Stanford Humanities Center Announces 2022–23 Fellows

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Thirty-seven humanities scholars, ranging from graduate students to tenured faculty, have been awarded fellowships to support their research and writing, with additional undergraduate fellows to be appointed in the coming months.

The Stanford Humanities Center is pleased to announce the appointment of 37 fellows for the upcoming academic year 2022–2023.

The new cohort spans disciplines, historical periods, and regions: from popular religion to operatic voice, environmental inequality to transgender history, early modern India to Cold War Central America to contemporary China and more.

Eight of next year’s fellows are Stanford faculty: Elaine Fisher (Religious Studies), Vera Gribanova (Linguistics), Matthew Kohrman (Anthropology), Richard Martin (Classics), Robert Proctor (History), Londa Schiebinger (History), Fred Turner (Communication), and Esther Yu (English). They’ll be joined by 12 Stanford PhD students, who were awarded Dissertation Prize Fellowships and Career Launch Fellowships. The Career Launch program was launched in 2021 to serve as a bridge between the end of the university's formal support and the transition to a postdoctoral fellowship.

Next year’s external faculty fellows include scholars from the Universities of Arizona, Florida, and Wisconsin-Madison; Claremont Graduate and George Mason Universities; Indiana University-Bloomington; Rutgers University-Camden; and Dartmouth College.

The Center will also welcome eight postdoctoral Mellon Scholars in the Humanities. The Mellon Fellowship is a three-year program for recent PhDs at the start of their careers to pursue research, while teaching two courses per year in a Stanford humanities department.

“After a transformative two years of both unprecedented challenges and opportunities, the Center is flourishing and stronger than ever,” said director Roland Greene. “We’ve expanded our cohort by establishing the first new graduate fellowship program since the 1990s, and we continue to reach a global audience through our online presence. We’re delighted to welcome next year’s fellows to our community for intellectual enrichment, good fellowship, and a tangible connection to Stanford.”

As in previous years, the Center will add to its roster approximately 10 undergraduate Hume Honors Fellows writing their senior theses on humanities topics. The students are nominated by faculty during the fall quarter.

APPLY FOR 2023–24: The Center will begin accepting applications for the 2023–2024 academic year in August. More details about fellowships, including application instructions and eligibility, are available here.

2022–23 Humanities Center Fellows and Projects

Rushain Abbasi
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
Beyond the Divine Command: A History of the Secular in Premodern Islam

Elaine Fisher
Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
The Meeting of Rivers: Translating Devotion in Early Modern India

Radhika Koul

Career Launch Fellow
Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
The Drama of our World: Spectator and Subject in Medieval Kashmir and Early Modern Europe

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