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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 Project Development Grantees


ACLS Project Development Grants offer flexible seed funding to help advance the research agendas of faculty at teaching-intensive colleges and universities. This new program is part of ACLS’s commitment to recognize scholarly excellence from all sectors of higher education and beyond, and it is funded by our endowment, to which many individuals and institutions have contributed, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, ACLS’s Research University Consortium and college and university Associates, former fellows, and individuals and friends.

Read more about these awards on the ACLS Fellowship program page.

Please note: affiliations shown are as of time of award. Please click on fellows' names for current information.

  • 2018
Candace Lea Bailey
Candace Lea Bailey|Abstract

Professor, Music, North Carolina Central University - Women, Music, and the Performance of Gentility in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century South

AnaLouise Keating
AnaLouise Keating|Abstract

Professor, Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, Texas Woman's University - Bridges, Borderlands, Nepantlas: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Decolonial Philosophy

Jason David BeDuhn
Jason David BeDuhn|Abstract

Professor, Comparative Cultural Studies, Northern Arizona University - The Manichaean Soul

Emily Susan Lieb
Emily Susan Lieb|Abstract

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Matteo Ricci Institute, Seattle University - “The City’s Dying and They Don’t Know Why”: How Baltimore Suffocated a Neighborhood and Sabotaged its Future

Karen M. Cook
Karen M. Cook|Abstract

Assistant Professor, Music History, University of Hartford - Non est minimo dare minus: The Fracturing of Rhythm in the Late Medieval Period

Derek C. Maus
Derek C. Maus|Abstract

Professor, English and Communication, State University of New York at Potsdam - The True (Black) North: Surveying the Contours of African Canadian Identity through Contemporary Fiction

Jorge L. Giovannetti
Jorge L. Giovannetti|Abstract

Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras - Rural Life, History, and Anthropology in the Post-World War II Hispanic Caribbean

Alexander Olson
Alexander Olson|Abstract

Assistant Professor, History, Western Kentucky University - Before Creativity, 1860-1940

Alison Griffiths
Alison Griffiths|Abstract

Professor, Communication Studies, City University of New York, Baruch College - Nomadic Cinema: A Cultural Geography of the Expedition Film

John W. Ott
John W. Ott|Abstract

Professor, Art, Design, and Art History, James Madison University - Mixed Media: The Visual Cultures of Racial Integration, 1931-1954

John Gruesser
John Gruesser|Abstract

Senior Research Scholar, English, Sam Houston State University - Man on the Firing Line: The Literary Life of Sutton E. Griggs, 1872-1933

Allyson M. Poska
Allyson M. Poska|Abstract

Professor, History, University of Mary Washington - Contesting Equality: Smallpox Vaccination in the Spanish Empire, 1803-1810

Eleanor Helms
Eleanor Helms|Abstract

Associate Professor, Philosophy, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo - The Structure of Imagination: Belief, Perception, and Thought Experiment in Kierkegaard

Arne Spohr
Arne Spohr|Abstract

Associate Professor, Musicology, Composition and Theory, Bowling Green State University - "Like an Earthly Paradise": Concealed Music in Early Modern Pleasure Houses

Audra Jennings
Audra Jennings|Abstract

Associate Professor, History, Western Kentucky University - Insecurity: Disability, the Great Depression, and the New Deal State