ACLS Emerging Voices Fellows

In response to the severe economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, ACLS created the Emerging Voices Fellowship program to support early career scholars whose voices, perspectives, and broad visions will strengthen institutions of higher education and humanistic disciplines in the years to come. Fellows take up year-long placements with members of ACLS’s Research University Consortium, where they can advance their research and professional development while contributing to the teaching, programming, and administrative work of their host university.

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Sophie Abramowitz
Sophie Abramowitz  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Playing the Folk: Black and Native Vernacular Performance, 1880-1940"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Brown University Libraries, Brown University  -  PhD, English, University of Virginia

Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Politics of Composure: Performing Asian/American Femininities"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Feminist Research Institute, University of California, Davis  -  PhD, American Culture, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Craig Lanier Allen
Craig Lanier Allen  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Spies Spying on Spies Spying: The Gibson Affair, the Café Tournon, and the Specter of Surveillance in Postwar American Literary Expatriate Paris, 1953-1958"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Public Humanities Initiative in Doctoral Education, New York University  -  PhD, American Studies, The George Washington University

Jessica MacLellan
Jessica MacLellan  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Households, Ritual, and the Origins of Social Complexity: Excavations at the Karinel Group, Ceibal, Guatemala"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Division of the Humanities, University of California, Los Angeles  -  PhD, Anthropology, University of Arizona

Evelyn Saavedra Autry
Evelyn Saavedra Autry  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "The Production of Female Indigeneity in Peruvian Narratives: A Study of Gender-Based Violence, Indigenismo, and Peru's Internal Armed Conflict"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Rutgers University-New Brunswick  -  PhD, Hispanic Studies, University of Georgia

Naveed Mansoori
Naveed Mansoori  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Propaganda after Prophecy: The Politics of Truth in Contemporary Iran, 1941-2009"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Religion, Race, and Democracy Lab, University of Virginia  -  PhD, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

Francisco Beltran
Francisco Beltran  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Voices of the People: The Mexican American Alternative Press in San Diego, 1963-1978"

Emerging Voices Fellow, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor  -  PhD, History, University of California, Santa Barbara

Jessica Frances Marroquín
Jessica Frances Marroquín  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Figures of Death: Hybridity and Violence in la Santa Muerte"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Division of the Humanities, University of Chicago  -  PhD, Spanish, University of Virginia

Rebecca Croog
Rebecca Croog  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "The Urban-Agricultural City as a Historical Geography: A Case Study of Philadelphia"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Climate, Value, Technology Initiative, Harvard University  -  PhD, Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University

Matthew Minarchek
Matthew Minarchek  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Militarized Ecologies: Science, Violence, and the Creation of Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem (Indonesia), 1890-1945"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, University of Notre Dame  -  PhD, History, Cornell University

Susan N. Deily-Swearingen
Susan N. Deily-Swearingen  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Rebel Rebels: Race, Resistance, and Remembrance in the Free State of Winston"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Rural Humanities Initiative, Cornell University  -  PhD, History, University of New Hampshire

Izetta Autumn Mobley
Izetta Autumn Mobley  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Troublesome Properties: Race, Disability, and Slavery's Haunting of the Still Image"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Health and Humanities, University of Texas at Austin  -  PhD, American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

Abigail Droge
Abigail Droge  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Reading Skills: The Politics of Literacy in the Nineteenth and Twenty-First Centuries"

Emerging Voices Fellow, English, Emory University  -  PhD, English, Stanford University

Nicoletta Montaner
Nicoletta Montaner  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Hic Rhodus, hic salta! Three Conceptions of the Modern Inequality Paradox"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Practicing the Humanities Initiative, University of California, Berkeley  -  PhD, Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago

Yomna Elsayed
Yomna Elsayed  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Modes of Cultural Resistance in post-Arab Spring Egypt: Humor, Music, and the Making of a New Digital Identity"

Emerging Voices Fellow, College of Humanities, University of Utah  -  PhD, Communication, University of Southern California

Loren Michael Mortimer
Loren Michael Mortimer  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Kaniatarowanenneh Crossings: Indigenous Power and Presence in the St. Lawrence River Watershed, 1534-1842"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Program on Race, Migration, and Indigeneity, Indiana University Bloomington  -  PhD, History, University of California, Davis

Amarilys Estrella
Amarilys Estrella  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Recognizing Blackness: Grassroots Human Rights Activism Against Racism in the Dominican Republic"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Johns Hopkins University  -  PhD, Anthropology, New York University

Xavier Ulises Navarro Aquino
Xavier Ulises Navarro Aquino  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "A Bridged Country"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth College  -  PhD, English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Charlene Jennifer Fletcher
Charlene Jennifer Fletcher  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Confined Femininity: Race, Gender, and Incarceration in Kentucky, 1865-1920"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University  -  PhD, History, Indiana University Bloomington

Keyanah Nurse
Keyanah Nurse  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Black Liberalism: The Formation of Race and Nation in the Río de la Plata, 1870-1900"

Emerging Voices Fellow, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  -  PhD, History, New York University

Elizabeth Gale Greenlee
Elizabeth Gale Greenlee  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Homeplaces and Spaces: Black and Brown Feminists and Girlhood Geographies of Agency"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University  -  PhD, English and African American Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Brianne A. Painia
Brianne A. Painia  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Feminism and The Black Church: A Qualitative Analysis of Feminism Among Black Women in a Southern Baptist Church"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Division of Humanities, Yale University  -  PhD, Sociology, Louisiana State University

