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Fellows and Their Projects, 2015–2016

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 37 Fellows for the academic year 2015–16. These leading scholars come from 11 states, Australia, Germany, the People’s Republic of China, and the United Kingdom. Chosen from 537 applicants, they represent humanistic scholarship in anthropology, archaeology, art history, comparative literature, cultural studies, history, music, philosophy, and religious studies.
NHC Fellows
  • Martin Berger
    History of Art, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Inventing Stereotype: Race, Art, and 1920s America
    Archie K. Davis Fellowship
  • Reinhard Bernbeck
    Archaeology, Freie Universität Berlin
    Material Traces of Nazi Terror: Reflections on History, Experience, and Memory
    William C. and Ida Friday Fellowship
  • Sara Bernstein
    Philosophy, Duke University
    What Might Have Been: Causation and Possibility
    Philip L. Quinn Fellowship
  • Thomas Brown
    History, University of South Carolina, Columbia
    The Reconstruction of American Memory: Civic Monuments of the Civil War
    Delta Delta Delta Fellowship
    Public Lecture: “The Invention of the American Soldier Monument”
  • Peter J. Carroll
    History, Northwestern University
    “This Age of Suicide”: Modernity, Society, and Self in China, 1900–1957
    Benjamin N. Duke Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation
  • Timothy Carter
    Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Let ’Em Eat Cake: Political Musical Theater in 1930s America
    Kent R. Mullikin Fellowship
    Public Lecture: “Let ’Em Eat Cake: Political Musical Theater in 1930s America”
  • Nancy F. Cott
    History, Harvard University
    World-Venturing: Cosmopolitan Self-Invention after the Great War
    Birkelund Fellowship
  • Judith B. Farquhar
    Anthropology, University of Chicago
    Gathering Medicine in the Mountains: Nation, Body, and Knowledge in China’s Ethnic South
    NEH Fellowship
    Public Lecture: “Institution and the Wild: Salvaging and Sorting Traditional Medicines in China”
  • Annegret Fauser
    Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    The Politics of Musical Thought, 1918–1939
    NEH Fellowship
  • Owen Flanagan
    Philosophy, Duke University
    The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility
    Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
  • Kate Flint
    History of Art, University of Southern California
    Flash! Photography, Writing, and Surprising Illumination
    Allen W. Clowes Fellowship
  • Gregg Hecimovich
    English, Winthrop University
    The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts: The True Story of The Bondwoman’s Narrative
    Josephus Daniels Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation
  • James Hevia
    History, University of Chicago
    Animal Labor and Colonial Warfare
    GlaxoSmithKline Fellowship
  • Anthony Kaye
    History, Pennsylvania State University
    Taking Canaan: Rethinking the Nat Turner Revolt
    Robert F. and Margaret S. Goheen Fellowship
  • Norman Kutcher
    History, Syracuse University
    Eunuchs in the Age of China’s Last Great Emperors
    Henry Luce Fellowship
  • Laura Lieber
    Religious Studies, Duke University
    Staging the Sacred: Orchestrating Holiness in Late Antiquity
    Duke Endowment Fellowship
  • Beatrice Longuenesse
    Philosophy, New York University
    Self-Consciousness and the First Person
    Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellowship
  • Colleen Lye
    English, University of California, Berkeley
    The Asian American Sixties
    NEH Fellowship
  • April Masten
    History, State University of New York–Stony Brook
    Diamond and Juba: The Rise and Fall of Challenge Dancing in America
    John G. Medlin, Jr. Fellowship
  • Jane O. Newman
    Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine
    Auerbach’s Worlds: Early/Modern Mimesis between Religion and History
    M. H. Abrams Fellowship
  • Daniel Nolan
    Philosophy, Australian National University
    Theoretical Virtues
    William J. Bouwsma Fellowship
