• AM2018-Mattie

    Mattie Burkert, a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow, presented her research at the 2018 ACLS Annual Meeting.

  • AHPMeritKagugo

    African Humanities Program Fellow Merit Kabugo studies the discourse of rural farmers. 

  • Bookcase_new

    Search ACLS fellows' publications online. 


Announcing the 2015 Central Program’s ACLS Fellows


The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the results of the 2014-15 ACLS Fellowship competition. This year, ACLS increased the top stipend level and the number of fellowships offered through the program, and made a total of 70 awards to faculty of all ranks and independent scholars to support research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. ACLS received over 1,000 applications in this cycle, making the program once again the most competitive in ACLS’s portfolio.

"Fellows were chosen for their potential to create new knowledge resulting from investigations and reflections on diverse cultures, texts, and artifacts from across the globe and human history," said Matthew Goldfeder, director of fellowship programs at ACLS. "ACLS employs a rigorous multi-stage peer-review process to ensure that humanities scholars themselves select those fellows who exemplify the very best in their fields. The 70 fellows this year represent more than 50 colleges and universities and an array of humanities disciplines, including linguistics, religious studies, architectural history, and geography."

ACLS Fellowships allow scholars to spend six to twelve months on full-time research and writing. The program is funded by ACLS’s endowment, which has received contributions from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council’s college and university Associates, past fellows, and individual friends of ACLS.

ACLS Fellows and project titles are listed below; for more information about the recipients and their projects, click here.

