ACLS Announces 21 Frederick Burkhardt Fellows


The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars. This year saw a significant expansion of the Burkhardt fellowship program, as ACLS doubled the number of awards to provide additional opportunities for faculty at liberal arts colleges. The program is made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Burkhardt Fellowships support recently tenured faculty as they pursue long-term, unusually ambitious research at a consequential stage of their scholarly careers. The fellowship, which carries a $75,000 stipend and a $5,000 research budget, allows awardees to take up year-long residencies at institutions whose resources and scholarly communities are ideally suited to facilitate the proposed research project. These residencies may take place at one of 13 national and international research centers that partner with ACLS for this program. Starting this year, applicants from liberal arts colleges also could propose residencies at university humanities centers or academic departments. The new opportunities offer a flexible set of residency options for college faculty while encouraging greater collaboration and exchange between liberal arts colleges and research university communities.

“Since its beginning 17 years ago, the Burkhardt Fellowship program has become synonymous with the best interdisciplinary humanities scholarship, and has fostered the careers of scholars who have become leaders in their fields and in the broader academy as well,” said ACLS Director of Fellowship Programs Matthew Goldfeder. “This year's expanded roster of Burkhardt fellows is poised to extend the distinguished record of the program while helping to build scholarly networks across diverse institutions.”  

Burkhardt Fellows, project titles, and residency locations are listed below. Further information on this year’s Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellows is available here.

  • Lauren Ashwell (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bates College) Projection and Desire - Philosophy Department at Harvard University in 2016-17
  • Shawn Bender (Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, Dickinson College) Engineering the Aging Society: Robotics, Vital Futures, and Imaginations of Life in Japan and Europe - Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University in 2017-18
  • Amahl Bishara (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Tufts University) Expressive Environments and the State: Laws, Violence, and Other Roadblocks to Palestinian Exchange - Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2016-17
  • Margot Canaday (Associate Professor of History, Princeton University) Pink Precariat: LGBT Workers in the Shadow of Civil Rights, 1945-2000 - John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in 2016-17
  • Ernesto Capello (Associate Professor of History, Macalester College) Equator Imagined: Commemorating Geodesic Science in the Andes - Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University in 2017-18
  • Eve Dunbar (Associate Professor of English, Vassar College) Monstrous Works: African American Women Writing Labor and Life Beyond Sovereignty - English Department at the University of Delaware in 2016-17
  • Stacie E. Goddard (Associate Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College) The Social Construction of Precision - Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016-17
  • Michael Gibbs Hill (Associate Professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of South Carolina) Sino-Arabic Enlightenments: At the Limits of Comparison - John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in 2016-17
  • Shih-shan Susan Huang (Associate Professor of Art History, Rice University) First Impressions: Chinese Religious Woodcuts and Cultural Transformation - Huntington Library in 2017-18
  • Nicole Marafioti (Associate Professor of History, Trinity University) Crime and Sin in Late Anglo-Saxon England -  National Humanities Center in 2016-17
  • James Mulholland (Associate Professor of English, North Carolina State University) Anglophone Literature and the Emergence of the Colonial Public Sphere in Asia, 1774-1819 - National Humanities Center in 2016-17
  • Neeti Nair (Associate Professor of History, University of Virginia) The Blasphemy Laws: A South Asian History - John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in 2016-17
  • Ian W. Olivo Read (Associate Professor of International Studies, Soka University of America) Brazil's Era of Epidemics: How Disease Transformed a Nation - Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016-17
  • Joseph M. Ortiz (Associate Professor of English, University of Texas at El Paso) Against Translation: The Form of Renaissance Epic - Folger Shakespeare Library in 2016-17
  • Pauline Ayumi Ota (Associate Professor of Art and Art History, DePauw University) Seeing is Knowing: Visual Perception, Painting, and Cityscapes in Mid-Eighteenth Century Japan - Asian Studies Program at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa in 2016-17
  • Yansi Y. Pérez (Associate Professor of Spanish, Carleton College) Los Angeles: A Cartography of Material Memory of the Central America Diaspora - Department of Central American Studies at California State University, Northridge in 2016-17
  • Smitha Radhakrishnan (Associate Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College) Spare Change: Gender and Power in the Global Microfinance Industry - Sociology Department at Boston College in 2016-17
  • Xuefei Ren (Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies, Michigan State University) Urban Governance and Citizen Rights in China and India: Housing, Land, and Air - Newberry Library in 2016-17
  • Tatiana Seijas (Associate Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University) First Routes: Indigenous Trade and Travel between the American Southwest and Mexico - National Humanities Center in 2016-17
  • Quito J. Swan (Associate Professor of History, Howard University) Melanesia’s Way: Black Internationalism and Diaspora in the South Pacific - Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2017-18
  • Kyla Wazana Tompkins (Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, and English, Pomona College) So Moved: Texture, Sensation, Biopolitics - Department of English and the Program in American Studies at Princeton University in 2017-18

The fellowships are named for the late Frederick Burkhardt, president emeritus of ACLS, whose decades of work on The Correspondence of Charles Darwin constitute a signal example of dedication to a demanding and ambitious scholarly enterprise.

Contact: Matthew Goldfeder, 212-697-1505 x124