Current Fellows and Their Projects


Mellon Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence

  • P. Gabrielle Foreman, Paterno Family Professor of American Literature and Professor of African American Studies and History, Penn State, "Founding Families of the Convention Movement: The Long History of Black Organizing for Civil Rights"

Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship

  • Ann Daly, assistant professor of history, Mississippi State University, "Minting America: The Politics, Technology and Culture of Money in the Early United States"

AAS-NEH Fellowships

  • Jamie Bolker, Newberry Library, "Lost and Found: Wayfinding in Early America"
  • Cecilio Cooper, visiting assistant professor, English, Tulane University, "South of Heaven: Surface, Territory,and the Black Chthonic"
  • Nicholas Crawford, postdoctoral fellow, American culture studies, Washington University in St. Louis, "Sustaining Slavery"
  • Jesse Olsavsky, assistant professor, history, Duke Kunshan University, "Fire and Sword Will Affect More Good: Runaways, Vigilance Committees, and the Rise of Revolutionary Abolitionism, 1835-1861"
  • Kathryn Walkiewicz, assistant professor, literature, University of California - San Diego, "Un-Tied States: Nineteenth-Century Narratives of Indigeneity and Territory"


Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers - 2022

William Randolph Hearst Foundation

  • Shirley Hunt, musician, Boston MA, research for concert/lecture which focuses on early 19th-century lutherie in New England
  • Keith Wilson, poet, Chicago IL, research for manuscript of lyric poems surrounding the legacy of American violence and insurrection in contrast to prevailing ideas about nonviolence, democracy, and brotherhood

Robert and Charlotte Baron

  • Maureen Fouratt, Asbury Park, NJ and Mary Eileen Egan, Richmond, VA, creative writers, research for nonfiction picture book for school-aged children about the life and work of Ruth Henshaw Basco, 19th-century folk artist
  • Darlene Taylor, writer and PhD Candidate in English Literature, Howard University, research for novel that follows the lives of two people fighting for freedom and trying to restore their lives after the Civil War

Jay and Deborah Last

  • Janet Pritchard, Professor of Art Emerita, University of Connecticut, research for photographic project about the Connecticut River and its rich history from early European settlement to 19th-century industrialism to protected land

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