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 38 Fellows for the academic year 2019–2020. Chosen from 647 applicants, these Fellows represent humanistic scholarship in African studies; American studies; Asian studies; classics; comparative literature; East Asian languages and literature; English language and literature; environmental studies; ethnic studies; feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; film and media studies; history; history of art and architecture; Latin American studies; music history and musicology; philosophy; religion; and rhetoric. 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.

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Candace Bailey

Music History and Musicology, North Carolina Central University

Women, Music, and the Performance of Gentility in the Mid-Nineteenth Century South

John Barnard

Environmental Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Edible and the Endangered: Food, Empire, and the Biopolitics of Extinction

Jill C. Bender

History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Assisted Emigrants: Irish Female Migration Projects and the British Empire

Ian Burney

History, University of Manchester

A History of Innocence: Erle Stanley Gardner, the Court of Last Resort, and the Pursuit of Wrongful Conviction in Cold War America

Marianne Constable

Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley

Chicago Husband-Killing and the New Unwritten Law

Sonja Drimmer

History of Art and Architecture, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Art and Political Visuality in Late Medieval England

Olga Dror

History, Texas A & M University

Ho Chi Minh’s Cult in Vietnamese Statehood

Xiaoping Fang

History, Nanyang Technological University

Global Pandemic, Local Politics: Disease and Social Restructuring in Mao’s China

Harris Feinsod

Comparative Literature, Northwestern University

Into Steam: The Global Imaginaries of Maritime Modernism

Giuseppe Gerbino

Music History and Musicology, Columbia University

Music and Mind in the Renaissance

Victor Goldgel Carballo

Latin American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Passing as Open Secret: Race and Fictions of Identity in Nineteenth-Century Cuba

Marsha Gordon

Film and Media Studies, North Carolina State University

Leftover Ladies: Ursula Parrott and the Emergence of the Modern Woman

Mohsen Kadivar

Religion, Duke University

Islamic Theocracy in the Secular Age

Agnès Kefeli

History, Arizona State University

Re-Enchanting the Eurasian Steppe: Eco-Nationalism and Eschatology in Tatar Literature, 1960-Present

Mary Katrina Krizan

Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Aristotle's Material Elements

Michele Lamprakos

History of Art and Architecture, University of Maryland

Memento Mauri: The Afterlife of the Great Mosque of Cordoba

Seung-joon Lee

History, National University of Singapore

Revolutions at the Canteens: Labor, Energy, and the Politics of Eating in Industrial China

Daniel Livesay

History, Claremont McKenna College

Endless Bondage: Old Age in New World Slavery

Pamela Lothspeich

Asian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lila Affects: Power, Masculinity, and Sociality in a Vernacular Theatre

Emily Lutenski

American Studies, Saint Louis University

Modern Lovers: Margery Latimer, Jean Toomer, and Race in American Culture

Katherine Mellen Charron

History, North Carolina State University

"Possibility Thinkers": Rural Black Power and Women's Liberation Politics after 1965

Simon Middleton

History, College of William & Mary

The Price of the People: Money and Power in Early America

Melissa Mueller

Classics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sappho and Homer: A Reparative Reading

Gibson Ncube

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Zimbabwe

Bodies and/as Texts: Queer Representations in African Screens

Chérie Ndaliko

African Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Archival Mutations: Decomposing Aesthetics of Atrocity in Congo

Ann Wierda Rowland

English Language and Literature, University of Kansas

Reading Keats in America

Martha Rust

English Language and Literature, New York University

Item: Lists and the Poetics of Reckoning in Late Medieval England

Iman Sanga

Music History and Musicology, University of Dar es Salaam

Musical Literary Imagination: Musical Figures, Swahili Literature and Postcolonial Social Life in Tanzania

Shuang Shen

East Asian Languages and Literature, The Pennsylvania State University

Cold War and Sinophone Literature at the Borders

Christina Snyder

History, The Pennsylvania State University

Slavery after the Civil War: The Slow Death and Many Afterlives of Bondage

Angela Stuesse

Ethnic Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

#FreeDany: Dreaming and Detention in Dixie

Dennis Trout

Classics, University of Missouri-Columbia

Monumental Verse: Poetry, Cityscape, and Authority in Late Ancient Rome

James A. van Dyke

History of Art and Architecture, University of Missouri-Columbia

The Social Production of Otto Dix

C. J. Wee

English Language and Literature, Nanyang Technological University

Imagining Cultural Asia: Art Exhibitions, Popular Culture, and a Regional Contemporary

Jennifer D. Williams

English Language and Literature, Howard University

Intimate Cities: Black Women’s Literature and Urban Segregation

Yolonda Y. Wilson

Philosophy, Howard University

Black Death: Racial Justice, Priority-Setting, and Care at the End of Life

Alexia Yates

History, University of Manchester

Rise of the Rentier: France and the Making of Financial Modernity, 1830-1930



Current Fellows by the Numbers



Disciplines 2019-20



Ranks 2019-20