This year's Fellows | The Woodrow Wilson Foundation

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The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is delighted to support these Fellows and to help them build on the scholarly and professional momentum they are already creating. These Fellows are shaping their fields and our future.

2020 WW Fellows:

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner.

Justin Barringer • Southern Methodist University, religious studies
Protest and Politics: A Biographical Theology of Bayard Rustin, Friendship, Charity, and Economic Justice

Tyler Davis • Baylor University, religion
Spirit in the Whirlwind: Discernment, Divine Activity and the Limits of Political Theology

Joanna Demaree-Cotton • Yale University, philosophy
Rehabilitating Moral Agency in the Age of Cognitive Science

Isaiah Ellis • University of North Carolina, religious studies
The Southern Gospel of Good Roads: Religion, Race, and Infrastructure in the United States, 1880–1930

E.C. Feiss • University of California, Berkeley, history of art
Art in the War on Poverty, 1959–1973

Nyle Fort • Princeton University, religion
Amazing Grief: The Politics of African American Mourning

Lara Fresko Madra • Cornell University, history of art and visual studies
The Persistence of Violence: Heterochronic Imagination and Historiography in Contemporary Art from Turkey (1990–2020)

Juliana Friend • University of California, Berkeley, anthropology
“Don’t Click Here!” Porn, eHealth and Radical Ethics of Care in Senegal

Zehra Hashmi • University of Michigan, anthropology and history
Identifying Kin: Biometric Belonging and Databased Governance from Colonial South Asia to Postcolonial Pakistan

Nikki Hoskins • Drew University, religion & society
Everyday Experiments in the Projects:  Urban Black Women’s Moral Visions for Earth

Manpreet Kaur • Columbia University, religion
A Performance History of Farid

Harris Kornstein • New York University, media, culture, and communication
Queer Enchantment: Contours, Cruising, Crystal Visions, and Other Queer Tactics for (Not) Being Seen

Elena Lesley • Emory University, anthropology
Testimony as Moral Performance: Productively assembling the Khmer Rouge past in contemporary Cambodia

Tamar Menashe • Columbia University, history
People of the Law: The Imperial Supreme Court and Jews in Cross-Confessional Legal Cultures in Germany, 1495–1690

Sofia Pinedo-Padoch • Princeton University, anthropology
Life After Death in New York City: An Ethnography of Public Administration

Cody Rossler • Stony Brook University, history
Race Science on Tour: Instructing Publics in Provincial Britain, 1830–1870

Sara Swenson • Syracuse University, religion
“Sharing Hearts”: Buddhist Charities and Urbanization in Vietnam

Lila Teeters • University of New Hampshire, history
Native Citizens: The Fight For and Against Native Citizenship in the United States, 1866–1924

Thomas Thornton • The Johns Hopkins University, anthropology
A Pastoral Prison: Christianity, Ethics, and Place in Cotton County, Alabama

Tara Tran • Johns Hopkins University, history
Hospitality Engendered: Women’s Bodies, Empire, and Humanitarianism in Colonial Cambodia

Annie Wilkinson • University of California, Irvine, anthropology
Securing the Family: Transnational Anti-Gender Activism in Mexico

Hai Xiao • University of Wisconsin-Madison, geography
Spirituality and Subjectivity: Making Sense of Lived Experiences in an African City

Guangshuo Yang • Northwestern University, history
Between the Animal Kingdom and Modern States: Buddhist Animal Protectionism and the Making of Chinese Modernity, 1895-1958

The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders

The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award supports tenure-track faculty who have passed their midpoint review. The award is structured to free the time of junior faculty who have passed their midpoint tenure review—including those from underrepresented groups and others committed to eradicating disparities in their fields—so that they can both engage in and build support systems, networks, and affinity groups that make their fields and campuses more inclusive.

Allyson Brantley • University of La Verne, history
“Givin’ Up This Beer: The Coors Boycott and the Remaking of Consumer and Corporate Activism in Postwar America” 

Alex E. Chávez • University of Notre Dame, anthropology
Audible City: Urban Cultural History, Latina/o/x Chicago, and the Sonic Commons 

Dalal Katsiaficas • University of Illinois at Chicago, educational psychology
Hyphenated Selves of Undocumented Latinx Students under the Trump Administration: Exploring Stereotypes and Resistance through Pluralistic Narratives 

Sarah McNamara • Texas A&M University, history
From Picket Lines to Picket Fences: Latinas and the Remaking of the Jim Crow South, 1930 – 1963 

Dana Olwan • Syracuse University, women’s and gender studies
Mediated Choices: Khulu’ and the Right to Marriage and Divorce in the Arab World

Victoria Reyes • University of California, Riverside, sociology
Reputation and Empire: How Authors and Audiences Racialize and Gender Place 

Sonia Rodriguez • LaGuardia Community College, literature
Conocimiento Narratives: Challenging Oppressive Epistemologies through Healing in Latinx Children’s and Young Adult Literature 

Piper Sledge • Bryn Mawr College, sociology
Bodies Unbound: Gender-Specific Cancer and Social Intelligibility 

Mairead Sullivan • Loyola Marymount University, women’s and gender studies
One in Ten: The Racial and Sexual Politics of HSV 

Kathryne Young • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, sociology
Legal Consciousness and Cultural Capital 

The Brewer Fellows to Unite America

The Brewer Fellowship to Unite America aims to strengthen our democracy by providing robust professional and capacity-building opportunities for leaders from across the political spectrum.

