ACLS Names 22 Frederick Burkhardt Fellows in 2017


The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the 2017 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellows. With these awards, the Burkhardt Fellowship program now has supported more than 200 recently tenured faculty as they pursue ambitious scholarship at a consequential stage of their careers. The program is made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Burkhardt Fellowships, which carry a $95,000 stipend and a $7,500 research budget, 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. Fellows may take up their award in any of the next three academic years.

“By fostering multidisciplinary conversations among cohorts of fellows at research centers, and encouraging connections among faculty at liberal arts colleges and those at research universities, this program affirms the value of intellectual exchange and network-building among humanities scholars,” said Matthew Goldfeder, ACLS’s director of fellowship programs. “The fellows’ projects display the breadth and richness of humanities research today, and these individuals are poised to join their predecessors in becoming leaders in their fields and in the broader academy.” 

The 2017 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellows are listed below. Further information on this year’s awardees is available here.

Asad Q. Ahmed (Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley) Islamic Rationalism in the Age of Decline - Academic Year 2019-2020

Paulina L. Alberto (Associate Professor of History, and Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) Black Legend: The Unexpected Story of “El Negro Raúl” and the Untold History of Race in Argentina - Academic Year 2019-2020

Renee Lynn Beard (Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross) Listening to Early Alzheimer's Disease (LEAD): Experiences over Time - Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2017-2018

Michelle L. Berenfeld (Associate Professor of Classics, Pitzer College) At Home in the City: The Neighborhoods of the Urban Elite in the Late Roman Empire - American Academy in Rome in 2018-2019

Daniela Bleichmar (Associate Professor of Art History and History, University of Southern California) The Itinerant Lives of Painted Books: Mexican Codices and Transatlantic Knowledge in the Early Modern World - Huntington Library in 2018-2019

Lara Langer Cohen (Associate Professor of English, Swarthmore College) Before Subculture: Nineteenth-Century Genealogies of the Underground - Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania in 2017-2018

Elizabeth A. Davis (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University) The Good of Knowing: War, Time, and Transparency in Cyprus - Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies in 2017-2018

Andrea Denny-Brown (Associate Professor of English, University of California, Riverside) Criminal Ornament: Aesthetic Misbehavior in the Fifteenth Century - Huntington Library in 2018-2019

Timothy S. Dobe (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Grinnell College) The Muslim Gandhi: Islamicate Hinduism, Alternative Communities, and Radical Religious Love - Islamic Studies Center at Duke University in 2018-2019

Laura Anne Kalba (Associate Professor of Art, Smith College) Currencies: Symbolism and Signification in the Golden Age of Finance Capital - Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine in 2018-2019

Tait Keller (Associate Professor of History, Rhodes College) Green and Grim: A Global Environmental History of the First World War - National Humanities Center in 2017-2018

Kareem Khalifa (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Middlebury College) Explanation as Inferential Practice - Institute for Liberal Arts at Emory University in 2019-2020

John Modern (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Franklin & Marshall College) The Religion Machine, or; A Particular History of the Brain - McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018-2019

Mark Quigley (Associate Professor of English, University of Oregon) Not Such a Long Way to Tipperary: Retracing Opposition to the First World War in Irish Popular Culture, 1914-1918 - Huntington Library in 2017-2018

Jesse Rodin (Associate Professor of Music, Stanford University) Giving Form to Fifteenth-Century Music - Villa I Tatti in 2017-2018

Julia B. Rosenbaum (Associate Professor of History of Art, Bard College) Unruly Bodies?: Portraying Science and Citizenry in Post-Civil War America - Charles Warren Center for American History at Harvard University in 2019-2020

Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch (Associate Professor of History, Dartmouth College) Global Ghana, Itinerant Citizens, and the Making of a New Nation, 1957-1966 - Program of African Studies at Northwestern University in 2018-2019

Harleen Singh (Associate Professor of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literatures; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and South Asian Studies, Brandeis University) Half an Independence: Women, Violence, and Modern Lives in India - National Humanities Center in 2017-2018

Quinn Slobodian (Associate Professor of History, Wellesley College) Tying Ulysses to the Mast: International Economic Law and the Bonds of Globalization - Weatherhead Initiative on Global History at Harvard University in 2017-2018 

Tamara Venit-Shelton (Associate Professor of History, Claremont McKenna College) Herbs and Roots: A History of Chinese Medicine in the United States - Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West at the University of Southern California in 2017-2018

Dorothy J. Wang (Associate Professor of American Studies, Williams College) “Things Unintelligible, Yet Understood”: Race and the Genealogies of American Poetics - Department of English at the CUNY Graduate Center in 2017-2018 

Andreá N. Williams (Associate Professor of English, The Ohio State University) Unmarried Miss-fits: Single Women and Twentieth-Century Black Culture - National Humanities Center in 2017-2018 

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, 212-697-1505 x124