Announcing the 2018 ACLS Fellows


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the 2018 ACLS Fellows. For this competition, ACLS increased the number of awards to 78—the greatest number in the history of the program, which has been supporting scholars across the humanities and humanistic social sciences for more than five decades. The expansion of the program allows ACLS to support fellows who are even more broadly representative of the variety of humanistic scholarship across all fields of study, and who reflect a diverse and inclusive ideal of academic excellence.

Peer reviewers selected the fellows from a pool of nearly 1,150 applicants. Awards range from $40,000 to $70,000, depending on the scholar’s career stage, and support scholars for six to twelve months of full-time research and writing

“The 2018 ACLS Fellows hail from more than 50 colleges and universities, including several for which this is the first time a member of their faculty has received an ACLS Fellowship,” said Matthew Goldfeder, director of fellowship programs at ACLS. “Fellows were selected for their potential to make an original and significant contribution to knowledge, resulting from research on cultures, texts, and artifacts from antiquity to the present, in contexts around the world.”

The ACLS Fellowship program, the longest-running of our current fellowship and grant programs, is funded by ACLS’s endowment. Institutions and individuals contribute to this program, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Arcadia Charitable Trust, the Council’s Research University Consortium and college and university Associates, past fellows, and individual friends of ACLS.

ACLS Fellows, including those with named fellowships, are listed below; for more information about the recipients and their projects, click here.

Natalie Abell (Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) Makers, Maritime Networks, and Markets in the Bronze Age Cyclades, Greece

Katherine A. Adams (Associate Professor of English, Tulane University) Reconstructing Value: Cotton Culture and Blackness after Emancipation

Mikaëla M. Adams (Assistant Professor of History, University of Mississippi) Influenza in Indian Country: Sickness, Suffering, and Survival during the 1918-1919 Pandemic

Catherine P. Batza (Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas) AIDS in the Heartland

José Luis Bermúdez (Professor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University) The Power of Frames: Rethinking Models of Rational Decision-Making

Joel Blecher (Assistant Professor of History, The George Washington University) Profit and Prophecy: Islam and the Spice Trade

Daphne Ann Brooks (Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Theater Studies, Yale University) Nobody or a Nation: Black Women Musicians and the Midcentury Making of Sonic Citizenship

Daniel Brückenhaus (Assistant Professor of History, Beloit College) Laughing at Imperialism: Ridicule and Satire as Anticolonial Strategies, 1880-1970

Erin D. Chapman (Associate Professor of History, The George Washington University) The Truth Demands Its Own Equals: The Art and Activism of Lorraine Hansberry

Thomas Donald Conlan (Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University) Kings in All but Name: The Rise of the Ōuchi, 1350-1465, and Japan’s Age of Yamaguchi, 1466-1551

Maria E. Cotera (Associate Professor of American Culture and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) Nuestra Autohistoria: Reflections on the Chicana Archive

Jonathan P. Decter (Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University) The Jewish Discovery of Religion in the Medieval Middle East

Michael Jason Degani (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University) The City Electric: Infrastructure and Ingenuity in Postsocialist Tanzania

Fred M. Donner (Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago) Arabic Papyri for the Early Islamic Period, Seventh Century

Susan Helen Ellison (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Wellesley College) Betrayed: Politics, Pyramid Schemes, and Bolivian Vernaculars of Fraud
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies Fellow

Allison L. C. Emmerson (Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, Tulane University) Urbanism on the Margins: Life and Death in the Roman Suburb

Caitlin A. Fitz (Assistant Professor of History, Northwestern University) Mundrucu’s America: How a Black Brazilian Revolutionary Shaped the US Battle Against Jim Crow
Oscar Handlin/ACLS Fellow

Paul A. Friedland (Professor of History, Cornell University) A World without Race: The Dream of a Universal Republic in the Revolutionary French Caribbean, 1794-1802

Julia Gaffield (Assistant Professor of History, Georgia State University) The Abandoned Faithful: Sovereignty, Diplomacy, and Religious Dominion in the Aftermath of the Haitian Revolution

