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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Kimberly Adams
Kimberly Adams  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "The Body Electric" (Photo credit: Dr. William Page)

Emerging Voices Fellow, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University  -  PhD, English & American Literature, New York University

Tempest M. Henning
Tempest M. Henning  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "You're Not as Ignorant as You Say You are: A Knowledge/Understanding Distinction"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Political and Civic Engagement Program, Indiana University Bloomington  -  PhD, Philosophy, Vanderbilt University

Maurice L. Adkins
Maurice L. Adkins  |  Abstract
"Leadership in the Shadow of Jim Crow: Race, Labor, Gender, and Politics of African American Higher Education in North Carolina, 1860-1931"

Emerging Voices Fellow, American Studies, University of Virginia  -  PhD, History, University of Cincinnati

Viridiana Hernandez Fernandez
Viridiana Hernandez Fernandez  |  Abstract
Dissertation: “Guacamole Ecosystems: Agriculture, Migration, and Deforestation in Twentieth-Century Mexico”

Emerging Voices Fellow, Department of History, The Ohio State University  -  PhD, History, University of California, Davis

Danya Al-Saleh
Danya Al-Saleh  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Petro-education: Fossil Fuel Futures between Qatar and Texas"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Division of Humanities, University of California, Los Angeles  -  PhD, Geography, University of Wisconsin - Madison

William T. Kelly
William T. Kelly  |  Abstract
Dissertation: “Revolución es Reconstruir: Housing, Everyday Life, and Revolution in Cuba, 1959-1988”

Emerging Voices Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis  -  PhD, History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Maira Elizabeth Alvarez
Maira Elizabeth Alvarez  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Creating an Archive: Fronteriza Authors Writing Histories, Documenting U.S.-Mexico Border Militarization"

Emerging Voices Fellow, School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University  -  PhD, Latino Literature, University of Houston

Michele U. Kenfack
Michele U. Kenfack  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Francophone Apocalypse: History and (Re)Writing in African and Caribbean Prose (1968-1990)"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Harvard University  -  PhD, French and Francophone Studies, University of Chicago

Cinthya Ammerman Munoz
Cinthya Ammerman Munoz  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Restoring Hemispheric Relationality: Connecting Mapuche and California Native Homelands Through the Stories of Wheat and Pine"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Georgetown Humanities Initiative, Georgetown University  -  PhD, Native American Studies, University of California, Davis

Tuyen Le
Tuyen Le  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Scentscapes: Understandings of Nature, Consumption, and Commodification through Agarwood and Olfaction"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University  -  PhD, Geography, University of California, Los Angeles

Torang Asadi
Torang Asadi  |  Abstract
Dissertation: “Quantum Regimes: Genealogies of Virtual Matter and Healing the New Age Body” (Photo credit: Melissa Marrow)

Emerging Voices Fellow, Arts & Humanities, University of California, Berkeley  -  PhD, Religious Studies, Duke University

Gaelle Le Calvez House
Gaelle Le Calvez House  |  Abstract
Dissertation: “Writing Antagonism: Exploring the Fissures of Hegemony in Mexico 1994-2020”

Emerging Voices Fellow, Division of Humanities, Yale University  -  PhD, Hispanic Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington

Hadeel Assali
Hadeel Assali  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Prophecies of Palestine: Geology and Intimate Knowledge of the Subterranean"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania  -  PhD, Anthropology, Columbia University

Marcos L. Leitao de Almeida
Marcos L. Leitao de Almeida  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Speaking of Slavery: Strategies and Moral Imagination in the Lower Congo (Early Times to the 19th Century)"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Center for Social Solutions, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor  -  PhD, History of Africa, Northwestern University

Baligh Ben Taleb
Baligh Ben Taleb  |  Abstract
"Reckoning with the Legacy of U.S. Settler Colonialism: Treaty Claims and the Western Shoshone Quest for Justice." (Photo credit: Sara El Alaoui)

Emerging Voices Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison  -  PhD, History and Ethnic Studies, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Jordan Lovejoy
Jordan Lovejoy  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Beyond the Flood: Environmental Memory, Precarity, and Creativity in Imagining Appalachia’s Livable Futures"

