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Meet Our Long-Term Fellows

2021-22 Long-Term Fellows

Patrick Bottiger
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Patrick Bottiger is an associate professor in the history department at Kenyon College where he specializes in the history of early North America, Indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley, and Revolutionary America. His current research explores the intersections between Indigenous and European agricultures with a particular focus on Euroamerican and Indigenous epistemologies of the natural world. He is especially concerned with using agriculture to historicize ancient America (often referenced as pre-historical America) in order to more properly frame the patterns of continuity and change after 1600.

Bottiger’s first book The Borderland of Fear: Prophetstown, Vincennes, and the Invasion of the Miami Homeland recontextualized the nativist settlement at Prophetstown in the early 1800s to evaluate why Anglo-Americans, French settlers, the Miami polity worked so hard to undermine and destroy Prophetstown. His second project takes a much broader geographic and temporal approach. By researching the history of the Three Sisters agricultural revolution from 300 CE to 1800 CE, he hopes to explain why so many North American Indigenous peoples across a variety of climate zones, language families, and geographic locations adopted the Three Sisters polyculture planting complex. He also plans to explore how planting strategies as well as the sharing of plants entangled European settlers and Indigenous peoples in the early 17th century. In addition to support from the Newberry, he has received funding from the Clements Library, Massachusetts Historical Society, Lilly Library, and the Filson Society, among others.

James Brookes
Richard H. Brown and William Lloyd Barber Fellow

James Brookes received his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham for his dissertation, “Picturing the Civil War: Visual Culture of the Rank and File,” in 2020. The dissertation explored how soldiers were shaped by, and shapers of, a visual culture that proliferated the United States during the Civil War. James charts a shift in how civilians-turned-soldiers created war art founded in blunt reality as the forces of war broke down idealized imaginings of what conflict looked like.

James will spend his residence at the Newberry preparing a book manuscript based on this work and will research how Midwestern soldiers pictured civil war and their place in it through portrait photographs, painted and drawn works, and printed imagery. His research has been supported by the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among other institutions; and has been featured in Civil War History and Journal of American Studies.

Jason Farr
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow

Jason Farr is assistant professor of English at Marquette University. His book, Novel Bodies: Disability and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature (Bucknell UP, 2019), examines how fictional representations of physical disability, deafness, and chronic illness shape the literary history of sexuality. Farr’s writing has also appeared in venues such as Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, and The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.

As an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at The Newberry, Farr will be working on a book project titled Mute Subjects: Nonverbal Characters in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, which analyzes deaf and neurodivergent representation during the British Enlightenment. Mute Subjects brings together insights from disability/queer studies, the history of medicine, and sound studies to examine how the deaf and neurodivergent domains of gesture, auditory variability, and resonance–a key Enlightenment concept concerning vibration and relationality–helped to shape the literature and culture of British sensibility.

A deaf teacher-scholar, Farr also writes about accessibility at conferences and in classrooms with the goal of establishing more inclusive communities. He received his PhD in Literature from the University of California, San Diego in 2013 and lives in Milwaukee, WI.

Martha Few
Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Long-Term Fellow

Martha Few is Professor of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University. She is Senior Editor of the Hispanic American Historical Review. Her research concentrates on the histories of Maya peoples during Spanish colonial rule in Guatemala, Central America, and southern Mexico through the lenses of medicine and public health, gender and sexuality, environmental history, and human-animal studies. Some of her recent books include For All of Humanity: Mesoamerican and Colonial Medicine in Enlightenment Guatemala, Centering Animals in Latin American History (co-edited with Zeb Tortorici), and Baptism Through Incision: The Postmortem Cesarean in the Spanish Empire, co-authored with Zeb Tortorici and Adam Warren.

