Over the past century, ACLS has provided vital support for thousands of scholars through its fellowship and grant programs.

Notable Fellows and Grantees By the Numbers


MacArthur Fellows


Museum and Research Center Leaders


College and University Presidents


Philanthropic Leaders

Notable award recipients include:

  • Guillermo Algaze G’89, Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, University of California, San Diego, 2003 MacArthur Fellow
  • Nana Aba Appiah Amfo F’09, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Ghana, the first woman to serve in this position
  • Carol Anderson F’98, Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies, Emory University, her book White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism
  • Elizabeth Anderson F’13, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, 2019 MacArthur Fellow
  • Ruth Behar F’97, Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1988 MacArthur Fellow
  • John F. Benton* G’64, Professor of History, California Institute of Technology, 1985 MacArthur Fellow
  • Michael A. Bernstein F’77, F’81, F’84, F’89, Provost, SUNY Stony Brook, NY 
  • Lucas Bessire F’10, F’09, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, his most recent book, Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains, is a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for Nonfiction
  • David B. Brakke F’99, Joe R. Engle Chair in the History of Christianity and Professor of History, The Ohio State University, 2022 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Daphne A. Brooks F’18, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Music, Yale University, 2022 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Bernadette Brooten G’92, Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies, of Women’s and Gender Studies, of Classical Studies, and of Religious Studies at Brandeis University, 1998 MacArthur Fellow
  • Michael Brose F’06, Director, East Asian Studies Center and Pan Asia Institute, Indiana University
  • Peter Brown F’80, Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Emeritus; Senior Historian Hellenic Studies Princeton University, 1982 MacArthur Fellow
  • Sherwin K. Bryant F’21, Director, Rice University Center for African and African American Studies
  • Anthea Butler F’18, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; Past President, American Society of Church History
  • Caroline Walker Bynum F’78, Professor Emerita of Medieval European History at the Institute for Advanced Study and University Professor Emerita at Columbia University in the City of New York, 1986 MacArthur Fellow
  • Kimberly Christen F’09, G’17, F’20, Professor of Digital Technology and Culture and Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, Washington State University
  • William A. Christian G’75, F’80, Independent Scholar Religious Visions in Modern Spain, 1986 MacArthur Fellow
  • Lizabeth Cohen F’92, Former Dean of Radcliffe Institute, Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard University, 1993 Guggenheim Fellow
Fellows and Grantees in the News
Craig Santos Perez F’20 2023 National Book Award Winner
Sherwin K. Bryant F’21 Named Director of Rice Center for African and African American Studies
Nicole Fleetwood F’16 Named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow
Risa L. Goluboff F’12 Appointed to Supreme Court History Committee
  • Britt Dahlberg F’14, Director, Center for Applied History, Science History Institute, PA
  • Robert Darnton G’82, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Emeritus; University Librarian, Emeritus, 1982 MacArthur Fellow
  • Andrew Delbanco F’90, F’99, President, Teagle Foundation, NY
  • John D’Emilio F’85, Professor Emeritus, History, Gender, and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, author of Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, which later was cited by Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy in the 2003 historic ruling in Lawrence v. Texas striking down sodomy laws
  • Morris Dickstein* F’77, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at CUNY Graduate Center, former president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics
  • William C. Dudley F’02, President, Washington & Lee University, VA
  • Shannon Egan F’04, Director of the Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College, PA
  • Nancy Farriss G’71, Professor of History Emerita, University of Pennsylvania, 1986 MacArthur Fellow
  • Ada Ferrer F’11, Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean History, New York University; Winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in History 
  • Nicole Fleetwood F’16, James Weldon Johnson Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, 2021 MacArthur Fellow
  • Natalie Fousekis F’05, Director, Center for Oral and Public History and Professor of History, CSU, Fullerton, CA
  • Pamela Fox G’86, President, Mary Baldwin College, VA