  • Andrew J. Albin (Assistant Professor of English, Fordham University) Richard Rolle’s Melody of Love: Alliterative Translation and Commentary
  • Waskar T. Ari-Chachaki (Associate Professor of History, University of Nebraska, Lincoln) Indigenous Women’s Strategies of Autonomy: Segregation, Sexuality, and Agrarian Reforms in Bolivia, 1870-1964
  • Elif M. Babul (Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Mount Holyoke College) The State in Training: Human Rights Translations and Encounters with Europe in Turkey
  • Jessica Barnes (Assistant Professor of Geography, University of South Carolina) Making Bread: The Cultural Politics of Food Security and Wheat Self-Sufficiency in Egypt
  • Jacob Beck (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, York University, Canada) Beyond Language: How the Mind Represents the World
  • Orkideh Behrouzan (Assistant Professor of Social Science, Health, and Medicine, King’s College London, UK) Prozàk Diaries: Generational Anomie and Psychiatric Subjectivities in Iran
  • Anne M. Blackburn (Professor of Asian Studies, Cornell University) Making Buddhist Kingdoms across the Indian Ocean, 1200-1500
  • Eileen Hunt Botting (Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame) Frankenstein and the Question of Human Development
  • Lia Nicole Brozgal (Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, University of California, Los Angeles) A Postcolonial Anarchive, or When Literature Made History: Franco-Algerian Narratives of October 17, 1961
  • Emily Callaci (Assistant Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison) Ujamaa Urbanists: Street Archives and City Life in Socialist Tanzania
  • Eric Donald Carter (Assistant Professor of Geography, Macalester College) The Health of the People: A History of Latin American Social Medicine
  • Michael L. Cepek (Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas, San Antonio) Life in Oil: Surviving Disaster in the Petroleum Fields of Amazonia
  • Indrani Chatterjee (Professor of History, University of Texas, Austin) The Widows’ Might: Lay-Monastic Partnerships and Colonial Capitalism in Nineteenth-Century India
  • Thomas S. Christensen (Professor of Music, University of Chicago) Fétis and the Tonal Imagination: French Discourses of Musical Tonality in the Nineteenth Century
  • Dorothy Sue Cobble (Professor of History, and Labor and Employment Relations, Rutgers University, New Brunswick) American Feminism: A Transnational History
  • Nicola Denzey Lewis (Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Brown University) Against the Cult of the Saints: The Reinvention of the Roman Catacombs
  • Helen E. Deutsch (Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles) The Last Amateur: Jonathan Swift, Edward Said, and the Profession of Literature
  • Rachel J. Devlin (Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick) Girls on the Front Line: Gender and the Battle to Desegregate the Public Schools in the United States, 1945-1968
  • Albrecht Diem (Associate Professor of History, Syracuse University) Norm and Community: Early Medieval Monastic Rules and the Development of Regular Observance
  • Ryan Dohoney (Assistant Professor of Musicology, Northwestern University) Abstraction as Ecumenism in Late Modernity: Morton Feldman and the Rothko Chapel
  • Gail Lee Dubrow (Professor of Architecture and History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) Japonisme Revisited: Reckoning with the Embrace, Appropriation, and Survival of Japanese Culture in America, 1868-1945
  • Tarek El-Ariss (Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas, Austin) The Leaking Subject: Fiction and Scandal in the Arab Digital Age
  • Ilana Feldman (Associate Professor of Anthropology, George Washington University) Life Lived in Relief: Palestinian Refugees and the Humanitarian Experience
  • Kate Flint (Professor of English and Art History, University of Southern California) Flash! Photography, Writing, and Surprising Illumination
  • Elizabeth S. Freeman (Professor of English, University of California, Davis) It Goes Without Saying: Sense-Methods in the United States’s Very Long Nineteenth Century.
  • Jessica Gerschultz (Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies, University of Kansas) Decorative Arts of the Tunisian École: Fabrications of Modernism, Gender, and Class in Tunisia, 1948-1972
  • Elina Gertsman (Associate Professor of Art History and Art, Case Western Reserve University) Figuring Absence: Empty Spaces in Late Medieval Art
  • Denise Elif Gill (Assistant Professor of Music, Washington University in St. Louis) Melancholic Modalities: Affect and Contemporary Turkish Classical Musicians
  • Daniel Goldmark (Associate Professor of Music, Case Western Reserve University) Musical Stereotyping American Jewry in Early Twentieth-Century Mass Media
  • Kevis Goodman (Associate Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley) Pathologies of Motion: Enlightenment Medicine and Romantic Poetics
  • Jennie Grillo (Assistant Professor, Divinity School, Duke University) The Afterlife of the Apocryphal Daniel: Martyrdom, Idolatry, Liturgy
  • Rachel Haidu (Associate Professor of Art and Art History; Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester) The Knot of Influence
  • Christine Hong (Assistant Professor of Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz) Blurring the Color Line: Racial Fictions, Militarized Humanity, and the Pax Americana in the Cold War Pacific Rim
  • Jill E. Kelly (Assistant Professor of History, Southern Methodist University) Chiefs by the People: Land, Conflict, and Authority in Twentieth-Century South Africa
  • Donna Lee Kwon (Assistant Professor of Music, University of Kentucky) Stepping in the Madang: Embodying Space and Place in Korean Drumming and Dance