Amy B. Huang
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Amy B. Huang holds a PhD in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies from Brown University with a focus on nineteenth-century British and American theatre. Her research interests include material culture, memory and museums, theatre history as well as race, ethnicity and immigration. She is currently working on an essay on “artifactual Asianness,” which will appear in the Routledge volume, Milestones in Asian American Theatre: History and Performance. Her research has also been supported by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Harrison Institute at UVA and Winterthur Museum and Library. At the Newberry Library, she will work on her book project, Staging the Material Moves of Race. This project examines how race materialized on late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century stages and performance spaces in the United States and Britain. It looks at theatre’s treatment of race and objecthood within the contexts of policies of expansion, immigration and exclusion, and further considers how artists’ interactions with objecthood worked to engage with and remake the contours of racial abjection.

Aaron Hyman
Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Long-Term Fellow

Aaron M. Hyman is assistant professor in the department of the History of Art and Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches about the art of the Spanish Empire, with a particular focus on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in colonial Latin America and Northern Europe. He is the author of Rubens in Repeat: The Logic of the Copy in Colonial Latin America (Getty Research Institute, 2021), the first book-length study on the transatlantic transmission of European prints to the Spanish Americas and the practices of copying after them that were there developed. An article stemming from this project, “Inventing Painting: Cristóbal de Villalpando, Juan Correa, and New Spain’s Transatlantic Canon,” (Art Bulletin 2017) was awarded the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize from the College Art Association.

While in residence at the Newberry, Hyman will be at work on another book-length project: Seeing Script: On Artistic and Archival Affinity in the Early Modern Spanish World. The project juxtaposes works of art with texts—notarial documents, rare books, loose-leaf prints—not, as one might expect, to probe the different regimes of representation, but instead to expose their shared visual dimensions and to demonstrate how these formal overlaps were capitalized upon by artists to generate meaning for their publics. Here, script itself—script as image—becomes the prime site of art historical inquiry. This project thereby advocates for the archive, or the library special collection, as a place just as important for close looking and visual analysis as for careful reading and transcription.

Gregory Laski
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Gregory Laski is the author of Untimely Democracy: The Politics of Progress after Slavery (Oxford University Press, 2017), which won the American Literature Association’s 2019 Pauline E. Hopkins Society Scholarship Award. Laski is co-editor of a forum on “democracy” in the long nineteenth century that recently was published in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. This project has been enlarged and transformed into a forthcoming edited volume on keywords for American democracy. In addition to these publications, Laski has written essays and articles for Callaloo, African American Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society. Formerly a visiting faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, Laski is currently a civilian associate professor of English at the United States Air Force Academy. He is co-founder of the Democratic Dialogue Project, a Mellon grant-funded exchange between Air Force Academy and Colorado College students that encourages dialogue across the civil-military divide. He earned his PhD at Northwestern University and was a Lipking-Newberry Fellow. As a long-term fellow at the Newberry, he is conducting research for his next book: an intellectual history of revenge in the long Reconstruction era. An overview of the study’s primary argument appeared in the December 2019 number of American Literature; this essay was awarded the journal’s Norman Foerster Prize for best essay of the year as well as the 1921 Prize, given by the American Literature Society.

Laura Matthew
The Evelyn Dunbar and Ruth Dunbar Davee Fellow

Laura Matthew is a historian of southern Mesoamerica, primarily Guatemala, during the Spanish colonial period, and associate professor of history at Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) where she also serves as director of Latin American and Latinx Studies. Her research focuses on how people recreate community, identity, and attachment to place after long migrations and in radically changed circumstances. She has published two books on Mesoamerican allies of the Spanish conquistadors, Indian Conquistadors: Indigenous Allies in the Conquest of Mesoamerica co-edited with Michel Oudijk (2007) and the award-winning Memories of Conquest: Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala (2012). She is creator and director of the digital archive Náhuatl/Náhuat en Centro América and director of an undergraduate research project for heritage Spanish speakers on the legacy of the Maryknoll Sisters in Jacaltenango, Guatemala.

