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Fellowships 2017

December 13, 2017 | By NEH Staff

Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Projects may be at any stage of development.

Jennifer Ann Adair
Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT
Latin American History
Politics, Human Rights, and Argentina's Transition to Democracy in the 1980s

Claire Rydell Arcenas
University of Montana
Missoula, MT
U.S. History
The Influence of Philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) on American Thought and Culture

Patrick Vaughan Barron
University of Massachusetts, Boston
Boston, MA
Italian Language
"Towards the River’s Mouth" (1989) by Gianni Celati:  A Critical Edition and Translation of a Philosophical Travelogue

Joel Alexander Blecher
George Washington University
Washington, DC
Near and Middle Eastern History
Islam and the Spice Trade from Venice to India in the 13th to 16th Centuries

Claudia Lozoff Brittenham
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Latin American History
Unseen Art: Memory, Vision, and Power in Ancient Mesoamerica

Donna A. Buchanan
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
Music History and Criticism
Bells in the Music and Culture of Bulgaria

Eric Jon Bulson
Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, CA
British Literature
James Joyce's "Ulysses" by the Numbers: Counting Literature in a Digital World

Ana Maria Candela
SUNY Research Foundation, Binghamton
Binghamton, NY
East Asian History
A History of Chinese Settlers in Peru in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Katy L. Chiles
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
American Literature
Interracial Collaboration in African American and Native American Literature of the Antebellum Period

Margaret Chowning
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Latin American History
Women, the Catholic Church, and Mexican Politics, 1750-1953

Susan D. Collins
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
History of Philosophy
Constituting the Ancient City: The Political Regime and Classical Sparta

Laurence David Cooper
Carleton College
Northfield, MN
History of Philosophy
Political Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "Reveries of the Solitary Walker"

Tili Boon Cuille
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
Aesthetics
Divining Nature: Aesthetics of Enchantment in Enlightenment France, 1750-1800

Julia I. Doe
Columbia University
New York, NY
Music History and Criticism
The Comedians of the King: Opéra-Comique and the Bourbon Monarchy on the Eve of Revolution

Bruno Estigarribia
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Latin American Languages
A Sociolinguistic Study of Guarani, the Indigenous Language of Paraguay

Clementine Fauré-Bellaïche
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA
French Literature
André Gide, Jean-Paul Sartre, Roland Barthes, and the Religion of Literary Modernism

Paula Gottlieb
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Madison, WI
History of Philosophy
Aristotle on Thought and Feeling

Sumit Guha
University of Texas, Austin
Austin, TX
South Asian History
The Political Ecology of Agrarian Empires in South Asia, c.1500-1900

Marta E. Hanson
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
East Asian History
The Healer's Body as a Form of Technology in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Rachel Harper Haywood Ferreira
Iowa State University
Ames, IA
Latin American Literature
Latin American Science Fiction in the Space Age, 1945-1969

Ariel Oscar Helfer
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Political Theory
Plato's "Letters" as Political Philosophy: A New Interpretation and English Translation

Faith C. Hillis
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
European History
Europe's Russian Colonies: Tsarist Subjects Abroad and the Quest for Freedom in the 19th Century

Elizabeth Massa Hoiem
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
British Literature
Mechanical Literacy in British Culture, 1762-1860

Melissa Joy Homestead
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Lincoln, NE
American Literature
The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis

Jeremy S. Hyman
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Fayetteville, AR
History of Philosophy
On the Discovery of a New Manuscript of René Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy

Candice Marie Jenkins
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
American Literature
Race, Class, and Bodily Vulnerability in Contemporary American Fiction of the 1980s to 2000s

Paul Hardin Kapp
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
American Studies
Heritage and the Great Depression: How Historic Preservation Created the Old South

Alison L. LaCroix
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
U.S. History
Union, Commerce, and Slavery in the U.S. Constitution from the War of 1812 to the Civil War

Eugenia Y. Lean
Columbia University
New York, NY
East Asian History
A Chinese Man-of-Letters in an Age of Industrial Capitalism: Chen Diexian (1879-1940)

Beth Linker
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
U.S. History
Slouch: The Hidden History of America's Poor Posture Epidemic

Brian M. Linn
Texas A & M Research Foundation
College Station, TX
U.S. History
The U.S. Army in Peacetime, 1812-2001

Michele Lowrie
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Classical Literature
The Concept of Security in Ancient Roman Literature and Politics

Clare A. Lyons
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD
U.S. History
18th-Century Ocean Voyagers, Enslavement, and the Invention of the Sexual Self, 1690-1800

