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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 Anderson
Elizabeth Anderson|Abstract

Professor, Philosophy, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Moral Epistemology from a Pragmatist Perspective: Case Studies from the History of Abolition and Emancipation

Kathleen S. Murphy
Kathleen S. Murphy|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo - Slaving Science: Natural Knowledge and the British Slave Trade, 1660-1807

Andrea S. Bachner
Andrea S. Bachner|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature, Asian Studies, Pennsylvania State University - Comparison at the Margins: Latin America and the Sinophone World

Susan D. Murray
Susan D. Murray|Abstract

Associate Professor, Media, Culture and Communication, New York University - Brought to You in Living Color: A Cultural History of Color Television

Selim Berker
Selim Berker|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Harvard University - The Rejection of Epistemic Consequentialism

Matthew O'Hara
Matthew O'Hara|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of California, Santa Cruz - The History of the Future in Mexico

Deborah A. Boehm
Deborah A. Boehm|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Gender, Race, and Identity, University of Nevada, Reno - Return(ed): Transnational Mexicans in an Age of Deportation

Kevin Lewis O'Neill
Kevin Lewis O'Neill|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Study of Religion, University of Toronto - Securing the Soul: Christianity and Delinquency in Guatemala

Katherine Brading
Katherine Brading|Abstract

Associate Professor, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame - Theoretical Physics as a Contribution to Philosophy

Corinne O. Pache
Corinne O. Pache|Abstract

Associate Professor, Classical Studies, Trinity University - Remembering Penelope

Mary Katherine Campbell
Mary Katherine Campbell|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Art History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Mormon Porn: Charles Ellis Johnson's Stereographic Sinners and Latter-day Saints

Sue Peabody
Sue Peabody|Abstract

Professor, History, Washington State University - Slavery and Emancipation in the Indian Ocean World: A Family Biography

Catherine Cangany
Catherine Cangany|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, University of Notre Dame - An Empire of Fakes: Counterfeit Goods in Eighteenth-Century America

Gustav Peebles
Gustav Peebles|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, The New School - Debtors’ Prisons and Debtors’ Paradises: The Laws and Flaws of Estate Planning Through the Ages

Huey Copeland
Huey Copeland|Abstract

Associate Professor, Art History, Northwestern University - In the Arms of the Negress: A Brief History of Modern Artistic Practice

Joanna M. Picciotto
Joanna M. Picciotto|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, University of California, Berkeley - "Union without End": The Physico-Theological Vision

Suzanne G. Cusick
Suzanne G. Cusick|Abstract

Professor, Music, Faculty of Arts and Science, New York University - Men Hearing Women in Medicean Florence

Hilary Poriss
Hilary Poriss|Abstract

Associate Professor, Music, Northeastern University - Writing a Musical Life: Pauline Viardot

Micaela di Leonardo
Micaela di Leonardo|Abstract

Professor, Anthropology, Northwestern University - Grown Folks Radio: The Black Elephant in the American Public Sphere

Russell Powell
Russell Powell|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Boston University - Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity: A Philosophical Exploration of the Biotechnology Revolution

Lawrence Robert Douglas
Lawrence Robert Douglas|Abstract

Professor, Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College - The End of Something: Demjanjuk in Munich

David M. Robinson
David M. Robinson|Abstract

Professor, History, Colgate University - Empire's Shadow: The Ming Court in Eurasia

Andrew Elfenbein
Andrew Elfenbein|Abstract

Professor, English, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - The Gist of Reading

Heather F. Roller
Heather F. Roller|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Assistant Professor, History, Colgate University - Contact Strategies: Independent Indians in the Brazilian Borderlands, 1700-1800

Jacob Eyferth
Jacob Eyferth|Abstract
supported in part by the Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. Fund for Chinese History

Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago - Cotton, Gender, and Revolution: The Political Economy of Handloom Cloth in Maoist China

Daromir Rudnyckyj
Daromir Rudnyckyj|Abstract

Associate Professor, Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Victoria - Homo Economicus or Homo Islamicus?: Malaysia and the Globalization of Islamic Finance

Hussein Fancy
Hussein Fancy|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Mercenary Logic: Muslim Soldiers in the Service of the Crown of Aragon, 1265-1374

D. Fairchild Ruggles
D. Fairchild Ruggles|Abstract

Professor, Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Shajar al-Durr: The Extraordinary Architectural Patronage of a 13th-Century Egyptian Slave-Queen

Kenneth A. Fones-Wolf
Kenneth A. Fones-Wolf|Abstract

Professor, History, West Virginia University - Struggle for the Soul of the Post-World War II South: Evangelical Protestantism, White Workers, and the CIO’s Operation Dixie

Andrea Rusnock
Andrea Rusnock|Abstract

Professor, History, University of Rhode Island - The Birth of Vaccination: An Environmental History

Glenda E. Gilmore
Glenda E. Gilmore|Abstract

Professor, History, Yale University - A Homeland of His Imagination: Romare Bearden’s Southern Odyssey in Time and Space

Priya Satia
Priya Satia|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Stanford University - Guns: The British Imperial State and the Industrial Revolution