At the Newberry, Dr. Matthew will be working on her book project Those Who Survived: Death and Resilience on Mesoamerica’s Costa del Sur, 1480-1630, which reconsiders the intertwined effects of pandemic disease, invasion, enslavement, and cultural violence on Indigenous Mesoamericans at the end of the sixteenth century rather than the better-known Spanish conquest era, by examining networks of commerce, migration, and intellectual exchange across one of the most important trade corridors of the Mesoamerican world: the southern Pacific coast from modern-day Oaxaca and Chiapas through Guatemala to El Salvador. A wide range of Mesoamericans regularly traversed this region before Spanish invasion. In the sixteenth century they were joined by European, African, and Asian merchants, migrants, conquistadors, colonists, priests, muleteers, and market women. These individuals reveal the southern Costa del Sur as an interconnected social geography where people of different origins have long crossed paths – a historical reality frequently obscured by national, administrative, and ethnolinguistic boundaries created by the state and the academy.

Delia Moldovan
The Monticello College Foundation Fellowship for Women and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Anca-Delia Moldovan is an Honorary Fellow in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, at the University of Warwick. She received a PhD in History of Art from Warwick, having previously studied at the Universities of Florence (History of Art) and Bucharest (History). Her work is situated at the intersection of visual, material, and intellectual culture, focusing on calendrical and agricultural representations in Early Modern Italy, and beyond.

Her study on the agricultural and astrological imagery of an illuminated calendar was published in Rivista di Storia della Miniatura (2018). She also authored an in-depth analysis of the urban environment depicted by Leandro Bassano in his cycle of the Months, forthcoming with Renaissance and Reformation (2021).

Moldovan was awarded an Early Career Fellowship by the Warwick Institute of Advanced Studies and a Charles Montgomery Gray Short-Term Fellowship at the Newberry (2019), both to examine the illustrations of early-printed farming literature. Most recently, she gained a Post-Graduate Fellowship at the Nederlands Interuniversitair Kunsthistorisch Instituut in Florence, with a project on the representation of olive-oil making in sixteenth-century Tuscany.

She will use the Newberry collection to complete her monograph: Illustrating the Renaissance Year: New Perspectives on Italian Calendars. This book demonstrates the enduring centrality of calendrical imagery into the late Renaissance and unveils the extraordinarily contribution of print in the circulation of iconographies across global borders, time, and media. It approaches images as a means of engaging in a deeper investigation of the ways in which Renaissance Italian people imagined the cyclical passage of time, their relationship with nature and urban rhythms, devotional and political practices.

Nancy Newman
Rudolph Ganz Long-Term Fellow

Musicologist Nancy Newman is Associate Professor at University at Albany–SUNY, where she chaired the Department of Music and Theatre 2014–2019. She is author of Good Music for a Free People: The Germania Musical Society in Nineteenth Century America (University of Rochester Press, 2010). Additional work on the orchestra includes the book chapter, “Gender and the Germanians: ‘Art-Loving Ladies’ in 19th-Century Concert Life” (University of Chicago Press, 2012). Her American Musicological Society co-sponsored lecture on digitized sheet music collections at the Library of Congress can be viewed here.

A joint faculty member in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Nancy recently completed an essay that considers Alma Mahler-Werfel from the perspective of the #MeToo movement. Other research interests include the films of Judy Holliday, Björk, and the 1950s musical, The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. She is currently completing a critical edition, Songs and Sounds of the Anti-Rent Movement in Antebellum Upstate New York, for SUNY Press.

As Rudolph Ganz Fellow, Nancy will research her book, “CMC and the Quest for Social Harmony: The Chicago Musical College’s First Hundred Years, 1867–1967.” Participation in the Newberry’s 2019 NEH Summer Institute, “Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Chicago, 1893–1955,” provided essential grounding for the project, which is also informed by years of piano study with Dr. Ganz’s student, Adrian Goldman.

Edward Polanco
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Dr. Edward Anthony Polanco was born in Los Angeles, CA and his family and ancestors are from Kuskatan (Western El Salvador). He is a first-generation higher education graduate, having received his PhD in Latin American History with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. Edward has conducted research in numerous archives and libraries in the United States, Mexico, and Spain.

Edward is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Virginia Tech where he also serves as the 2020-2021 faculty fellow for the American Indian and Indigenous Community Center. His research focuses on Nahua people from Mexico and Central America, and he teaches courses on colonialism, race, and Native communities. Edward’s research and teaching seeks to amplify and center Indigenous voices and promote social justice. His general academic interests include Native peoples, Latin America, medicine and healing, gender, and decolonization.

