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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
  • supported in part by the Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. Fund for Chinese History
  • supported in part by the Munro Fund for Chinese Thought

Javier Auyero
Javier Auyero |Abstract

Associate Professor, Sociology, State University of New York, Stony Brook - Flammable: An Ethnography of Environmental Suffering

Allen F. Isaacman
Allen F. Isaacman |Abstract

Professor, History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Displaced People, Displaced Energy, Displaced Memories: A Social and Environmental History of the Building of the Cahora Bassa Dam [Mozambique], 1975-2007

Sven Beckert
Sven Beckert|Abstract

Professor, History, Harvard University - The Empire of Cotton: A Global History

Colin Jager
Colin Jager|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Romanticism and Secularism

Gail Bederman
Gail Bederman|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of Notre Dame - Sex, Politics, and Contraception in England and the United States, 1793-1831: The Earliest Origins of the Reproductive Rights Movement

Joy S. Kim
Joy S. Kim|Abstract

Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies, Princeton University - Representing Slavery: Class and Status in Late Choson Korea

Michael D. Bess
Michael D. Bess|Abstract

Professor, History, Vanderbilt University - Icarus 2.0: A Historian’s Perspective on Human Biological Enhancement

Mireille M. Lee
Mireille M. Lee|Abstract

Visiting Assistant Professor, Classics and Art, Macalester College - Kalos Kosmos: The Body, Dress, and Identity in Early Greece

James J. Bloom
James J. Bloom|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History of Art, Vanderbilt University - The Birth of the Middle Class and the Rise of Painting in Early Modern Flanders

Christopher I. Lehrich
Christopher I. Lehrich|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, Boston University - Music Hath Charms: Ritual, History, and Representation

Edward Richard Branigan
Edward Richard Branigan|Abstract

Professor, Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara - Color in Cinema: Language, Memory, Commerce

Michael Leja
Michael Leja|Abstract

Professor, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania - The Flood of Pictures in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

Christina Maria Bueno
Christina Maria Bueno|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Northeastern Illinois University - Excavating Identity: Archaeology and the Making of Modern Mexico, 1877-1911

Bettina R. Lerner
Bettina R. Lerner|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures, City University of New York, City College - Inventing the Popular: Literature and Culture in Nineteenth-Century France

Judith P. Butler
Judith P. Butler|Abstract

Professor, Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley - “The Critique of Violence and Other Jewish Quandaries”: A Study of Jewish Criticisms of State Violence and Dispossession in the Twentieth Century, Focusing on Walter Benjamin, Martin Buber, Hannah Arendt, Primo Levi, and Emmanuel Levinas.

Karma D. Lochrie
Karma D. Lochrie|Abstract

Professor, English, Indiana University Bloomington - Looking Backwards: Imagining Utopia in the Middle Ages

Charles Capper
Charles Capper|Abstract

Professor, History, Boston University - The Transcendental Moment: Romantic Intellect and America's Democratic Awakening

Shari L. Lowin
Shari L. Lowin|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, Stonehill College - Sex and God: On Religious Scholars and Erotic Love Poetry in Medieval Andalusia

Martin L. Chase
Martin L. Chase|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, Fordham University - Old Norse Christian Poetry at the End of the Middle Ages

Nancy K. MacLean
Nancy K. MacLean|Abstract

Professor, History, Northwestern University - “Freedom Is the Answer”: The Strange Career of School Vouchers

Zahid R. Chaudhary
Zahid R. Chaudhary |Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, Princeton University - Afterimages of Empire: Photography, Aesthetics, and Colonialism in Nineteenth Century India

Gregory Maertz
Gregory Maertz|Abstract

Professor, English, Saint John's University (NY) - "House of Art: A Cultural History of Nazi Germany"

Janet Y. Chen
Janet Y. Chen |Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Princeton University - Guilty of Indigence: The Urban Poor in China, 1900-1951

Maud S. Mandel
Maud S. Mandel|Abstract

Associate Professor, History and Judaic Studies, Brown University - Beyond Antisemitism: Muslims and Jews in France, 1948-2007

Matthew Isaac Cohen
Matthew Isaac Cohen|Abstract

Senior Lecturer, Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK - Performing Java and Bali on International Stages: Routes from the Indies, 1905-1952

Alexander M. Martin
Alexander M. Martin|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of Notre Dame - Enlightened Absolutism and Urban Modernity in Moscow, 1763-1881

Frederick Cooper
Frederick Cooper|Abstract

Professor, History, New York University - Citizenship between Empire and Nation: France and French Africa, 1945-1960

Fiona McLaughlin
Fiona McLaughlin |Abstract

Associate Professor, African and Asian Languages and Literatures, and Linguistics, University of Florida - Dakar Wolof: The Language of an African City

Aurelian Craiutu
Aurelian Craiutu|Abstract

Associate Professor, Political Science, Indiana University Bloomington - The “Extremism” of the Center: Faces of Moderation in Modern Political Thought

Jeff McMahan
Jeff McMahan|Abstract

Professor, Philosophy, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - The Morality and Law of War

Anastasia Dakouri-Hild
Anastasia Dakouri-Hild|Abstract

Visiting Assistant Professor, Lindner Center for Art History, University of Virginia - The House of Kadmos at Thebes, Greece: The Excavations of A. D. Keramopoullos

Joanne Meyerowitz
Joanne Meyerowitz|Abstract

Professor, History and American Studies, Yale University - Explaining Human Difference

Raphael Dalleo
Raphael Dalleo|Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, Florida Atlantic University - Caribbean Literature from Anticolonial to Postcolonial