Mariel Gruszko
Mariel Gruszko  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Architecting Participation: Making Lived Models for and of Democratic Participation in Barcelona"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Institute of Arts and Humanities, University of California, San Diego  -  PhD, Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

Negar Razavi
Negar Razavi  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Secured Expertise: Washington Policy Experts, the “Middle East,” and US Foreign Policy in An Age of Counterterror"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Kaplan Humanities Institute, Northwestern University  -  PhD, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

Caitlin E. Gunn
Caitlin E. Gunn  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Black Cyborgs: Blackness Narratives in Technology, Speculative Fiction, and Digital Cultures"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Division of Arts & Humanities, Harvard University  -  PhD, Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Marissa C. Rhodes
Marissa C. Rhodes  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Wet Nursing, Urban Domestic Economies, and the Intimate Politics of Inequity in the Anglo-Atlantic, 1750-1815"

Emerging Voices Fellow, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University  -  PhD, History, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Maria G. Gutierrez
Maria G. Gutierrez  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Jatsintaparini: Rooting Intercultural Education in Communal Pedagogies in the P'urhépecha Region"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Fine Arts & Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  -  PhD, Native American Studies, University of California, Davis

Jesús G. Ruiz
Jesús G. Ruiz  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Subjects of the King: Royalism and the Origins of the Haitian Revolution, 1763-1806"

Emerging Voices Fellow, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University  -  PhD, Latin American Studies, Tulane University

Natalia Guzman Solano
Natalia Guzman Solano  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Subjectivities of Struggle: Charting Inscriptions of Violence and Refusal on the “Cuerpo Territorio” of Peru’s Defensoras"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Liberal Arts Engagement Hub, University of Minnesota  -  PhD, Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

Sahar Sajadieh
Sahar Sajadieh  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Is Any-body There?: [Re]envisioning Liveness through Digital Performance [Re]visit"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Center for Comparative Media Analysis and Practice, Vanderbilt University  -  PhD, Media Arts and Technology, University of California, Santa Barbara

CiAuna Heard
CiAuna Heard  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Up the Hill with Jack and Jill: The Social Reproduction of Intersectional Communities"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University  -  PhD, Sociology, Temple University

Jorge Sánchez Cruz
Jorge Sánchez Cruz  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Subcultural Politics: Sexual Dissidence, Sickness, and Subversion in Chile and Mexico, 1986-2013"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania  -  PhD, Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of California, Riverside

Nnamdi Igbokwe
Nnamdi Igbokwe  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "The Making of The Capitalist Militician: A Study of The Political Economy of Corruption in Nigeria, 1970-2015"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University  -  PhD, Political Science, Johns Hopkins University

Maria-Gratias Sinon
Maria-Gratias Sinon  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "In/visibility Crises: Transnational Correctives and The Happiness of Black Women in Francophone Prose Fiction and Dramatic Film"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Francophone Studies, University of California, Irvine  -  PhD, French Language and Literature, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Felix Jean-Louis
Felix Jean-Louis  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Between Harlem and Paris: Haitian Internationalism in the Interwar Period, 1919-1937"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Francophone Studies, University of California, Irvine  -  PhD, History, Florida International University

Adeem Suhail
Adeem Suhail  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Machines of Violent Desire: Gangsters and Other Broken Objects in Urban Pakistan"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, University of Southern California  -  PhD, Anthropology, Emory University

Kyle Kajihiro
Kyle Kajihiro  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Kahoʻolawe Is Not An Island: Political-Ecological Assemblages, Spaces of Indigenous (Re)Emergence, and the Logic of Counterinsurgency"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison  -  PhD, Geography and Environment, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Ayten Tartici
Ayten Tartici  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Adagios of Form"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Humanities Initiative, Georgetown University  -  PhD, Comparative Literature, Yale University

Nabilah Khachab
Nabilah Khachab  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Enfreakment: Bodies as Spectacle in Children’s and Young Adult Fiction"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Division of Arts & Humanities, University of California, Berkeley  -  PhD, English, Wayne State University

Dario Valles
Dario Valles  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Raising California Together: Race, Gender, and the Cultural Politics of Childcare"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Columbia University  -  PhD, Anthropology, Northwestern University

Grace Kim-Butler
Grace Kim-Butler  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technoscientific Re-Enchantment: Recasting Light, Colloids, and Microbes for Art and Heritage Conservation in US and Italian Laboratories"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Communication of Science and Technology Program, Vanderbilt University  -  PhD, Anthropology of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Chamee Yang
Chamee Yang  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Remapping Songdo: A Genealogy of a Smart City in South Korea"

Emerging Voices Fellow, History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  -  PhD, Communications and Media, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kavita Kulkarni
Kavita Kulkarni  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Feeling Fort Greene: On Spatial Mediations of Race, Affect, and Collective Being"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Center for Digital Humanities, Princeton University  -  PhD, Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

Setsuko Yokoyama
Setsuko Yokoyama  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Digital Frost: Accessibility and Public Humanities"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Humanities Digital Workshop, Washington University in St. Louis  -  PhD, English, University of Maryland, College Park

Viola Lasmana
Viola Lasmana  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Shadow Imaginations: Transpacific Approaches to Post-1965 Indonesian Archives"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University  -  PhD, English, University of Southern California