Eric Mandelbaum
CUNY Research Foundation, Bernard Baruch College
New York, NY
Philosophy of Science
Propaganda and Belief in the Modern World

Lerone Allen Martin
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
U.S. History
J. Edgar Hoover’s Stained Glass Window: The FBI, Religion, and National Security in American History, 1935-72

Kate Masur
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
U.S. History
Race, Liberty, and Policing before the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Angela L. Miller
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
Art History and Criticism
The Artistic and Literary Circle of American Essayist and Art Patron Lincoln Kirstein (1907-1996)

Lydia L. Moland
Colby College
Waterville, ME
Aesthetics
Art and Aesthetics in the Works of German Philosopher G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831)

John Kitchen Moore
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
Spanish Literature
The Legal Case of José Soller, Accused of Impersonating a Priest and Other Crimes in 17th-Century Spain: A Bilingual Edition

Samuel Otter
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
American Literature
Literary Form in the Works of Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Nathan Plageman
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
African Studies
State Planning and Urban Life in Western Ghana, 1900-1970

Carolyn Suann Purnell
Independent Scholar
North Hollywood, CA
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine
The Language of Color: Color Dictionaries, Technology, and the Science of Aesthetics, 1740-1920

Nathan Joseph Rabalais
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA
French Language
Folklore Figures of French and Creole Louisiana

Matthew Rarey
Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH
Art History and Criticism
Mandinga Amulets in the Black Atlantic World

Nicole R. Rice
St. John's University, New York
Queens, NY
British Literature
Hospitals and Literary Production in England, 1350-1550

Kristine Kay Ronan
Independent Scholar
Jensen Beach, FL
American Studies
Buffalo Dancer: The Biography of a 19th-Century Print by Karl Bodmer

Corey Ross
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, UK
European History
Blue Revolution: Development, Environment, and Tropical Fisheries from the Late 19th to the 21st Century

D. Fairchild Ruggles
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
Medieval Studies
Tree of Pearls: The Extraordinary Architectural Patronage of the 13th-Century Egyptian Slave-Queen Shajar al-Durr

Tehila Sasson
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
British History
Humanitarian Ethics, Global Markets, and Everyday Life

Rebecca Paige Scales
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY
European History
Polio's Hidden History: Disability and Epidemic Disease in France, 1920-1980

Azade Seyhan
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA
Turkish Studies
The Exodus of German Culture to Turkey (1933-1945)

Carla J. Shapreau
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
European History
Orpheus Lost: The Nazi-Era Plunder of Music in Europe

Daniel James Sherman
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
European History
Science and Spectacle in the History of French Archaeology, 1890-1940

Mona Lesley Siegel
California State University, Sacramento Foundation
Sacramento, CA
Gender Studies
More Than Half of Humanity: The Women Who Shaped the Peace of 1919

Pablo M. Sierra Silva
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY
U.S. History
Contraband, Captivity, and the 1683 Raid on Veracruz: A History of Colonial Mexico's Transatlantic Connections

Catherine Aileen Stewart
Cornell College
Mount Vernon, IA
U.S. History
African American Women and Domestic Service During the New Deal

Nicolas Tackett
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
East Asian History
The Rise of the Chinese Meritocracy: The Transformation of Elite Culture in Tenth-Century China

Shaden M. Tageldin
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN
Comparative Literature
Toward a Transcontinental Theory of Modern Comparative Literature

Baki Tezcan
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA
Near and Middle Eastern History
The Transformation of Islam in the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1924

Michael T. Thurston
Smith College
Northampton, MA
American Literature
Politics and Sexual Identity in the Life of American Literary Critic F.O. Matthiessen, 1902-1950

Audrey Truschke
Rutgers University, Newark
Newark, NJ
South Asian History
Redefining History: Sanskrit Narratives of Indo-Islamic Invasions and Rule, 1200-1720

David Reeves Vishanoff
University of Oklahoma, Norman
Norman, OK
Nonwestern Religion
Psalms of the Muslim Prophet David: Arabic Edition and English Translation

Judith Weisenfeld
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
History of Religion
Psychiatry, Race, and African American Religions in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Craig Williams
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
Classics
Orpheus Crosses the Atlantic: Native American Knowledge of Ancient Greece and Rome

Lisa Wolverton
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR
Medieval Studies
The Investiture Contest: A Transformative Clash between Church and State in Medieval Central Europe

Fay Yarbrough
Rice University
Houston, TX
U.S. History
Choctaw Confederates:  The American Civil War in Indian Country