Emerging Voices Fellow, College of Liberal Arts Engagement Hub, University of Minnesota  -  PhD English, The Ohio State University

Elizabeth Bentley
Elizabeth Bentley  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Israel/Palestine: Speculative Ecologies Degree"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York University  -  PhD, English Rhetoric and Composition, University of Arizona

Leda Lozier
Leda Lozier  |  Abstract
"Representations of Gender and Violence in Women’s Cultural Production in the Northern Triangle of Central America: Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador (1990-2017)"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Office of International and Summer Programs, Emory University  -  PhD, Hispanic Studies, University of Georgia

Olga Blomgren
Olga Blomgren  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Reading Dangerously: Cannibalizing Languages, Creolizing Texts, and Archipelagic Thinking in Writings by Rosario Ferré and Edwidge Danticat"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Center for Language Studies, Brown University  -  PhD, Comparative Literature, Binghamton University, State University of New York

Vrinda Marwah
Vrinda Marwah  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Reproducing the State: Women community health volunteers in North India"

Emerging Voices Fellow, College of Humanities, University of Utah  -  PhD, Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

Abikal Borah
Abikal Borah  |  Abstract
Dissertation: “Aftertaste of Empire: Amandiya and Racial Violence in South Africa (1843-1949)”

Emerging Voices Fellow, Department of History, Cornell University  -  PhD, History, University of Texas at Austin

Briana Meier
Briana Meier  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Instigating Communities of Solidarity: An Exploration of Participatory, Informal, Temporary Urbanisms" (Photo credit: Charlie Langton)

Emerging Voices Fellow, History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  -  PhD, Environmental Sciences, Studies & Policy, University of Oregon

Sarah E. Bruno
Sarah E. Bruno  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Black Latinx Dexterity: Emotions in Bomba Puertorriqueña and Decolonizing Diasporic Archives"

Emerging Voices Fellow, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University  -  PhD, Anthropology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Laura Muñoz
Laura Muñoz  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Communities of Playmaking: Guillén de Castro in the Development of the Comedia"

Emerging Voices Fellow, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California  -  PhD, Hispanic Literatures and Languages, University of California, Los Angeles

Tarrell Campbell
Tarrell Campbell  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Wounded Brown Masculinities in Recent Novels by Percival "Everett, Colson Whitehead, Michael Thomas, and John Edgar Everett, Colson Whitehead, Michael Thomas, and John Edgar Wideman"

Emerging Voices Fellow, College of Liberal Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  -  PhD, English, Saint Louis University

Rachael Nez
Rachael Nez  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Performative Models for Heritage Language Learning: Theater, Song and Tribal Radio"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Program in Race, Migration, and Indigeneity, Indiana University Bloomington  -  PhD, Native American Studies, University of California, Davis

Ayesha Casie Chetty
Ayesha Casie Chetty  |  Abstract
Dissertation: “Voice, Body, and Identity: Negotiating the Color Line in Opera” (Photo credit: Stephen Michael Hanna)

Emerging Voices Fellow, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Brown University  -  PhD, Sociology, University of Cincinnati

Adebayo Oluwayomi
Adebayo Oluwayomi  |  Abstract
Dissertation: “The Power of Knowledge and Knowledge of Power: Envisioning the Discourse of Black Epistemology in Africana Philosophy” (Photo credit: Temi Oluwayomi)

Emerging Voices Fellow, Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth College  -  PhD, Philosophy, Texas A&M University

Maria A. Dikcis
Maria A. Dikcis  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Ink, Wave, Signal, Code: Multiethnic American Poetry's Media Ecologies After 1965"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, University of Chicago  -  PhD, English, Northwestern University

Leopoldo Peña
Leopoldo Peña  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "On the Art of Animating Images"

Emerging Voices Fellow, American Studies, Rutgers University-New Brunswick  -  PhD, Spanish, University of California, Irvine

Thaomi Michelle Dinh
Thaomi Michelle Dinh  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "The Politics of Care: Historical Retrieval in Post-War Vietnamese American Cultural Production"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Division of Humanities/Social Sciences/Divinity, University of Chicago  -  PhD, English, University of Washington

Cary Penate
Cary Penate  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Rum, Tobacco, Dance, and Music: The Cuban Mulata in Twentieth-Century Cinema of the Americas"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Music, University of California, Davis  -  PhD, Musicology, University of Texas at Austin