  • Peter Galison F’09, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University; Faculty Director, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments; 1996 MacArthur Fellow; his documentary film, Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know, about his quest to capture the first picture of a black hole debuted on Netflix in June 2021
  • Rebecca Goldstein F’82, Novelist, 1996 MacArthur Fellow
  • Risa L. Goluboff F’12, Dean, University of Virginia School of Law, Appointed by President Biden to Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise
  • Maryemma Graham F’02, G’08, Founding Director, Project on the History of Black Writing, Black Book Interactive Project Lead, Distinguished Professor of English, University of Kansas
  • Vartan Gregorian* G’65, G’71, Former President, Carnegie Corporation
  • Katja Guenther F’18, F’08, Professor of History, Princeton University, 2022 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Amy Gutmann F’78, President, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ann Ellis Hanson F’82, Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer, Yale University, 1992 MacArthur Fellow
  • Roger Hart F’04, Director of the Texas Southern University China Institute and Professor of History
  • Nathan Hatch G’76, Former President, Wake Forest University, NC
  • Michael J. Hathaway F’13, Professor of Anthropology, Associate Member of the School for International Studies, Director of the David Lam Centre for Asian Studies, Simon Fraser University, 2022 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Edward Hirsch F’81, Assistant Professor, Wayne State University, 1998 MacArthur Fellow
  • Martha Hodes F’94, Professor of History at New York University, Interim Director, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, 2018 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Irving Howe* G’73, Professor of Literature, City University of New York, Hunter College, 1987 MacArthur Fellow
  • Constance Hungerford G’78, Provost, Swarthmore College
  • Lewis Hyde F’03, Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing, American Literature, Kenyon College, 1991 MacArthur Fellow
  • Thupten Jinpa F’09, Chair and President of the Compassion Institute, CA, Principal English Translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Jacqueline Jones G’77, F’95, Professor Emerita, Ellen C. Temple Chair in Women’s History and Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History at University of Texas, Austin, 1999 MacArthur Fellow
  • Kellie Jones F’94, Professor in Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University, 2016 MacArthur Fellow
  • David Keightley* F’72, F’75, F’83, F’84, Professor Emeritus of Chinese History, University of California, Berkeley, 1986 MacArthur Fellow
  • Jaclyn Kirouac-Fram F’12, Executive Director at ReBuilding Center, Portland, OR
  • Elizabeth Kiss F’95, Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford University, and CEO of the Rhodes Trust
  • Valerie A. Kivelson F’17, F’01, Thomas N. Tentler Collegiate Professor, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, University of Michigan, 2022 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Anthea Kraut F’12, Professor in the Department of Dance, University of California, Riverside, 2022 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Harlan Lane* G’74, Matthews Distinguished University Professor, Northeastern University, 1991 MacArthur Fellow
  • Suzanne Lebsock G’78, Emerita Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University, 1992 MacArthur Fellow
  • David Levering Lewis G’72, Julius Silver University Professor, History, New York University, 1999 MacArthur Fellow
  • Laura Lieber F’15, Director, Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University
  • Patricia Nelson Limerick F’89, Professor, History, University of Colorado Boulder, Faculty Director and Chair of the Board, Center of the American West, 1995 MacArthur Fellow
  • Richard W. Lyman* F’58, former Provost and then President of Stanford University (1970–1980) and former President of the Rockefeller Foundation (1980–1988)
  • Alejandro L. Madrid G’11, Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Cornell University, 2022 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Suzanne L. Marchand F’02, Professor of History, Louisiana State University, 2022 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Pardis Mahdavi F’09, President, University of La Verne
  • John T. McGreevy F’96, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, University of Notre Dame
  • Louise Mirrer F’93, President, The New York Historical Society
  • Brian C. Mitchell G’85, Partner, Academic Innovators, MA; Former President, Bucknell University, PA
  • Kerry Morgan F’00, Director of Gallery and Exhibition Programs at Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Viet T. Nguyen F’11, Aerol Arnold Chair of English; Professor in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, and Department of Comparative Literature, Univesity of Southern California; 2017 MacArthur Fellow
  • Laura Otis F’97, Professor, English, Emory University, 2000 MacArthur Fellow
  • Elaine H. Pagels G’77, Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion, Princeton University, 1981 MacArthur Fellow
