Eight Teams of Scholars Awarded 2018 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships


1634 Japanese red seal merchant sailing ship. Fellows Xing Hang, Daniel Botsman, and Adam Clulow investigate how the early modern deer skin trade that stretched across Asia transformed the region’s legal systems, economy, society, and environment.

ACLS is pleased to announce the 2018 Collaborative Research Fellows. The program, which is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports small teams of scholars as they research and coauthor a major scholarly product. The eight teams selected by peer reviewers this year cross disciplinary, methodological, and geographic boundaries, and represent a range of institutions and academic ranks.

“The scholars who make up the tenth cohort of ACLS Collaborative Research Fellows exemplify the program’s aim of supporting collaborations that produce knowledge individual research efforts could not,” said ACLS’s director of fellowship programs Matthew Goldfeder. “Together they demonstrate what can be accomplished when scholars with different expertise work together to ask big questions.”

This year’s projects combine specializations in a broad array of fields such as art history, anthropology, classics, literature, and environmental studies. They address a range of time periods, geographies, and topics, from a translation and commentary on the Visigothic Law Code in late antique Iberia, and a comparative history of biofuels in Brazil and the United States, to an ethnography of Middle Eastern migrants and refugees along the Balkan route they take in an effort to reach northern Europe. Project titles and fellows are listed below; further information on this year’s Collaborative Research Fellows is available here.

Agriculture’s Energy: Learning from the History of Biofuels in Brazil and the United States
Thomas Rogers (Associate Professor of History, Emory University)
Jeffrey T. Manuel (Associate Professor of Historical Studies, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville)

At the Origins of the Hispanic Legal Tradition: A Translation and Commentary of the Book of Judgments
Noel E. Lenski (Professor of Classics and History, Yale University)
Damian Fernandez (Associate Professor of History, Northern Illinois University)

Comparatizing Transylvania: Rurality, Inter-Imperiality, and the Global Modernist Market
Anca Parvulescu (Professor of English, Washington University in St. Louis)
Manuela Boatcă (Professor of Sociology and Global Studies, Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany)

Data Feminism
Lauren Klein (Assistant Professor of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology)
Catherine D'Ignazio (Assistant Professor of Journalism, Emerson College)

Insurgent Mobilities: An Ethnography of the Balkan Route as Movement
Nadia El-Shaarawi (Assistant Professor of Global Studies, Colby College)
Maple John Razsa (Associate Professor of Global Studies, Colby College)

The Epistemology of the Copy in Early Modern Travel Narratives
Lisa B. Voigt (Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Ohio State University, Columbus)
Elio Brancaforte (Associate Professor of Germanic and Slavic Studies, Tulane University)
Stephanie Leitch (Associate Professor of Art History, Florida State University)

The Great Asian Deerskin Boom: Consumer Revolution, Inter-Asian Trade, and Environmental Degradation, 1600-1800
Xing Hang (Associate Professor of History, Brandeis University)
Daniel Botsman (Professor of History, Yale University)
Adam Clulow (Senior Lecturer of History, Monash University, Australia)

To Speak of Common Places: A People’s History of Oregon’s Public Lands
Stephanie LeMenager (Professor of English and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon)
Marsha L. Weisiger (Associate Professor of History, University of Oregon)

Contact: Matthew Goldfeder, fellowships@acls.org