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National Humanities Center Names Fellows for 2018–19

April 12, 2018

NHC Fellow in study

The National Humanities Center is pleased to announce the appointment of 38 Fellows for the academic year 2018-19. These leading scholars will 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.

The Center will begin accepting applications for the 2019–20 academic year on July 1, 2018 with a deadline of October 17, 2018. Details about NHC fellowships, including application instructions, are available here.

These newly appointed Fellows will constitute the forty-first 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, “These scholars are conducting vitally important work across a wide range of humanistic fields. We are delighted to provide them support and look forward to their arrival.”
The National Humanities Center will award a total of $1,400,000 in fellowship grants to enable scholars to take leave from their normal academic duties and pursue research at the Center. This funding is provided from the Center’s endowment; by grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, 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 a privately incorporated institute for advanced study in the humanities. Since 1978 the Center has awarded fellowships to more than 1,400 scholars whose work has resulted in the publication of nearly 1,600 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.


Don Solomon
Director of Communications

National Humanities Center Fellows 2018–2019

  • Joni Adamson (Environmental Humanities, Arizona State University) Desirable Futures: Cosmos, Canon, and 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)
  • Mia Fuller (Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley) Mussolini Threshing Still: Inertia Memoriae, Italy, and Fascist Monuments (NEH Fellowship; Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)