Newberry Fellows

The Newberry’s fellowship program dates to 1944, when the institution received a $100,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to encourage scholarship in Midwestern studies. Since then, the program has grown in size and scope. The Newberry currently welcomes long-term and short-term fellows from around the globe each year. These fellows pursue research in the Newberry’s collections on topics that range widely across the humanities. Current fellows are listed here, by name, affiliation, and the title of the fellowship project.

The following links list fellows from previous years, indicating their name, fellowship, academic affiliation, and project titles as they were at the time of their fellowship:

2013-2014 | 2012-2013 | 2011-2012 | 2010-2011 | 2009-2010 | 2008-2009 | 2007-2008 | 2006-2007

Newberry Fellows 2014–2015

Long-Term Fellows

Lori Anne Ferrell
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow
Professor of Early Modern History and Literature, Claremont Graduate University
Historians and the Sacred: Inventing the Anglican Reformation

Linford Fisher
Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History
Assistant Professor of History, Brown University
The Land of the Unfree: Africans, Indians, and the Varieties of Slavery and Servitude in Colonial New England and the Atlantic World

Rachel Galvin
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, The Johns Hopkins University
Poetry and the Press in Wartime

Walter Melion
Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel / Andrew W. Mellon / National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Art History, Emory University
“Imago veridica”: The Visual Form, Function, and Argument of Joannes David, S.J.’s Four Latin Emblem Books

Karen Sánchez-Eppler
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History
Professor of American Studies and English, Amherst College
In the Archives of Childhood: Personal and Historical Pasts

Vivasvan Soni
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow
Associate Professor of English, Northwestern University
Aesthetics and the Crisis of Judgment in the Eighteenth Century

Daniel Usner
Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Faculty Fellow
Holland N. McTyeire Professor of History, Vanderbilt University
From Bayou Teche to Fifth Avenue: How Chitimacha Indian Baskets Moved Across America

Kimberly Welch
Monticello College Foundation / Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History
Assistant Professor of History, West Virginia University
Black Litigants: Rethinking Race and Power in the American South, 1820-1860

Jessica Wolfe
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow / Herzog August Bibliotheck Wolfenbüttel Nominee
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Thomas Browne’s Pseudodxia Epidemica (1646; 1672): A Definitive Scholarly Edition for Oxford University Press

Long-Term Faculty Fellows

Priscilla Archibald
Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar Faculty Fellow
Assistant Professor of Spanish, Roosevelt University
Mexico and Peru through Word and Image, 1492-1820

Delia Cosentino
Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of the History of Art and Architecture, DePaul University
Mexico and Peru through Word and Image, 1492-1820

Bridget Draxler
Associated Colleges of the Midwest Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Psychology, Monmouth College
Knowledge and Technology: From Socrates to the Digital Age

Hannah Schell
Associated Colleges of the Midwest Faculty Fellow
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Monmouth College
Knowledge and Technology: From Socrates to the Digital Age

Short-Term Fellows

Michael Bane
Newberry Library Short Term Fellow
PhD Candidate in Musicology, Case Western Reserve University
Musical Practices of the Honnête Homme in Seventeenth-Century France

Amy Bergseth
Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellow
PhD Candidate in History, University of Oklahoma
Intertribal Interactions and Community Resilience in Nine Northeastern Oklahoma Indian Nations

Samuel Brannon
Charles Montgomery Gray Fellow
PhD Candidate in Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Writing about Music in Early-Modern Print Culture: Authors, Readers, and Printers

Michela Cecconi
Newberry Library-Kress Foundation Fellow
Independent Scholar, Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”
At the Dawn of Western Calligraphy: Writing Rules and Actual Usage of the Italic Script in the Sixteenth Century

Laura Cervi
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Faculty Fellow
Lecturer, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & IES Abroad Barcelona
Active Citizenship and Minorities: The Intercultural Dialogue Challenge

Katy Chiles
Newberry Library Short Term Fellow
Assistant Professor of English, University of Tennessee
Raced Collaboration: The Idea of Authorship and Early African American and Native American Literature

