Thoughts: Reasoning, Uncertainty, and Epistemology
  • Rebecca Stein (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Duke University) Captured: How the Digital Camera Has Changed the Israeli Occupation
  • Noelle Stout (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, New York University) Bound by Default: Homeowners, Lenders, and the Enduring Debts of the American Foreclosure Crisis
  • Sumarsam (Professor of Music, Wesleyan University) Expressing and Contesting Java-Islam Encounters: Performing Arts at the Crossroads
  • Daniel Ludwig Sutherland (Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Chicago) Kant's Philosophy and the Question of Mathematical Knowledge
  • Candacy A. Taylor (Independent Scholar) Sites of Sanctuary: The Negro Motorist Green Book
  • Valerie Traub (Professor of English and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) Mapping Embodiment in the Early Modern West: Anatomy, Cartography, and the Prehistory of Normality
  • Marc Van De Mieroop (Professor of History, Columbia University) Babylonian Cosmopolitanism and the Birth of Greek and Hebrew Literate Traditions
  • Lori J. Walters (Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Florida State University) The Female Creator: Christine de Pizan and Her Books
  • David Gordon White (Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara) European Demonology Viewed from the East

Contact: Matthew Goldfeder, 212-697-1505 x124


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