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Fellows and Their Topics for the Year 2010-2011

 

David Bezmozgis
The Betrayers (novel)

David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. His first book, Natasha and Other Stories, was translated into more than a dozen languages and won the Commonwealth Writer’s Regional Prize for First Book.  Bezmozgis’ stories have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, Harpers, Zoetrope All-Story, and The Walrus, and his first feature film, Victoria Day, had its premier in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. At the Cullman Center David will be working on The Betrayers, a novel about a famous Russian Jewish dissident who, after the fall of the Soviet Union, meets the man who denounced him.

Geoffrey Brock
Voices Bright Flags (poetry)

Geoffrey Brock is the author of the poetry collection Weighing Light. He edited the forthcoming Farrar Straus and Giroux Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry, and has translated Cesare Pavese's Disaffections:  Complete Poems 1930-1950.   The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, Brock teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arkansas. At the Cullman Center he will be completing Voices Bright Flags, a collection of poems about or in some way haunted by American historical events.

Maile Chapman
The Pink Church (novel, working title)
Maile Chapman is the author of Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, a novel (April, 2010).  She will be working at the Cullman Center on The Pink Church, a novel about Alzheimer’s disease, the challenges of caring for aging parents, and the ways in which fear of illness can outweigh seemingly self-evident scientific fact.

Mary Gaitskill
The End of the Seasons (novel, working title)
The Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow

Mary Gaitskill is the author of three story collections, Bad Behavior, Because They Wanted To, and Don’t Cry, and two novels, Two Girls Fat and Thin and Veronica.  At the Cullman Center she will be doing research for a novel set in ‘90s Manhattan and upstate New York.  Her research will focus on New York City history, the underground literary press, political coverage of the Middle East by the American media,  and personal oral histories.  

Annette Gordon-Reed
Monticello Legacies

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark. She is author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, the editor of Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History, and co-author with Vernon Jordan of Vernon Can Read! Her book The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for History and the 2008 National Book Award for General Non-Fiction. Professor Gordon-Reed was awarded the 2009 National Humanities Medal at the White House.  At the Cullman Center she will work on the second and final volume of her biography of the Hemings family, tracing several lines up to the first decades of the 20th Century. 

David Hinton
Elsewhere: Landscape and Consciousness (Essays)
Selected Poems of Mei Yao-ch'en (Translation)

David Hinton is an independent writer and literary translator of Chinese poetry. His most recent poetry translation is Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology (2008). Hinton has translated the four seminal masterworks of Chinese philosophy:Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu, Analects, Mencius. He has received the Landon Translation Prize (Academy of American Poets), the PEN Translation Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the NEH. In addition to translating the Sung Dynasty poet Mei Yao-ch’en at the Cullman Center, Hinton will be working on a book of essays about landscape and consciousness from the deep ecological perspective of ancient Chinese thought, with a special focus on how that perspective operates in our own everyday experience.

Sara Lipton
Dark Mirror: Jews, Vision and Witness, 1000 - 1500.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Sara Lipton teaches medieval history at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.  She is the author of Images of Intolerance: The Representation of Jews and Judaism in the Bible Moralisee, which was awarded the John Nicholas Brown Prize by the Medieval Academy of America.  She has written editorials and commentary on contemporary Israeli society and inter-religious relations for The Los Angeles Times, TomDispatch.com, and Alternet.  At the Cullman Center she will be working on a book called Dark Mirror: Jews, Vision and Witness, 1000 – 1500, which will attempt to bring coherence to the dizzying proliferation of medieval Christian images of Jews. 

Larissa MacFarquhar
Extreme Virtue
The Dorothy Cullman Fellow

Larissa MacFarquhar is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she has written profiles of Barack Obama, John Ashbery, Noam Chomsky, and Paul Krugman, among others. Last year she wrote about several people who had each donated a kidney to a stranger, and the complex, uneasy responses they encountered. At the Cullman Center, she will be working on a book that will expand on that piece, combining portraits of extremely virtuous people with a history of virtue and attitudes towards it. 

Michael Meyer
In Manchuria: Life on a Rice Farm in China's Northeast

Michael Meyer is the author of  The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed, which depicts the capital’s oldest neighborhood as the city remade itself for the 2008 Olympics. A Lowell Thomas Award winner for travel writing, Meyer has published pieces in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Book Review, Time, Smithsonian, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times. In 2009 he received the Whiting Writers’ Award. At the Cullman Center he will work on a nonfiction book combining history and reporting about a family’s organic rice farm in China’s far northeast.

