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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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Elizabeth Allen
Elizabeth Allen|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, University of California, Irvine - Uncertain Refuge: Ideas of Sanctuary in Middle English Literature

Cynthia J. Mills
Cynthia J. Mills|Abstract

Independent Scholar, Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution - Beyond Grief: Art, Mourning, and Mystery in the Gilded Age

Gregory Barnett
Gregory Barnett|Abstract

Associate Professor, Musicology, Rice University - Emblems of Faith and Authority: The Modes in Italian Baroque Music

Kate Mondloch
Kate Mondloch|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Art History, University of Oregon - Eye Desire: Media Art after Feminism

Sara Blair
Sara Blair|Abstract

Professor, English, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - The View from Below: Imaging Modernity and the Lower East Side

Robert Morstein-Marx
Robert Morstein-Marx|Abstract

Professor, Classics, University of California, Santa Barbara - Julius Caesar and the Roman People

Margaret E. Butler
Margaret E. Butler|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Classical Studies, Tulane University - The King’s Canvas: The Transformation of Ancient Macedon

Quincy D. Newell
Quincy D. Newell|Abstract

Associate Professor, Religious Studies, University of Wyoming - Marginal Mormons: African Americans and Native Americans in the Nineteenth-Century LDS Church

Zeynep Celik
Zeynep Celik|Abstract

Professor, Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology - Empires and Antiquities: Appropriating the Past

Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen|Abstract

Associate Professor, English and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California - Memory and the Viet Nam War: A Multicultural, International, and Interdisciplinary Approach

Anthony Cerulli
Anthony Cerulli|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges - Medical Narratives and Allegorical Bodies in Indian Medical Literature

Ruth Nisse
Ruth Nisse|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, Wesleyan University - Jacob’s Shipwreck: Diaspora and Translation in the Literature of the Jewish and Christian Middle Ages

Jessica M. Chapman
Jessica M. Chapman|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Williams College - From Disorder to Dictatorship: A Domestic and International History of Ngo Dinh Diem’s Construction of South Vietnam, 1953-1956

Juan M. Obarrio
Juan M. Obarrio|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University - ‘Customary’ Citizenship in Contemporary Africa

Paul Cheney
Paul Cheney|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, University of Chicago - Cul de Sac: Plantation Society in Eighteenth-Century Saint Domingue

Elizabeth A. Perrill
Elizabeth A. Perrill|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Art, University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Zulu Surface and Form: The Aesthetics of South African Ceramic Economies

Tamara T. Chin
Tamara T. Chin|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago - Illicit Exchange: An Imaginary History of the Han Dynasty Silk Road

Svetlana A. Peshkova
Svetlana A. Peshkova|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of New Hampshire - Public Life in Private Space: Religion and Change in the Ferghana Valley

Laura Chrisman
Laura Chrisman|Abstract

Professor, English, University of Washington - Black Transnationalism: The US and South Africa, 1900-1945

Amy Powell
Amy Powell|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Art History, University of California, Irvine - The Whitewashed Image: Iconoclasm and Seventeenth-Century Dutch Landscapes

Nathan J. Citino
Nathan J. Citino|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Colorado State University - Modernization in US-Arab Relations, 1945-1967

Guy P. Raffa
Guy P. Raffa|Abstract

Associate Professor, French and Italian, University of Texas at Austin - Dante’s Bones and the Idea of Italy

Jeffrey J. Cohen
Jeffrey J. Cohen|Abstract

Professor, English, The George Washington University - Stories of Stone: Dreaming the Prehistoric in the Middle Ages

Nancy Y. Reynolds
Nancy Y. Reynolds|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Washington University in St. Louis - A Pyramid for the Living: The Politics of Environment, Culture, and National Development in the Building of the Aswan High Dam in Egypt, 1956-1971

Bonnie Costello
Bonnie Costello|Abstract
ACLS/New York Public Library Fellow

Professor, English, Boston University - Private Faces in Public Places: Modern Poetry and the First Person Plural

Karin Sabrina Roffman
Karin Sabrina Roffman|Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, United States Military Academy - A Biography of John Ashbery’s Early Life and Art

Irene D'Almeida
Irene D'Almeida|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Professor, French and Italian, University of Arizona - Looking for Poetry, Hearing the Song among the Fon Women of Benin

Mark E. Ruff
Mark E. Ruff|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Saint Louis University - The Battle for the Catholic Past in Germany, 1945 -1975

Barbara De Marco
Barbara De Marco|Abstract

Editor, Research Center for Romance Studies, University of California, Berkeley - The Paper Kingdom of La Nueva México: Edition and Study of Original Documents in the Archivo General de Indias, Seville, Pertaining to Juan de Oñate

Kirsten Schultz
Kirsten Schultz|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Seton Hall University - From Conquests to Colonies: Authority, Knowledge, and Difference in the Luso-Brazilian Empire, ca. 1700-1800

Brian Donahue
Brian Donahue|Abstract

Associate Professor, American Studies, Brandeis University - Wildlands and Woodlands: The Future of the Eastern Forest

Herman Mark Schwartz
Herman Mark Schwartz|Abstract

Professor, Politics, University of Virginia - Fad and Fashion in Political Economy Models: A Sociology of Knowledge

