Current Fellows and Their Projects


Mellon Distinguished Scholars

  • John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University, "The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic" (through December 2012)
  • Christopher Castiglia,
    Liberal Arts Research Professor of English, Pennsylvania State University, "The Practices of Hope and other Romantic Dispositions" (January through June 2013)


Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship

  • Dawn Peterson, Ph.D. in American Studies (2011),
    New York University, "Unusual Sympathies: Settler Imperialism, Slavery, and the Politics of Adoption in the Early U.S. Republic"


AAS-National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships

  • David Anthony, Associate Professor of English, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, "The Sensational Jew in Antebellum America: Conversion, Race, and the Making of Middle-Class Culture"
  • Neil Kamil, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin, "Artisans of 'Inventive Genius': Atlantic Refugees, Niche Economies, and Portable Devices in the Manufacture of Polite Matter, 1640-1789"
  • Daniel Mandell, Professor of History, Truman State University, "The Lost Tradition of Equality in America, 1600-1870"
  • Jennifer Manion, Assistant Professor of History, Connecticut College, "Crossing Gender: Female Masculinity in the Eighteenth & Nineteenth Centuries"
  • Jessie Morgan-Owens, Assistant Professor of English, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, "Letters of Light: Photographic Writing in the Literature of Abolition"


American Historical Print Collectors Society Fellowship

  • Jonathan Den Hartog, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern College, "Transatlantic Antijacobinism"


AAS-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship

  • Molly Farrell, Assistant Professor of English, Ohio State University, "Counting Bodies: Imagining Population in English America"


Stephen Botein Fellowships

  • Kristen Doyle Highland, Ph.D. in English, New York University, "At the Bookstore: Literary and Cultural Experience in Antebellum New York City"
  • Scott McLaren, Associate Professor of Humanities, York University, "Nurseries of Faith: The New York Methodist Book Concern and the Growth of Methodist Sunday Schools in Upper Canada, 1815-1850"


Drawn to Art Fellowship

  • Melanie Hernandez, Ph.D. Candidate in English, University of Washington, Seattle, "Currier & Ives' 'Darktown' Series: Recovering White Capital through Violent Satire"


Christoph Daniel Ebeling Fellowship
(jointly sponsored by AAS and the German Association for American Studies)

  • Birte Christ, Assistant Professor of English, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, "A Systematic Survey of Anti-Gallows Poetry in the Democratic Review, The Hangman/The Prisoners' Friend, and Selected Periodicals from 1842-1849"
  • Andrea Zittlau, Research Assistant in English and North American Studies, University of Rostock, "Disfigurement and the Medical Gaze in Nineteenth-Century American Literature"


The Lapides Fellowship in Pre-1865 Juvenile Literature and Ephemera

  • Christopher Phillips,
    Assistant Professor of English, Lafayette College, "The Hymn as a Vehicle
    for Children's Literacy, 1700-1850"


Jay and Deborah Last Fellowships

  • Sara Beetham, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, University of Delaware, "Sculpting the Citizen Soldier: Reproduction and National Memory, 1865-1917"
  • Justin Clark, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Southern California, "Training the Eyes: Romantic Vision and Class Formation in Boston, 1830-1870"
  • Frances Clarke, Lecturer in History, University of Sydney, "Minors in the Military: A History of Child Soldiers from the Revolution to the Civil War"
  • Michael D'Alessandro, Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies, Boston University, "Staged Readings: Sensationalism and Audience in Popular American Literature and Theater, 1830-1870"
  • Brett Grainger, Ph.D. Candidate in Religion, Harvard University, "The Vital Landscape: Evangelicals and Nature in America, 1740-1870"
  • Mazie Harris, Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Art & Architecture, Brown University, "Selling Photography on Broadway, 1839-1884"
  • Jessica Linker, Candidate in History, University of Connecticut, "'It is my wish to behold Ladies among my hearers': Early American Women and Scientific Practice, 1720-1860"
  • Mairin Odle, Ph.D. Candidate in History, New York University, "Stories Written on the Body: Cross-Cultural Markings in the North American Atlantic, 1600-1830"
  • Alexandra Socarides, Assistant Professor of English, University of Missouri, "The Lyric Pose: Nineteenth-Century American Women's Poetry and the Problem of Recovery"
  • Brian Valencia, Candidate in Dramaturgy, Yale University, "Performance Histories of Nineteenth-Century Extravaganza and Burlesque"


