ACLS New Faculty Fellows

The New Faculty Fellows program allows recent Ph.D.s in the humanities to take up two-year positions at universities and colleges across the United States where their particular research and teaching expertise augment departmental offerings. This program is an initiative of ACLS to address the dire situation of newly minted Ph.D.s in the humanities and related social sciences who are now confronting an increasingly “jobless market.” The generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation makes this program possible.

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Brooke Belisle
Brooke Belisle  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "The Bigger Picture: The Panoramic Image and the Global Imagination"

New Faculty Fellow, Cultural Analysis and Theory, State University of New York, Stony Brook  -  PhD, Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley appointed in Cultural Analysis and Theory at the State University of New York, Stony Brook

Susan N. Johnson-Roehr
Susan N. Johnson-Roehr  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "The Spatialization of Knowledge and Power at the Astronomical Observatories of Sawai Jai Singh II, c. 1721-1743 CE"

New Faculty Fellow, Art, University of Virginia  -  PhD, Architecture, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign appointed in Art at the University of Virginia

Rad S. Borislavov
Rad S. Borislavov  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Viktor Shklovskii--Between Art and Life"

New Faculty Fellow, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University  -  PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago appointed in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Columbia University

Sarah Keyes
Sarah Keyes  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Beyond the Plains: Migration to the Pacific and the Reconfiguration of America, 1820s-1900s"

New Faculty Fellow, History, University of California, Berkeley  -  PhD, History, University of Southern California appointed in History at the University of California, Berkeley

Christopher M. Brown
Christopher M. Brown  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "'And there see justice done': The Problem of Law in the African American Literary Tradition"

New Faculty Fellow, English and Center for African American Studies, Princeton University  -  PhD, English, University of Maryland, College Park appointed in English and Center for African American Studies at Princeton University

Kirsten Leng
Kirsten Leng  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Contesting the 'Laws of Life': Feminism, Sexual Science and Sexual Governance in Germany and Britain, c. 1880-1914"

New Faculty Fellow, History and Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University  -  PhD, History and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor appointed in History and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University

Ryan Lee Cartwright
Ryan Lee Cartwright  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Peculiar Places: A Queer History of Rural Nonconformity"

New Faculty Fellow, American Studies Program, University of California, Davis  -  PhD, American Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities appointed in American Studies at the University of California, Davis

Shenghai Li
Shenghai Li  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Candrakirti's Agama: A Study of the Concept and Uses of Scripture in Classical Indian Buddhism"

New Faculty Fellow, South Asian Studies, Harvard University  -  PhD, Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison appointed in South Asian Studies at Harvard University

Felipe Gaitan-Ammann
Felipe Gaitan-Ammann  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Daring Trade: An Archaeology of the Slave Trade in Late-Seventeenth-Century Panama (1663-1674)"

New Faculty Fellow, Anthropology, University of Chicago  -  PhD, Anthropology, Columbia University appointed in Anthropology at the University of Chicago

Emma Lieber
Emma Lieber  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "On the Distinctiveness of the Russian Novel: The Brothers Karamazov and the English Tradition"

New Faculty Fellow, Germanic, Russian and East European Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University-New Brunswick  -  PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University appointed in Germanic, Russian and East European Languages and Literatures at Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Glenda Goodman
Glenda Goodman  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "American Identities in an Atlantic Musical World: Transhistorical Case Studies"

New Faculty Fellow, History, University of Southern California  -  PhD, Music, Harvard University appointed in History at the University of Southern California

Deirdre Loughridge
Deirdre Loughridge  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Technologies of the Invisible: Optical Instruments and Musical Romanticism"

New Faculty Fellow, Music, University of California, Berkeley  -  PhD, Music, University of Pennsylvania appointed in Music at the University of California, Berkeley

Julia Guarneri
Julia Guarneri  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Making Metropolitans: Newspapers and the Urbanization of Americans, 1880-1930"

New Faculty Fellow, History, University of Pittsburgh  -  PhD, History, Yale appointed in History at the University of Pittsburgh

Bronwen Catherine McShea
Bronwen Catherine McShea  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Cultivating Empire Through Print: The Jesuit Strategy for New France and the Parisian 'Relations' of 1632 to 1673"

New Faculty Fellow, History, Columbia University  -  PhD, History, Yale University appointed in History at Columbia University

Gokce Gunel
Gokce Gunel  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Preparing for an Oil-less Future: Energy, Climate Change, and Green Business in Abu Dhabi"

New Faculty Fellow, Anthropology, Columbia University  -  PhD, Anthropology, Cornell University appointed in Anthropology at Columbia University

Theresa O'Byrne
Theresa O'Byrne  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Dublin's Hoccleve: James Yonge, Scribe, Author, and Bureaucrat, and the Literary World of Late Medieval Dublin"

New Faculty Fellow, English, Rutgers University-New Brunswick  -  PhD, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame appointed in English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Stephen Boyd Hequembourg
Stephen Boyd Hequembourg  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Monism and Metaphor: The Rhetoric of Early Modern Materialism"

New Faculty Fellow, English, University of Virginia  -  PhD, English, Harvard University appointed in English at the University of Virginia

John Savarese
John Savarese  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Lyric Mindedness: Science and Genre in Romantic Britain"

New Faculty Fellow, English, University of California, Berkeley  -  PhD, English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick appointed in English at the University of California, Berkeley

Sarah E. Insley
Sarah E. Insley  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Constructing a Sacred Center: Constantinople as a holy city in early Byzantine literature"

New Faculty Fellow, Classics, Brown University  -  PhD, Classics, Harvard University appointed in Classics at Brown University

Cecelia A. Watson
Cecelia A. Watson  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "William James and John La Farge: The Search for Truth in Art, Science, and Philosophy"

New Faculty Fellow, Philosophy and Program in the Humanities, Yale University  -  PhD, Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, University of Chicago appointed in Philosophy and the Program in the Humanities at Yale University

Patricia L. Irwin
Patricia L. Irwin  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Unaccusativity at the Interfaces"

New Faculty Fellow, Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania  -  PhD, Linguistics, New York University appointed in Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania

Gregory A. Zinman
Gregory A. Zinman  |  Abstract
Dissertation: "Handmade: The Moving Image in the Artisanal Mode"

New Faculty Fellow, Film, Columbia University  -  PhD, Cinema Studies, New York University appointed in Film at Columbia University