ACLS Names 20 Frederick Burkhardt Fellows in 2018


Detail of the face of a Mayan solar deity from reassembled mural fragments at San Bartolo, Guatemala (digital scan Heather Hurst, 2009). Burkhardt Fellow Heather Hurst, of Skidmore College, integrates archaeological evidence and material analysis of Mayan murals to reveal their cultural legacy.

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the 2018 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellows. The Burkhardt Fellowship program, which supports recently tenured faculty as they pursue ambitious scholarship at a consequential stage of their careers, is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.   

Burkhardt Fellowships carry a $95,000 stipend and a $7,500 research budget, and allow awardees to take up year-long residencies at institutions whose resources and scholarly communities are ideally suited to facilitate the proposed research project. One set of awards, which is open to recently tenured faculty at all US-based colleges and universities, supports residencies at 13 national and international research centers that partner with ACLS for this program. Another set of awards, reserved for faculty from liberal arts colleges, enables fellows to carry out their residencies at any research university-based humanities center or academic department in the United States. The fellowships are designed to accommodate long-term, multi-year research projects and thus may take place in any of the three academic years following the fellow’s selection. 

 “A central tenet of the program is that the residential fellowship experience fosters multidisciplinary conversations and encourages connections among faculty from different backgrounds and different types of institutions,” said Matthew Goldfeder, ACLS’s director of fellowship programs. “This experience enriches fellows’ individual projects and fosters long-lasting scholarly networks, preparing the fellows for careers of far-reaching research and leadership in the humanities.” 

The 2018 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellows are listed below. Further information on this year’s awardees is available here

Helena de Bres (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Wellesley College) The Story of My Life: Personal Narration, Meaning in Life, and Literary Nonfiction - Department of Philosophy at Stanford University in 2019-2020 

Solsiree del Moral (Associate Professor of American Studies and Black Studies, Amherst College) Street Children, Crime, and Punishment in Puerto Rico, 1940-1965 - Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean & Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut in 2018-2019 

Ivan Drpic (Associate Professor of History of Art, University of Pennsylvania) The Enkolpion: Object and Self in Medieval Byzantium - American Academy in Rome in 2018-2019 

Katherine Epstein (Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University-Camden) State Secrets: Computers, Defense Contracting, and the Origins of the National-Security State - Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies in 2018-2019 

Paul Fyfe (Associate Professor of English, North Carolina State University) The Age of Transmission: From Victorian Media Cultures to the Digital Humanities - National Humanities Center in 2018-2019   

Lily Geismer (Associate Professor of History, Claremont McKenna College) Doing Good: Public Policy and the Market from the Great Society to the Clinton Foundation - Institute on Inequality and Democracy at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2018-2019 

Malick W. Ghachem (Associate Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) In the Name of the Colony: The Revolt against the Indies Company in Haiti, 1720-1725 - Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2018-2019 

Victor Goldgel Carballo (Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Wisconsin-Madison) Passing as Open Secret: Race and Fictions of Identity in Nineteenth-Century Cuba - National Humanities Center in 2019-2020 

Katherine Grandjean (Associate Professor of History, Wellesley College) In the Kingdom of Devils: The Harpe Murders and the Legacies of the American Revolution - University of Connecticut Humanities Institute in 2018-2019 

Udi Greenberg (Associate Professor of History, Dartmouth College) Religious Pluralism in the Age of Violence: Catholics and Protestants in Twentieth-Century Europe - Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion at the University of California, Berkeley in 2019-2020 

Heather Hurst (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Skidmore College) IDEAS in Cultural Heritage: Preserving Maya Murals through Imaging, Documentation, Education, Access, and Sustainability - Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale University in 2018-2019 

Victoria Langland (Associate Professor of History and Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) From Wet Nurses to Milk Banks: A History of Breastfeeding in Brazil - John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in 2018-2019 

Melissa Y. Mueller (Associate Professor of Classics, University of Massachusetts Amherst) Sappho and Homer: A Reparative Reading - National Humanities Center in 2019-2020 

Christine M. Philliou (Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley) The Many Deaths of the Ottoman Empire, 1800-2017 - Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 2019-2020  

Omar Rivera (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Southwestern University) Stonelight: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, and Architecture from Nuestra América - Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas, Austin in 2018-2019 

Lorelle Denise Semley (Associate Professor of History, College of the Holy Cross) Bordeaux, Forgotten Black Metropolis - Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration at Yale University in 2020-2021 

Mitra Sharafi (Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison) Fear of the False: Forensic Science in Colonial India - National Humanities Center in 2020-2021

Robyn Ceanne Spencer (Associate Professor of History, City University of New York, Lehman College) To Build the World Anew: Black Liberation Politics and the Movement against the Vietnam War, 1950-1975 - Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science in 2020-2021 

Jennifer Utrata (Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Puget Sound) Carework’s “Third Shift”: Grandparental Support and Family Inequality - Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2018-2019 

Louise E. Walker (Associate Professor of History, Northeastern University) Economic Woes: Debt and the Ethics of Capitalism in Modern Mexico - Academic Year 2019-2020 

The fellowships are named for the late Frederick Burkhardt, president emeritus of ACLS, whose decades of work on The Correspondence of Charles Darwin constitute a signal example of dedication to a demanding and ambitious scholarly enterprise.

Contact: Matthew Goldfeder,