Current Fellows and Their Projects



Mellon Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence

  • Manisha Sinha, James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History, University of Connecticut

Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship

  • Caylin Carbonell, History, College of William & Mary, “’At Home in My Master’s House’: Household, Labor, and Authority in Early New England”

AAS-NEH Fellowships

  • Steffi Dippold, Associate Professor, English, Kansas State University, “Plain as in Primitive: The Figure of the Native in Early America, 1640-1700"
  • William “Hunt” Howell, Associate Professor, English, Boston University, “Worldly Muses: American Occasional Poetry from the Revolution to Reconstruction”
  • Jonathan Schroeder, Assistant Professor, English and Comparative Literary Studies, “The United States Governed by Six Hundred Thousand Despots: The Lives of John S. Jacobs”
  • Tamara Thornton, Professor, History, SUNY Buffalo, “Globes and the Global Imagination in America: A Study in People, Ideas, and Objects”
  • Rachel Walker, Assistant Professor, History, University of Hartford, “Beauty and the Brain: The Science of the Mind in Early America”
  • Nazera Wright, Associate Professor, English, University of Kentucky, “Early African American Women Writers and their Libraries”

AAS Short Term Fellowships 2020-2021

AAS-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

  • Berta Joncus, Assistant Professor, Music, Goldsmiths University of London, “British Abolitionist Song c. 1780-1800"

American Historical Print Collectors

  • Samuel Backer, PhD candidate, History, Johns Hopkins University, “’The Parlor and the Public’: The Political Economy of Culture in America, 1870-1920”


  • Jess Libow, PhD candidate, English, Emory University, “Political Movement: Ability Sex and Reform in the Nineteenth-Century U.S”

Stephen Botein

  • Brian Baaki, Postdoctoral fellow, English, University of Memphis, “Collecting Black Voices: Anthologies and Nineteenth-Century African American Literature”
  • Kandice Sharren, Sessional Instructor, English, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, “Politics, Paratexts, and Transatlantic Fiction, 1790-1840"

Drawn to Art

  • Alice Walkiewicz, PhD candidate, Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY, “Fabricating Clothing and Myth in the American Gilded Age”

Christoph Daniel Ebeling Fellowships

(jointly sponsored by AAS and the German Association for American Studies)

  • Elena Furlanetto, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Duisburg-Essen, "Converts, Creoles, Renegades: Dynamics of (Dis)ambiguation in Early North American Literature"

David Jaffee

  • Laura Ping, Adjunct Assistant Professor, History, Pace University, “Beyond Bloomers: Fashioning Change in Nineteenth-Century Dress”

Kate Van Winkle Keller

  • Nym Cooke, Independent scholar, Music, “Inventory of American Sacred Music Imprints and Manuscripts through 1820”


  • Elissa Myers, PhD candidate, English, CUNY Graduate Center, “Crafting Girlhoods”

Jay and Deborah Last

  • Mathilde Andrews, PhD candidate, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley, “Winslow Homer and Evolutionary Thought”
  • Rebecca Bryer, PhD candidate, Theatre and Drama, Northwestern University, “National Acts; Performance, Commemoration, and the Construction of National Identity in the Aftermath of the Civil War”
  • Robert Caldwell, Assistant Professor, History, SOWELA Technical and Community College, “Indians in their Proper Place: Social Sciences and the Mapping of Native America”
  • Anne Cross, PhD candidate, Art History, University of Delaware, “’Features of Cruelty Which Could Not Well Be Described by the Pen’: The Media of Atrocity in Harper’s Weekley, 1862-1866”
  • Alice Crossley, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, English & Journalism, University of Lincoln (UK), “Affect and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Valentines”
  • Nika Elder, Assistant Professor, American Art, American University, “John Singleton Copley and the Culture of Slavery”
  • Andrea Knutson, Associate Professor, English, Oakland University, “Barbados’s Plantation History at the Intersection of Slavery and Ecocide”
  • Ryan Tobler, PhD candidate, Study of Religion, Harvard Divinity School, “American Sacraments: Religion and Ritual in the Early United States”
  • Rosetta Young, Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing and Postdoctoral Writing Fellow, Haverford College, “The Game of Human Life: Modern Cultures of Childhood and Professional Society”
  • Eran Zelnik, Lecturer, History, California State University, Chico, “Republic of Mirth: Settler-Humor and the Making of a White Man’s Democracy, 1750-1850”