Victoria L. Nelson
Victoria L. Nelson|Abstract

Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing, Goddard College - GOTHICKA: A Story of Subgenres

John M. Doris
John M. Doris|Abstract

Associate Professor, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis - A Natural History of the Self

Christian Lee Novetzke
Christian Lee Novetzke|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington - Love at the End of Empire: A Cultural History of the Late Maratha Confederacy in India

Roquinaldo Amaral Ferreira
Roquinaldo Amaral Ferreira|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History/African-American and African Studies, University of Virginia - Bonds of Captivity: Brazil and the Transformations of Atlantic Slaving in Angola, 1680-1830

Nadia Nurhussein
Nadia Nurhussein|Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, University of Massachusetts Boston - Rhetorics of Literacy: American Dialect Poetry, 1870-1930

Karen E. Fields
Karen E. Fields|Abstract

Visiting Scholar, African American and Diaspora Studies, Vanderbilt University - Bordeaux's Africa: People and Things in the Slave Trade and After

Tammy Marie Nyden
Tammy Marie Nyden|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Grinnell College - De Volder and the New Physics at the University of Leiden

Susan Fitzpatrick Behrens
Susan Fitzpatrick Behrens|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, California State University, Northridge - Strange Bedfellows: Catholic-Civil Alliances and their Unintended Outcomes in Revolutionary Guatemala, 1943–1996

Pierpaolo Polzonetti
Pierpaolo Polzonetti|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame - Italian Opera in the Age of the American Revolution

Rachel Lee Fulton
Rachel Lee Fulton|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of Chicago - "Lord, Open My Lips": The Virgin Mary and the Art of Prayer, 1000-1500

Clifford Rosenberg
Clifford Rosenberg|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, City University of New York, City College - The Colonial Politics of Public Health: Combating the Spread of Tuberculosis Between France and the Maghreb, 1830-Present

Thomas P. Gibson
Thomas P. Gibson |Abstract

Professor, Anthropology, University of Rochester - Ritual Knowledge and Social Movements in Islamic Southeast Asia

Laurie J. Sears
Laurie J. Sears|Abstract

Professor, History, University of Washington - Dread and Enchantment in the Indonesian Literary Archive

Jane E. Goodman
Jane E. Goodman |Abstract

Associate Professor, Communication and Culture, Indiana University Bloomington - Producing Algerian Publics: Theater, Ideology, and Civic Life

Naomi Sheindel Seidman
Naomi Sheindel Seidman|Abstract

Professor, Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union - Secularization and Sexuality: The Rise of Modern Jewish Literature and the Sexual Transformation of Ashkenaz

Kathryn J. Gutzwiller
Kathryn J. Gutzwiller|Abstract

Professor, Classics, University of Cincinnati - The Poetics of Anthology: An Edition, Translation, and Commentary for the Epigrams of Meleager

Adam Sitze
Adam Sitze |Abstract

Assistant Professor, Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College - The Immune System: Amnesty, Indemnity, and Sovereignty in South Africa

Christopher H. Hallett
Christopher H. Hallett|Abstract

Associate Professor, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley - Archaic Greek Sculpture in the Eyes of Ancient and Modern Viewers

Evgeny Steiner
Evgeny Steiner |Abstract

Visiting Professor, Russian and Eurasian Studies and Japan Centre, University of Manchester, UK - “Special Collections” of Far Eastern Art in Moscow Museums: Displaced Art and Unraveling the Legacy of the Second World War

Donald John Harper
Donald John Harper|Abstract

Professor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago - Occult Texts and Everyday Knowledge in China in the Age of Manuscripts, Fourth Century B.C. to Tenth Century A.D.

Amy Murrell Taylor
Amy Murrell Taylor|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of Albany, State University of New York - An Army of Fugitives: A History of the Men, Women, and Children Who Fled Slavery During the United States Civil War.

David J. Herman
David J. Herman|Abstract

Professor, English, The Ohio State University - Storytelling and the Sciences of Mind

B. Ann Tlusty
B. Ann Tlusty|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Bucknell University - Household, Community, and the Right to Bear Arms in Early Modern Germany

Daniel Hoffman
Daniel Hoffman|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Washington - Building the Barracks

John H. Van Engen
John H. Van Engen|Abstract

Professor, History, University of Notre Dame - The Spirit of Twelfth-Century Europe: Reason and Revolt, Reading and Romance, in a World of Custom

Peter Isaac Holquist
Peter Isaac Holquist |Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of Pennsylvania - "By Right of War": The Discipline and Practice of International Law in Imperial Russia, 1868-1917

Arthur Verhoogt
Arthur Verhoogt|Abstract

Associate Professor, Classical Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Village Elites in Egypt Between Ptolemaic and Roman Rule

Carl A. Huffman
Carl A. Huffman|Abstract

Professor, Classical Studies, DePauw University - Aristoxenus on the History of Greek Philosophy and the Biography of Greek Philosophers: Pythagoreanism, Pythagoras, Socrates, and Plato

Nicholas J. Watson
Nicholas J. Watson|Abstract

Professor, English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University - Balaam's Ass: Vernacular Theology and the Secularization of England, 1050-1550

Paul W. Humphreys
Paul W. Humphreys|Abstract

Professor, Philosophy, University of Virginia - Emergence: Philosophical and Scientific Aspects

Byeong-Uk Yi
Byeong-Uk Yi|Abstract

Associate Professor, Philosophy, University of Toronto - The Logic and Meaning of Plural Constructions of Natural Languages

Christopher Paul Iannini
Christopher Paul Iannini|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Literatures in English, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Fatal Revolutions: Caribbean Natural History, Atlantic Slavery, and the Routes of Early American Literature