ACLS is pleased to share news of the following list represents books released in 2020 by ACLS fellows, all of which developed from ACLS supported research. These publications reflect an incredible range of topics and areas of study that comprise humanistic scholarship, from art and mass incarceration to Chinese internet culture and much more. 

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Through their 2017 ACLS Collaborative Fellowship, historians Warren, Few, and Tortorici combined their unique expertise in ethnohistory, gender and sexuality, archival theory, colonial political culture, and early modern medicine to “…trace the global networks of Spain’s and Portugal’s empires during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that allowed for the rise and spread of the postmortem cesarean operation as a medico-religious practice from Europe to the Americas and Asia.” Their co-authored book is the result of their collaborative research. 


In their co-authored book, Becoming Free, Becoming Black, de la Fuente and Gross investigate how enslaved and freed people fought to differentiate their blackness from their citizenship and assert their freedom through law.

De la Fuente and Gross were awarded the 2017 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship to research law, race, and slavery. 


In 2017, Wang was awarded the Henry Luce Foundation/ ACLS Program in China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships to research “…family, banking, the state, and society in northwestern China from 1820 to 1930.”


Rappaport’s latest book, Cowards Don’t Make History, is based on research for her 2017 ACLS Fellowship in which she tracked “…the development of participatory research methods by Colombian sociologist Orlando Fals Borda in the early 1970s on the Colombian Caribbean coast.”


As data science becomes increasingly integral to tech and society, Data Feminism uses intersectional feminist thought to inform and interrogate how data is used and how we can ethically approach data science in the future. 

In 2018, D’Ignazio and Klein were awarded the ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship to explore this project. Watch them speak more on their latest book here


Through archival research, Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow Bair writes on the history of Magnum Photos, an international picture agency founded in 1947.


In the Evolution of the Chinese Internet, Guo details trends and practices of Chinese internet use and investigates major platforms used, challenging the dichotomous ideals that illustrate China’s digital realm as either innovative or oppressive and highlights its sophistication. 

Guo was awarded the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2017. 


Fluxus Forms is an extension of Harren’s 2018 Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art, examining the “…the intermedia practice of Fluxus, an artist collective founded in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1962 and centered in New York with far-flung international outposts.” 


As a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow Abazari’s research interrogated Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s social and political philosophy, specifically focusing on Hegel’s ontology. 


In his book, Clewis provides an underexplored perspective on Kant’s writings. 


Fleetwood documents visual art by incarcerated individuals and how creativity and resistance prevails in the face of the brutality of mass incarceration. 

In 2016, she served as an ACLS/New York Public Library Fellow through the ACLS Fellowship Program where she examines how visual art emerges through mass incarceration. Watch this conversation between Fleetwood and Ruha Benjamin F’12 on the book. 


In the Overground Railroad, Taylor explores the history of the Green Book, an invaluable guidebook used by Black tourists and motorists to navigate travel during the Jim Crow era. 

In 2016, Taylor received the ACLS Fellowship to compare multiple editions of the Negro Motorist Green Book, construct an extensive map, and record the surviving Green Book structures. More on her book here.  


In her 2016 ACLS Fellowship Olenina details “… avenues by which psychophysiology reached the arts and evaluates institutional practices and political trends that promoted interdisciplinary engagements.” Psychomotor Aesthetics derives from this research.