Meghann Curtis | COO, Leadership Now Project

Lee Drutman | Political Reform Fellow, New America

Mindy Finn | Executive Director, Stand Up Republic

Francis M. Johnson | President & Board Chair, Take Back Our Republic

Eli Lehrer | President, R Street

Sarah Longwell | Founding Director, Defending Democracy Together

Maya MacGuineas | President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Amber McReynolds | Executive Director, National Vote at Home Institute

Debilyn Molineaux | Co-Founder and Executive Director, Bridge Alliance

Nick Penniman | Founder & CEO, Issue One

Rob Richie | President & CEO, FairVote

Nilmini Rubin | Co-Founder & Managing Director, Fix the System

Josh Silver | Executive Director, RepresentUs

Raiyan Syed | Consultant, New Politics

Cynthia Richie Terrell | Executive Director, RepresentWomen

Nick Troiano | Executive Director, Unite America

Layla Zaidane | Executive Director/COO, Millennial Action Project

The Career Enhancement Junior Faculty and Adjunct Faculty Fellows

The Career Enhancement Fellowship Program seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities. The Fellowship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Learn more about the 2020 class here.

12-Month Fellows

Juliann Anesi • University of California, Los Angeles • gender studies

Maria Firmino-Castillo • University of California, Riverside • critical dance studies

Armando García • University of California, Riverside • English

Joshua Guzmán • University of California, Los Angeles • gender studies

Aria Halliday • University of Kentucky • gender and women’s studies, African American and Africana studies

Renee Hudson • Chapman University • English

Desireé Melonas • Birmingham-Southern College • political science

Cassaundra Rodriguez • University of Nevada, Las Vegas • sociology

Jesús Smith • Lawrence University • ethnic studies

Frederick Staidum • Loyola University Chicago • English


6-Month Fellows

Maya Berry • University of North Carolina • African, African-American and diaspora studies

Henryatta Ballah • Washington & Lee University • history

Shantel Buggs • Florida State University • sociology

Nicole Burrowes • Rutgers University • history

Kwami Coleman • New York University, Gallatin School • musicology

Tatiana Cruz • Lesley University • American history

Crystal Donkor • State University of New York, New Paltz • English

Elizabeth Ellis • New York University • history

Chris Eng • Washington University in St. Louis • Asian and Asian-American studies, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies

Christy Erving • Vanderbilt University • sociology

Jonathan Howard • Boston College • English

Z’étoile Imma • Tulane University • English and Africana studies

Grace Johnson • University of Pennsylvania • Africana studies

Yalidy Matos • Rutgers University, New Brunswick • political science and Latino and Caribbean studies

Amaka Okechukwu • George Mason University • sociology and anthropology

Elva Orozco Mendoza • Texas Christian University • political science

Mecca Sullivan • Bryn Mawr College • English

Ester Trujillo • DePaul University • Latin American and Latino studies

Melissa Valle • Rutgers University • sociology and anthropology, African American and African studies

Matthew Velasco • Cornell University • anthropology

Sylvia Zamora • Loyola Marymount University • sociology


Adjunct Faculty Fellows

Quin’Nita Cobbins-Modica • Gonzaga University • history

Conor Reed • City University of New York, Brooklyn College • Africana studies and American studies

The WW Dissertation Fellows in Women’s Studies

The WW Women’s Studies Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. Since the first Women’s Studies Fellows were named in 1974, over 500 emerging scholars have been funded, many now prominent in their fields. Learn more about the 2020 class here.

Sarah Brothers  •  Yale University, sociology
Expertise, Gender, and Marginality: Health-Related Practices Among People Who Inject Drugs in the United States

Jessie Fredlund  •  The Graduate Center, CUNY, anthropology
Ancestors and Rain in a Changing Climate: The Politics of Water, Knowledge and Time in a Catchment Area, Uluguru, Tanzania

Siobhan Meï   •  University of Massachusetts, Amherst, comparative literature
Refashioning History: Women as Sartorial Storytellers

Emma Mishel  •  New York University, sociology
Determinants of Labor Market Discrimination Against Sexual Minorities in the US:  An Intersectional and Experimental Analysis of Common Stereotypes

Kiana Murphy  •  University of Pennsylvania, English
Speculative Black Girl Ethics: Reading Practices, Visual Culture, and the Urgency of the Present

Nicole Nowbahar  •  Rutgers University, classics
Dress and Transgressions of Roman Women

Nithya Rajan  •  University of Minnesota, women and gender studies
The Politics of Labor, Livelihoods, and Living: Afghan refugee women’s experiences in India

Maryam Rokhideh  •  University of Notre Dame, anthropology
“Everything is on My Back”: Women, Work, and Welfare on the Congo-Rwanda Border

Barbara Sostaita  •  University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, religious studies
Sanctuary Everywhere: Practicing Care on the Migrant Trail

Annie Wilkinson  •  University of California–Irvine, anthropology
Securing the Family: Transnational Anti-Gender Activism in Mexico

The WW Higher Education Media Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship aims to increase the number of journalists with the tools and networks to provide richer and more comprehensive coverage of postsecondary education, particularly career and technical education. The Fellowship program is sponsored by the ECMC Foundation. Learn more about the spring 2020 class here.

Spring 2020

Jenny Brundin •  Colorado Public Radio

Jason Gonzales •  The Tennessean

Lori Higgins •  Chalkbeat Detroit

Jon Marcus •  The Hechinger Report

Patrick O’Donnell •  The Plain Dealer

Amy Scott •  Marketplace

Ashley A. Smith •  EdSource

Debbie TruongWAMU

Alia Wong •  The Atlantic

Mikhail Zinshteyn •  Freelance


The Institute for Citizens & Scholars

This new identity reflects the organization’s twin commitments: to strengthen American education and to rebuild a flourishing civil society. Citizens & Scholars is the new name of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

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