At the Newberry Library Edward will conduct research for his book manuscript titled Nahua Healers, Defenders, and Uplifters: Gender, Religion, and Curing in Central Mexico; 1535-1660. This project uses colonial chronicles, medical compendiums, dictionaries, and archival documents to explore Nahua tiçiyotl (healing knowledge) in Central Mexico. Edward uses ethnohistorical, decolonial, and Indigenous methodologies to present the history of Nahua titiçih (healing specialists) and their knowledge from a Native perspective. Nahua Healers, Defenders, and Uplifters also explores the Catholic Church’s repressive attack on titiçih and their knowledge in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the response Nahua communities had to said aggressions. Moreover, Edward looks forward to working with the societies and networks at the Newberry, especially the Native and Latinx communities.

Brennan Rivas
Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History

Brennan Gardner Rivas is an independent scholar. She earned her PhD in American history at Texas Christian University and previously occupied a fellowship at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. She specializes in the history of Texas and the southwestern borderlands, and her work has appeared in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and the Washington Post: Made by History blog. Her forthcoming work, to be published in the edited collection New Histories of Gun Rights and Regulation: Essays on the Place of Guns in American Law and Society, explores the veracity of the claim that American gun control policies have their origins in racism. Her current book project traces the long, deep roots of gun and weapon regulation in the supposed “wild west” of nineteenth-century Texas.

Sophie Salvo
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Sophie Salvo is Assistant Professor in Germanic Studies and the College at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on German literary and intellectual history, with an emphasis on the history of the conceptualization of gender.

At the Newberry, she will work on her book project, Articulating Difference: Sex and the Study of Language in the Long Nineteenth Century. Articulating Difference explores the gendered history of language philosophy and science in Europe. In particular, it shows that from the late 18th to the early 20th century—a period that saw extensive theoretical reflection on language as well as the rise of modern linguistics—scholars drew on ideas about sexual difference to construct their theories and define the limits of their disciplines. By examining how language and sexual difference have been imagined historically, Salvo’s research situates 21st-century discussions of gender and language (e.g., gender-neutral pronouns) within a new framework, showing that they are part of a centuries-long practice of thinking these two categories together.

An article drawing on this research—on Jacob Grimm’s theory of grammatical gender—recently appeared in MLN. Salvo has also published on contemporary German literature and the politics of form. She holds a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Harvard University

Sarah J. Townsend
ACLS/Burkhardt Fellow

Sarah J. Townsend is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Penn State University. Although she occasionally addresses novels and other print genres, her work focuses primarily on theater and performance in the Americas—often in relation to other media technologies—and charts the intersections among culture, politics, and economics. She is the author of The Unfinished Art of Theater: Avant-Garde Intellectuals in Mexico and Brazil (Northwestern UP, 2018) and co-editor, with Diana Taylor, of Stages of Conflict: A Critical Anthology of Latin American Theater and Performance (U of Michigan P, 2008).

As an ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Fellow at the Newberry Library, Townsend will work on a book tentatively titled Opera in the Amazon: Culture, Capital, and the Global Jungle. This project centers on the Teatro Amazonas, an opera house in Manaus, Brazil built in the late nineteenth century during the Amazonian rubber boom and now the site of an annual opera festival. Opera in the Amazon seeks to illuminate the changing dynamics of culture and capital in the region through an analysis of operatic productions staged at the theater, political meetings and other non-theatrical events held within its walls, and cultural artifacts such as films and novels in which the building appears. In addition to intervening in debates about extractivism and the geopolitical role of the Amazon, it will challenge traditional cartographies of cultural creation and circulation by showing that opera is and has always been a “global” genre closely tied to the historical development of capitalism.

