National Humanities Center Names Fellows for 2015–2016 | National Humanities Center


National Humanities Center Names Fellows for 2015–2016

April 14, 2015


Research Triangle Park, N.C. — The National Humanities Center announces the appointment of 37 Fellows for the academic year 2015–16. These leading scholars will come to the Center 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. 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.

These newly appointed Fellows will constitute the thirty-eighth class of resident scholars to be admitted since the Center opened in 1978. Geoffrey Harpham, Director of the National Humanities Center, said, “This is a superb group of scholars representing a wide range of humanistic fields. It’s a privilege to be able to support their work.”

The National Humanities Center will award $1,600,000 in individual fellowship grants to enable scholars to take leave from their normal academic duties and pursue research at the Center. This funding is made possible by the Center’s endowment, by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by contributions from alumni and friends of the Center.

About the National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center is the world’s only independent institute dedicated exclusively to advanced study in all areas of the humanities. Governed by a distinguished Board of Trustees from academic, professional, and public life, the Center began operation in 1978 and offers programs to encourage excellence in scholarship, improve teaching, and increase public appreciation for, and engagement with, the humanities.


Don Solomon
Director of Communications

National Humanities Center Fellows 2015–2016

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 (Communication Studies/Rhetoric and Public Culture, Northwestern University) Girls and Their Zines in Motion: Selfhood and Sociality in the 1990s (Founders’ Fellowship)
  • 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)