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Fellows and Their Projects, 2018–2019

NHC Fellow working in the Commons

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 2018-2019. These leading scholars come to the Center from 15 US states, as well as from Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Chosen from 556 applicants, they represent humanistic scholarship in African diaspora studies; American literature; anthropology; Asian studies; classics; English language and literature; environmental humanities; ethnomusicology; feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; film and media studies; history; history of art and architecture; indigenous studies; philosophy; 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.

National Humanities Center Fellows 2018–2019

  • Joni Adamson
    Environmental Humanities, Arizona State University
    Desirable Futures: Cosmovisions, Climate Fiction and Film, and New Constellations of Practice in the Environmental Humanities
    Benjamin N. Duke Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation
  • Audrey L. Anton
    Philosophy, Western Kentucky University
    Aristotle’s Vice
    Philip L. Quinn Fellowship
  • Weihong Bao
    Film and Media Studies, University of California, Berkeley
    Background Matters: Set Design and the Art of Environment in Modern China
    Allen W. Clowes Fellowship
  • Juliana Barr
    History, Duke University
    La Dama Azul: A Native Story of Colonialism
    Duke Endowment Fellowship
  • Andrea Brady
    English Language and Literature, Queen Mary University of London
    Poetry and Bondage: A New History of Lyric
    Trustees’ Fellowship
  • Lisa Earl Castillo
    African Diaspora Studies, Independent Scholar Between Memory, Myth and History: Atlantic Voyages in the Rise of an Afro-Brazilian Temple (Bahia, Brazil, 1810–1910)
    Fellows’ Fellowship
  • James Chappel
    History, Duke University
    Old Volk: The Invention of Old Age in a Global Germany
    Delta Delta Delta Fellowship
  • Lanlan Du
    Feminist‚ Gender‚ and Sexuality Studies, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
    Affective Dimensions of Precarity in Contemporary Chinese and English Fiction
    Luce East Asia Fellowship
  • Bart Ehrman
    Religion, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    The Invention of Heaven and Hell
    Henry Luce Fellowship
  • Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi
    History, University of California, Santa Barbara
    An Ambiguous Past: Fascism, the Resistance and “Structures of Feeling” in Italy (1943–1945)
    Archie K. Davis Fellowship
    Public Lecture: “Remembering Mussolini: Fascism, Representation, and Memory in Post-War Italy
  • Mia Fuller
    Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
    Mussolini Threshing Still: Inertia Memoriae, Italy, and Fascist Monuments
    NEH Fellowship; Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
    Public Lecture: “Remembering Mussolini: Fascism, Representation, and Memory in Post-War Italy
  • Paul Fyfe
    English Language and Literature, North Carolina State University
    The Age of Transmission: From Victorian Media Cultures to the Digital Humanities
    ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship
    Conference Panelist: “Digital Humanities Nuts and Bolts: From Idea to Sustainable Project
  • Rebecca Anne Goetz
    History, New York University
    Captive Archipelagos: Native Enslavement in the Greater Caribbean, 1492–1792
    NEH Fellowship; Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
  • Trudier Harris
    American Literature, University of Alabama
    Ungraspable?: Depictions of Home in African American Literature
    John Hope Franklin Fellowship
  • Frances S. Hasso
    History, Duke University
    Palestinian Perinatal and Young Child Death during the British Mandate
    Delta Delta Delta Fellowship
  • Mar Hicks
    History, Illinois Institute of Technology
    Queer Users and the Digital State: A Prehistory of Algorithmic Bias
    Founders’ Fellowship
  • Meta DuEwa Jones
    English Language and Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Black Visionary Alchemy: How Poets & Artists Map Diaspora Memory
    John E. Sawyer Fellowship
  • Tait Keller
    History, Rhodes College
    A Global Environmental History of the First World War
    ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship
  • Claudia Leal
    History, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
    National Parks in Colombia: A History of Territorial State Building, 1940–2010
    Donnelley Family Fellowship
  • Huaqiang Li
    History of Art and Architecture, Fudan University
    Design, Ideology, and Communication: A Visual Culture Study on Chinese Left-wing Literary Publications (1928–1937)
    Luce East Asia Fellowship
  • Anton M. Matytsin
    History, Kenyon College
    A History of History: The Académie des inscriptions and the Remaking of the Past
    John G. Medlin, Jr. Fellowship
  • Robert G. Morrison
    Religion, Bowdoin College
    An Economy of Knowledge in the Eastern Mediterranean
    Kent R. Mullikin Fellowship
  • Gretchen Murphy
    English Language and Literature, University of Texas at Austin
    Disestablishing Virtue: Federalism, Religion, and New England Women Writers
    Hurford Family Fellowship
  • Alka Patel
    History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Irvine
    India, Iran and Empire: The Shansabānīs of Ghūr, c. 1150–1215
    Josephus Daniels Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation
  • Aretha Phiri
    English Language and Literature, Rhodes University, South Africa
    Interrogating Blackness, Locating ‘Africanness’: Call-and-Response in the Works of Toni Morrison and Zoë Wicomb, NoViolet Bulawayo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Taiye Selasi
    STIAS Iso Lomso Fellowship
  • Matthew Rubery
    English Language and Literature, Queen Mary University of London
    Reader’s Block: Testimonies of Neurological Reading Disorders
    Birkelund Fellowship
  • Honor Sachs
    History, University of Colorado Boulder
    Freedom by a Judgment: The Legal History of an Afro-Indian Family
    Anthony E. Kaye Fellowship
  • Ricardo Salles
    Philosophy, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    The Ancient Stoic Proofs of the Intelligence of the Cosmos and Their Platonic Background
    GlaxoSmithKline Fellowship
  • Franziska Seraphim
    History, Boston College
    Geographies of Justice: Japan, Germany, and the Allied War Crimes Program
    Frank H. Kenan Fellowship
  • Matthew J. Smith
    History, University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica
    Onward Forward: A Social History of Jamaican Music, 1950–1980
    William C. and Ida Friday Fellowship
  • Lisa Tatonetti
    Indigenous Studies, Kansas State University
    Indigenous Knowledges Written by the Body: Female, Two-Spirit, and Trans Masculinities
    Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
  • Joseph E. Taylor III
    History, Simon Fraser University
    Forty-Seven Percent of the West: Congressional Conservation during the Long Progressive Era
    Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr. Fellowship
  • Abraham Terian
    Classics, Saint Nersess Armenian Seminary
    Philo of Alexandria: On Providence I-II. Critical Text, Translation, and Commentary
    Robert F. and Margaret S. Goheen Fellowship
  • Ted Underwood
    English Language and Literature, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    A Perspectival History of Fiction in English, 1800–2008
    M. H. Abrams Fellowship
    Conference Panelist: “Digital Humanities Nuts and Bolts: From Idea to Sustainable Project
  • Julie Velásquez Runk
    Anthropology, University of Georgia
    Entangled Rosewood: Loss, Being, and Belonging
    NEH Fellowship
  • Peter B. Villella
    History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Of Ruin and Rebirth: The Construction of Aztec History, 1531–1625
    William J. Bouwsma Fellowship
  • Richard K. Wolf
    Ethnomusicology, Harvard University
    The Nightingale’s Despair: Music and Moral Being in Greater Central Asia
    Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellowship
  • Yan Xu
    Asian Studies, Fudan University
    Reexamining Cao Zhi 曹植 (192–232): The Issue of Canonization in Chinese Literary History
    Luce East Asia Fellowship