Sylvia Federico
Sylvia Federico|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, Bates College - Chaucer and Walsingham: Clerks of Venus in Late Medieval England

Micol Seigel
Micol Seigel|Abstract
Oscar Handlin/ACLS Fellow

Assistant Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies, Indiana University Bloomington - The Global Precinct: US Policing after World War II

Margaret W. Ferguson
Margaret W. Ferguson|Abstract

Professor, English, University of California, Davis - Missing the Maidenhead: Cultural Debates about the Hymen in Early Modern England

Olga Shevchenko
Olga Shevchenko|Abstract

Associate Professor, Anthropology and Sociology, Williams College - Snapshot Histories: The Afterlife of Socialism in Russian Family Photographs

Ada Ferrer
Ada Ferrer|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Associate Professor, History, New York University - Cuban Slave Society and the Haitian Revolution

Elena Shtromberg
Elena Shtromberg|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Assistant Professor, Art and Art History, University of Utah - Art and Information: Political Encounters in Brazil, 1968-1978

Robert J. Foster
Robert J. Foster|Abstract

Professor, Anthropology, University of Rochester - A Cultural Biography of the P.G. Black Collection of Pacific Islands Artifacts

Barbara J. Skinner
Barbara J. Skinner|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Indiana State University - Confessional Engineering, Parish Culture, and Orthodox Expansion in Russia’s Western Borderlands, 1796-1855

Ernest F. Freeberg III
Ernest F. Freeberg III|Abstract

Professor, History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Incandescent America: Electric Light and America’s Culture of Invention

Christina Snyder
Christina Snyder|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History and American Studies, Indiana University Bloomington - The Indian Gentlemen of Choctaw Academy: Status and Sovereignty in Antebellum America

Matthew Garrett
Matthew Garrett|Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, Wesleyan University - Episodic Poetics in the Early American Republic

Wendy Swartz
Wendy Swartz|Abstract

Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University - Poetry, Philosophy, and Intertextuality in Six Dynasties (222-589 C.E.) China

Ellen P. Herman
Ellen P. Herman|Abstract

Professor, History, University of Oregon - Autism, Between Rights and Risks

Helena Katalin Szepe
Helena Katalin Szepe|Abstract

Associate Professor, School of Art and Art History, University of South Florida - Privilege and Duty in the Serene Republic: Illuminated Manuscripts of Renaissance Venice

Kristin L. Hoganson
Kristin L. Hoganson|Abstract

Professor, History and affiliation with Gender Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Prairie Routes: Making a Global Heartland

Meredith E. Terretta
Meredith E. Terretta|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, University of Ottawa - “We Have Heard of the Great Assistance that You Render to Many Territories:” African United Nations Trusteeships and the International League of the Rights of Man (ILRM), 1948-1970

Elizabeth W. Hutchinson
Elizabeth W. Hutchinson|Abstract

Associate Professor, Art History, Barnard College - Muybridge’s Pacific Coast: Landscape Photographs and Cultural Topography

Lisa Tran
Lisa Tran|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, California State University, Fullerton - Law and Custom: Concubines in Early Twentieth-Century China

Lilya Kaganovsky
Lilya Kaganovsky|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - The Voice of Technology: Soviet Cinema’s Transition to Sound, 1928-1935

George R. Trumbull IV
George R. Trumbull IV|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Dartmouth College - Land of Thirst, Land of Fear: A History of Water in the Sahara from Empire to Oil

Eleana Kim
Eleana Kim|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Rochester - Making Peace with Nature: The Greening of the Korean Demilitarized Zone

Deborah M. Valenze
Deborah M. Valenze|Abstract

Professor, History, Barnard College - Thomas Tryon and His World

Jimmy Casas Klausen
Jimmy Casas Klausen|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Unknown Political Bodies: Negative Anthropology, Political Theory, and Indigenous Societies

Lynne A. Viola
Lynne A. Viola|Abstract

Professor, History, University of Toronto - The Question of the Perpetrator in Soviet History: An Exploration into Violence in the Soviet Union, 1928-41

Sonya S. Lee
Sonya S. Lee|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Art History, University of Southern California - Between Culture and Nature: Cave Temples of Sichuan

Chad Williams
Chad Williams|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Hamilton College - The Black Man and the Wounded World: W. E. B. Du Bois, African American Soldiers, and the History of World War I

Paul F. Lerner
Paul F. Lerner|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of Southern California - Consuming Encounters: Jews, Department Stores, and Early Mass Consumption in Germany, 1880-1940

Yanna Panayota Yannakakis
Yanna Panayota Yannakakis|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Emory University - Mexico’s Babel: Multilingualism, Law, and Society in Oaxaca from Colony to Republic

Kristin Mann
Kristin Mann|Abstract

Professor, History, Emory University - Trans-Atlantic Lives: Slavery and Freedom in West Africa and Brazil

David G. Yearsley
David G. Yearsley|Abstract

Professor, Music, Cornell University - Anna Magdalena Bach and the Musical Lives of a Lutheran Woman

Louisa C. Matthew
Louisa C. Matthew|Abstract

Professor, Visual Arts, Union College (NY) - The Material Renaissance: A History of Colorants in Renaissance Venice

Judith T. Zeitlin
Judith T. Zeitlin|Abstract

Professor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago - The Culture of Musical Entertainment in Early Modern China: Voice, Instrument, Text