Current Fellows and Their Projects



Mellon Distinguished Scholar in Residence

  • Lisa Brooks, Henry S. Poler '59 Presidential Teaching Professor of English and American Studies, Amherst College

Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship

  • Emily Gowen, PhD candidate in English, Boston University, “On the Margins: Steady-Sellers and the Problem of Inequality in Nineteenth-Century America”

AAS-NEH Fellowships

  • Kabria Baumgartner, associate professor of history & Africana studies, Northeastern University, “Revolutionizing the City: Black Youth and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Boston”
  • Juliane Braun, assistant professor of English, Auburn University, “Translating the Pacific: Nature Writing, Print Culture, and the Making of Transoceanic Empire”
  • Sara Danger, associate professor of English, Valparaiso University, “In Their Own Words: Child Writers and the Nineteenth-Century Press”
  • Rebecca Rosen, assistant professor of English, Murray State University, “Postmortem Life: Anatomy, Autopsy, and Testimony in Early America and the Atlantic World”
  • Samantha Seeley, associate professor of history, University of Richmond, “Bound by Treaty: Emancipation and Diplomacy in the Age of Revolutions”
  • Whitney Martinko, associate professor of history, Villanova University, “The Corporate Origins of Cultural Property”

AAS Short Term Fellowships

AAS-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

  • Elizabeth Bouldin, associate professor of history, Florida Gulf Coast University, “Teachers of the Light: Quaker Women Educators in the Age of Reason”


  • Elisabeth Yang, recent PhD in childhood studies, Rutgers University, “Constructing Moral Babies: Medical and Pedagogical Discourses on Infancy in America, 1810s-1920s”

American Historical Print Collectors Society

  • James Broomall, associate professor of history, Shepherd University, “Battle Pieces: The Art and Artifacts of the American Civil War Era”

Stephen Botein

  • Sarah Salter, assistant professor of English, Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi, “Sex in Pages: A Theoretical History of Periodical Sexualities”
  • Kristofer Stinson, PhD candidate in history, George Mason University, “Shadows and Solid Things: Religion and Archaeology in the Atlantic World”

Drawn to Art

  • Cambra Sklarz, PhD candidate in history of art, University of California, Riverside, “The Artist and the Ecosystem: Strategies for the Use and Reuse of Materials in Early America”

Christoph Daniel Ebeling

  • Antonia Purk, postdoctoral researcher, history of science, University of Erfurt, Germany, “Cooking up Significations: Foodways and Racialization in American Literature of the Long 19th Century”

David Jaffee

  • Phillippa Pitts, PhD candidate in history of art & architecture, Boston University, “The Self-Made Man: Race, Gender, and Disability in Antebellum Pharmaceutical Imaginaries”

Kate Van Winkle Keller

  • Berta Joncus, reader, department of music, Goldsmiths, University of London, “Abolitionist Song: Anglo-American Exchanges, 1780-1810”


  • K. Elise Leal, assistant professor of history, Whitworth University, “’Nurseries of Piety’: Sunday Schools and Children’s Religious Culture in the Unites States, 1790-1860”

Jay and Deborah Last

  • Ryan Bachman, PhD candidate in history, University of Delaware, “Done in Canton”: Chinese Export Waxworks in American Museums”
  • Anders Bright, PhD candidate in history, University of Pennsylvania, “Luck’s Metropolis; Lotteries, Finance, and Class in New York, 1780-1830”
  • Julia Carroll, PhD candidate in American & New England studies, Boston University, “The Protestant Sanctioning of Race-Based Slavery in Language & Landscape in the Anglo-American South, 1739-1791”
  • Alexander David Clayton, PhD candidate in history, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, “The Living Animal:Biopower and Empire in the Atlantic Menagerie, 1760-1890”
  • John Patrick M. Fetherston, PhD candidate in history, University of Maryland, College Park, “Taverns, African Americans, and the American Public in the Age of Revolutions”
  • Allison Fulton, PhD candidate in English, University of California Davis, “Disciplining Craft: The Gendered Making of Nineteenth-Century American Science”
  • Alexandra Macdonald, PhD candidate in history, William & Mary, “The Social Life of Time in the Anglo-Atlantic World, 1660-1830”
  • Julia Rosenbaum, associate professor of art history and visual culture, Bard College, “Unruly Bodies?: Portraying Science and Citizenry in Post-Civil War America”
  • Merav Schocken, PhD candidate in English, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Material Faith: The Business of Death and the Afterlife in Nineteenth-Century America”
  • Ben Wright, associate professor of historical studies, The University of Texas at Dallas, “Empires of Souls: The United States, Britain, and West African Colonization”