Michel Gobat
Michel Gobat|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of Iowa - Forgotten Empire: US Manifest Destiny Expansion by Sea, 1848-1860

Leigh Eric Schmidt
Leigh Eric Schmidt|Abstract

University Professor, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis - Public Atheism: An American History

Michael Gorham
Michael Gorham|Abstract

Associate Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Florida - Russia’s Digital Revolution: Language, New Media, and the (Un)making of Civil Society

Susan Schneider
Susan Schneider|Abstract

Associate Professor, Philosophy, University of Connecticut - The Mind-Body Problem: Rethinking the Solution Space

Lenore A. Grenoble
Lenore A. Grenoble|Abstract

Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures and Linguistics, University of Chicago - Contact-induced Change and Attrition: The Linguistic Impact of Russian

Jeffrey S. Selinger
Jeffrey S. Selinger|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Government and Legal Studies, Bowdoin College - Making Parties Safe for Democracy: Political Development and the Lineage of Legitimate Party Opposition in the United States

Mark A. Healey
Mark A. Healey|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, University of Connecticut - Waterscapes of Power in the Dry Lands of Argentina, 1880-1980

Yaron Shemer
Yaron Shemer|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Neighboring Identities: The Jew in Arab Cinema

David R. Hernandez
David R. Hernandez|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Classics, University of Notre Dame - The Discovery and Excavation of the Roman Forum at Butrint (Albania): Urbanism in Ancient Epirus from the 7th Century B.C. to the 7th Century A.D.

Daniel A. Shore
Daniel A. Shore|Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, Georgetown University - Cyberformalism: The History of Syntactic Forms in the Digital Archive

Martha S. Jones
Martha S. Jones|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Afro-American and African Studies, and Law, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Overturning Dred Scott: Race, Rights and Citizenship in Antebellum America

Tracy Steffes
Tracy Steffes|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Education, Brown University - Shifiting Fortunes: City Schools and Suburban Schools in Metropolitan Chicago, 1945-2000

Lori Khatchadourian
Lori Khatchadourian|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University - The Satrapal Condition: Archaeology and the Matter of Empire

Michael D. Swartz
Michael D. Swartz|Abstract

Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University - Ritual Theory and Religious Professionalism in Judaism in Late Antiquity

Ben F. Kiernan
Ben F. Kiernan|Abstract

Professor, History, Yale University - Cambodia, A History: From Agriculture to Angkor to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Jennifer Tappan
Jennifer Tappan|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Assistant Professor, History, Portland State University - “A Healthy Child Comes From A Healthy Mother": Malnutrition and Motherhood in Uganda, 1920-2012

Mary A. Knighton
Mary A. Knighton|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Visiting Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures, College of William & Mary - Insect Selves: Posthumanism in Modern Japanese Literature and Culture

Edward Vazquez
Edward Vazquez|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History of Art and Architecture, Middlebury College - Aspects: Fred Sandback's Sculpture

Vladimir Kulic
Vladimir Kulic|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Florida Atlantic University - Building Between Empires: Yugoslav Architecture in the Cold War Networks

Elvira López Vilches
Elvira López Vilches|Abstract

Associate Professor, Foreign Languages, North Carolina State University - Doing Business: Commerce and Mercantile Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World

Regina G. Kunzel
Regina G. Kunzel|Abstract

Professor, History and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - In Treatment: Mental Illness, Health, and Modern Sexuality

Margaret Waller
Margaret Waller|Abstract

Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures, Pomona College - Napoleon's Closet: The Emperor, the Clergy and the Fashion Press

Jane Landers
Jane Landers|Abstract

Professor, History, Vanderbilt University - African Kingdoms, Black Republics, and Free Black Towns across the Iberian Atlantic

Roxann Wheeler
Roxann Wheeler|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, The Ohio State University - Slaves, Servants, and British Literature, 1660-1830

Marixa Lasso
Marixa Lasso|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Case Western Reserve University - Building La Zona: Landscaping Urban Development in the Panama Canal Zone, 1904-1914

David Conan Wolfsdorf
David Conan Wolfsdorf|Abstract

Associate Professor, Philosophy, Temple University - Greek Eudaimonism and Modern Morality

Georg B. Michels
Georg B. Michels|Abstract

Professor, History, University of California, Riverside - Popular Revolt, Religion, and the Habsburg-Ottoman Border in Seventeenth-Century Hungary

Xiaoshan Yang
Xiaoshan Yang|Abstract

Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Notre Dame - Wang Anshi and the Song Poetic Sensibility

Cristanne Miller
Cristanne Miller|Abstract

Professor, English, University of Buffalo, State University of New York - Emily Dickinson's Poems, As She Retained Them--A New Reading Edition

Tara Zahra
Tara Zahra|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of Chicago - Exodus from the East: Emigration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the "Free World," 1889-1989

Quincy T. Mills
Quincy T. Mills|Abstract
Oscar Handlin/ACLS Fellow

Assistant Professor, History, Vassar College - The Wages of Resistance: Financing the Black Freedom Movement

Elya Jun Zhang
Elya Jun Zhang|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, University of Rochester - Foreign Money and the Chinese State: A Loan Story, 1865-1949