Legacy Fellowship

  • Alpen Razi,
    Ph.D. Candidate in English, University of Toronto, "Colored Citizens of the World"


Northeast Modern Language Association Fellowship

  • Molly O'Hagan Hardy,
    Post-Doctorate Fellow, Southwestern University, "Imperial Authorship and Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Literary Production"


Barbara L. Packer Fellowship
(established by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society)

  • James Finley,
    Ph.D. Candidate in English, University of New Hampshire, "'Violence done to nature': Free Soil and the Environment in Antebellum Antislavery Writing"


Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowships

  • Christopher Apap, Lecturer in English, Oakland University, "The Genius of the Place"
  • Richard Bell, Assistant Professor of History, University of Maryland, "The Blackest Market: Patty Cannon, Kidnapping, and the Domestic Slave Trade"
  • Christine Croxall, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Delaware, "Holy Waters: Lived Religion, Identity, and Loyalty along the Mississippi River, 1780-1830"
  • Myron Gray, Ph.D. Candidate in Music, University of Pennsylvania, "French Music in Federal Philadelphia"
  • Randi Lewis, Candidate in History, University of Virginia, "To 'the most distant parts of the Globe': Trade, Politics, and the Maritime Frontier in the Early Republic, 1763-1819"
  • Patrick Luck, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Johns Hopkins University, "The Creation of a Deep South: Making the Sugar and Cotton Revolutions in the Lower Mississippi Valley, 1790-1825"
  • Mikki Smith, Ph.D. Candidate in Library & Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "'Even a Boy's Press Has a Power': Amateur Journalism and Youth Information Culture, 1867-1890"
  • Christina Snyder, Assistant Professor of History, Indiana University, Bloomington, "The Indian Gentlemen of Choctaw Academy: Status and Sovereignty in Antebellum America"
  • Mark Thompson, Assistant Professor of American Studies, University of Groningen, Netherlands, "Surveyors and the Production of Empire in British North America"
  • Gloria McCahon Whiting, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Harvard University, "'Endearing Ties': Black Family Life in Early New England"


Reese Fellowship

  • Christopher Hunter, Assistant Professor of English, California Institute of Technology, "A New and More Perfect Edition: Reading, Editing, and Publishing Autobiography in America, 1787-1850"
  • Claire Parfait, Professor of English, Université de Paris 13, "African American Historian, 1830s-1930s: Book History and Historiography"


Justin G. Schiller Fellowship

  • Matthew Sivils, Assistant Professor of English, Iowa State University, "The Rise of American
    Environmental Literature, 1782-1847"


Joyce A. Tracy Fellowship

  • Brian Luskey, Assistant Professor of History, West Virginia University, "Magnificent Rogue: A Swindler, Seducer, and Slaver in the Nineteenth Century"


William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellowships

  • Ansel Elkins, poet, Greensboro, NC, research for book-length collection of poems about the private lives of nineteenth-century conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, and Millie-Christine McKoy
  • Anne Harley, librettist and soprano, Claremont, CA, research for libretto about Mother Ann Lee, founder of the Shakers and research of early American music to perform and record


Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowships

  • Deborah Brevoort, playwrigth, North Bergen, NJ, research for historical play about George and Martha Washington and the role of fashion in the shaping of the American identity
  • Cahterine Reid, writer and essayist, Asheville NC, research for extended work of creative nonfiction tentatively titled "13 Travels with William Bartram" on the life and writing of William Bartram (1739-1823)


Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship

  • Nancy Bowen, mixed media arts, Brooklyn, NY, research for a series of collages titled "Angels and Almanacs"

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