Fellows and Their Projects, 2016–2017 | National Humanities Center


Fellows and Their Projects, 2016–2017

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 2016–17. These leading scholars 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.
NHC Fellows
  • Ásta (Ásta Kristjana Sveinsdóttir)
    Philosophy, San Francisco State University
    Categories We Live By
    Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr. Fellowship
  • Derek Attridge
    English Language and Literature, University of York
    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
    Podcast: “The Ethics and Epistemology of Stereotypes”
  • 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
    Podcast: “Assessing the Historical Accuracy of the Book of Acts”
  • 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, University of Virginia
    An Anthology of Haitian Revolutionary Fictions (Age of Slavery)
    Josephus Daniels Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation
    Podcast: “The Haitian Revolution in Literature”
  • 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
    Podcast: “The Banjo: America’s African Instrument”
    Public Lecture: “The Banjo: A Musical Conversation”
  • 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
    Podcast: “Demonic Representation on the Shakespearean Stage”
  • 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
    Podcast: “Art and Religious Instruction in Late Ancient and Medieval Asia”
  • 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
    Podcast: “The Great Paradigm Shift: Locating Lost Models of Sexuality”
  • 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
    Podcast: “The Rise and Fall of the Shining Path”
  • 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
    Podcast: “The Nonhuman Turn in American Literature”
  • 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
    Art History, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
    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
    Podcast: “Indigenous Trade in the Early Modern Southwest and Mexico”
  • 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
    Podcast: “The Black Panthers, Here and Abroad”
  • 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
    Podcast: “Poetry and Music in Early Modern Italy”
  • Shellen Wu
    History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Global Frontiers and the Geopolitical Making of Modern China
    Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellowship

Resident Associates

  • Kalman Bland
    Religion, Duke University
    Aesopian Fables, Islamic Political Philosophy, and the Transmission of Aristotle’s Poetics and Rhetoric in Medieval Judaism (Spring only)
  • Dore Bowen
    Art and Art History, San Jose State University
    The Face of Becoming: Three Stages in the Life of the Diorama
  • Ian Newman
    English, University of Notre Dame
    Songs of the City: Literature, Ballads, and the Urban Soundscape
  • Joshua Rivkin
    Creative Writing and Literature, Independent Scholar
    CHALK: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly
  • Hannah Rosen
    History and American Studies, College of William and Mary
    Separate Suffering: Histories of Race, Death, and Burial in the Nineteenth-Century South
  • Michael Simons
    Fiction writer, Independent Scholar
    Alice Chapel, Solomon Hill, and Smoke & Mirrors
  • Joan Hinde Stewart
    French, Hamilton College
    The Maid and the Milkmaid: Joan of Arc and Marie Antoinette