  • Cynthia Smith, Independent scholar, “Sentimental Sailors, Rescue and Conversion in Antebellum U.S. Literature”

Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson

  • Timothy Fosbury, Phd candidate, English, UCLA, “Persistent Futures of Bermudas Past”
  • Holly Gruntner, PhD candidate, History, William & Mary, “some people of skil and curiosity’: Knowledge and Labor in Early American Gardens, 1650-1820"
  • Yiyun Huang, PhD candidate, History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, “The Chinese Origins of Medicinal Tea: Global Cultural Transfer and a Vast Early America”
  • Michael Jirik, Postdoctoral fellow, History, UMass, Amherst, “Abolition and Academe: Struggles for Freedom and Equality at British and American Colleges, 1742-1853”
  • Lindsay Keiter, Assistant Professor, History, Penn State Altoona, “Uniting Interests: Love, Money, and the Law in American Marriage, 1750-1860"
  • Jonathan Lande, Assistant Professor, History, Weber State University, “Warriors, Rebels, and Runaways”
  • Nina Moon, PhD Candidate, English, Northwestern University, “Mobile Women: Domesticity, Race, and Empire in the Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic”
  • Jerrad Pacatte, PhD candidate, History, Rutgers University, “Fit for Town or Country: African American Women, Labor, and the Pursuit of Freedom in New England, 1740-1850”
  • Anna Todd, PhD candidate, History, University of Pennsylvania, History, “The Ties that Bind: Illegitimacy in Early America”
  • Zachary Turpin, Assistant Professor, English, University of Idaho, “A Targeted Archival Search for Walt Whitman’s Missing Novels”


  • John Bidwell, Librarian/Curator, The Morgan Library & Museum, “The Declaration of Independence: Print, Broadsides, and Facsimiles”
  • Daniel Diez Couch, Assistant Professor, English, U.S. Air Force Academy, “American Fragments: The Political Aesthetic of Literary Ruins in the Early Republic”

Justin G. Schiller

  • Micah-Jade Coleman Stanback, PhD candidate, English, Texas Christian University, “Beyond Innocence: Examining Literary Representations of Black Childhood in the Nineteenth Century”

Joyce Tracy

  • Catherine Peters, PhD candidate, American Studies, Harvard University, “A Free Race of Cultivators: Empire, Race, and Nature in the Nineteenth-Century Caribbean”


Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers - 2019

William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellowships

  • Brece Honeycutt, mixed media artist, Sheffield, MA, research for a series of artist books that demonstrate the natural world in ages past
  • David Mills, poet, Long Island City, New York, research for poetry manuscript, History's Whisper, focusing on slavery in Massachusetts and New York

Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowships

  • Laurie McCants, actor, Bloomburg, Pennsylvania, research for solo performance about Frances Slocum, who in 1778 was abducted by the Lenape at 5 years of age
  • Trudy Williams, dramatist, Red Skies Music Ensemble, Leeds, MA, “Complex Harmony: Music, Walt Whitman, and the Railroads”

Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship

  • Jazzmen Lee-Johnson, interdisciplinary artist, Providence, RI, research for creation of visual and sonic pieces that explore the business of slavery


Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers - 2020

William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellowships

  • Melanie Cataldo, illustrator, Worcester MA, researching, drawing, and editing book one, "The Making," in a 3 book illustrated middle grade series - "The Big Sister Rule Book."
  • Michael Schlitt, storyteller, Los Angeles CA, research for project "The Pursuit of Happiness" podcast, a multi-episode audio series about Americans' quest for an elusive, aspirational ideal of happiness

Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowships

  • Diane Glancy, poet, Shawnee Mission KS, research for project titled "Quadrille," which explores the effect of Christianity on the Native American
  • Eireann Lorsung, writer, Farmington ME, research for book-length work of non-fiction that examines the history of gardens in Europe and the U.S. at points where this history intersects with immigration, colonization, and empire, with a special focus on the categories of 'native' and 'invasive'

Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship

  • Marianne Petit, mixed media artist, New York NY, research for "Mouth & Toes: The World of 19th-Century (Performative) Silhouette Artists with Disabilities"

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