The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the 2024 ACLS Project Development Grant recipients. The $5,000 grants are designed to support scholars in teaching-intensive faculty roles whose research is poised to make important contributions to knowledge in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

“ACLS is committed to expanding opportunities for faculty with significant teaching responsibilities to pursue their research agendas,” said John Paul Christy, ACLS Senior Director of US Programs. “Project Development Grants recognize exceptional scholarship while offering flexible support to meet the specific needs of each awardee’s project.”

This year’s 15 awardees represent a range of institutions and fields of humanistic inquiry, including anthropology, ethnic studies, history, languages and literature, musicology, philosophy, religious studies, and sociology. This year’s awardees are:

  • Daniel Collette, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Marquette University
    Pascalian Metaphysics
  • Eve Eure, Assistant Professor, English, City University of New York, Lehman College
    Intergenerational Testimonials and the Politics of Black Cherokee Belonging
  • Carles Ferrando Valero, Assistant Professor, World Languages and Cultures, Bowling Green State University
    The Poetics of Infrastructure: Literature and the Politics of Large Technological Systems in Modern Spain
  • Matthew Lamb, Visiting Professor, Philosophy, Washington and Lee University
    On Ignorance, Moral Responsibility, and Blame: The Significance of Our Non-Ideal Circumstances in The Digital Age
  • Nathan E. Marvin, Assistant Professor, History, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
    Bodies for the Care of Souls: Slavery and the Colonial Clergy in the French Empire, 1764-1848
  • Alexander McKinley, Adjunct Faculty, Religious Studies, Lake Forest College
    The Origin of Things
  • Oksana Nesterenko, Adjunct Faculty, Humanities, Union County College
    A Forbidden Fruit? Sacred Music in the Soviet Union Before Its Fall
  • Saugher Nojan, Assistant Professor, Sociology & Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, San José State University
    Racialized Hauntings: Afghan Americans Navigating Racialized Religion and Belonging amidst the Forever War
  • Carolina Prado, Assistant Professor, Latina/Latino Studies, San Francisco State University
    Organizing for Environmental Justice in the Borderlands: The Colectivo Salud y Justicia Ambiental in Tijuana-San Diego
  • Sharmin Sadequee, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College
    For Land and Justice: Ethnonationalism and the Role of  Regenerative Mosque for a Sustainable Future
  • Akshay Sarathi, Lecturer, Anthropology, Texas A&M University
    The African Silk Roads
  • Joshua Savala, Assistant Professor, History, Rollins College
    Callao, Peru, and the Black Pacific
  • Julia R. Shatz, Assistant Professor, History, California State University, Fresno
    Global Welfare and the Politics of Childhood in Palestine, 1914-1950
  • Kaitlin Staudt, Visiting Assistant Professor, English, Union College (NY)
    The Empire that Can’t Write Back: Ottoman-Turkish Literature and the Question of Postcoloniality
  • Yosa Lucia Vidal, Instructor, Romance Languages, University of Oregon
    Graphic Violence: the Creation of a Visual Archive in the Southern Cone

Each grantee receives $5,000, which can cover the costs of any activity that can advance their research, including travel to the field or collections, learned society membership and conference attendance, course buyout or summer salary, child- or eldercare, or editorial or research assistance.

Project Development Grants are competitive and awarded as a component of the ACLS Fellowship Program. The program is funded by the ACLS endowment, to which many individuals and institutions have contributed, including the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arcadia Charitable Trust, the ACLS Research University Consortium, the ACLS Associate member network, former fellows, and friends.

Learn More About This Year’s Grantees and Their Projects
2024 ACLS Project Development Grants