Katja Garloff (Professor of German and Humanities, Reed College) Making German Jewish Literature New

Karl Gerth (Professor of History, University of California, San Diego) Unending Capitalism: State Consumerism and the Negation of the Chinese Socialist Revolution
Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr./ACLS Fellow

Julian Gill-Peterson (Assistant Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh) Gender Underground: A History of Trans DIY

Jennifer A. Glancy (Professor of Religious Studies, Le Moyne College) Ancient Christian Slavery and Twenty-First Century Debates about What Makes Us Human

Petra Goedegebuure (Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago) Expressing Agency and Point of View: The Core Cases in the Ancient Anatolian Languages, 1700-300 BCE

Glenda Goodman (Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania) Strategic Sounds: Native American Music in the Era of Colonial Conquest

Katja Guenther (Associate Professor of History, Princeton University) The Mirror and the Mind: A History of Self-Recognition in the Sciences of Mind and Brain

Rachel Heiman (Associate Professor of Anthropology, The New School) Retrofitting the American Dream: An Ethnography of Suburban Redesign

Adriana Nadia Helbig (Associate Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh) Romani Music and Development Aid in Post-Soviet Ukraine

Michael C. Heller (Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh) Just Beyond Listening: Sound and Affect Outside of the Ear

Katie Hornstein (Assistant Professor of History of Art, Dartmouth College) Leonine Encounters in Nineteenth-Century France

Phillip A. Hough (Associate Professor of Sociology, Florida Atlantic University) Global Markets, Local Labor: Development, Production, and Crisis in Rural Colombia

Stephen D. Houston (Professor of Anthropology, Brown University) Making, Sizing, Moving: Credit, Monumentality, and Direction in Maya Art and Writing

Hsuan L. Hsu (Professor of English, University of California, Davis) The Smell of Risk: Atmospheric Stratification and the Olfactory Arts

Evelyn Hu-Dehart (Professor of History and American Studies, Brown University) Locating the Trans-Pacific in the Trans-Atlantic: Tracing the Course of the Chinese Diaspora through Spain and the Spanish Empire
ACLS Centennial Fellow in the Dynamics of Place

Derek Scott Hyra (Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy, American University) Urban Renewal and Unrest: Race, Riots, and Democracy

Samantha Gayathri Iyer (Assistant Professor of History, Fordham University) Agricultural Superpower: The Politics of Food in India, Egypt, and the United States, 1870s-1970s

Sara E. Johnson (Associate Professor of Literature, University of California, San Diego) Moreau de Saint-Méry: Print Culture, Slavery and the Multilingual American Enlightenment

Dina R. Khoury (Professor of History, The George Washington University) Who is a Migrant Laborer? Documenting Labor Migration in the Persian Gulf

Judd Creighton Kinzley (Assistant Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison) Arms for Ores: China and the Making of an American Foreign Aid Regime, 1941-1949

Jennifer Wyatt Kyker (Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Rochester) Sekuru's Stories

Stacey A. Langwick (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University) A Politics of Habitability: Plants, Sovereignty, and Healing in a Toxic World

Michael LeMahieu (Associate Professor of English, Clemson University) Post-54: Reconstructing Civil War Memory in American Literature after Brown

Wai-yee Li (Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University) The Paradoxes of Things: Life and Art in Late Imperial China
ACLS/Donald J. Munro Centennial Fellow

Beth Linker (Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania) Slouch: The Forgotten History of America's Poor Posture Epidemic

Scott Lucas (Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Arizona) The Interpretation of Qur’anic Laws in Yemen

Catriona MacLeod (Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania) Romantic Scraps: Cutouts, Collages, and Inkblots

Marianne Mason (Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, James Madison University) Language at the Center of the American Justice System

Elizabeth McHenry (Associate Professor of English, New York University) Making Negro Literature: Writing, Literary Practice, and African American Authorship, 1896-1910

Janet McIntosh (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Brandeis University) Tough Talk, Vulnerable Soldiers: Language Ideology and the Making of United States Service Members

Sarah E. McKibben (Associate Professor of Irish Language and Literature, University of Notre Dame) Tradition Transformed: Bardic Poetry and Patronage in Early Modern Ireland, ca. 1560-1660