Isabel A. Duarte-Gray
Isabel A. Duarte-Gray  |  Abstract
Dissertation: “Unbinding Latinidad: Book History and the Horizon of Publishable Latinidad”

Emerging Voices Fellow, Division of Humanities, University of California, Los Angeles  -  PhD, English, Harvard University

Victoria Isabelle Rizo Lenshyn
Victoria Isabelle Rizo Lenshyn  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Bridging Contradictions: Socialist Actresses and Star Culture in East Germany"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University  -  PhD, German Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Naomi Extra
Naomi Extra  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Sex-Positive Black Feminism: A Literary Tradition, 1967-1988" (Photo credit: Lauren Desberg)

Emerging Voices Fellow, American Studies Department, Rutgers University-New Brunswick  -  PhD, American Studies, Rutgers University, Newark

Ena Selimovic
Ena Selimovic  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Forms of Foreignness: The Racialization of Language in Contemporary Diasporic American Literatures.”

Emerging Voices Fellow, Division of Humanities, Yale University  -  PhD, Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis

Jez Flores-Garcia
Jez Flores-Garcia  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Camp as a Weapon: Chicano Identity and Asco’s Aesthetics of Resistance" (Photo credit: Julie A. Wolf, UC Berkeley)

Emerging Voices Fellow, History of Art, Johns Hopkins University  -  PhD, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley

Sadia Shirazi
Sadia Shirazi  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Fugitive Abstraction: Zarina, Mohamedi, and Lala Rukh"

Emerging Voices Fellow, History and Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University  -  PhD, Art History and Visual Studies, Cornell University

Francesca Gacho
Francesca Gacho  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Measuring Character: Statistical Thinking and the Victorian Novel"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Communication of Science and Technology Program, Vanderbilt University  -  PhD, English, Claremont Graduate University

Pavithra Tantrigoda
Pavithra Tantrigoda  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Green Imperialism' in Law: Ecology and Rights in South Asian Literature"

Emerging Voices Fellow, College of Humanities, University of Utah  -  PhD, English (Literary & Cultural Studies), Carnegie Mellon University

Sinan Cem Goknur
Sinan Cem Goknur  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Figuring a Queer Aesthetics and Politics of Urban Dissent in Istanbul"

Emerging Voices Fellow, metaLAB (at) Harvard, Harvard University  -  PhD, Computational Media Arts & Cultures, Duke University

Dexter Lee Thomas
Dexter Lee Thomas  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Niggers and Japs / Right-wing hip-hop and the black model minority in Japan"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Humanities Council, Princeton University  -  PhD, East Asian Studies, Cornell University

Thabisile Griffin
Thabisile Griffin  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "The Unmaking of St. Vincent: Colonial Insecurity and Black Indigeneity, 1780-1797"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University  -  PhD, History, University of California, Los Angeles

Heider I. Tun Tun
Heider I. Tun Tun  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Human Rights in the Mayan World: Rural Church and Indigenous Activism in Guatemala, 1943 -1983"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Latin American Studies Center, University of California, Irvine  -  PhD History, University of Minnesota

Danae Marie Hart
Danae Marie Hart  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Creole Resistance in Louisiana from Colonization to Black Lives Matter: Activism’s Deep-Rooted Role in Creole Identity"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Arts and Humanities, University of California, Berkeley  -  PhD, Cultural Studies, Claremont Graduate University

Cecilia Isabel Vasquez
Cecilia Isabel Vasquez  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "The Boundaries of Safety: The Sanctuary Movement in the Inland Empire”

Emerging Voices Fellow, Global Migration Center, University of California, Davis  -  PhD Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Eric J. Harvey
Eric J. Harvey  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Sing to the Lord a New(-ish) Song: The Psalms of the Egyptian Hallel Across Two Thousand Years"

Emerging Voices Fellow, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University  -  PhD, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University

Shelby E. Ward
Shelby E. Ward  |  Abstract
Dissertation: “Strange(r) Maps: the cosmopolitan geopolitics of Sri Lankan tourism"

Emerging Voices Fellow, College of Liberal Arts Career Services, University of Texas at Austin  -  PhD Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University