Announcing the 2018 ACLS Project Development Grantees


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the ACLS Project Development Grants. The $5,000 seed grants are a new component of the longstanding ACLS Fellowship program, and are designed to provide support to humanities faculty at teaching-intensive institutions. This year’s 15 grantees were selected from the pool of applicants who had advanced to the final stage of the ACLS Fellowship competition. Though not among the few awarded the year-long fellowships, the grantees distinguished themselves as especially promising scholars who were likely to advance their research projects with the grants.

"Recognizing academic excellence in all sectors of higher education is essential for the future of the humanities," said ACLS Program Officer Valerie Popp. "These new grants extend the reach of our longest-running fellowship program and enrich the humanities landscape on campuses where scholars typically have fewer institutional resources to carry out their scholarship. We hope that these grants not only allow faculty at teaching-intensive institutions to advance their research 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.

Candace Lea Bailey (Professor, Music, North Carolina Central University) Women, Music, and the Performance of Gentility in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century South

Jason David BeDuhn (Professor, Comparative Cultural Studies, Northern Arizona University) The Manichaean Soul

Karen M. Cook (Assistant Professor, Music History, University of Hartford) Non est minimo dare minus: The Fracturing of Rhythm in the Late Medieval Period

Jorge L. Giovannetti (Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras) Rural Life, History, and Anthropology in the Post-World War II Hispanic Caribbean

Alison Griffiths (Professor, Communication Studies, City University of New York, Baruch College) Nomadic Cinema: A Cultural Geography of the Expedition Film

John Gruesser (Senior Research Scholar, English, Sam Houston State University) Man on the Firing Line: The Literary Life of Sutton E. Griggs, 1872-1933

Eleanor Helms (Associate Professor, Philosophy, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo) The Structure of Imagination: Belief, Perception, and Thought Experiment in Kierkegaard

Audra Jennings (Associate Professor, History, Western Kentucky University) Insecurity: Disability, the Great Depression, and the New Deal State

AnaLouise Keating (Professor, Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, Texas Woman's University) Bridges, Borderlands, Nepantlas: Gloria AnzaldĂșa’s Decolonial Philosophy

Emily Susan Lieb (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Matteo Ricci Institute, Seattle University) “The City’s Dying and They Don’t Know Why”: How Baltimore Suffocated a Neighborhood and Sabotaged its Future

Derek C. Maus (Professor, English and Communication, State University of New York at Potsdam) The True (Black) North: Surveying the Contours of African Canadian Identity through Contemporary Fiction

Alexander Olson (Assistant Professor, History, Western Kentucky University) Before Creativity, 1860-1940

John W. Ott (Professor, Art, Design, and Art History, James Madison University) Mixed Media: The Visual Cultures of Racial Integration, 1931-1954

Allyson M. Poska (Professor, History, University of Mary Washington) Contesting Equality: Smallpox Vaccination in the Spanish Empire, 1803-1810

Arne Spohr (Associate Professor, Musicology, Composition and Theory, Bowling Green State University) "Like an Earthly Paradise": Concealed Music in Early Modern Pleasure Houses

Contact: Valerie Popp,