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Stanford Humanities Center Announces 2022–23 Fellows

The Stanford Humanities Center is pleased to announce the appointment of 37 fellows for the upcoming academic year 2022–2023.


The new cohort spans disciplines, historical periods, and regions: from popular religion to operatic voice, environmental inequality to transgender history, early modern India to Cold War Central America to contemporary China and more.

Eight of next year’s fellows are Stanford faculty: Elaine Fisher (Religious Studies), Vera Gribanova (Linguistics), Matthew Kohrman (Anthropology), Richard Martin (Classics), Robert Proctor (History), Londa Schiebinger (History), Fred Turner (Communication), and Esther Yu (English). They’ll be joined by 12 Stanford PhD students, who were awarded Dissertation Prize Fellowships and Career Launch Fellowships. The Career Launch program was launched in 2021 to serve as a bridge between the end of the university's formal support and the transition to a postdoctoral fellowship.

Next year’s external faculty fellows include scholars from the Universities of Arizona, Florida, and Wisconsin-Madison; Claremont Graduate and George Mason Universities; Indiana University-Bloomington; Rutgers University-Camden; and Dartmouth College.

The Center will also welcome eight postdoctoral Mellon Scholars in the Humanities. The Mellon Fellowship is a three-year program for recent PhDs at the start of their careers to pursue research, while teaching two courses per year in a Stanford humanities department.

“After a transformative two years of both unprecedented challenges and opportunities, the Center is flourishing and stronger than ever,” said director Roland Greene. “We’ve expanded our cohort by establishing the first new graduate fellowship program since the 1990s, and we continue to reach a global audience through our online presence. We’re delighted to welcome next year’s fellows to our community for intellectual enrichment, good fellowship, and a tangible connection to Stanford.”

As in previous years, the Center will add to its roster approximately 10 undergraduate Hume Honors Fellows writing their senior theses on humanities topics. The students are nominated by faculty during the fall quarter.

Stay tuned for more new ways to connect to this new cohort—and the SHC fellows who have come before—via a soon-to-be-launched digital platform. The Center’s brand new digital space will provide exciting ways to engage fellows’ research, stay up to date with new ideas, and, most of all, join in an almost-half-century-long conversation with humanities scholars from around the world.

 
APPLY FOR 2023–24: The Center will begin accepting applications for the 2023–2024 academic year in August. More details about fellowships, including application instructions and eligibility, are available here.


About the Stanford Humanities Center

Established in 1980, the Stanford Humanities Center sponsors advanced research in the humanities and the interpretive social sciences by investing in experiences—fellowships, workshops, lectures, and other events—that enrich research in and across the disciplines. Through a partnership with the renowned Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), the Humanities Center embraces emerging digital methods to complement traditional kinds of analysis and interpretation. Together, the Stanford Humanities Center and CESTA serve as the hub of an international network of fellows, visiting scholars, students, and alumni. For further information, please visit shc.stanford.edu.



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2022–23 Humanities Center Fellows and Projects
 

Rushain Abbasi
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
Beyond the Divine Command: A History of the Secular in Premodern Islam

Monique Allewaert
External Faculty Fellow
Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Luminescence: Insect Knowledge, Power, and the Literary: 1700–1814

Brandon Bark
SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Classics, Stanford University
Working Languages: Metalinguistic Discourse and the Shaping of Latin Literature

Vaughn A. Booker
Distinguished Junior External Faculty Fellow
Department of Religion, Dartmouth College
From the Back of the Church: A History of Irreverent Religion in African American Life, Emancipation to the Present

Meryem Deniz
SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of German Studies, Stanford University
Ethereal Romanticism: Dynamic Materiality in German Thought in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

Gabriel Ellis
SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Music, Stanford University
Anaesthetics: Popular Music and the Flight from Feeling

Lewis Esposito
SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Linguistics, Stanford University
Covariation, Change, and Style

Elaine Fisher
Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
The Meeting of Rivers: Translating Devotion in Early Modern India

Isabela Fraga
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Stanford University
Subjected to Feeling: Slavery and Personhood in Nineteenth-Century Brazil and Cuba

Pheaross Graham
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Music, Stanford University
Visions of the Pianistic Self: Don Shirley, Rachmaninoff, and Music Performance Studies

