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    ACLS Fellow Rian Thum presented his research on Islamic China at the 2018 ACLS Annual Meeting 

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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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Karl Appuhn
Karl Appuhn|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, New York University - Ecologies of Beef: Epizootics, Science, and Society in Eighteenth-Century Venice

Lori R. Meeks
Lori R. Meeks|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California - How Buddhist Views of the Female Body Entered Popular Discourse: Tracing Ideological Change in Late Medieval and Early Modern Japan

Idelber V. Avelar
Idelber V. Avelar|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, Tulane University - Rethinking Masculinity in Contemporary Brazilian and Argentinian Literatures

Kathryn A. Miller
Kathryn A. Miller|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Assistant Professor, History, Stanford University - Business with Infidels: Christian-Muslim Exchanges of Captives across the Medieval Mediterranean

Thomas W. Barton
Thomas W. Barton|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, University of San Diego - In the Shadow of Conquest: Settlement, Memory, and Authority in the Crown of Aragon, 1148-1300

Kiri Miller
Kiri Miller|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Music, Brown University - Technomusicality: Digital Games, YouTube, and Virtual Performance

Emily Kay Berquist
Emily Kay Berquist|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, California State University, Long Beach - The Science of Empire: The Bishop's Practical Utopia in Colonial Peru

Daisuke Miyao
Daisuke Miyao|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon - The Aesthetics of Shadow: Lighting in Japanese Cinema

Lisa M. Bitel
Lisa M. Bitel|Abstract

Professor, History, Religion, and Gender Studies, University of Southern California - Lady of the Rock: Vision, Faith, and Cult in the Modern Desert

Susannah Brietz Monta
Susannah Brietz Monta|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, University of Notre Dame - Sacred Echoes: Repetitive Prayer and Reformation-Era Poetics in Early Modern England

Matthew B. Boyle
Matthew B. Boyle|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Harvard University - The Mind of a Rational Animal

Marissa J. Moorman
Marissa J. Moorman|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Indiana University Bloomington - Tuning in to Nation: Radio Technology and Politics in Angola, 1961-2002

C. Tyler Burge
C. Tyler Burge|Abstract

Professor, Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles - Constitutive and Phylogenetic Origins of Reason

Trian Nguyen
Trian Nguyen|Abstract

Associate Professor, Art and Visual Culture and Asian Studies, Bates College - The Burning Monk: A Study of Thich Quang Duc’s Self-Immolation, His Life, and His Impact on the Modern History of Vietnam

Ilias Chrissochoidis
Ilias Chrissochoidis|Abstract

Lecturer, Continuing Studies, Stanford University - From the London Stage to Westminster Abbey: Cultural Mobility of Handel’s Oratorios in Britain, 1732-1784

Carrie Jaurès Noland
Carrie Jaurès Noland|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Professor, French and Italian, Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine - Not a Dancing Bear: Poetry of the French Caribbean

Emily J. Clark
Emily J. Clark|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Tulane University - The Strange History of the American Quadroon, 1700-Present

James Oakes
James Oakes|Abstract

Professor, History, City University of New York, The Graduate Center - “Out of the Darkness”: The End of Slavery in the United States, 1860-1865

Andrew Wender Cohen
Andrew Wender Cohen|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Syracuse University - Contraband: Smuggling and the Birth of the American Century

Gregory E. O'Malley
Gregory E. O'Malley|Abstract
Oscar Handlin/ACLS Fellow

Assistant Professor, History, University of California, Santa Cruz - Final Passages: The British Intercolonial Slave Trade, 1619-1807

Ronald M. Davidson
Ronald M. Davidson|Abstract

Professor, Religious Studies, Fairfield University - Imperial Buddhas, Tantric Origins: The Emperor Arising from the Buddha’s Turban

Susannah Ruth Ottaway
Susannah Ruth Ottaway|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Carleton College - The British Workhouse in the Long Eighteenth Century

Peter S. Decherney
Peter S. Decherney|Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, University of Pennsylvania - Hollywood’s Copyright Wars: Pirates, Plagiarists, and Technophobes, from Edison to the Internet

Thomas Pfau
Thomas Pfau|Abstract

Professor, English and German, Duke University - Parables of Life: “Bildung” and the Transformation of Knowledge, 1780-1924

Frances Ferguson
Frances Ferguson|Abstract

Professor, English, Johns Hopkins University - Designing Education in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain

Pablo Piccato
Pablo Piccato|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Columbia University - A Century of Crime in Modern Mexico: A Historical Perspective

