Meet the NHC Fellows | National Humanities Center

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 34 Fellows for the 2023–24 academic year. Chosen from 541 applicants, they represent humanistic scholarship in African American studies; anthropology; archaeology; Asian American studies; East Asian studies; ethnomusicology; gender and sexuality studies; history; history of art and architecture; information studies; languages and literature; media studies; medieval studies; music history and musicology; philosophy; psychology; religious studies; and Slavic 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.

Adeshina Afolayan, 2023–24

Philosophy, University of Ibadan

Philosophy in the Dancehall: Philosophy and Popular Music in Postcolonial Nigeria

Ana Mariella Bacigalupo, 2009–10; 2023–24

Anthropology, University at Buffalo

The Subversive Politics of Sentient Mountains: Collective Ethics and Climate Justice in Northern Peru

Oleg Budnitskii, 2023–24

History, HSE University

“The Red Army is Not Ideal”: Soviet Soldiers’ Violence Against Civilians, 1939–1947

Bibi Burger, 2023–24

Languages and Literature, University of Cape Town

The Whiteness of Afrikaans Literary Feminism

Justin T. Clark, 2023–24

History, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

The Clockwork Republic: Sociolegal Culture, Time, and Struggle in the United States, 1787–1860

Katherine Davies, 2023–24

Philosophy, The University of Texas at Dallas

Care as Custody: A Critical Feminist Phenomenology of the US Foster Care System

Andrea U. De Giorgi, 2023–24

Archaeology, Florida State University

Cosa and the Water Systems of the Roman Conquest of Italy (3rd–2nd c. BCE)

Xiaolin Duan, 2023–24

History, North Carolina State University

Three Cities of the Early Modern Pacific: Connections and Conflicts between the Ming Dynasty and the Spanish Empire

Devin Fergus, 2023–24

History, University of Missouri

The Making and Unmaking of One America: President Clinton’s Initiative on Race

Sean L. Field, 2023–24

Medieval Studies, The University of Vermont

Women Writing Saints' Lives: Gendered Authority and Female Authorship in the Middle Ages

Frederico Freitas, 2023–24

History, North Carolina State University

Concrete Tropics: An Environmental History of Brazil’s Modernist Capital

Michael S. Gorham, 2023–24

Slavic Studies, University of Florida

Networking Putinism: The Rhetoric of Power in the Digital Age

Sally E. Hadden, 2023–24

History, Western Michigan University

One Supreme Court

Natasha R. Howard, 2023–24

Media Studies, Morehouse College

Relationship Themes and Scripts in the Music of Black Female Rappers, 2012–2022

Yohei Igarashi, 2023–24

Languages and Literature, University of Connecticut

Word Count: Literary Study and Data Analysis, 1875–1965

Richard M. Jaffe, 2004–05; 2023–24

Religious Studies, Duke University

Spreading Indra's Net: A Biography of D. T. Suzuki

Karima K. Jeffrey-Legette, 2022–23; 2023–24

African American Studies, Hampton University

Black Girls Write the Future: A Scholarly Investigation of Speculative Fiction by or about Women and Girls of African Descent

Tom Johnson, 2023–24

History, University of York

The Reckoners: Economic Life in a Fifteenth-Century Fishing Village

Lisa A. Lindsay, 2004–05; 2023–24

History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Unity”: African Women and Resistance in the Atlantic Slave Trade

Rebecca Maloy, 2023–24

Music History and Musicology, University of Notre Dame

Sounding the Saints in Early Medieval Iberia

Sequoia Maner, 2023–24

African American Studies, Spelman College

A Critical History of Black Elegy in the United States

Stella Nair, 2023–24

History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles

Inca Architecture: Chapters in the History of a (Gendered) Profession

Marguerite Nguyen, 2023–24

Asian American Studies, Wesleyan University

Refugee Ecologies: Forced Displacement and American Literature

Wanda S. Pillow, 2023–24

Gender, Race, and Sexuality Studies, The University of Utah

Troubling Intimacies: Sacajawea and York as National Subjects

Miriam Posner, 2023–24

Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Seeing Like a Supply Chain: The Hidden Life of Logistics

Richard J. Powell, 1995–96; 2023–24

History of Art and Architecture, Duke University

Colorstruck! Painting, Pigment, Affect

David M. Robinson, 2023–24

East Asian Studies, Colgate University

Ability and Difference in Early Modern China

Jonathan Sachs, 2014–15; 2023–24

Languages and Literature, Concordia University

Slow Time

Matt Sakakeeny, 2023–24

Ethnomusicology, Tulane University

Music is Life: Coming-of-Age Stories from the Margins of America

Abigail Susik, 2023–24

History of Art and Architecture, Willamette University

Afrosurrealism and Anti-racism

E.K. Tan, 2023–24

East Asian Studies, Stony Brook University

Queer Homecoming: Translocal Remapping of Sinophone Kinship

Elanor Taylor, 2023–24

Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University

The Foundations of Social Metaphysics

Joan Titus, 2023–24

Musicology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dmitry Shostakovich and Music for Thaw-Era Cinema

Su-Ling Yeh, 2023–24

Psychology, National Taiwan University

Enhancing Well-Being in the Age of AI: How Psychology Can Help

Patrick J. Connolly, 2023–24

Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University

Newton’s Metaphysics of Substance: God, Bodies, and Minds

Lynn Mie Itagaki, 2023–24

Cultural Studies, University of Missouri, Columbia

Ignoring Suffering: How Representations of Bystanders Shape Responses to Human Rights

Anna Lindemann, 2023–24

Environmental History, University of Connecticut

Arctic Shifts

Shaoling Ma, 2023–24

Asian Studies, Cornell University

China in Loops

Erin Maglaque, 2023–24

History, The University of Sheffield

Care and Work in Early Modern Italy, 1500–1700

Mario Juan Valdés Navia, 2023–24

History of Ideas, Duke University

Counterpoint between Civicism and Militarism in Cuban History with Emphasis on the Period of Revolution in Power

Current Fellows by the Numbers

Disciplines 2023-24

Ranks 2023-24