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    ACLS Fellow Rian Thum presented his research on Islamic China at the 2018 ACLS Annual Meeting 

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ACLS Fellows


The ACLS Fellowship Program awards fellowships to individual scholars working in the humanities and related social sciences. Institutions and individuals contribute to the ACLS Fellowship Program and its endowment, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Council's college and university Associates, and former Fellows and individual friends of ACLS.

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Natalie Abell
Natalie Abell|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Classical Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Makers, Maritime Networks, and Markets in the Bronze Age Cyclades, Greece

Jennifer Wyatt Kyker
Jennifer Wyatt Kyker|Abstract

Associate Professor, Musicology, University of Rochester - Sekuru's Stories

Katherine A. Adams
Katherine A. Adams|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, Tulane University - Reconstructing Value: Cotton Culture and Blackness after Emancipation

Stacey A. Langwick
Stacey A. Langwick|Abstract

Associate Professor, Anthropology, Cornell University - A Politics of Habitability: Plants, Sovereignty, and Healing in a Toxic World

Mikaëla M. Adams
Mikaëla M. Adams|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, University of Mississippi - Influenza in Indian Country: Sickness, Suffering, and Survival during the 1918-1919 Pandemic

Michael LeMahieu
Michael LeMahieu|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, Clemson University - Post-54: Reconstructing Civil War Memory in American Literature after Brown

Catherine P. Batza
Catherine P. Batza|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas - AIDS in the Heartland

Wai-yee Li
Wai-yee Li|Abstract
ACLS/Donald J. Munro Centennial Fellow

Professor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University - The Paradoxes of Things: Life and Art in Late Imperial China

José Luis Bermúdez
José Luis Bermúdez|Abstract

Professor, Philosophy, Texas A&M University - The Power of Frames: Rethinking Models of Rational Decision-Making

Beth Linker
Beth Linker|Abstract

Associate Professor, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania - Slouch: The Forgotten History of America's Poor Posture Epidemic

Joel Blecher
Joel Blecher|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, The George Washington University - Profit and Prophecy: Islam and the Spice Trade

Scott Lucas
Scott Lucas|Abstract

Associate Professor, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Arizona - The Interpretation of Qur’anic Laws in Yemen

Daphne A. Brooks
Daphne A. Brooks|Abstract

Professor, African American Studies, American Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Theater Studies, Yale University - Nobody or a Nation: Black Women Musicians and the Midcentury Making of Sonic Citizenship

Catriona MacLeod
Catriona MacLeod|Abstract

Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania - Romantic Scraps: Cutouts, Collages, and Inkblots

Daniel Brückenhaus
Daniel Brückenhaus|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Beloit College - Laughing at Imperialism: Ridicule and Satire as Anticolonial Strategies, 1880-1970

Marianne Mason
Marianne Mason|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, James Madison University - Language at the Center of the American Justice System

Erin D. Chapman
Erin D. Chapman|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, The George Washington University - The Truth Demands Its Own Equals: The Art and Activism of Lorraine Hansberry

Elizabeth McHenry
Elizabeth McHenry|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, New York University - Making Negro Literature: Writing, Literary Practice, and African American Authorship, 1896-1910

Thomas Donald Conlan
Thomas Donald Conlan|Abstract

Professor, History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University - Kings in All but Name: The Rise of the Ōuchi, 1350-1465, and Japan’s Age of Yamaguchi, 1466-1551

Janet McIntosh
Janet McIntosh|Abstract

Associate Professor, Anthropology, Brandeis University - Tough Talk, Vulnerable Soldiers: Language Ideology and the Making of United States Service Members

Maria E. Cotera
Maria E. Cotera|Abstract

Associate Professor, American Culture and Women's Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Nuestra Autohistoria: Reflections on the Chicana Archive

Sarah E. McKibben
Sarah E. McKibben|Abstract

Associate Professor, Irish Language and Literature, University of Notre Dame - Tradition Transformed: Bardic Poetry and Patronage in Early Modern Ireland, ca. 1560-1660

Jonathan P. Decter
Jonathan P. Decter|Abstract

Associate Professor, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University - The Jewish Discovery of Religion in the Medieval Middle East

Chelsea Redeker Milbourne
Chelsea Redeker Milbourne|Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo - The Utility of Wonder: Spectacle, Gender, and Public Science Rhetoric in Eighteenth-Century Great Britain

Michael Jason Degani
Michael Jason Degani|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University - The City Electric: Infrastructure and Ingenuity in Postsocialist Tanzania

Eduardo Moncada
Eduardo Moncada|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Political Science, Barnard College - Social Resistance to Criminal Protection Rackets: An Ethnographic Window into State-Building

