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ACLS Fellows


The ACLS Fellowship Program awards fellowships to individual scholars working in the humanities and related social sciences. Institutions and individuals contribute to the ACLS Fellowship Program and its endowment, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Council's college and university Associates, and former Fellows and individual friends of ACLS.

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  • ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies Fellow
  • ACLS/New York Public Library Fellow
  • ACLS/Oscar Handlin Fellow
  • ACLS/Carl and Betty Pforzheimer Fellow
  • supported in part by the Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. Fund for Chinese History
  • supported in part by the Munro Fund for Chinese Thought

Sara L. Ahbel-Rappe
Sara L. Ahbel-Rappe|Abstract

Professor, Classical Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - The Charioteer’s Circuit: Plato’s Self-Moving Myth in Late Antique Text Networks and Beyond

Richard Kernaghan
Richard Kernaghan|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Florida - Semblance in Terrain: On the Legal Topographies of Postwar, in Peru’s Upper Huallaga Valley

Esra Akin-Kivanc
Esra Akin-Kivanc|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Art and Art History, University of South Florida - Muthanna/Mirror Writing in Islamic Art: History, Aesthetics, and Meaning

Valerie A. Kivelson
Valerie A. Kivelson|Abstract

Professor, History, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Icons of Eurasian Empire: Early Modern Russian Visions of Encounter, Conquest, and Rule

Hannah Chadeayne Appel
Hannah Chadeayne Appel|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles - Oil and the Licit Life of Capitalism in Equatorial Guinea

Benjamin N. Lawrance
Benjamin N. Lawrance|Abstract

Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, and History, Rochester Institute of Technology - Nations Inside Out: An African Refugee Grammar

Mary Bachvarova
Mary Bachvarova|Abstract

Professor, Classical Studies, Willamette University - Calling the Gods: How Cult Practices Moved across Space and Time in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean

Michael G. Lee
Michael G. Lee|Abstract

Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia - German Landscape and the Aesthetics of Administration: Peter Joseph Lenné and His Circle, 1815-1848

Edward E. Baptist
Edward E. Baptist|Abstract

Professor, History, Cornell University - Predators and Prey: From Fugitives to Ferguson, Missouri

Lisa Levenstein
Lisa Levenstein|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro - When Feminism Went Viral: The American Women's Movement in the 1990s and Beyond

Allison M. Bigelow
Allison M. Bigelow|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, University of Virginia - Cultural Touchstones: Mining, Refining, and the Languages of Empire in the Early Americas

Tania Lombrozo
Tania Lombrozo|Abstract

Associate Professor, Psychology and Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley - Learning by Thinking: Thought Experiments as a Window onto Human Understanding

Sarah Bridger
Sarah Bridger |Abstract

Associate Professor, History, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo - Science in the Seventies: Battling for the Soul of a Profession, from the Vietnam War to Star Wars

Louis Herns Marcelin
Louis Herns Marcelin|Abstract

Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Miami - Democratization Process, Violence, and Peacebuilding in Contemporary Haiti

Mariana P. Candido
Mariana P. Candido|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of Notre Dame - Land, Material Goods, and Slaves: African Women’s Accumulation of Wealth in West Central Africa in the Nineteenth Century

Carmen Martinez Novo
Carmen Martinez Novo|Abstract

Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Kentucky - The Decline of Indigenous Rights in Latin America

Jennifer E. Cazenave
Jennifer E. Cazenave|Abstract

Assistant Professor, World Languages, University of South Florida - An Archive of the Catastrophe: Recovering the Unused Footage of Claude Lanzmann’s “Shoah”

Erik S. McDuffie
Erik S. McDuffie|Abstract

Associate Professor, African American Studies and History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Garveyism in the Diasporic Midwest: The American Heartland and Global Black Freedom, 1920-1980

Giuliana Chamedes
Giuliana Chamedes|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison - The Vatican, Catholic Internationalism, and the Battle for Europe, 1918-1958

Lydia L. Moland
Lydia L. Moland|Abstract

Associate Professor, Philosophy, Colby College - Hegel's Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism

