ACLS Names the 2019 Project Development Grantees


Sacred Stone Camp, a center of resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux territory in North Dakota, on April 1, 2016. Navajo environmental justice activists, along with tribal delegations from across the United States, joined the movement to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Dana Powell’s project States of Matter: Water’s Sovereignties and Subjectivities in the Navajo Nation uses ethnographic methods to explore the Navajo people’s relationship to water and the connections between climate change and colonialism.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of the ACLS Project Development Grants. This program, now in its second year, offers $5,000 seed grants to provide support and advance the research of humanities faculty at teaching-intensive colleges and universities. The program is part of ACLS’s commitment to recognize scholarly excellence in all sectors of higher education. This year’s 15 grantees were selected from the pool of applicants who had advanced to the final stage of review for the ACLS Fellowship competition, but did not receive an award.

“The idea behind the Project Development Grants is to help jumpstart the research agendas of promising applicants to the ACLS Fellowship program from less well resourced institutions who narrowly missed being selected for that fellowship,” remarked ACLS program officer Rachel Bernard. “This year’s grantees are using the funds for summer salary and course buyouts during the academic year; archival research in Germany, Italy, France, and the northeastern United States; ethnographic fieldwork in Botswana and the Navajo Nation; and travel to academic conferences. We hope that these grants not only allow the recipients to advance their work but also encourage them to apply for further funding in the future.”

ACLS Project Development Grant recipients and their project titles are listed below; for more information about the grantees and their research, click here.

Meghan C. Andrews (Assistant Professor, English, Lycoming College) Shakespeare’s Networks

Robert R. Clewis (Professor, Philosophy, Gwynedd Mercy University) Before 1790: The Origins of Kant’s Aesthetics

Mary Harvey Doyno (Assistant Professor, Humanities and Religious Studies, California State University, Sacramento) Catherine’s Daughters: Female Penitents, Thomas Caffarini, and the Creation of the Dominican Third Order

Deborah L. Durham (Lecturer, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Studies, Longwood University) Affective Materialism: Sentiments, Materialism, and the Developers of New Maturities in Botswana

Marion Hourdequin (Associate Professor, Philosophy, Colorado College) Moral Ecologies: A Relational Approach to Environmental Ethics

Jeremy LaBuff (Assistant Professor, History, Northern Arizona University) Ethnics of Ambiguity: An Indigenous History of Hellenistic Anatolia

Davina C. Lopez (Professor, Religious Studies, Eckerd College) Emilie Grace Briggs and Women Leaders in Early Christianity: A Study in Historical Dynamics

Anoop Mirpuri (Associate Professor, English, Portland State University) Criticism and Interpretation in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Tim Palmer (Professor, Film Studies, University of North Carolina, Wilmington) Cinema Marianne: A New History of Women in the French Film Ecosystem

Salvatore Pappalardo (Assistant Professor, English, Towson University) Modernism in Trieste: Habsburg Phoenicians and the Literary Invention of Europe, 1870-1939

Dana E. Powell (Associate Professor, Anthropology, Appalachian State University) States of Matter: Water’s Sovereignties and Subjectivities in the Navajo Nation

Maria del Mar Rosa-Rodriguez (Associate Professor, Hispanic Studies, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey) Truncated Modernities: Religious Hybridity of Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Early Modern Spain

Emily Berquist Soule (Professor, History, California State University, Long Beach) The Atlantic Slave Trade and the Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire

Jesse Tarbert (Visiting Assistant Professor, History, Loyola University, Maryland) When Good Government Meant Big Government: Business Influence, Civil Rights, and the Quest to Strengthen the American State, 1918-1933

Pamela Zinn (Assistant Professor, Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Texas Tech University) Lucretius On Animals

Contact: Rachel Bernard,