Daniel M. Goldstein
Daniel M. Goldstein|Abstract

Associate Professor, Anthropology, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Law’s End: Community Justice, Citizen Security, and Human Rights in Evo’s Bolivia

Michael Printy
Michael Printy|Abstract

Visiting Scholar, History, Wesleyan University - Enlightenment’s Reformation: Recasting German Protestantism, 1770-1830

James N. Green
James N. Green|Abstract

Professor, History, Brown University - Exiles within Exiles: Herbert Daniel, Gay Revolutionary

Shelley Salamensky
Shelley Salamensky|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Theater and Performance Studies, University of California, Los Angeles - “Jewface” Minstrelsy and “Jewfaçade” Display: Performing Cultural Memory in Contemporary Europe and Eurasia

Elaine M. Hadley
Elaine M. Hadley|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, University of Chicago - Foreign Correspondence: Victorian War and Opinion Culture

Mark Sanders
Mark Sanders|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Professor, Comparative Literature, New York University - Learning Zulu: A Secret History of Language in South Africa

Christopher Hager
Christopher Hager|Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, Trinity College (CT) - A Colored Man’s Constitution: Emancipation and the Act of Writing

Christina Schwenkel
Christina Schwenkel|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of California, Riverside - Revitalizing the City: Socialist Architecture, Postwar Memory, and Urban Renewal in Vietnam

Charles K. Hirschkind
Charles K. Hirschkind|Abstract

Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley - The “Moorish Problem” and the Politics of Multiculturalism in Spain

Sarah Shields
Sarah Shields|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Associate Professor, History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Yusuf’s Dilemma: The Middle East and Identity Politics between the Two World Wars

Brooke A. Holmes
Brooke A. Holmes|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Classics, Princeton University - Feeling Nature: Sympathy in Hellenistic Science, Philosophy, and Poetry

David Edward Simpson
David Edward Simpson|Abstract

Professor, English, University of California, Davis - Strangers in the House: Home and World in Romantic Literature

Lea Jacobs
Lea Jacobs|Abstract

Professor, Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Fascinating Rhythm: Performance and Direction in Hollywood after Sound

Winnifred Fallers Sullivan
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan|Abstract

Associate Professor, Law, University of Buffalo, State University of New York - Spiritual Governance: The New Establishment

Gregory Jusdanis
Gregory Jusdanis|Abstract

Professor, Greek and Latin, The Ohio State University - The Fragility of Friendship

Kevin R. Uhalde
Kevin R. Uhalde|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Ohio University - The Culture of Penance in Late Antiquity

Ruth Mazo Karras
Ruth Mazo Karras|Abstract

Professor, History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Quasi-Marital Unions in Medieval Europe

Kate van Orden
Kate van Orden|Abstract

Professor, Music, University of California, Berkeley - Musica Transalpina: French Music, Culture, and Identity in Sixteenth-Century Italy

James Ker
James Ker|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania - Beginning the Day in Ancient Rome: Morningtime, City, and Self

Margaret B. Wan
Margaret B. Wan|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Languages and Literature, University of Utah - Drum Ballads as Local Literature in Nineteenth-Century China

Stuart Kirsch
Stuart Kirsch|Abstract

Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Corporations and Their Critics: Mining and Indigenous Politics since the 1990s

Claire M. Waters
Claire M. Waters|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, University of California, Davis - Translation, Education, and Salvation in the Thirteenth Century

Emilio Kourí
Emilio Kourí|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of Chicago - The Indigenous Community in Mexican Social Thought

Stephen H. West
Stephen H. West|Abstract
supported in part by the Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. Fund for Chinese History

Professor, School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University - Remembering Bianliang: Space, Place, and Collective Memory in Emergent Urban Voices in Twelfth-Century China

Catherine Kudlick
Catherine Kudlick|Abstract

Professor, History, University of California, Davis - Disability and the Hidden History of Smallpox in France, 1700-1900

Gretchen J. Woertendyke
Gretchen J. Woertendyke|Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, University of South Carolina - Romance to Novel in Early America

Deborah S. Lutz
Deborah S. Lutz|Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, Long Island University - Secular Relics and Death in Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture

Lawrence M. Zbikowski
Lawrence M. Zbikowski|Abstract

Associate Professor, Music, University of Chicago - Foundations of Musical Grammar

Matthew J. McDonald
Matthew J. McDonald|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Music, Northeastern University - Breaking Time’s Arrow: Temporality in the Music of Charles Ives

Katherine Zieman
Katherine Zieman|Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, University of Notre Dame - Richard Rolle and His Readers: Defining the Literary in the Fifteenth Century