Amy Chazkel
Amy Chazkel|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, City University of New York, Queens College - Urban Chiaroscuro: Rio de Janeiro and the Politics of Nightfall

Amrita Chakrabarti Myers
Amrita Chakrabarti Myers|Abstract

Associate Professor, History and Gender Studies, Indiana University Bloomington - Remembering Julia: A Tale of Sex, Race, Power, and Place

Matthew J. Christensen
Matthew J. Christensen|Abstract

Professor, Literatures and Cultural Studies, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - Unsovereign Bodies: The State and the Individual Subject in African Detective Fiction

Luisa Nardini
Luisa Nardini|Abstract

Associate Professor, Music, University of Texas at Austin - Liturgical Hypertexts: Prosulas for the Proper of the Mass in Beneventan Manuscripts

Michael David-Fox
Michael David-Fox|Abstract

Professor, Foreign Service and History, Georgetown University - Smolensk under Nazi and Soviet Rule

Megan Nutzman
Megan Nutzman|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Old Dominion University - Asclepius and Elijah: Ritual Healing in Roman and Late Antique Palestine

Brian DeLay
Brian DeLay|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of California, Berkeley - Shoot the State: Guns, Freedom, and Domination in the Americas, 1774-1934

Christopher J. Nygren
Christopher J. Nygren|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh - Matter and Similitude in Italian Painting and the Transatlantic Renaissance

Laura Eichelberger
Laura Eichelberger|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Texas at San Antonio - Spoiling and Sustainability: Water Insecurity, Health, and Indigenous Citizenship in Northwest Alaska

Junaid Quadri
Junaid Quadri|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, University of Illinois at Chicago - Transformations of Tradition: Islamic Law in Colonial Modernity

Jeffrey M. Einboden
Jeffrey M. Einboden|Abstract

Professor, English, Northern Illinois University - Jefferson’s Muslim Fugitives: The Lost Story of American Slavery and Arabic Emancipation

Evan Ragland
Evan Ragland|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, University of Notre Dame - Experimental Life: Medicine, Science, and the Emergence of a Culture of Experiment

Samera Esmeir
Samera Esmeir|Abstract

Associate Professor, Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley - The Struggle that Remains: Between the World and the International

Joanne Rappaport
Joanne Rappaport|Abstract

Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown University - The Dawn of Action Research in Latin America: Orlando Fals Borda and La Rosca de Investigación y Acción Social

Michelle Facos
Michelle Facos|Abstract

Professor, Art History, Indiana University Bloomington - The Copenhagen Art Academy circa 1800: Reinventing Tradition

Karin Sabrina Roffman
Karin Sabrina Roffman|Abstract

Senior Lecturer, Humanities, English, and American Studies, Yale University - The Story of Next Week: John Ashbery's Middle and Later Years

Lieba Faier
Lieba Faier|Abstract

Associate Professor, Geography, University of California, Los Angeles - The Banality of Good

Charles Sanft
Charles Sanft|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Literate Community in Early Imperial China

Claire L. Fanger
Claire L. Fanger|Abstract

Associate Professor, Religion, Rice University - Prophecy in Practice: The Everyday Life of Divine Knowledge in the Twelfth Century

Suzana M. Sawyer
Suzana M. Sawyer|Abstract

Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of California, Davis - Suing Chevron: Law, Science, and Contamination in Ecuador and Beyond

Leah M. Feldman
Leah M. Feldman|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago - On the Threshold of Eurasia: Revolutionary Poetics in the Caucasus

Tad B. Schmaltz
Tad B. Schmaltz|Abstract

Professor, Philosophy, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Early Modern Metaphysics and the Material World: Suárez, Descartes, Spinoza

Aaron A. Gerow
Aaron A. Gerow |Abstract

Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and Film and Media Studies, Yale University - The Theory Complex: A History of Japanese Film Thought

Benjamin Robert Siegel
Benjamin Robert Siegel|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Boston University - The Nation in Pain: American Bodies and Indian Pharmaceuticals in an Age of Distress

Simon Gilhooley
Simon Gilhooley|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Political Studies, Bard College - The Compact: The Proslavery Origins of the Modern US Constitution

