Announcing our 2024-2025 Fellowship Cohort

The American Philosophical Society’s Library & Museum is excited to announce its 2024-2025 fellowship recipients! This year, the Society has awarded eight long-term fellowships and 41 short-term fellowships and internships for scholarly research in the history of science, Indigenous and Native American studies, and early American history. 

This year, the Library & Museum will also welcome two NASI Career Pathways Fellows as part of the NASI Career Pathways Fellowship for postdoctoral scholars with expertise related to Native American and Indigenous Studies and allied fields who are interested in pursuing professional opportunities at libraries, museums, and cultural organizations. This funding opportunity is part of the Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI), supported by the Mellon Foundation. Fellows will be based at the Library & Museum’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which aims to promote greater collaboration among scholars, archives, and Indigenous communities throughout the Americas. You can learn more about these opportunities here.

As the American Philosophical Society’s Assistant Director of Library & Museum Programming, Adrianna Link had to say: “Once again, this year’s fellowship recipients have impressed me with the thoughtfulness of their projects and the immense creativity they bring to archival research. Every conversation with an APS fellow is an opportunity to learn something new about our collections.”  

The new Director of the Library & Museum, Michelle McDonald, is equally as excited: "Welcome to the 2024-25 APS fellows, my inaugural cohort as the Director of the Library & Museum. You are joining a wonderful network of fellows past and present and I look forward to meeting each of you and learning more about your research. My door is open so please feel free to stop by!"

Learn more about the American Philosophical Society's fellowships and how to apply on the APS website. Congratulations to all of our recipients!

Long-Term Fellows

John C. Slater Predoctoral Fellowship in the History of Science

  • Taylor Dysart, PhD Candidate in History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, "The Psychedelic Century: The Amazonian Origins of the Global Science and Medicine of Hallucinogens in the Long-Twentieth Century

Friends of the APS Predoctoral Fellowship 

  • Francis Russo, PhD Candidate in History, University of Pennsylvania, "New Moral Worlds: Socialism, Antislavery, and Selfhood in the American Republic, 1820–1860"

Mellon Foundation NASI Predoctoral Fellowship

  • Jessica Locklear (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina), PhD Candidate in History, Emory University, "Negotiating Identity Away From Home: Lumbee Mobility, Racial Hierarchies, and the Shaping of Modern American Indian Identity, 1880-1980"

Mellon Foundation NASI Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Andrew Abdalian, PhD, Linguistics, Tulane University, "Tunica language and culture: Reconnecting through documentation"

Mellon Foundation NASI Career Pathways Fellowship

  • Adrienne Tsikewa (Zuni Pueblo), PhD, Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara, "Zuni morphosyntax variation" (2024-2026)
  • Emily Jean Leischner, PhD, Museum Anthropology, University of British Columbia, “Activating Nuxalk Ancestral Governance to Protect the Nuxalk Language at the APS” (2023-2025) 

David Center for the American Revolution Predoctoral Fellowship

  • Ryan Langton, PhD Candidate in History, Temple University, “Negotiating the Endless Mountains: Networked Diplomacy along the Eighteenth-Century Trans-Appalachian Frontier”

David Center for the American Revolution Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Zara Anishanslin, Associate Professor of History and Art History, University of Delaware, “Under the King's Nose”

Short-Term Fellows

David Center for the American Revolution Short-Term Resident Research Fellows

  • Bianca Laliberté, Université du Québec à Montréal (University of Quebec in Montreal), “The American “Indian” in the Eye of the American Revolution: A Critical Inquiry into the American Fabrication of Art History”
  • Sarah Pearlman Shapiro, Brown University, “Women's Communities of Care in Revolutionary New England”
  • Dillon Streifeneder, United States Naval Academy (starting fall 2024), “From Jamaica with Reform: Sir Henry Moore’s ‘Reformation’ and the Coming of the Revolution in New York”
  • Emily Magness, William & Mary, “‘If you had paid attention, you would know': The Sacred World of Eighteenth-Century Cherokee-Anglo Politics”

David Center for the American Revolution Short-Term International Research Fellows

  • Valérie Capdeville, University of Rennes 2, “1 Club Sociability and the American Revolution: The role and transformations of early American clubs during and beyond the Revolutionary Years (1775-1800)” 
  • Lyne Hervey-Passee, Université de Paris 8 et Université de Limoges, “Counter hegemonic discourse and visual writing in Thomas Paine's texts”
  • Alanna Loucks, Queen's University, “Imagined Imperial Spaces: Comparing Cartographic Representations of the Great Lakes Region in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century”

Swan Foundation Short-Term Resident Research Fellowship for Revolutionary-Era Material Culture

  • Emily Whitted, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “Mending in Crisis: Military Textile Repair in the Revolutionary War”
    Whitney Stewart, University of Texas at Dallas, “Bitter Vines: Wine and Slavery in the United States”

Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Undergraduate Interns

  • Tia Hunt (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina), University of North Carolina
  • Naomy Poot Ibarra (Maya), Mount Holyoke College
  • Dani Cohen (Muscogee (Creek) Tribe), Princeton University

Indigenous Community Research Fellows

  • Izaira López Sánchez (Ñuu Savi), The Americas Research Network (ARENET) - Omar Aguilar Sánchez (tee savi), Universidad Autónoma Comunal de Oaxaca - ARENET, "Colección del Ñuu Savi en el APS" 
  • Sean O’Rourke, Kanaka Bar Indian Band - Mary-Jo Michell (Nlaka'pamux), Kanaka Bar Indian Band, "Preserving ƛ̓əq̓ƛ̓aqtn and Nlaka’pamux knowledge, heritage through collaboration with the American Philosophical Society Library and Museum."

Timothy B. Powell Indigenous Community Research Fellowship

  • Jakeli Swimmer (Eastern Band of Cherokee), “Reclamation of the Eastern Cherokee People”

NASI Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellowship

  • Louellyn White (Akwesasne Mohawk), Concordia University, "Children Lost to Indian Boarding Schools: Connecting Archives to Indigenous Communities"
  • Mikalen Running Fisher (Blackfeet Tribe), University of Montana, "Reindigenizing Amskapii Pikanni Artifacts"
  • Lauren Kelly, University of Southern California, “From the Archives to the Valley: Bringing Nüümü and Newe Interviews Back to Payahuunadü"
  • George Quinten Phoenyx Doxtater, (Turtle Clan, Mohawk, Six Nations) Woodland Cultural Centre Language Department, "Cayuga Language Preservation via Reel-to-Reel Digitization"

Barra Foundation Fellowship

  • Lars Laurenz, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, “The Viennese Architect Rehn and his North-American Travel Diary”
  • Nora Rosengarten, Harvard University, “Feeling Pressure: A History of Embossing'”

Daythal L. Kendall Fellowship

  • Anna Berge, University of Alaska Fairbanks, “The Search for Evidence of Prehistoric Language Contact Between Unangam Tunuu and Other North American Pacific Coast Languages”

Friends of the APS Fellowship

  • Dolma Ombadykow, Yale University, “Shifting Mechanics of the Human: Reproduction, Governance, Conservation, and Colonialism, 1893–1960”

Fedwa Malti-Douglas Fellowship

  • Caroline Douglas, Royal College of Art (RCA) and The Glasgow School of Art (GSA), “Elizabeth Fulhame and the Chemical Networks of Early Photography”

Nancy Halverson Schless Fellowship

  • Qinyan Home, University of Pennsylvania, “Controlling Systems and Controlling Legacies: Barbara McClintock’s 1961 Conversation with Two Bacterial Geneticists”

William T. Golden Fellowship

  • Magnus Schaefer, McGill University, “John Tukey and the Emergence of Digital Signal Processing”

Leon and Joanne V.C. Knopoff Fellowship

  • Baptise Loreaux, Université Paris 8 Saint-Denis, “Cybernetics as metaphysical renewal. Philosophical issues of first cybernetics (1943-1953)'”

Eugene Garfield Fellowship

  • Emilie Raymer, Harvard University, “Ecology, Human Ecology, and Debates about Change and Epistemology in the Life and Human Sciences, 1890-1970
  • William dejong-Lambert, Bronx Community College, CUNY, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution': A History of Theodosius Dobzhansky”

Mellon Foundation Fellowship

  • Yinchen Kwok, University of Pennsylvania, “The Order of Variation: The Hereditarian Roots of Diversity in the Sexual Division of Labor”
  • Olga Menagarishvili, Metro State University, “Dictionaries of Science and Technology as Cultural Tools and Artifacts of Scientific and Technical Communication”
  • Margaret Spaulding, University of California, Los Angeles, “The Land of Sunshine and Shadows: Eugenics in California’s Construction and Imagination”

François André Michaux Fund Fellowship

  • Al Coppola, John Jay College, CUNY, “Enlightenment Visibilities”

Edward C. Carter II Fellowship

  • Arlene Leis, Independent Scholar, “San Leucio: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Italian Silk in Local and Global Contexts”

William S. Willis, Jr. Fellowship

  • Matthew Harris, West Virginia University, “Imagining Neighbors: United States Foreign Policy and Indigenous Central America, 1821-1861” 
  • Jeannie Shinozuka, Washington State University, “Model Minority Intelligence: Scientific Racism, Education, & Citizenship, 1910-1965”
  • Jim Porter, Uppsala University, “From Reform Eugenics to Meritocracy: 'Race,' Heredity and Education”
  • Marcos Cueto, Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, “American Life Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation and Latin American physiologists in the Early Twentieth century”
  • Robert Caldwell, SUNY Buffalo, “Mapping Native North America”
  • Lydia Curliss, University of Maryland, “Wame Ninnimissinnuonk ayimmay: Tracing Spatial-Temporal movements of Indigenous Knowledge in the Speck Papers”