  • Thomas G. Palaima F’83, Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor and Director, Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (PASP), 1985 MacArthur Fellow
  • Laurie Patton F’03, President, Middlebury College
  • Derek Peterson F’16, Professor in the History Department and the Department of Afro-American and African Studies, University of Michigan, 2017 MacArthur Fellow
  • Craig Santos Perez F’20, Professor of English, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, his most recent book, from unincorporated territory [åmot], won the 2023 National Book Award for Poetry
  • George Perle* G’69, Professor Emeritus, Music, City University of New York, Queens College, 1986 MacArthur Fellow
  • Bianca Premo F’18, F’08, F’05, Professor of History, Florida International University, 2021 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Edward Puchner F’10, Executive Director, Greenville Museum of Art, SC
  • A.K. Ramanujan* G’73, William E. Colvin Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and in the Department of Linguistics, University of Chicago, 1983 MacArthur Fellow
  • Jessie Ramey F’11, Director, Women’s Institute and Associate Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies at Chatham University, Pittsburgh
  • Arnold Rampersad G’80, F’02, Sara Hart Kimball Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, Stanford University, 1991 MacArthur Fellow
  • Matthew Reeck F’22, Adjunct Assistant Professor Saint John’s University, 2022 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Dorothy E. Roberts F’15, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights
  • Joel Rogers F’86, Sewell-Bascom Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, & Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995 MacArthur Fellow
  • Richard Rorty* F’69, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Philosophy at Stanford University, 1981 MacArthur Fellow
  • Lawrence Rosen F’77, William Nelson Cromwell Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Princeton University, 1981 MacArthur Fellow
  • Michael Roth F’84, President, Wesleyan University
  • Susan Irene Rotroff G’80, ’84, Jarvis Thurston and Mona Van Duyn Professor Emerita in Department of Classics, Washington University in St. Louis, 1988 MacArthur Fellow
  • Jay Rubenstein F’02, F’06, Professor of History, Department of History, University of Southern California, 2007 MacArthur Fellow
  • Marina A. Rustow F’09, F’14, Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of History; Director, Princeton Geniza Project, Departments of Near Eastern Studies and History, Princeton University, 2015 MacArthur Fellow
  • Paul K. Saint-Amour F’00, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and English Department Chair, University of Pennsylvania, 2022 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Celeste Schenck G’87, President, American University in Paris, France
  • Carl Schorske* F’63, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, Emeritus, at Princeton University, 1981 MacArthur Fellow
  • Irena Budimova Shiba G’05, Head of Trust Insurance Services LATAM at Citi Private Bank
  • Lisa Siraganian F’15, Director of the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute and an Associate Professor of English at Southern Methodist University, Dallas
  • Gertrude E. Smith* F’29, Professor and Chair, Department of Classics, University of Chicago, author of Administration of Justice from Homer to Aristotle, which remains a key reference work for ancient Greek law today
  • Jennifer Summit F’02, Provost, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
  • Emily Talbot F’16, Acting Chief Curator at Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
  • John E. Toews G’83, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Washington, 1984 MacArthur Fellow
  • Lorenzo D. Turner* F’32, Linguistics scholar and professor of English, Fisk University, created African studies programs at several historically black universities
  • Elliott Visconsi F’04, Provost and Dean, College of the Holy Cross
  • Juliet Wagner F’08, Lead Strategist and Acting Head of Office at OneLeap, London and NYC
  • Andrew Walker F’94, Director, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
  • Bret Wallach G’81, Professor of Geography, University of Oklahoma, 1984 MacArthur Fellow
  • Judith Weisenfeld F’14, Agate Brown and George L. Collord Professor of Religion. Chair, Department of Religion, Princeton University, 2022 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Emily Wilson F’05, Professor of Classical Studies and Professor of Classical Studies and Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania, 2019 MacArthur Fellow
  • Andria Wisler F’06, F’07, Executive Director at Georgetown University Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service
  • Stephanie Wood F’96, Director, Wired Humanities Projects and Senior Research Associate at the University of Oregon
  • Tara Zahra F’09, F’13, Homer J. Livingston Professor of East European History and the College, The University of Chicago, 2014 MacArthur Fellow