Current Fellows

The Center annually welcomes up to forty scholars from all fields of the humanities. Individually, the Fellows pursue their own research and writing. Together, they create a stimulating intellectual community.

The National Humanities Center appointed 36 Fellows for the academic year 2021–22. Chosen from 638 applicants, they represent humanistic scholarship in African American studies; Africana studies; classics; dance studies; diaspora studies; European studies; geography; history; history of art and architecture; history of science; indigenous studies; languages and literature; Latin American studies; medical humanities; medieval studies; Middle East studies; musicology; philosophy; and religious studies. Each Fellow will work on an individual research project and will have the opportunity to share ideas in seminars, lectures, and conferences at the Center.

Project disciplines and home institutions are noted for each Fellow.

Jacqueline Álvarez-Rosales, 2021–22

Diaspora Studies, Spelman College

Discourses around the African Diaspora in Bolivia: From the Colonial Period to the Dawn of the National Life

Jacob M. Baum, 2021–22

History, Texas Tech University

The Deaf Shoemaker: Ability, Disability, and Daily Life in the Sixteenth Century

Mark Evan Bonds, 2021–22

Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Music's Fourth Wall and the Rise of Modern Listening

Irus Braverman, 2021–22

Geography, State University of New York at Buffalo

Settling Nature: The Biopolitics of Conservation in Palestine/Israel

Vance Byrd, 2021–22

European Studies, Grinnell College

Listening to Panoramas: Sonic and Visual Cultures of Commemoration

Maggie M. Cao, 2021–22

History of Art and Architecture, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Painting and the Making of American Empire‚ 1830­–1898

Yinghong Cheng, 2021–22

History, Delaware State University

“Two Lives for a Mile”—African American Soldiers Building the Burma Road

Howard Chiang, 2021–22

History, University of California, Davis

A Transcultural Revolution of the Unconscious: Psychoanalysis and Chinese Culture across the Pacific

Lorraine Daston, 2021–22

History of Science, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Science Goes Global

Oscar de la Torre, 2021–22

Africana Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Enyoró: A Collective Biography of Black Matanzas (Cuba) from Slavery to Nation-Making‚ 1835–1898

Johan Elverskog, 2021–22

Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University

A History of Uighur Buddhism, 800–1800

Tony Frazier, 2021–22

History, North Carolina Central University

Slaves Without Wages: Runaway Black Slaves and Servants in Eighteenth-Century London

Will Guzmán, 2021–22

African American Studies, Prairie View A&M University

Raymond A. Brown and the Black Power Movement

Ana Paula Höfling, 2021–22

Dance Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dancing Brazil's Other: Choreographies of Race, Class, and Nation

Po-Yi Hung, 2021–22

Geography, National Taiwan University

Placing Tea: Mobility, Territory, and the Agri-food Transfer between Taiwan and the Southeast Asian Highlands

Jessica Hurley, 2021–22

Languages and Literature, George Mason University

Nuclear Decolonizations

Barbara Kowalzig, 2021–22

Classics, New York University

Gods around the Pond: Religion, Society and the Sea in the Early Mediterranean Economy

Mbaye Lo, 2021–22

Middle East Studies, Duke University

Blacks in Arabic Sources: An Intellectual History of Africanism in the Arab World

Nancy MacLean, 2021–22

History, Duke University

Capitalism and the Constitution: An Overlooked American Lineage and a Looming Peril

Elizabeth S. Manley, 2021–22

History, Xavier University of Louisiana

Imagining the Tropics: Women, Tourism, and Caribbean Island Fantasy, 1890–1980

Victoria McAlister, 2021–22

Medieval Studies, Southeast Missouri State University

The Insular Globe: Environmental Change and Landscapes of Colonization‚ Ireland, 1000–1700

Kelly S. McDonough, 2021–22

Indigenous Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Indigenous Science and Technologies: Nahuas and the World around Them

Brenna M. Munro, 2021–22

Languages and Literature, University of Miami

Queer Writing in Digital Times: The Mobile Nigerian Present

Rashna Darius Nicholson, 2021–22

History, The University of Hong Kong

“Helping Hands”: U.S. Cultural Diplomacy, Soft Power and Theatre for Development

Ifeyinwa Genevieve Okolo, 2021–22

Languages and Literature, Federal University Lokoja

Sexualities and (Dis)Abilities: (Re)Valuing Being Sexual Humans through Body Narratives

Gregory Fernando Pappas, 2021–22

Philosophy, Texas A&M University

Injustice: An Inter-American and Community of Inquiry Approach

Samantha Pinto, 2021–22

African American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Under the Skin

Christian Raffensperger, 2021–22

Medieval Studies, Wittenberg University

Political Culture in the Arc of Medieval Europe, 1000–1300

Juan G. Ramos, 2021–22

Latin American Studies, College of the Holy Cross

Andean Modernismos: Affective Forms in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru

Julia L. Shear, 2021–22

Classics, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Creating Collective Memories in Ancient Athens

Timothy L. Stinson, 2021–22

Medieval Studies, North Carolina State University

Avenging Christ: Vengeance, Devotion, and Violence in Late Medieval England

Paul S. Sutter, 2021–22

History, University of Colorado Boulder

Pulling the Teeth of the Tropics: An Environmental History of the U.S. Sanitary Program in Panama

Krista K. Thomason, 2021–22

Philosophy, Swarthmore College

Worms in the Garden: Bad Feelings in a Good Life

Jane F. Thrailkill, 2021–22

Medical Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Agony of Empathy: A Health Humanities Intervention

Paul Ushang Ugor, 2021–22

Languages and Literature, Illinois State University

The Cinema of Femi Odugbemi: Screen Media and Popular Culture in Nigeria

John D. Wong, 2021–22

History, The University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Takes Flight: Commercial Aviation and the Making of Hong Kong, 1930s–1998

Gerd Gigerenzer, 2021–22

University of Potsdam

Digital Risk Literacy

Emily Skidmore, 2021–22

Texas Tech University

Breast is Best?: The Long Debate Over Infant Feeding in the United States

W. Scott Thomason, 2021–22

Southern New Hampshire University

Driver’s Ed – A Novel

Current Fellows by the Numbers

Disciplines 2021-22

Ranks 2021-22