Paolo Squatriti
Paolo Squatriti|Abstract

Professor, History, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Program in the Environment, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Pleasing Plants and Worrisome Weeds: Botanical Change in Early Medieval Europe

Stuart H. Goldberg
Stuart H. Goldberg|Abstract

Associate Professor, Russian, Georgia Institute of Technology - An Indwelling Voice: Sincerities and Authenticities in Russian Poetry, 1782-2001

Justin Stearns
Justin Stearns|Abstract

Associate Professor, Arab Crossroads Studies, New York University Abu Dhabi - Islamic Thought and the Natural World in the Early Modern Maghreb: Revealed Science in the Age of al-Hasan al-Yusi

Joshua R. Grace
Joshua R. Grace|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, University of South Carolina - The African Car: Technology, Mobility, and Development in Tanzania, 1870-2015

Noa Steimatsky
Noa Steimatsky|Abstract

Visiting Scholar, Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley - The Cinecittà Refugee Camp: History and Memory of a Movie Studio, 1944-1950

Sarah B.H. Hamill
Sarah B.H. Hamill|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Art History, Sarah Lawrence College - Surface Matters: Contemporary Photography and the Metaphor of Sculpture

Justin Steinberg
Justin Steinberg|Abstract

Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago - Mimesis on Trial: Boccaccio’s Realism, Judicial Inquest, and the Rise of the Novella

Jill Lindsey Harrison
Jill Lindsey Harrison|Abstract

Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder - Regulatory Culture and the Failure of Government Programs for Environmental Justice

Rian Thum
Rian Thum|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Loyola University New Orleans - Islamic China

William C. Hedberg
William C. Hedberg|Abstract

Assistant Professor, International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University - Embracing the Margins: Translation, Nation, and Chinese Fiction in Early Modern Japan

Deborah Tor
Deborah Tor|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of Notre Dame - The Great Seljuq Sultanate and the Formation of Islamic Civilization, 1040-1194: A Thematic History

Lauren Heidbrink
Lauren Heidbrink|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Human Development, California State University, Long Beach - Negotiated Returns: Migration and Deportation of Unaccompanied Youth

Parker VanValkenburgh
Parker VanValkenburgh|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Brown University - Building Subjects: The Archaeology of Reducción and Forced Urbanism

Geraldine Heng
Geraldine Heng|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, Middle Eastern Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin - Early Globalities: The Interconnected World, 500-1500

Bharat Jayram Venkat
Bharat Jayram Venkat|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Oregon - India after Antibiotics: Tuberculosis at the Limits of Cure

Matthew Howard Hersch
Matthew Howard Hersch |Abstract

Assistant Professor, History of Science, Harvard University - Abort to Orbit

Mary Weismantel
Mary Weismantel|Abstract

Professor, Anthropology, Northwestern University - An Archaeology of Sex: The Moche Sex Pots

Nancy J. Hirschmann
Nancy J. Hirschmann|Abstract

Professor, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania - Freedom, Power, and Disability

Sarah Ann Wells
Sarah Ann Wells|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison - The Labor of Images: Work and its Discontents in Brazilian Cinema, 1975-Present

Rosario Hubert
Rosario Hubert|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, Trinity College (CT) - Disorientations. Writing China in Latin America

Caroline Wigginton
Caroline Wigginton |Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, University of Mississippi - Indigenuity: Native Craftwork and the Material of Early American Books

Maki Isaka
Maki Isaka|Abstract

Professor, Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Femmes Fatales, Honorary Men, and Muted Feminine Voices: Women's Gidayû-Music and Fandom in Modern Japan

Thomas A. Wilson
Thomas A. Wilson |Abstract

Professor, History, Hamilton College - Historical Constructions and Ritual Formations of the Cult of Confucius

Christopher F. Jones
Christopher F. Jones|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Arizona State University - Immaterial Growth: Energy and Economics in the American Century

Andrew Zimmerman
Andrew Zimmerman|Abstract

Professor, History, The George Washington University - Conjuring Freedom: A Global History of the Civil War

Samantha Kelly
Samantha Kelly|Abstract

Professor, History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Crucible of Christian Cultures: Ethiopian and European Scholars in Reformation Rome