Resident Associates

  • Eleanor Courtemanche
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Fragile Capitalism: Concepts of Economic Crisis in the Nineteenth Century
  • Matt ffytche
    University of Essex
    Lost Words: Outsider Writing in the Twentieth Century
  • Ling Hon Lam
    University of California, Berkeley
    The Fate of Reading in Late Imperial and Modern China
  • Shawn Van Ausdal
    Universidad de los Andes
    A Land of Grass and Cows: Rancher and Peasant in the Making of Modern Colombia

Statistics

Residents 2018–19

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Fellows
Gender Age Rank Disciplines (15)
Male: 15 30–39: 8 Assistant Professor: 3 African Diaspora Studies: 1 English Language and Literature: 7 History: 14
Female: 23 40–49: 16 Associate Professor: 17 American Literature: 1 Environmental Humanities: 1 History of Art and Architecture: 2
50–59: 10 Professor: 16 Anthropology: 2 Ethnomusicology: 1 Indigenous Studies: 1
60–69: 3 Independent Scholar: 1 Asian Studies: 1 Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: 1 Philosophy: 2
70–79: 1 Lecturer: 1 Classics: 1 Film and Media Studies: 1 Religion: 2

Representation

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United States
States (15)
Alabama: 1 Colorado: 1 Kansas: 1 Massachusetts: 2 Ohio: 1
Arizona: 1 Georgia: 1 Kentucky: 1 New York: 1 Tennessee: 1
California: 5 Illinois: 2 Maine: 1 North Carolina: 7 Texas: 1
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International
Countries (8)
Brazil: 1 China: 3 Jamaica: 1 South Africa: 1
Canada: 1 Colombia: 1 Mexico: 1 United Kingdom: 2
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Fellows from U.S. Institutions
Universities and Colleges (23)
Arizona State University: 1 New York University: 1 University of Colorado, Boulder: 1
Boston College: 1 North Carolina State University: 1 University of Georgia: 1
Bowdoin College: 1 Rhodes College: 1 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: 1
Duke University: 3 St. Nersess Armenian Seminary: 1 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: 2
Harvard University: 1 University of Alabama: 1 University of North Carolina at Greensboro: 1
Illinois Institute of Technology: 1 University of California, Berkeley: 2 University of Texas at Austin: 1
Kansas State University: 1 University of California, Irvine: 1 Western Kentucky University: 1
Kenyon College: 1 University of California, Santa Barbara: 1
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Fellows from International Institutions
Universities and Colleges (9)
Fudan University, China: 2 Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China: 1 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico: 1
Queen Mary University of London, UK: 2 Simon Fraser University, Canada: 1 University of the West Indes at Mona, Jamaica: 1
Rhodes University, South Africa: 1 Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia: 1 Unaffiliated, Brazil: 1