Chelsea Redeker Milbourne (Assistant Professor of English, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo) The Utility of Wonder: Spectacle, Gender, and Public Science Rhetoric in Eighteenth-Century Great Britain

Eduardo Moncada (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Barnard College) Social Resistance to Criminal Protection Rackets: An Ethnographic Window into State-Building

Sharon Ann Murphy (Professor of History and Classics, Providence College) Banking on Slavery in the Antebellum South

Marguerite Nguyen (Assistant Professor of English, Wesleyan University) Refugee Temporality: Narratives of War and Displacement in Asian American New Orleans

John Peffer (Associate Professor of Visual Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey) How to Remember Apartheid with Pleasure: Vernacular Photography as a Theater of Identity and Survival in South Africa’s Black Townships

Dylan C. Penningroth (Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley) Doing Civil Rights: African Americans and Law, 1865-1970

Dassia Posner (Associate Professor of Theatre and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Northwestern University) The Moscow Kamerny Theatre: An Artistic History, 1914-1950

Bianca Premo (Associate Professor of History, Florida International University) The Smallest Subject: Peru’s Youngest Mother in the World and the Rise of Modern Research Ethics

Keramet Reiter (Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, and Law, University of California, Irvine) Walking the Line: Transformation of Everyday Life in Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Elizabeth Renker (Professor of English, The Ohio State University) Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt: A Biography
ACLS/Carl and Betty Pforzheimer Fellow

Adam M. Romero (Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell) Economic Poisoning: Industrial Waste and the Chemicalization of United States Agriculture, 1860-1945

Daniel Rosenberg (Professor in the Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon) Data: A Quantitative History

Aaron Sachs (Professor of History, Cornell University) Melville and Mumford; or, the Art of Rediscovery in Traumatic Times

Tze-Lan Deborah Sang (Professor of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, Michigan State University) Taiwan’s Women Documentary Filmmakers: Public Intellectuals and Innovative Artists

Caroline T. Schroeder (Professor of Religious Studies, University of the Pacific) Monks and Their Children: Family and Childhood in Late Antique Egyptian Monasticism

Sarah-Neel Smith (Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, Maryland Institute College of Art) The Art of Development: Painting, Institutions, and the Modernization of Turkey

Vivasvan Soni (Associate Professor of English, Northwestern University) Aesthetics and the Crisis of Judgment in the Eighteenth Century

Nicolas Tackett (Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley) The Rise of the Chinese Meritocracy: The Transformation of Elite Culture in Tenth-Century China

Melanie S. Tanielian (Assistant Professor of History, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) Transnational Lunacy: Madness, Society, and Citizenship in a World at War, 1914-1920
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies Fellow

Cecilia M. Tsu (Associate Professor of History, University of California, Davis) Starting Over: Refugee Resettlement in the Reagan Era

Stacey Van Vleet (Visiting Lecturer of History, University of California, Berkeley) Plagues, Precious Pills, and the Politics of Learning in Qing China

David R. Vishanoff (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Oklahoma) Psalms of the Muslim Prophet David: Edition, Translation, and Analysis

Charles F. Walker (Professor of History, University of California, Davis) Violence and Its Long Shadow: The Shining Path in Peru

Michelle R. Warren (Professor of Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College) Lives of a Medieval Book in the Digital Dark Ages

Sunny Yang (Assistant Professor of English, University of Houston) Fictions of Territoriality: Legal and Literary Narratives of Race, Geography, and US Empire

Ann Marie Yasin (Associate Professor of Art History and Classics, University of Southern California) Roman Restoration and Its Late Antique Legacy: On Time and Architecture

Emily Zazulia (Assistant Professor of Music, University of California, Berkeley) Where Sight Meets Sound: The Poetics of Late Medieval Music Writing
McClary-Walser/ACLS Fellow

Barbie Zelizer (Professor of Communication, University of Pennsylvania) How the Cold War Drives the News

Contact: Matthew Goldfeder,

The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS’s work. This year, ACLS will award more than $20 million to over 350 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.