National Humanities Center Names Fellows for 2017-18

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The National Humanities Center announces the appointment of 34 Fellows for the academic year 2017-18. These leading scholars will come to the Center from 14 states, Greece, and the United Kingdom. Chosen from 630 applicants, they represent humanistic scholarship in African American studies; anthropology; art history; Asian Studies; comparative literature; East Asian languages and literature; English language and literature; environmental studies; European languages and literature; history; history of science; medieval studies; music history and musicology; philosophy; religion; sociology; South Asian studies; and theater, dance, and performance 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 fortieth class of resident scholars to be admitted since the Center opened in 1978. Robert D. Newman, president and director of the National Humanities Center, said, “We are pleased to welcome this group of scholars as our fortieth class of Fellows. This year’s pool of applicants was the largest in memory and included a remarkably wide range of excellent scholars and fascinating projects. The success of these applicants in an especially competitive year is a testament to the quality of work they are doing, and we are delighted to provide them support in the coming year.”
The National Humanities Center will award over $1,300,000 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 American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by contributions from alumni and friends of the Center.


Don Solomon
Director of Communications

About the Center

The National Humanities Center is a privately incorporated institute for advanced study in the humanities. Since 1978 the Center has awarded fellowships to more than 1,300 scholars whose work has resulted in the publication of more than 1,500 books in all fields of humanistic study. The Center also sponsors programs to strengthen the teaching of the humanities in secondary and higher education and to promote public understanding of, and advocacy for, the humanities.

National Humanities Center Fellows 2017–2018

  • Valia Allori
    Philosophy, Northern Illinois University
    Quantum Mechanics and its Metaphysics: Primitive Ontology, Metaphysical Neutrality, and the Role of the Wave Function in Quantum Theories
    Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellowship
  • José Amador
    History, Miami University
    Transitioning in Brazil: Gender Policing, Trans Activism, and the Politics of Health
    John E. Sawyer Fellowship
  • Thérèse Cory
    Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
    Aquinas’s Metaphysics of Intellect: Being and Being-About
    Philip L. Quinn Fellowship
  • Mark Cruse
    European Languages and Literature, Arizona State University
    Representing the Unknown: Place and Knowledge in the Manuscripts of Marco Polo’s Devisement du monde
    Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr. Fellowship
  • Maud Ellmann
    English Language and Literature, University of Chicago
    Inside Out: Psychoanalysis and Fiction in World War II Britain and France
    M. H. Abrams Fellowship
  • Stephanie Foote
    Environmental Studies, West Virginia University
    The Art of Waste: Narrative, Trash, and Contemporary Culture
    Donnelley Family Fellowship
  • Peter Galison
    History of Science, Harvard University
    Contested Visibilities and the Anthropogenic Image
    Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
  • John Garrigus
    History, University of Texas at Arlington
    “Macandal is Saved!”: Disease, Conspiracy, and the Coming of the Haitian Revolution
    Hurford Family Fellowship
  • David Gilmartin
    History, North Carolina State University
    Exploring Democracy at the Intersection of Law, Politics, and Sovereignty: The Legal History of Elections in India
    NEH Fellowship; Founders’ Fellowship
  • Jennie Grillo
    Religion, Duke University
    The Afterlives of the Apocryphal Daniel
    Benjamin N. Duke Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation
  • Wendy Griswold
    Sociology, Northwestern University
    Placements: Position and Location through American Culture
    John Hope Franklin Fellowship
  • Stephen Hall
    African American Studies, Alcorn State University
    Global Visions: African American Historians Engage the World, 1885–1960
    Fellows’ Fellowship
  • Nancy Hirschmann
    Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
    Freedom, Power, and Disability
    GlaxoSmithKline Fellowship
  • Keith Howard
    Music History and Musicology, University of London
    Songs for the “Great Leaders”: Creativity and Ideology in the Music and Dance of North Korea
    Kent R. Mullikin Fellowship
  • Tera Hunter
    History, Princeton University
    The African American Marriage Gap in the Twentieth Century
    Birkelund Fellowship
  • Tsitsi Jaji
    Comparative Literature, Duke University
    Cassava Westerns: Black Revisions of the American Frontier Myth
    Duke Endowment Fellowship
  • Kimberly Jannarone
    Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Mass Performance
    Archie K. Davis Fellowship
  • Caroline Jones
    Art History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Contested Visibilities and the Anthropogenic Image
    Henry Luce Fellowship
  • Pavlos Kontos
    Philosophy, University of Patras
    Spectators of Moral Matters in Aristotle
    William J. Bouwsma Fellowship
  • Emily Levine
    History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Exceptional Institutions: Cities, Capital, and the Rise of the Research University
    Robert F. and Margaret S. Goheen Fellowship
  • John McGowan
    English Language and Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillComedy/Comity: Resources for CivilityRockefeller Foundation Fellowship
  • Laura Murphy
    English Language and Literature, Loyola University New Orleans
    The New Slave Narrative
    John G. Medlin, Jr. Fellowship
  • Todd Ochoa
    Religion, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Conjecture for a Bembé: Religious Recombination in the Black Atlantic
    Delta Delta Delta Fellowship
  • Elizabeth Otto
    Art History, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
    Haunted Bauhaus
    Frank H. Kenan Fellowship
  • Sara Poor
    Medieval Studies, Princeton University
    Telling Tales of Clever Women: Authorship and the Devotional Book in Late Medieval Germany
    NEH Fellowship; Josephus Daniels Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation
  • Ann Reynolds
    Art History, University of Texas at Austin
    In Our Time
    Allen W. Clowes Fellowship
  • Hollis Robbins
    African American Studies, Johns Hopkins University
    Forms of Contention: The African American Sonnet Tradition
    Delta Delta Delta Fellowship
  • Mab Segrest
    History, Connecticut College
    Administrations of Lunacy: Race, Psychiatry, and Georgia’s State Hospital
    NHC Fellowship
  • Harleen Singh
    South Asian Studies, Brandeis University
    Half an Independence: Women, Violence, and Modern Lives in India
    ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship
  • John H. Smith
    European Languages and Literature, University of California, Irvine
    How Infinity Came to Be at Home in the World: Metaphors and Paradoxes of Mathematics in German Thought and Literature, 1675–1830
    William C. and Ida Friday Fellowship
  • Shahla Talebi
    Anthropology, Arizona State University
    The Living Monuments of Mourning: Contested Martyrdoms in Post-Revolutionary Iran
    Anthony E. Kaye Fellowship
  • Rian Thum
    Asian Studies, Loyola University New Orleans
    Islamic China
    Trustees’ Fellowship
  • Robin Visser
    East Asian Languages and Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Bordering Chinese Eco-Literatures (1984–2014)
    NEH Fellowship; Walter Hines Page Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation
  • Andreá Williams
    English Language and Literature, The Ohio State University
    Unmarried Miss-fits: Single Women and Twentieth-Century Black Culture
    ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship

Resident Associates

  • David Cory
    Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
  • Hilde Hoogenboom
    Russian Studies, Arizona State University
  • Avinash Singh
    History, Brandeis University
  • John Wilkinson
    English, University of Chicago


Residents 2017–2018

Gender Age Rank Disciplines (18)
Male: 12 30–39: 4 Adjunct Professor: 1 African American Studies: 2 History: 6
Female: 22 40–49: 12 Assistant Professor: 3 Anthropology: 1 History of Science: 1
50–59: 8 Associate Professor: 15 Art History: 3 Medieval Studies: 1
60–69: 10 Professor: 15 Asian Studies: 1 Music History and Musicology: 1
Comparative Literature: 1 Philosophy: 4
East Asian Languages and Literature: 1 Religion: 2
English Language and Literature: 4 Sociology: 1
Environmental Studies: 1 South Asian Studies: 1
European Languages and Literature: 2 Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies: 1


United States
U.S. States (14)
Arizona: 2 Louisiana: 2 New York: 2 Texas: 2
California: 2 Maryland: 1 North Carolina: 7 West Virginia: 1
Illinois: 3 Massachusetts: 3 Ohio: 3
Indiana: 1 New Jersey: 2 Pennsylvania: 1
Countries (2)
Greece: 1 United Kingdom: 1
International scholars affiliated with U.S. Institutions (3)
Brazil: 1 India: 1 Italy: 1
U.S. Institutions
Universities and Colleges
Alcorn State University: 1 Miami University: 1 University of Chicago: 1
Arizona State University: 2 North Carolina State University: 1 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: 3
Brandeis University: 1 Northern Illinois University: 1 University of North Carolina at Greensboro: 1
Connecticut College: 1 Northwestern University: 1 University of Notre Dame: 1
Duke University: 2 Ohio State University: 1 University of Pennsylvania: 1
Harvard University: 1 Princeton University: 2 University of Texas at Arlington: 1
Johns Hopkins University: 1 University at Buffalo, State University of New York: 1 University of Texas at Austin: 1
Loyola University New Orleans: 2 University of California, Irvine: 1 West Virginia University: 1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 1 University of California, Santa Cruz: 1
International Institutions
Universities and Colleges
University of Patras, Greece: 1 University of London, SOAS: 1