  • Laura Suzanne Lieber (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Duke University) Staging the Sacred: Orchestrating Holiness in Late Antiquity
  • Brook Danielle Lillehaugen (Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Haverford College) A Collection of Zapotec Indigenous Testaments in Translation with Linguistic Analysis and Annotation
  • Nancy Christine Lutkehaus (Professor of Anthropology, University of Southern California) “The Met Goes Primitive”: Postwar America, Cultural Politics, and the Creation of the Rockefeller Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Wendy L. Luttrell (Professor of Urban Education and Sociology, City University of New York, Graduate Center) Care-ful Visions: Re-imagining Education through Working-class Children’s Eyes
  • Ruth MacKay (Independent Scholar) The Commune and Pestilence: Plague in Castile in the Late Sixteenth Century
  • Thomas F. Madden (Professor of History, Saint Louis University) The Lion and the Cross: Crusade, Memory, and Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Venice
  • Preetha Mani (Assistant Professor of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University, New Brunswick) Gender, Genre, and the Idea of Indian Literature: Hindi and Tamil Short Story Writing in Post-Independence India
  • Mark Fathi Massoud (Assistant Professor of Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz) A History of Islamic Law and Human Rights in Greater Somalia
  • Tim Maudlin (Professor of Philosophy, New York University) Space-Time and the Theory of Linear Structures
  • Christia Mercer (Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University) Feeling the Way to Truth: Women, Reason, and the Development of Modern Philosophy
  • Tanya Stabler Miller (Associate Professor of History and Political Science, Purdue University, Calumet) Men, Women, and Religious Education in Medieval France
  • Nadine Moeller (Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago) The Archaeology of Urbanism in Ancient Egypt: The Settlements from the Second Intermediate Period to the End of the Third Intermediate Period
  • Wendy Moffat (Professor of English, Dickinson College) The Most Terrible Years: Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, Thomas Salmon, and the Trauma of the Great War
  • Elias Muhanna (Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University) Big Data in the Medieval Islamic World: Classical Arabic Encyclopedias in Their Golden Age
  • Liesl M. Olson (Affiliated Scholar at the Scholl Center for American History and Culture, Newberry Library) Chicago Renaissance: The Midwest and Modernism
  • Bridget Erica Orr (Associate Professor of English, Vanderbilt University) England’s Enlightenment Theater: Sentiment, Nation, Empire
  • Andrea Orzoff (Associate Professor of History, New Mexico State University) Music in Flight: Exiles, Refugees, Fugitives, and the Politics of Music in Latin America, 1933-1960
  • Elena Aleksandrovna Osokina (Professor of History, University of South Carolina) Red Merchants: Soviet Export of Religious Art under Stalin
  • Kathy Peiss (Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania) The Collecting Missions of World War II
  • Supritha Rajan (Assistant Professor of English, University of Rochester) Transparent Forms: Thinking, Feeling, and Doing in the Human and Natural Sciences
  • John C. Reeves (Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina, Charlotte) Illuminating the Afterlife of Ancient Apocryphal Jewish Literature
  • Dorothy E. Roberts (Professor of Africana Studies, Law, and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania) Interracial Marriage and Racial Equality in Chicago, 1937-1967
  • Erin K. Rowe (Assistant Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University) Black Saints in Early Modern Global Catholicism
  • Michael Silvers (Assistant Professor of Music, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) Voices of Drought: Forró Soundscapes in Northeastern Brazil
  • David Carroll Simon (Assistant Professor of English, University of Chicago) Light without Heat: Shades of Feeling in the Age of Scientific Revolution
  • Eiko Maruko Siniawer (Associate Professor of History, Williams College) Affluence of the Heart: Waste in Postwar Japan
  • Lisa M. Siraganian (Associate Professor of English, Southern Methodist University) Against Corporate Humanism: The Modernist Critique of Corporate Mind
  • Shane Vogel (Associate Professor of English, Indiana University, Bloomington) Stolen Time: Black Fad Performance and the Calypso Craze
  • Christophe Wall-Romana (Associate Professor of French and Italian, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) Kinopsis: Astronomy, Photography, and Pre-Cinema in the Nineteenth Century
  • John P. Welle (Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame) The Poet and the Diva: Print Media from the Golden Age of Italian Silent Film
  • Joshua M. White (Assistant Professor of History, University of Virginia) Piracy and Law in the Ottoman Mediterranean, 1570-1700
  • Michael Willrich (Professor of History, Brandeis University) The Anarchist’s Advocate: War, Terror, and the Origins of America’s Surveillance State
  • Winnie Won Yin Wong (Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley) Barbarian Similitudes: Canton, Trade, Painting, 1700-1842
  • Colleen P. Woods (Assistant Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park) Bombs, Bureaucrats, and Rosary Beads: The United States, the Philippines, and the Making of Global Anti-Communism
  • Serena Ruth Zabin (Associate Professor of History, Carleton College) Occupying Boston: An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre
Read More ➤