Fred M. Donner
Fred M. Donner|Abstract

Professor, Oriental Institute and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago - Arabic Papyri for the Early Islamic Period, Seventh Century

Sharon Ann Murphy
Sharon Ann Murphy|Abstract

Professor, History and Classics, Providence College - Banking on Slavery in the Antebellum South

Susan Helen Ellison
Susan Helen Ellison|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Wellesley College - Betrayed: Politics, Pyramid Schemes, and Bolivian Vernaculars of Fraud

Marguerite Nguyen
Marguerite Nguyen|Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, Wesleyan University - Refugee Temporality: Narratives of War and Displacement in Asian American New Orleans

Allison L. C. Emmerson
Allison L. C. Emmerson|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Classical Studies, Tulane University - Urbanism on the Margins: Life and Death in the Roman Suburb

John Peffer
John Peffer|Abstract

Associate Professor, Visual Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey - How to Remember Apartheid with Pleasure: Vernacular Photography as a Theater of Identity and Survival in South Africa’s Black Townships

Caitlin A. Fitz
Caitlin A. Fitz|Abstract
Oscar Handlin/ACLS Fellow

Assistant Professor, History, Northwestern University - Mundrucu’s America: How a Black Brazilian Revolutionary Shaped the US Battle Against Jim Crow

Dylan C. Penningroth
Dylan C. Penningroth|Abstract

Professor, History, University of California, Berkeley - Doing Civil Rights: African Americans and Law, 1865-1970

Paul A. Friedland
Paul A. Friedland|Abstract

Professor, History, Cornell University - A World without Race: The Dream of a Universal Republic in the Revolutionary French Caribbean, 1794-1802

Dassia Posner
Dassia Posner|Abstract

Associate Professor, Theatre, Northwestern University - The Moscow Kamerny Theatre: An Artistic History, 1914-1950

Julia Gaffield
Julia Gaffield|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Georgia State University - The Abandoned Faithful: Sovereignty, Diplomacy, and Religious Dominion in the Aftermath of the Haitian Revolution

Bianca Premo
Bianca Premo|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Florida International University - The Smallest Subject: Peru’s Youngest Mother in the World and the Rise of Modern Research Ethics

Katja Garloff
Katja Garloff|Abstract

Professor, German and Humanities, Reed College - Making German Jewish Literature New

Keramet Reiter
Keramet Reiter|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Criminology, Law and Society and School of Law, University of California, Irvine - Walking the Line: Transformation of Everyday Life in Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Karl Gerth
Karl Gerth|Abstract
Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr./ACLS Fellow

Professor, History, University of California, San Diego - Unending Capitalism: State Consumerism and the Negation of the Chinese Socialist Revolution

Elizabeth Renker
Elizabeth Renker|Abstract
ACLS/Carl and Betty Pforzheimer Fellow

Professor, English, The Ohio State University - Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt: A Biography

Julian Gill-Peterson
Julian Gill-Peterson|Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, University of Pittsburgh - Gender Underground: A History of Trans DIY

Adam M. Romero
Adam M. Romero|Abstract

Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell - Economic Poisoning: Industrial Waste and the Chemicalization of United States Agriculture, 1860-1945

Jennifer A. Glancy
Jennifer A. Glancy|Abstract

Professor, Religious Studies, Le Moyne College - Ancient Christian Slavery and Twenty-First Century Debates about What Makes Us Human

Daniel Rosenberg
Daniel Rosenberg|Abstract

Professor, Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon - Data: A Quantitative History

Petra Goedegebuure
Petra Goedegebuure|Abstract

Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago - Expressing Agency and Point of View: The Core Cases in the Ancient Anatolian Languages, 1700-300 BCE

Aaron Sachs
Aaron Sachs|Abstract

Professor, History, Cornell University - Melville and Mumford; or, the Art of Rediscovery in Traumatic Times

Glenda Goodman
Glenda Goodman|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Music, University of Pennsylvania - Strategic Sounds: Native American Music in the Era of Colonial Conquest

Tze-Lan Deborah Sang
Tze-Lan Deborah Sang|Abstract

Professor, Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, Michigan State University - Taiwan’s Women Documentary Filmmakers: Public Intellectuals and Innovative Artists

Katja Guenther
Katja Guenther|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Princeton University - The Mirror and the Mind: A History of Self-Recognition in the Sciences of Mind and Brain

Caroline T. Schroeder
Caroline T. Schroeder|Abstract

Professor, Religious Studies, University of the Pacific - Monks and Their Children: Family and Childhood in Late Antique Egyptian Monasticism

Rachel Heiman
Rachel Heiman|Abstract

Associate Professor, Anthropology, The New School - Retrofitting the American Dream: An Ethnography of Suburban Redesign