Duane Corpis
Charles Montgomery Gray Fellow
Assistant Professor of History, Cornell University
Contested Clamor: Histories of Pre-Industrial Noise in Early Modern Germany

Lucas Dietrich
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Fellow
PhD Candidate in English Literature, University of New Hampshire
Future Readers: W.E.B. DuBois, Sui Sin Far, and the A.C. McClurg & Co. Catalogue

Erin Downey
Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Fellow
PhD Candidate in Art History, Temple University
The Bentvueghels: Networking and Agency in the Seicento Roman Art Market

Elizabeth Ellis
Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellow
PhD Candidate in History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Altho You Are But Few In Numbers”: The Petites Nations in the Lower Mississippi River Valley from the Natchez Wars through the Louisiana Purchase

Jérémie Ferrer-Bartomeu
Newberry Library-École Nationale des Chartes Exchange Fellow
PhD Candidate in History, École Nationale des Chartes
The Will of the State: Power of the “Offices”, Correspondence and Reconfiguration of the Political Society: the Department of Nicolas de Neufville, Lord of Villeroy, State Secretary (circa 1560–1610)

Tol Foster
Susan Kelly Power and Helen Hornbeck Tanner Fellow
Assistant Professor of English, Marquette University
‘To Become One, and Yet Many’: The Enduring Indian Territory and the Twentieth Century Cultural Revision of The United States

James Freeman
Charles Montgomery Gray Fellow
Independent Scholar and Intern, Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts, British Library
The Manuscript Dissemination and Readership of the ‘Polychronicon’ of Ranulph Higden, c. 1330–c. 1500

Cristina Gonzalez
Renaissance Studies Consortium Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Latin American Art History, Oklahoma State University
Women on the Cross: Imitatio Christi and Female Piety in the Spanish World, 1500-1850

Tomasz Grusiecki
Renaissance Studies Consortium Graduate Student Fellow
PhD Candidate in Art History, McGill University
Incarnated Histories: Polish-Lithuanian Clothes as the Conduit of Knowledge (1587-1668)

Angela Haas
Charles Montgomery Gray Fellow
Visiting Assistant Professor of History, University of Maine
Miracles in the Press: Religious Authority and Intellectual Autonomy in Eighteenth-Century France

Soren Hammerschmidt
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Fellow
Instructor of English, Interdisciplinary Humanities, and Communication, Arizona State University
Modular Pope: Letters, Portraits, and Recycled Print

Alanna Hickey
Lawrence Lipking Fellow
PhD Candidate in Literature, Northwestern University
The Forms of National Belonging: The Politics of US Citizenship in Nineteenth-Century Native American Print Poetry

James Hill
Newberry Library-Jack Miller Center Fellow
PhD Candidate in United States History, The College of William and Mary
Muskogee Internationalism in an Age of Revolution, 1763-1818

Elizabeth Horodowich
Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) Fellow
Professor of History, New Mexico State University
Armchair Travelers and the Venetian Discovery of the New World

Paula Hrycyk
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Faculty Fellow
PhD Candidate in History, Universidad de Buenos Aires & IES Abroad Buenos Aires
Forging American Art and Identity: Public Interventions during the Great Depression

Joshua Jeffers
Newberry Library-American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) Fellow
PhD Candidate in History, Purdue University
Native Spaces, Settler Colonial Landscapes, and the Culture of Manifest Destiny: Geographies of Power and the Transformation of Ohio Country, 1701-1830

Robert Ketterer
Newberry Library-American Musicological Society (AMS) Fellow
Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa
Early Opera, Ancient History, and European Relations with the Ottoman Empire

Heather Kopelson
Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois Fellow
Assistant Professor of History, University of Alabama
Idolatrous Processions: The Production of Peoples and Places in the Atlantic World

Joshua Levy
Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellow
PhD Candidate in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Eating Empire, Going Local: Food, Power, and Sovereignty on Pohnpei, 1886-2000

Scott Libson
Newberry Library Short Term Fellow
PhD Candidate in American History, Emory University
The Christianization of Capital: The Business of Mission Movement Fundraising, 1865-1929