Vera Gribanova
Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of Linguistics, Stanford University
Ellipsis and the Identity Relation

Ana Ilievska
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of French and Italian, Stanford University
The Machine in the Novel: Fictional Human-Machine Interactions at the European Periphery (ca. 1870–1914)

Elspeth Iralu
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, Stanford University
Technologies of Territoriality: Indigeneity, Surveillance, and the State

Mary Jebbia
SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
The Fruits of Their Labor: Religion, Race, and Resistance in California’s Central Valley, 1870–1960

Jessica Jordan
SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of English, Stanford University
Anxieties of Abundance: Book and Body in America's Gilded Age

Michael Kinney
Career Launch Fellow
Department of Music, Stanford University
Hearing Beyond Vocal Twilight: Aging Vocality in Contemporary American Opera Performance

Matthew Kohrman
Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of Anthropology, Stanford University
Filtered Life: Gendered Dwelling Amidst Environmental Distress

Radhika Koul
Career Launch Fellow
Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
The Drama of our World: Spectator and Subject in Medieval Kashmir and Early Modern Europe

Richard Martin
Donald Andrews Whittier Internal Fellow
Department of Classics, Stanford University
Homer and the World of Song

Paul Nauert
Career Launch Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
Climate Crucible: American Choices in Germany, Japan, and the Making of the Great Acceleration, 1939–1953

Bryan Norton
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of German Studies, Stanford University
Fragments of the Concrete: Ecology and Technical Media in German Romanticism

Michelle Oing
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University
Late Medieval Sculpture and the Aesthetics of Play, 1300–1525

Eve Oishi
Marta Sutton Weeks External Fellow
Department of Cultural Studies, Claremont Graduate University
Partial Form: An Experimental History of Asian American Film and Video

Christy Pichichero
External Faculty Fellow
Department of Modern and Classical Languages, George Mason University
Black | Power: Race, Gender, and African Diasporic Identities in Early Modern France

Eric Plemons
External Faculty Fellow
Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona
What To Make of Me: The Transgender Body As a Valuable Resource

Robert Proctor
Violet Andrews Whittier Internal Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
Agnotology in the Archives: Probing Cigarette Invisibility and Cigarette Deception

Judith Rodríguez
External Faculty Fellow
Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies,
Indiana University-Bloomington
Impositions: The Aesthetic Blackening of Puerto Rico and its Diaspora

Margarita Rosa
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
"Partus Sequitur Ventrem": Hereditary Slavery in the Spanish and Portuguese New World Colonies

Londa Schiebinger
Ellen Andrews Wright Internal Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
Global Review of Sex, Gender, and Diversity Analysis in Research Policies of Major Public Funding Agencies

Susan Stryker
Marta Sutton Weeks External Fellow
Department of Gender and Women's Studies, University of Arizona
Changing Gender: A Trans History of North America from Colonization to the Present

Anna Toledano
Career Launch Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
Collecting Independence: The Science and Politics of Natural History Museums in New Spain, 1770–1820

Fred Turner
Donald Andrews Whittier Internal Fellow
Department of Communications, Stanford University
Crisis of Representation: Media and the Politics of Difference in 1980s America

Vannessa Velez
SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
No Promised Land: Environmental Inequality and Environmental Governance in Atlanta, 1949–1990

Heather Vrana
External Faculty Fellow
Department of History, University of Florida
Guerrilla Medicine and Disability in Cold War Central America

Esther Yu
Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of English, Stanford University
Experiencing the Novel: The Genre of Tender Conscience

Adnan Zulfiqar
External Faculty Fellow
Law Department, Rutgers University-Camden
Duties to the Collective: Jurists, Islamic law and the Search for Cohesion, 945 to 1258 CE

Victoria Zurita
SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
The Paradoxes of Aesthetic Individualism: Fashioning Selves and Communities in Fin-de-siècle France and Spanish America


The Center’s fellowships are made possible by gifts and grants from the following individuals, foundations, and Stanford offices: The Esther Hayfer Bloom Estate, Theodore H. and Frances K. Geballe, Mimi and Peter Haas, Marta Sutton Weeks, the Mericos Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the offices of the Dean of Research and the Dean of Humanities and Sciences.