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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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Rachel Ablow
Rachel Ablow|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, University of Buffalo, State University of New York - Speaking Pain in Victorian Literature and Culture

Bertie R. Mandelblatt
Bertie R. Mandelblatt|Abstract

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Historical Studies and Geography, University of Toronto - Feeding the French Atlantic: Slavery, Empire, and Food Provision in the French Caribbean, 1626-1789

Gabor J. Agoston
Gabor J. Agoston|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Georgetown University - War, Empire, and the Making of Europe: Ottomans, Habsburgs, and Russians, 1500-1800

Laura Matthew
Laura Matthew|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Marquette University - Circulations: Death and Opportunity in Southern Pacific Mesoamerica, 1480-1630

Ruha Benjamin
Ruha Benjamin|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Sociology and African American Studies, Boston University - Provincializing Science: Mapping and Marketing Ethnoracial Diversity in the Genomic Age

Michelle Ann McKinley
Michelle Ann McKinley|Abstract

Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Oregon - Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy, and Legal Activism in Seventeenth-Century Colonial Lima, 1593-1700

Lauren Berlant
Lauren Berlant|Abstract

Professor, English, University of Chicago - Matter of Flatness

Karline McLain
Karline McLain|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Associate Professor, Religion, Bucknell University - The Afterlife of Shirdi Sai Baba: The Growth of a New Religious Movement in India

Lila Corwin Berman
Lila Corwin Berman|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Temple University - Jewish Urban Journeys through an American City and Beyond

Carolyn Merchant
Carolyn Merchant|Abstract

Professor, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley - Ideas of Nature: Emerging Concepts of Nature and Law in the Scientific Revolution

Catherine Besteman
Catherine Besteman|Abstract

Professor, Anthropology, Colby College - An Unexpected Life: Somalis, Mainers, and the New Global Normal

Moses Ebe Ochonu
Moses Ebe Ochonu|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Vanderbilt University - The Caliphate's Burden: Hausa-Fulani Subcolonialism and Middle Belt Consciousness in Nigeria

Elizabeth S. Blackmar
Elizabeth S. Blackmar|Abstract
ACLS/New York Public Library Fellow

Professor, History, Columbia University - American Alchemy: The Vexed Relation of Land and Capital, 1776-2008

Suleiman Osman
Suleiman Osman|Abstract
Oscar Handlin/ACLS Fellow

Assistant Professor, American Studies, The George Washington University - The New Localism: Neighborhood Activism and Slow-Growth Politics in North America and Europe in the 1970s

Kristin C. Bloomer
Kristin C. Bloomer|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Religion, Carleton College - Possessed by Mary: Hinduism, Roman Catholicism, and Marian Spirit Possession in Tamil Nadu, South India

Margaret W. Pearce
Margaret W. Pearce|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Geography, Indigenous Nations Studies, and American Stdudies, University of Kansas - Fostering Climate Dialogue with Cartography: A Model for Incorporating Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Knowledge

Anna C. Brickhouse
Anna C. Brickhouse|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, University of Virginia - The Unsettlement of America: The Story of Don Luis de Velasco

Kennetta Hammond Perry
Kennetta Hammond Perry|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, East Carolina University - London is the Place for Me: Black Britons, Citizenship, and the Politics of Belonging

M. Brady Brower
M. Brady Brower|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Weber State University - Animal Republic: Social Biology and the Evolution of French Republicanism, 1870-1914

Lisa Pon
Lisa Pon|Abstract

Associate Professor, Art History, Southern Methodist University - Venice and the Early Modern Plague

Victor Caston
Victor Caston|Abstract

Professor, Philosophy, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - The Stoics on Mental Representation and Content

Sarah S. Richardson
Sarah S. Richardson|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History of Science and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University - The Maternal Imprint: Situating the Science of Maternal Effects, 1900-Present

David E. Chinitz
David E. Chinitz|Abstract

Professor, English, Loyola University Chicago - The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot, vol. 6: 1940–1946

Sanjay Ruparelia
Sanjay Ruparelia|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Politics, The New School - Enacting a Right to Basic Social Welfare: India’s Great Transformation in Comparative Historical Perspective

Darren Dochuk
Darren Dochuk|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Purdue University - Anointed with Oil: God and Black Gold in Modern America

Michael G. Sargent
Michael G. Sargent|Abstract

Professor, English, City University of New York, Queens College - Completion of the Critical Edition of Book II of Walter Hilton's "Scale of Perfection"

Mary Agnes Edsall
Mary Agnes Edsall|Abstract

Visiting Assistant Professor, English, University of Massachusetts Boston - A Road of the Affections: Rhetoric, Catechesis, and the Cultivation of the Christian Self, A.D. 1-1150

Franziska Seraphim
Franziska Seraphim|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Boston College - War Criminals and Social Integration in Postwar Japan and Germany, 1945–1960

Jamal J. Elias
Jamal J. Elias|Abstract

Professor, Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania - Mevlevis after Rumi: Religion, Culture, Legitimacy, and the Rise of the Ottomans, 1300-1750

M. Erin J. Shay
M. Erin J. Shay|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Linguistics, University of Colorado Boulder - Morphology and Syntax of Pévé

Brad Evans
Brad Evans|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Black Cats, Butterflies, and the Ephemeral Bibelots: Recovering the Modernity of America's Fin de Siècle

Candace A. Slater
Candace A. Slater|Abstract

Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Berkeley - Beset by Marvels: Wonder, Change, and Violence in Northeast Brazil