Francesco Lo Conte
Lester J. Cappon Fellow in Documentary Editing
Assistant Professor of Literature, Università degli Studi di Bergamo
For a Critical Edition to: Laurentius Valla, Antidotum II in Pogium: The Examination of Chicago, Newberry Library, MS 97.7

Christopher Looby
Newberry Library Short Term Fellow
Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles
Alice French / Octave Thanet’s Queer Nineteenth Century

Erik McDuffie
Newberry Library Short Term Fellow
Associate Professor of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Garveyism in the American Heartland: Black Internationalism in the Diasporic Midwest

Jorge Macle
Arthur and Janet Holzheimer Fellow in the History of Cartography
Researcher and Curator of Maps, National Archives of the Republic of Cuba
Contexts and Mapping Trends in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Perceptions from an Insular Construction

Dustin Mack
Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellow
PhD Candidate in History, University of Oklahoma
A River of Continuity, Tributaries of Change: The Chickasaw and the Mississippi River, 1736-1836

Devon Miller
Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellow
PhD Candidate in Anthropology, Michigan State University
Dwelling on a Northern Indiana Settlerscape, 1829-1860

Max Mishler
Newberry Library-Jack Miller Center Fellow
PhD Candidate in History, New York University
Boundaries of Freedom: Abolition, Punishment, and the Atlantic Origins of Mass Incarceration

Justine Murison
Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Fellow
Associate Professor of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
American Infidelity: Secularity, Slavery, and the Making of U.S. Fiction

Mindy LaTour O’Brien
Newberry Library-École Nationale des Chartes Exchange Fellow
PhD Candidate in Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles
Music and Moral Repair in Early Modern France

Gillian O’Brien
Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois Fellow
Senior Lecturer in History, Liverpool John Moores University
‘America’ and the Illustrations of Thomas Nast

Antonio Ricci
Charles Montgomery Gray Fellow
Associate Professor of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, York University
The Furioso in Print: Early Editions of a Renaissance Bestseller

Ran Segev
Newberry Library Short Term Fellow
PhD Candidate in Colonial Latin American History, University of Texas-Austin
The Science of Faith: Spanish Mysticism, Biblical Imagination, and the Study of Nature in the Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Atlantic

Rowan Steineker
Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellow
PhD Candidate in History, University of Oklahoma
The Indian Solution to the “White Problem”: Education, Race, and Sovereignty in the Nineteenth Century Creek Nation

Yevan Terrien
Newberry Library-Jack Miller Center Fellow
PhD Candidate in History, University of Pittsburgh
Exiles and Fugitives: Mobility, Labor, and Power in Early Louisiana (ca. 1700-1810)

Simone Testa
Newberry Library Short Term Fellow
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of London
Politics and Geography in the Manuscript Collection of Giacomo Castelvetro

Jesse Tisch
Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellow
Independent Scholar and Director of the Posen Foundation U.S. in New York City
Rebel with a Cause: A Life of Ben Hecht

Elizabeth Upper
Newberry Library-Kress Foundation Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellow, Warburg Institute
Vivid Prints: Color Printmaking and the Transformation of Visual Information in Early Modern Germany

Krista Walters
Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellow
PhD Candidate in History, University of Manitoba
‘Amused Natives’, ‘Happy Inuit’, and ‘(Dis)satisfied Researchers’: Nutrition Experts’ Emotional Encounters with an ‘Alien Race’ in Northern Canada, 1960-1980

Rishona Zimring
Newberry Library Short Term Fellow
Associate Professor of English, Lewis and Clark College
Architecture is Frozen Music: Excavating Chicago’s Modernist Dance Cultures

Weiss-Brown Publication Subvention Recipients

Julia Miller
Professor of Art History, California State University, Long Beach
Co-Author of From Giotto to Botticelli: The Artistic Patronage of the Humiliati in Florence

Laurie Taylor-Mitchell
Independent Scholar of Art History
Co-Author of From Giotto to Botticelli: The Artistic Patronage of the Humiliati in Florence