Kelly Wisecup
Newberry Consortium in American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Kelly Wisecup is a scholar of Native American and early American literatures. Her research focuses on histories of archives and of Indigenous practices of textual making, reading, and use in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is the author of two books, Assembled for Use: Indigenous Compilation and the Archives of Early Native American Literature (Yale University Press, 2021) and Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures(University of Massachusetts Press, 2013). She is also the editor of “Good News from New England” by Edward Winslow: A Scholarly Edition (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014). And with Lisa Brooks, she is co-editor of Plymouth Colony: Narratives of English Settlement and Native Resistance from the Mayflower to King Philip’s War (Library of America, 2021).

Wisecup is directing multiple collaborative, grant-funded projects. With faculty and graduate students from the Mellon-funded Humanities Without Walls consortium, she is participating in a three-year, collaborative project on “Indigenous Art and Activism in Changing Climates: The Mississippi River Valley, Colonialism, and Environmental Change.” The group examines the shifting environmental, political, economic, and racial climates that define the Mississippi River’s course, meanings, and relation to Native peoples. With support from a National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage Grant, she collaborated with the American Indian Center of Chicago to build the AIC Community Archives. The online collection features photographs by and of members of Chicago’s American Indian community, creating an archive of Native Chicago stories. And with support from a WCAS Award, she directs Archive Chicago, an ongoing collaboration with Northwestern University undergraduate students and project advisors from Chicago’s Native American community to remap Chicago’s colonial geographic, artistic, and historical landscape.

As a Newberry Consortium in American Indian and Indigenous Studies Fellowship and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Wisecup will be conducting research for a digital edition of the nineteenth-century Ojibwe poet and poetry collector Charlotte Johnston. Between 1826 and the 1850s, Johnston filled two blank, bound books with popular English-language poems, hymns in Anishinaabemowin and French, notes from friends, and illustrations. French, British Canadian, and U.S. people transcribed items in the albums, usually as they were passing through Johnston’s home at Bow-e-ting (now Sault Ste Marie, MI), the territory of the Sauteur band, a gathering place for Ojibwe people, and for U.S. and Canadian officials in the 1820s, a desirable strategic entry point to the western Great Lakes.The albums reflect not just the print and manuscript materials traveling through Indigenous territories in the Great Lakes throughout the nineteenth century but also the practices of textual making and collecting through which Indigenous women repurposed those materials. Johnston’s albums open up avenues for seeing the processes and practices through which ordinary Native people and those known as editors, authors, and diplomats made texts out of alphabetic materials in multiple languages, recirculated printed texts, and images.

2020-21 Long-Term Fellows

Christine Adams
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Christine Adams is professor of history at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has published primarily in French gender and family history, including A Taste for Comfort and Status: A Bourgeois Family in Eighteenth-Century France (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000) and Poverty, Charity and Motherhood: Maternal Societies in Nineteenth-Century France (University of Illinois Press, 2010). Her most recent book, The Creation of the French Royal Mistress: From Agnès Sorel to Madame DuBarry (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2020), co-authored with Tracy Adams, examines the rise of the royal mistress as a quasi-institutionalized political position in early modern France. She also occasionally writes on current events and has a particular interest in the politics of gender and reproductive rights.

Her Newberry research project, The Merveilleuses and their Impact on the French Social Imaginary, 1794-1799 and Beyond, focuses on a group of young and stylish Parisian women who came to define the era of the Directory (1794–1799). Following the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, these chic young women set the tone in French society until Napoleon Bonaparte’s coup in 1799. This project considers the Merveilleuses as a cultural phenomenon as well as their function in the historical imaginary and illuminates how the fixation on their beauty, style, and sexuality has obscured their political and cultural significance. Adams will also be a fellow with the American Council of Learned Societies during the 2020–2021 academic year.

Catherine Arnold
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Catherine Arnold is an independent researcher. She earned her PhD in early modern European history from Yale University. Her research on early modern humanitarian politics has been published in The English Historical Review (August 2018) and an essay on eighteenth-century Anglican irenicism will appear in the edited volume, Converting Europe: Protestant Missions, Propaganda, and Literature in the British Isles, 1600-1900 (Routledge, 2020). Dr. Arnold’s current book project explores the religious origins of humanitarian intervention in eighteenth-century Britain and Europe.