Carmela Vircillo Franklin
Carmela Vircillo Franklin|Abstract

Professor, Classics, Columbia University - The Liber Pontificalis of Pandulphus Romanus: From Schismatic Document to Renaissance Exemplar

Richard Jean So
Richard Jean So|Abstract

Assistant Professor, English and Comparative Literature, University of Chicago - Republic of Mind: Literary and Communication Networks between America and China, 1925-1955

Victor A. Friedman
Victor A. Friedman|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago - Balkan Languages and Identities: Macedonia as Macrocosm, Mesocosm, and Microcosm

Louise K. Stein
Louise K. Stein|Abstract

Professor, Musicology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Opera, the Transformation of Naples, the Marquis del Carpio, and Alessandro Scarlatti

Robert Goulding
Robert Goulding|Abstract

Associate Professor, Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame - Renaissance Optics between Experiment and Imagination: The Mathematical Practice of Thomas Harriot

Scott K. Taylor
Scott K. Taylor|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Siena College - A Genealogy of Addiction: Stimulants in Early Modern Europe

Noah D. Guynn
Noah D. Guynn|Abstract

Associate Professor, French and Italian, University of California, Davis - Risk and Risk Management, Resistance and Disguise in Medieval French Farce

Krista Thompson
Krista Thompson|Abstract

Associate Professor, Art History, affiliation in Af American Studies, Northwestern University - Photography, Screen, and Spectacle in Contemporary African Diasporic Cultures

Mona F. Hassan
Mona F. Hassan|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Religion and History, Duke University - Longing for the Lost Caliphate: Religious Imaginaries of State and Community among Premodern and Modern Muslims

Katherine J. Thomson-Jones
Katherine J. Thomson-Jones|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Oberlin College - The Philosophy of Digital Art

Andrea K. Henderson
Andrea K. Henderson|Abstract

Professor, English Literature, University of California, Irvine - Algebraic Art

Alice Y. Tseng
Alice Y. Tseng|Abstract

Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture, Boston University - Conspicuous Construction: New Monuments to Imperial Lineage in Modern Kyoto

Padhraig Higgins
Padhraig Higgins|Abstract

Associate Professor, Liberal Arts, Mercer County Community College - “The Rights of the Poor”: Poverty and Everyday Life in Eighteenth-Century Dublin

Richard M. Valelly
Richard M. Valelly|Abstract

Professor, Political Science, Swarthmore College - Dismantling Straight Government

Margaret D. Jacobs
Margaret D. Jacobs|Abstract

Professor, History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Where Have All the Children Gone? The Fostering and Adoption of American Indian Children in Non-Indian Families, 1880-1980

Philip Venticinque
Philip Venticinque|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Classical and Modern Languages, Cornell College - Common Causes: Craftsmen, Merchants, and Communities in Roman and Late Roman Egypt

Sarah H. Jacoby
Sarah H. Jacoby|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, Northwestern University - Self, Society, and Sentiment in the Autobiographical Writings of a Tibetan Female Visionary

Peter B. Villella
Peter B. Villella|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro - In Search of a White Legend: Native Lords and the Politics of History in Colonial Mexico

Adrian Johns
Adrian Johns|Abstract

Professor, History, University of Chicago - The Intellectual Property Defense Industry

Keith David Watenpaugh
Keith David Watenpaugh|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Associate Professor, Religious Studies, University of California, Davis - "Bread from Stones": The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism, 1914-1946

Dorothy Yin-yee Ko
Dorothy Yin-yee Ko|Abstract
supported in part by the Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. Fund for Chinese History

Professor, History, Barnard College - Body, Text, and Stone: The Crafting and Connoisseurship of Inkstones in Eighteenth-Century China

Amanda Weidman
Amanda Weidman|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Bryn Mawr College - Female Voices in the Public Sphere: Playback Singing, Performance, and Gender in South India

Anthea Kraut
Anthea Kraut|Abstract

Associate Professor, Dance, University of California, Riverside - Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance

Shelley Weinberg
Shelley Weinberg|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - "Whereby I Am My Self to My Self": A New Reading of Consciousness in Locke

Hannah L. Landecker
Hannah L. Landecker|Abstract

Associate Professor, Sociology, and the Center for Society and Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles - American Metabolism: Food, the Body, and Time

Marina Welker
Marina Welker|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Cornell University - Ethical Technologies of Corporate Rule: A Mining Company in Postauthoritarian Indonesia

Alan Liu
Alan Liu|Abstract

Professor, English, University of California, Santa Barbara - Media, History and Digital, Humanities

Hung Wu
Hung Wu|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Professor, Art History, University of Chicago - Forms of Interaction: Northern Qi Art in its Political, Religious, and Cultural Contexts

Moramay Lopez-Alonso
Moramay Lopez-Alonso|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Assistant Professor, History, Rice University - Urban Ejidos: The Agrarian Origins of Urban Development Problems in Post-revolutionary Mexico.

Stephen Yablo
Stephen Yablo|Abstract

Professor, Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Aboutness: A Theory of Subject Matter, with Applications

Manling Luo
Manling Luo|Abstract

Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University Bloomington - Literati Storytelling in Late Medieval China

Sandra Zalman
Sandra Zalman|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Art, University of Houston - Surrealism and its Afterlife in American Art, 1936-1986

Emily Mackil
Emily Mackil|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, University of California, Berkeley - Economics, Institutions, and State-Formation in Archaic Greece: Property, Exchange, Legal Order, and the Development of the Polis