Malkiel Scholars Named for 2019

FOR RELEASE: Monday, May 13, 2019
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PRINCETON, NJ (Monday, May 13, 2019)—The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has announced the ten Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars for 2019. The Malkiel Scholars Award, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is given to junior faculty whose research focuses on American history, politics, culture, and society, and who are committed to the creation of an inclusive campus community for underrepresented students and scholars.

Each Malkiel Scholar receives a 12-month award of $17,500 while working toward tenure. The award seeks to free the time of junior faculty on their way to tenure—including those from underrepresented groups and others committed to eradicating disparities in their fields—so that they can both engage in and build support for systems, networks, and affinity groups that make their fields and campuses more inclusive.

The 2019 Malkiel Scholars come from a range of institutions, from large private research universities to regional institutions and public liberal arts colleges. The Fellows include Andia Augustin-Billy, AB Brown, Kelly Clancy, Caitlyn Collins, Natanya Duncan, Kelli Moore, Olivia Loksing Moy, Lissa Ramirez-Stapleton, Danielle Spurlock, and Rebecca VanDiver. (Full list of institutions and research below.)

“The Woodrow Wilson Foundation is proud to be able to support the scholarly excellence, dedicated service, and energetic mentorship that these Malkiel Scholars represent,” said Beverly A. Sanford, vice president and secretary of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. “They are already highly accomplished, with extraordinary potential to become—like Nancy Malkiel—lifelong leaders on their campuses and in their professions.”

The program was established in 2015 in honor of Dr. Nancy Weiss Malkiel, a leading scholar of civil rights and race relations in early and mid-20th-century America. Dr. Malkiel became the first woman to join the faculty of the Princeton University Department of History in 1969. She also served for a record 24 years as Princeton’s Dean of the College, the senior officer responsible for undergraduate education at the university. Dr. Malkiel is a 1965 Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a long-time Trustee of the Foundation.

The 2019 Malkiel Scholars—who bring to 35 the number of emerging faculty leaders supported to date through this program—represent the next generation of leaders and scholars in the humanities and social sciences who are poised—like the program’s namesake—to play a significant role in shaping American higher education.

For more information on the Malkiel Scholars Award program, visit www.woodrow.org/nwm.


Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation identifies and develops the nation’s best minds to meet its most critical challenges. The Foundation supports its Fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American society.


The 2019 Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars

Andia Augustin-Billy • Centenary College of Louisiana, French/Francophone Literature
Bodies in Transgression: Exploring Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Francophone Caribbean Literature 

AB Brown • Western Washington University, Women and Gender Studies
Touching Otherwise: The Material Politics of Queer Memory 

Kelly Clancy • Nebraska Wesleyan University, Political Science 
Charting the Resistance: Activist Civil Society and Social Change 

Caitlyn Collins • Washington University in St. Louis, Sociology
Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving 

Natanya Duncan • Lehigh University, History
Crossing Waters & Fighting Tides: The Efficient Womanhood of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) 

Kelli Moore • New York University, African American Studies 
Legal Spectatorship: A Visual Culture of Domestic Violence 

Olivia Loksing Moy • City University of New York (Lehman College), Literature
Gothic Tropes, Poetic Forms: Ann Radcliffe and the Victorian Poets 

Lissa Ramirez-Stapleton • California State University Northridge, History 
Uplifting Our People: Black Deaf Women’s Activism & Critical Hope 

Danielle Spurlock • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, City and Regional Planning
Layering Community Engagement Techniques to Influence Local Policy 

Rebecca VanDiver • Vanderbilt University, African American Studies 
States of Emergency: Politics of Ephemerality in African American Art Practices, 19652015 


Joseph Ewoodzie, Davidson College, Sociology
Break Beats in the Bronx: Revisiting Hip Hop’s Early Year

Vanessa Freije, University of Washington, History
Open Secrets: Journalists and Scandal in Mexico 


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