Sarah-Neel Smith
Sarah-Neel Smith|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Art History, Theory, and Criticism, Maryland Institute College of Art - The Art of Development: Painting, Institutions, and the Modernization of Turkey

Adriana Nadia Helbig
Adriana Nadia Helbig|Abstract

Associate Professor, Music, University of Pittsburgh - Romani Music and Development Aid in Post-Soviet Ukraine

Vivasvan Soni
Vivasvan Soni|Abstract

Associate Professor, English, Northwestern University - Aesthetics and the Crisis of Judgment in the Eighteenth Century

Michael C. Heller
Michael C. Heller|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Music, University of Pittsburgh - Just Beyond Listening: Sound and Affect Outside of the Ear

Nicolas Tackett
Nicolas Tackett|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of California, Berkeley - The Rise of the Chinese Meritocracy: The Transformation of Elite Culture in Tenth-Century China

Katie Hornstein
Katie Hornstein|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History of Art, Dartmouth College - Leonine Encounters in Nineteenth-Century France

Melanie S. Tanielian
Melanie S. Tanielian|Abstract
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

Assistant Professor, History, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Transnational Lunacy: Madness, Society, and Citizenship in a World at War, 1914-1920

Phillip A. Hough
Phillip A. Hough|Abstract

Associate Professor, Sociology, Florida Atlantic University - Global Markets, Local Labor: Development, Production, and Crisis in Rural Colombia

Cecilia M. Tsu
Cecilia M. Tsu|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, University of California, Davis - Starting Over: Refugee Resettlement in the Reagan Era

Stephen D. Houston
Stephen D. Houston|Abstract

Professor, Anthropology, Brown University - Making, Sizing, Moving: Credit, Monumentality, and Direction in Maya Art and Writing

Stacey Van Vleet
Stacey Van Vleet|Abstract

Visiting Lecturer, History, University of California, Berkeley - Plagues, Precious Pills, and the Politics of Learning in Qing China

Hsuan L. Hsu
Hsuan L. Hsu|Abstract

Professor, English, University of California, Davis - The Smell of Risk: Atmospheric Stratification and the Olfactory Arts

David R. Vishanoff
David R. Vishanoff|Abstract

Associate Professor, Religious Studies Program, University of Oklahoma - Psalms of the Muslim Prophet David: Edition, Translation, and Analysis

Evelyn Hu-Dehart
Evelyn Hu-Dehart|Abstract
ACLS Centennial Fellow in the Dynamics of Place

Professor, History and American Studies, Brown University - Locating the Trans-Pacific in the Trans-Atlantic: Tracing the Course of the Chinese Diaspora through Spain and the Spanish Empire

Charles F. Walker
Charles F. Walker|Abstract

Professor, History, University of California, Davis - Violence and Its Long Shadow: The Shining Path in Peru

Derek Scott Hyra
Derek Scott Hyra|Abstract

Associate Professor, Public Administration and Policy, American University - Urban Renewal and Unrest: Race, Riots, and Democracy

Michelle R. Warren
Michelle R. Warren|Abstract

Professor, Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College - Lives of a Medieval Book in the Digital Dark Ages

Samantha Gayathri Iyer
Samantha Gayathri Iyer|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Fordham University - Agricultural Superpower: The Politics of Food in India, Egypt, and the United States, 1870s-1970s

Sunny Yang
Sunny Yang|Abstract

Assistant Professor, English, University of Houston - Fictions of Territoriality: Legal and Literary Narratives of Race, Geography, and US Empire

Sara E. Johnson
Sara E. Johnson|Abstract

Associate Professor, Literature, University of California, San Diego - Moreau de Saint-Méry: Print Culture, Slavery and the Multilingual American Enlightenment

Ann Marie Yasin
Ann Marie Yasin|Abstract

Associate Professor, Art History and Classics, University of Southern California - Roman Restoration and Its Late Antique Legacy: On Time and Architecture

Dina R. Khoury
Dina R. Khoury|Abstract

Professor, History, The George Washington University - Who is a Migrant Laborer? Documenting Labor Migration in the Persian Gulf

Emily Zazulia
Emily Zazulia|Abstract
McClary-Walser/ACLS Fellow

Assistant Professor, Music, University of California, Berkeley - Where Sight Meets Sound: The Poetics of Late Medieval Music Writing

Judd Creighton Kinzley
Judd Creighton Kinzley|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Arms for Ores: China and the Making of an American Foreign Aid Regime, 1941-1949

Barbie Zelizer
Barbie Zelizer|Abstract

Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania - How the Cold War Drives the News