Jamie Bolker
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Jamie Bolker is a scholar of early American literature and culture and former assistant professor of English at MacMurray College before it closed. She received her Ph.D. in English from Fordham University. Her research interests include ecocriticism, race, material culture, book history, animal studies, and the history of navigation. She has published articles in Book History, J19: Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, and has another article forthcoming in Eighteenth-Century Studies. Her book project, Lost and Found: Wayfinding in Early America, explores the experiences of people who got physically lost in early America alongside the historical developments in navigational practice. In addition to support from the Newberry, she has received fellowships from the Library Company of Philadelphia, American Antiquarian Society, Winterthur Museum and Library, Philips Library, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, as well as research fellowships from Fordham University. In her residence at the Newberry Library, she will research the roles and influence of navigation in seventeenth- through nineteenth-century transatlantic culture, as well as Native-settler relations, developments in surveying, and the history of slavery.

Alex E. Chávez
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Anthropologist-artist-composer, Dr. Alex E. Chávez is the Nancy O’Neill Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also a faculty fellow of the Institute for Latino Studies. His research explores the political efficacy Latina/o/x expressive culture, with particular interest in how sound and aurality intersect with larger social concerns surrounding migration, racialized personhood, and the intimacies that bind everyday life across physical and cultural borders. His book Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Poetics of Huapango Arribeño (Duke 2017) garnered three major book awards, including the Alan Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology in 2018.

An accomplished musician and multi-instrumentalist, Dr. Chávez has consistently crossed the boundary between performer and ethnographer in the realms of both academic research and publicly engaged work as an artist and producer. He has recorded and toured with his own music projects, composed documentary scores (most recently Emmy Award-winning El Despertar [2016]), and collaborated with acclaimed artists, including Grammy Award-winners Quetzaland Latin Grammy Award-nominated Sones de México. In 2016, he produced the Smithsonian Folkways album Serrano de Corazón. He currently serves as a Governor for the Chicago Chapter Board of the Recording Academy.

Dr. Chávez’s research at the Newberry Library—Audible City: Urban Cultural History, Latinx Chicago, and the Sonic Commons—builds on his previous work and lends an “ethnographic ear” to the city of Chicago. This project explores the relationship between audibility—or the condition of hearing—and place-making, centering on the ways sound mobilizes physical and cultural claims of belonging in the city of Chicago in order to understand how the racial politics of urban space are contingent on the social reproduction of valuable forms of inequality that render Latina/o/x communities disposable, deportable, moveable—or silent. His interest is in taking up sound as an analytic to understand the ways Latina/o/xs voice—literal (sonic) and figurative (social)—claims to citizenship in the city, wherein sound-making, hearing, and listening reveal themselves as loci of power for generating fields of common social recognition.

Allyson Field
ACLS/Burkhardt Fellow

Allyson Nadia Field is Associate Professor Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Her scholarship investigates the functioning of race and representation in interdisciplinary contexts surrounding cinema. Her research focuses on African American film, both silent era cinema and more contemporary filmmaking practices, and is unified by two broad theoretical inquiries: how film and visual media shape perceptions of race and ethnicity, and how these media have been and can be mobilized to perpetuate or challenge social inequities. Her work is grounded in sustained archival research, integrating that material with concerns of film form, media theory, and broader cultural questions of representation.

She is the author of Uplift Cinema: The Emergence of African American Film & The Possibility of Black Modernity (Duke University Press, 2015). Field is also, with Marsha Gordon, co-editor of Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film (Duke University Press, 2019) and with Jan-Christopher Horak and Jacqueline Stewart, co-editor of L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (University of California Press, 2015). Field was named a 2019 Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

As an ACLS/Burkhardt Fellow at the Newberry Library, Field will conduct research for her current book, tentatively titled Minstrelsy-Vaudeville-Cinema: American Popular Culture and Racialized Performance in Early Film. This project seeks to reframe American film history through the lens of racialized performance, tracing the development of tropes, themes, and practices from minstrelsy to the vaudeville stage and motion picture screen. In doing so, it attempts to make legible the functionings of minstrelsy’s forms within American cinema, understand its complex negotiations of race in a rapidly changing social order, and explore moments of creative resistance to its dehumanizing portrayals of African Americans. This project emerged through participation in the Newberry’s 2018 NEH Summer Institute “Art and Public Culture in Chicago.”