  • Richard Bell, professor of history, University of Maryland, College Park, “The First Freedom Riders:Streetcars and Street Fights in Jim Crow New York”

Barbara Packer

  • Keegan O’Connor, PhD candidate in English & drama, Queen Mary University of London, “Volatile Presences: The American Experience of Seventeenth-Century English Writing”

Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson

  • Sopanit Angsusingha, PhD candidate in history, Georgetown University, “The Gospel of Civility: Missionary Encounters, Education, and Gender in Iraq”
  • Molly Farrell, associate professor of English, Ohio State University, “New World Calculation: The Making of Numbers in Colonial America”
  • Alexandra Finley, assistant professor of history, University of Pittsburgh, “Forced to Work for Her Own Support: Financial Panic in the Household Economy”
  • Travis Foster, associate professor of English & Gender and Women’s Studies, Villanova University, “Womanish: Variant Femininities Before Gay and Trans”
  • Jean Franzino, visiting assistant professor, English, Boston College, “Dis-Union: Disability, Narrative, and the American Civil War”
  • Eva Landsberg, PhD candidate in history, Yale University, “The Politics of Sugar in the 18th-Century British Atlantic”
  • Edu Levati, PhD candidate, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, “Hemispheric Negotiations: The United States Recognition of Brazilian Independence”
  • Paul Polgar, associate professor of history, The University of Mississippi, “An Abolition Peace: Black Rights, the Union Cause, and the Rise of Radical Reconstruction”
  • Michael Schoeppner, associate professor of history, University of Maine, Farmington, “The First Illegal Immigrants”
  • Jeremy Zallen, associate professor of history, Lafayette College, “Saltwater Marronage: Making the Pacific into a Fugitive Geography”


  • Sonia Di Loreto, associate professor, foreign languages and literature, Universita di Torino, “Cristina di Belgiojoso and the New York Daily Tribune: Asia Minor and Cosmopolitan Utopianism in American Periodical Publications, 1840-1860”
  • Theodore Delwiche, PhD candidate in history, Yale University, “The Contested Classics”

Justin G. Schiller

  • Abigail Corcoran, PhD candidate in history, University of Wisconsin – Madison, “Juvenile Reform Societies in the Antebellum

Joyce Tracy

  • Andrew Robertson, associate professor of history, CUNY Graduate Center, “Divergent Political Language North and South”

Diana Korzenik Virtual Research Fellowships

  • Deena Al-halabieh, Ph.D. candidate, University of California at Santa Barbara, "Princes Among Slaves: Orientalism, Race, and Religion in 18th -19th Century American Arabic Slave Narratives"
  • Sherita L. Johnson, assistant professor of English, University of Southern Mississippi, "Panoramic Travel with Frances Harper: Archival Recovery of the Reconstruction Years"
  • Shana Klein, assistant professor, Kent State University, "Spoiled Milk: The Visual Culture of Breastfeeding and Motherhood in Victorian America"


Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers - 2022

Hearst Foundations

  • Shirley Hunt, musician, Boston MA, research for concert/lecture which focuses on early 19th-century lutherie in New England
  • Darryl Lauster, sculptor, Associate Chair, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas, Arlington, research for a series of bronze sculptures that will visually identify with scrolls and parchment manuscripts

Robert and Charlotte Baron

  • Maureen Egan, Richmond, VA and Mary Eileen Fouratt, Asbury Park, NJ, creative writers, research for nonfiction picture book for school-aged children about the life and work of Ruth Henshaw Bascom, 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

Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers - 2023

Hearst Foundations

  • Danielle Legros George, poet, research for “Acts of Resistance to New England Slavery by Africans Themselves in New England,” a series of poems about Black self-determinism and articulations of freedom within and against the context of Northern slavery
  • D. Lance Marsh, playwright, Professor of Theatre, Oklahoma City University and Associate Artistic Director at Oklahoma Shakespeare Company, research for “Macbeth/Forrest/Macbeth” a radical reworking of the text of Shakespeare’s Macbeth as seen through the lens of the Astor Place Riots

Robert and Charlotte Baron

  • Monique Celeste Hayes, historical novelist, research for “Sally Forth,” on African-American experience during the American Revolution from the years 1771-1785
  • Kristina Martino, poet and visual artist, research for “The Avian Kingdom,” a project that concerns reinventing the pastoral poem and fusing human consciousness with that of the landscape, as well as various environmental and health crises

Jay and Deborah Last

  • Jen Bervin, poet and interdisciplinary artist, research for “Measuring the Sun,” encompassing new and ongoing work on Emily Dickinson focused on artworks in the form of composites, concordances, visual indexes, and artist books

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