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Public Scholar 2017

August 2, 2017 | By NEH Staff

Richard J. Bell
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD
U.S. History
Kidnapping and the Slave Trade in Post-Revolutionary America

M. Todd Bennett
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC
U.S. History
Howard Hughes, the CIA, and the Untold Story Behind Their Hunt for a Sunken Soviet Submarine

Kevin Birmingham
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Russian History
The Sinner and the Saint: Russian Novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky and the Gentleman Murderer Who Inspired "Crime and Punishment"

Mark Braude
Stanford University
Stanford, CA
European History
The Invisible Emperor: Napoleon Bonaparte on Elba

Ruth Elizabeth Chang
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NY
Philosophy, General
Making Hard Choices: The Power of Commitment in a World of Reasons

Heather Lenore Clark
CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center
New York, NY
American Literature
The Light of the Mind: A Biography of American Poet and Novelist Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

Wanda Marie Corn
Stanford University
Sagamore Beach, MA
American Studies
From Local Folk to National Icon: The Three Lives of Grant Wood's "American Gothic"

Kimberly A. Hamlin
Miami University, Oxford
Oxford, OH
U.S. History
Woman Citizen: Helen Hamilton Gardener (1853-1925) and Women's Suffrage in America

Sara A. Hendren
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Needham, MA
Interdisciplinary Studies, General
A Scissor, A Shoe, The Sidewalk’s Slant: Disability and the Unlikely Origins of Everyday Things

Brian Hochman
Georgetown University
Washington, DC
U.S. History
A History of Wiretapping in the United States

Jennifer Homans
New York University
New York, NY
Theater History and Criticism
A Biography of Choreographer George Balanchine (1904-1983)

Sheryl Kaskowitz
Independent Scholar
Providence, RI
American Studies
Sidney Robertson and the Documentation of American Folk Music in the New Deal Era

John A. Lynn
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
International Relations
The Other Side of Victory: A History of Surrender from Medieval Combat to Modern Terrorism

Rachel Lisa Mesch
Yeshiva University
New York, NY
French Literature
Three Women Writers Who Lived as Men: Jane Dieulafoy (1850-1916), Marc de Montifaud (1849-1913), and Rachilde (1860-1953)

Tiya Alicia Miles
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI
American Studies
The Story of "Ashley's Sack": A Family Heirloom in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture

Daniel Scott Neep
Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Near and Middle Eastern History
The Nation Belongs to All: The Making of Modern Syria

Megan Kate Nelson
Independent Scholar
Lincoln, MA
U.S. History
How the West was Won--and Lost--during the American Civil War

Luke A. Nichter
Texas A&M University - Central Texas
Killeen, TX
U.S. History
A Biography of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (1902-1985)

Janice P. Nimura
Independent Scholar
New York, NY
U.S. History
How the Blackwell Sisters Brought Women to Medicine--and Medicine to Women--in 19th-Century America

Stephen R. Prothero
Boston University
Boston, MA
U.S. History
The Work of Eugene Exman (1900-1975): How an Editor and His Authors Made America More Spiritual and Less Religious

Ben Schwartz
Independent Scholar
Los Angeles, CA
Theater History and Criticism
The Lost Laugh: American Comedy Between the World Wars

James S. Shapiro
Columbia University
New York, NY
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts
America's Shakespeare

Jacob Soll
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
History, General
A History of the Free Market from the 16th to the 20th Century

Camilla Townsend
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ
Latin American History
A New History of the Aztecs

Abram C. Van Engen
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
U.S. History
The Meaning of America: How the United States Became the City on a Hill

Jeffrey Veidlinger
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI
European History
Pogrom: The Origins of the European Genocide of the Jews, 1917-1921

Sarah Wagner
George Washington University
Washington, DC
Anthropology
Bringing Them Home: Identifying and Remembering Vietnam War MIAs

Ellen Carroll Wayland-Smith
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
U.S. History
Jean Wade Rindlaub (1904-1991) and the History of Advertising to American Women