National Humanities Center Names Fellows for 2016–2017

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The National Humanities Center announces the appointment of 37 Fellows for the academic year 2016–2017. These leading scholars will come to the Center from 17 states, Argentina, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Chosen from 449 applicants, they represent humanistic scholarship in anthropology; classics; comparative literature; East Asian languages and literatures; English language and literature; feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; history; history of art, architecture, and archaeology; music history and musicology; philosophy; race, ethnicity and postcolonial studies; and religion. 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.

These newly appointed Fellows will constitute the thirty-ninth class of resident scholars to be admitted since the Center opened in 1978. Robert D. Newman, president and director of the National Humanities Center, said, “This tremendous group of scholars is conducting interesting and important work across a range of humanistic fields. We are delighted to provide them support and look forward to their arrival.”

The National Humanities Center will award over $1,300,000 in individual fellowship grants to enable scholars to take leave from their normal academic duties and pursue research at the Center. This funding is made possible by the Center’s endowment, by grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by contributions from alumni and friends of the Center.

About the Center


Don Solomon
Director of Communications

The National Humanities Center is a privately incorporated institute for advanced study in the humanities. Since 1978 the Center has awarded fellowships to more than 1,300 scholars whose work has resulted in the publication of more than 1,500 books in all fields of humanistic study. The Center also sponsors programs to strengthen the teaching of the humanities in secondary and higher education and to promote public understanding of, and advocacy for, the humanities.

National Humanities Center Fellows 2016–2017

  • Derek Attridge
    English Language and Literature, University of York, UK
    Poetry in Performance from Homer to the Renaissance
    M. H. Abrams Fellowship
  • Erin Beeghly
    Philosophy, University of Utah
    Seeing Difference: The Ethics and Epistemology of Stereotyping
    Philip L. Quinn Fellowship
  • Celeste-Marie Bernier
    Race, Ethnicity, and Post-Colonial Studies, University of Edinburgh
    Living Parchments: Artistry and Authorship in the Life and Works of Frederick Douglass
    John Hope Franklin Fellowship
  • Matthew Booker
    History, North Carolina State University
    The Oyster and the City: The Rise and Fall of the Edible City, 1870–1930
    Donnelley Family Fellowship
  • Douglas Campbell
    Religion, Duke University Divinity School
    Depicting Paul: The Book of Acts and History
    Duke Endowment Fellowship
  • Sebastián Carassai
    History, University of Buenos Aires
    Eclipsed Histories: The Sixties and Seventies in Argentina from a Microhistorical Perspective
    Frank H. Kenan Fellowship
  • Mariana Dantas
    History, Ohio University
    Family Formation, Race, and Social Mobility in Eighteenth-Century Minas Gerais, Brazil
    Walter Hines Page Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation
  • Marlene Daut
    Comparative Literature, Claremont Graduate University
    An Anthology of Haitian Revolutionary Fictions (Age of Slavery)
    Josephus Daniels Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation
  • Florence Dore
    English Language and Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Novel Sounds: The American Novel in the Age of Rock and Roll
    Fellows’ Fellowship
  • Laurent Dubois
    History, Duke University
    Katherine Dunham: An Afro-Atlantic Itinerary
    William C. and Ida Friday Fellowship
  • Mary Floyd-Wilson
    English Language and Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    The Tempter or the Tempted: Demonic Causality on the Shakespearean Stage
    Hurford Family Fellowship
  • Christopher Grasso
    History, College of William & Mary
    Skepticism and American Faith: From the Revolution to the Civil War
    Henry Luce Fellowship
  • Zsuzsanna Gulácsi
    History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology, Northern Arizona University
    Artistic Culture of Religious Instruction Along the Trade Routes of Late Ancient and Medieval Asia
    GlaxoSmithKline Fellowship
  • Kim F. Hall
    Race, Ethnicity, and Post-Colonial Studies, Barnard College, Columbia University
    ‘Othello was my grandfather’: Race and Shakespeare in the African Diaspora
    John G. Medlin, Jr. Fellowship
  • Nicholas Harkness
    Anthropology, Harvard University
    A Semiotics of Intensity: Glossolalia, Collective Prayer, and South Korean Social Life
    Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
  • Mary Elaine Hegland
    Religion, Santa Clara University
    Days of Revolution: Religion, Ritual & Politics in an Iranian Settlement
    Archie K. Davis Fellowship
  • Phillip Horky
    Classics, Durham University
    Pythagorean Philosophy: 250 BCE to 200 CE
    Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
  • Benjamin Kahan
    Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Louisiana State University
    Sexual Etiologies and the Great Paradigm Shift
    Delta Delta Delta Fellowship
  • Ilya Kliger
    Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University
    Untimely Community: The Tragic Imagination in the Age of Russian Realism
    Benjamin N. Duke Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation
  • Miguel La Serna
    History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    The Last Revolution: Shining Path and the War of the End of the World
    John E. Sawyer Fellowship
  • Nicole Marafioti
    History, Trinity University
    Crime and Sin in Late Anglo-Saxon England
    ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship
  • Kate Marshall
    English Language and Literature, University of Notre Dame
    Novels by Aliens
    Founders’ Fellowship
  • Richard Mizelle
    History, University of Houston
    Sugar Diabetes: Medical Entitlement and Civil Rights in America
    NEH Fellowship
  • James Mulholland
    English Language and Literature, North Carolina State University
    Anglophone Literature and the Emergence of the Colonial Public Sphere in Asia, 1774–1819
    ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship
  • Grace Musila
    English Language and Literature, Stellenbosch University
    Critical Illegibility, Blackness and Scoring Dangerous Freedoms
    STIAS Iso Lomso Fellowship
  • Edith Sarra
    East Asian Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, Bloomington
    Unreal Houses: Character, Gender, and Genealogy in the Tale of Genji
    Robert F. and Margaret S. Goheen Fellowship
  • Tamara Sears
    History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology, Yale University
    Wilderness Urbanisms: Architecture, Landscape, and Travel in Southern Asia
    William J. Bouwsma Fellowship
  • Tatiana Seijas
    History, Pennsylvania State University
    First Routes: Indigenous Trade and Travel between the American Southwest and Mexico
    ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship
  • Ásta Sveinsdóttir
    Philosophy, San Francisco State University
    Categories We Live By
    Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr. Fellowship
  • Cynthia Talbot
    History, University of Texas at Austin
    Martial Sentiments: Writing Warrior Histories in Mughal India, 1590–1680
    NEH Fellowship
  • Richard Turits
    History, College of William & Mary
    New World of Color: Slavery, Freedom, and the Making of Race in Santo Domingo and the Atlantic World
    Delta Delta Delta Fellowship
  • Annabel Wharton
    History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology, Duke University
    Manipulating Models: Diagnostic, Phenomenal, Architectural
    Birkelund Fellowship
  • Luise White
    History, University of Florida
    Fighting and Writing: The Rhodesian Army at War and Post-War
    Kent R. Mullikin Fellowship
  • Nancy Wicker
    History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology, University of Mississippi
    Viking Art in Scandinavia and across the Viking Diaspora: Patrons, Producers, and Consumers from the Fifth through the Eleventh Centuries
    Allen W. Clowes Fellowship
  • Jakobi Williams
    African American and African Diaspora Studies and History, Indiana University, Bloomington
    “Neighborhoods First”: The Black Panther Party as a Model for Community Organizing in the US and Abroad
    NEH Fellowship
  • Blake Wilson
    Music History and Musicology, Dickinson College
    Dominion of the Ear: Memory, Performance, and Oral Poetry in Early Modern Italy
    M. H. Abrams Fellowship
  • Shellen Wu
    History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Global Frontiers and the Geopolitical Making of Modern China
    Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellowship


Residents 2016–2017

Gender Age Rank Disciplines (14)
Male: 15 30–39: 12 Assistant Professor: 4 African American and African Diaspora Studies and History: 1 History: 13
Female: 22 40–49: 11 Associate Professor: 20 Anthropology: 1 History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology: 4
50–59: 6 Professor: 13 Classics: 1 Music History and Musicology: 1
60–69: 4 Comparative Literature: 1 Philosophy: 2
70+: 4 East Asian Languages and Literature: 1 Race, Ethnicity, and Post-Colonial Studies: 2
English Language and Literature: 6 Religion: 2
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: 1 Russian and Slavic Studies: 1


United States
U.S. States (16)
Arizona: 1 Indiana: 3 New York: 2 Tennessee: 1
California: 3 Louisiana: 1 North Carolina: 8 Texas: 3
District of Columbia: 1 Massachusetts: 1 Ohio: 1 Utah: 1
Florida: 1 Mississippi: 1 Pennsylvania: 2 Virginia: 2
Countries (3)
Argentina: 1 South Africa: 1 United Kingdom: 3
International scholars affiliated with US Institutions (8)
Belgium: 1 Hungary: 1 Mexico: 1
Brazil: 1 Iceland: 1 Russia: 1
China: 3 Japan: 1
U.S. Institutions
Universities and Colleges
Barnard College, Columbia University: 1 North Carolina State University: 2 University of Mississippi: 1
Claremont Graduate University: 1 Northern Arizona University: 1 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: 3
College of William & Mary: 2 Ohio University: 1 University of Notre Dame: 1
Dickinson College: 1 Pennsylvania State University: 1 University of Tennessee, Knoxville: 1
Duke University: 3 San Francisco State University: 1 University of Texas at Austin: 1
Harvard University: 1 Santa Clara University: 1 University of Utah: 1
Indiana University, Bloomington: 2 Trinity University: 1 Yale University: 1
Louisiana State University: 1 University of Florida: 1
New York University: 1 University of Houston: 1
International Institutions
Universities and Colleges
Durham University, UK: 1 University of Buenos Aires, Argentina: 1 University of York, UK: 1
Stellenbosch University, South Africa: 1 University of Edinburgh, UK: 1