Julie Fisher
Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History, Evelyn Dunbar and Ruth Dunbar Davee Fellow, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Julie Fisher holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Delaware with a focus on Early American and Native American history. Her research focuses on English-colonial politics, language acquisition, and borderland communities in seventeenth-century New England. She is the co-author of Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country, which appeared with Cornell University Press in 2014. She was a consulting editor with the Native Northeast Portal, a digital humanities project based at Yale University. From 2016-2018, she served as the primary investigator for a National Park Service grant at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence, Rhode Island. Most recently she was a postdoctoral fellow with the Members Bibliography and Biography Project at the American Philosophical Society and co-creator of a pilot paleography escape room game with the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Her current project uncovers a previously unknown critical mass of both English and Indian bilingual (and multilingual) speakers in colonial New England, revealing that English and Indian neighbors lived in intimate proximity to one another for decades and spoke each other’s languages in ways that directed the politics, trade, and cultural development of the region. These bilinguals, who included both men and women, were from a wider array of social backgrounds than earlier imagined and ranged from enslaved children to colonial governors. This bilingual population encouraged the multipolar nature of politics that defined this region for the better part of the seventeenth century. Greater communication, however, did not lead to greater compassion between communities. The surprising extent of Indian and English bilingualism darkly accentuates the warfare between people who often knew their victims by name and understood their grievances.

Kelly Fleming
Monticello College Foundation Fellow and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Kelly Fleming is a scholar of eighteenth-century British literature and culture. She recently earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. She also has an M.A. in English from Boston College and a B.F.A in Writing, Literature, & Publishing from Emerson College. Her research explores relationships between gender, material culture, politics, law, and empire in British literature from the long eighteenth century. Her work has appeared in Eighteenth-Century Fiction and The Burney Journal.

At the Newberry, she will be working on her book project tentatively titled, Ornaments of Influence: Fashion Accessories and the Work of Politics in Eighteenth-Century British Literature. This book serves as a complement to recent scholarship in legal and political history that details women’s simultaneous exclusion from political institutions and inclusion in political culture in the British empire from 1688 to 1832. By tracking one of the material signs of difference and opposition used by the disenfranchised—accessories—she examines how this paradox is recorded in literature.

Sharony Green
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Sharony Green is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama. She earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. She also holds a Master’s in History from the University of Chicago and a Masters and Dance and Related Studies (Film, Theatre and History) from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a Bachelor of Science in Communications/Political Science from the University of Miami.

Dr. Green’s first historical monograph Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Hidden Black-White intimacies in Antebellum America, was published by Northern Illinois University Press in 2015 as part of the Mellon-funded Early America Places series with NYU Press and University of Georgia Press. The book was awarded the 2016 Barbara “Penny” Kanner Prize by the Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) for excellence in archival research. Her scholarship often delves into complex human interactions. Dr. Green’s next project addresses racial and spatial politics in the Caribbean Rim, which finds her investigating “black” trials and triumphs on and near the Florida peninsula since European contact. Part of that query includes looking at Zora Neale Hurston’s understudied six-month stay in Miami with the hope of continuing on to Honduras. As a Newberry Fellow, Dr. Green will study the contours of Hurston’s earlier travel there and her failed plans to return. About that country, Hurston said it had “given me back myself.”

LaDale Winling
Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History

LaDale Winling is an associate professor of history at Virginia Tech. He is the author of the book Building the Ivory Tower: Universities and Metropolitan Development in the Twentieth Century, which won the Kenneth Jackson Prize for best book in North American urban history from the Urban History Association. He is also one of the co-creators of Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America, a digital history project on the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, and of Electing the House of Representatives on Congressional elections, part of the American Panorama digital atlas, which won the Roy Rosenzweig Digital History Prize from the American Historical Association. He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan and resides in Charlottesville, VA.