  • Akinwumi O. Ogundiran
    History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Cultural History of the Atlantic Experience in the Yoruba Hinterland (West Africa), ca. 1550–1830
    Delta Delta Delta Fellowship
  • Michelle O’Malley
    History of Art, University of Sussex
    Marketing the Renaissance Workshop
    John E. Sawyer Fellowship
  • Paul Otto
    History, George Fox University
    Beads of Power: Wampum and the Shaping of Early America
    NEH Fellowship
  • D. Mark Possanza
    Classics, University of Pittsburgh
    Fragmentary Republican Latin, vol. VIII, “Lyric, Elegiac and Hexameter Poetry,” a volume to be published in the Loeb Classical Library
    Frank H. Kenan Fellowship
  • Janice Radway
    English, Northwestern University
    Girls and Their Zines in Motion: Selfhood and Sociality in the 1990s
    Founders’ Fellowship
    Public Lecture: “From the Underground to the Archive in Ten Years: Girl Zines, the 1990s, and the Challenge of Historical Narration”
  • Grant Ramsey
    Philosophy, Independent Scholar
    Toward a Unified Foundation for Evolutionary Theory
    NEH Fellowship
  • Bill Schwarz
    Cultural Studies, Queen Mary University of London
    Complete two books coauthored with Stuart Hall: (1) The Politics of the Cultural Turn and (2) Politics and Culture in the Age of Neoliberalism
    Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
  • Daniel Scroop
    History, University of Glasgow
    The Politics of Scale in Modern American History
    Walter Hines Page Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation
  • Neslihan Senocak
    History, Columbia University
    Care of Souls in Medieval Italy, 1050–1300
    Fellows’ Fellowship
  • Biwu Shang
    English, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
    Narrative Ethics in Twenty-First-Century Fiction
    Luce China Fellowship
  • Anfeng Sheng
    Comparative Literature, Tsinghua University
    National Assimilation and Cultural Resistance: A Study of Contemporary Amerindian Literature
    Luce China Fellowship
  • Brenda Stevenson
    History, University of California, Los Angeles
    Fanny’s World of Women: Generations of Enslaved Black Females in North America, 1620–1860
    John Hope Franklin Fellowship
  • Sharon Strocchia
    History, Emory University
    Cultures of Care: Women, Knowledge, and the Pursuit of Health in Late Renaissance Italy
    Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr. Fellowship
  • Javier Villa-Flores
    History, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Perjurers, Impersonators, and Liars: Public Faith and the Dark Side of Trust in Eighteenth-Century Mexico
    Hurford Family Fellowship
  • Judith Walkowitz
    History, Johns Hopkins University
    Feminism and Urban Space in London in the 1970s and 1980s
    Donnelley Family Fellowship
  • Bing Zhou
    History, Fudan University
    What History Will Be: To Do History in a Digital Age
    Luce China Fellowship

Resident Associates

  • Marcus Bull
    History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Eyewitness and Narration: Texts of Conflict and Cultural Encounter between the Eleventh and Sixteenth Centuries (Fall only)
  • J. Kameron Carter
    Theology and Black Church Studies, Duke University Divinity School
    God’s Property: Blackness and the Problem of Sovereignty
  • Carol Harrison
    History, University of South Carolina
    Writing Catholic Womanhood: Pauline Craven, 1808–1891 (Fall only)
  • Lynn Otto
    English, George Fox University
    Cast Off
  • David Pickell
    Independent Writer
    Komodo: Lessons from an Island and Its Dragons (Spring only)
  • Julia Reid
    English, University of Leeds, UK
    “She Who Must be Obeyed”: Matriarchy in Victorian Anthropology and Literature
  • Jack M. Sasson
    Judaic and Biblical Studies, Vanderbilt University
    Judges 13–21, Yale Anchor Bible (Fall only)
  • John H. Smith
    German, University of California, Irvine
    Paradoxes and Metaphors of Infinity: Calculus in Modern German Thought (Sept, Dec, Spring only)
  • Daniel Walkowitz
    History, New York University
    Going Back: Jewish Heritage as Remembered, Forgotten, Imagined and Ignored