James Romm
Seneca and Nero
The Birkelund Fellow

James Romm is the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College, and chair of the Language and Literature Division there.  He has published books on Herodotus, ancient geography, and Alexander the Great, and his history of the succession crisis following Alexander's death will be published by Knopf in 2011.  Romm’s project at the Cullman Center is a book on the extraordinarily complex and difficult relationship between the moral philosopher Seneca and his pupil Nero, who inherited rule of the Roman Empire at age 16. 

David Sandlin
Belfaust (graphic novel)

David Sandlin teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His illustrations and comics have been published in The Best American Comics 2009, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and other publications, and his paintings, prints, books, and installations have been exhibited widely in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Australia. At the Cullman Center, he will work on a graphic novel called Belfaust, , the culmination of his eight-volume artist’s book series, A Sinner’s Progress.

Matthew Stewart
The God of the Green Mountains: On the Heterodox Origins of the American Revolution
The Gilder Lehrman Fellow in American History

Matthew Stewart is the author of The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World and Monturiol’s Dream: The Extraordinary Story of the Submarine Inventor Who Wanted to Save the World. His essays have appeared inThe Atlantic,The Independent,The Big Money, and other publications. At the Cullman Center, Stewart will work on a book about the role of Deism in the founding of the United States. He will examine the philosophical and religious views of, among others, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Thomas Young, and Ethan Allen, the leader of the Green Mountain Boys.

Andrew McConnell Stott
A Year Without Summer: Life in the Shadow of Byron and Shelley
The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellow

Andrew McConnell Stott teaches English at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He is the author of Comedy (2005), and The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi: Laughter, Madness and the Story of Britain’s Greatest Comedian (2009), which won the Royal Society of Literature/Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction and was serialized as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. At the Cullman Center he will be writing about Romantic celebrity from the point of view of two people whose lives were irreversibly altered through their proximity to fame; he will use the rich resources in the Library’s Pfrorzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.

Wells Tower
Low Estate (novel)
The David S. Ferriero Fellow

Wells Tower is the author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, a collection of short fiction. His stories and articles have appeared inThe New Yorker, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, GQ, and The Washington Post Magazine, among other publications. Tower has received the Plimpton Prize fromThe Paris Review and two Pushcart Prizes; he was named Best Young Writer of 2009 by theVillage Voice and is a finalist for the 2010 Young Lions’ Award at The New York Public Library. At the Cullman Center he will work on Low Estate, a novel that begins in the Great Depression and will end during the contemporary mortgage crisis.














Fellows and Their Topics for the Year 2009-2010

 

Esther Allen
Flaubert and the Woman Bitten by a Snake

Esther Allen’s translations include the Penguin Classics anthology José Martí: Selected Writings and, most recently, the novel Rex by former Cullman Center Fellow José Manuel Prieto. An Assistant Professor at BaruchCollege, CUNY, she cofounded the PEN World Voices international literature festival in 2005, and has guided the work of the PEN Translation Fund since its inception in 2004. In 2006, she was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. At the CullmanCenter, she will work on two previously unknown texts by Flaubert that were discovered in the back of a desk in 2003:  written for himself alone, then sealed away, they describe the funerals of his two closest friends, in 1848 and 1869, in immediate and minute detail. Allen will trace the threads connecting those texts to other letters, private documents, and works of art across Flaubert's life.

Susan Einbinder
Memory’s Scribes: Jewish Physician-Poets in Late Medieval Europe
The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellow

Susan Einbinder teaches Hebrew literature at the HebrewUnionCollege's Cincinnati campus. She is the author of Beautiful Death: Jewish Poetry and Martyrdom in Medieval France and No Place of Rest: Jewish Literature, Expulsion, and the Memory of Medieval France. At the CullmanCenter, she will be working on a study of medieval Jewish physicians in southern Europe, their medical and nonmedical writings, their passion for learning, and the price they paid for their remarkable careers.

Ian Frazier
Travels in Siberia

Ian Frazier writes humor pieces, essays, and long nonfiction. His books include Dating Your MomCoyote v. Acme,Lamentations of the FatherGreat PlainsFamily, and On the Rez. At the CullmanCenter, he will be doing research for a book to be called Travels in Siberia – about Siberia's history, geography, and place in the popular imagination, combined with accounts of Frazier’s own travels there.

François Furstenberg
When the United States Spoke French: Trans-Atlantic Politics, Land, and Diplomacy in the Age of Revolution
The Gilder Lehrman Fellow in American History

François Furstenberg is assistant professor of history at the Université de Montréal. He is the author of In the Name of the Father: Washington’s Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation. At the CullmanCenter, he will be working on a book that connects American and French history in the age of eighteenth-century revolutions by following a set of transatlantic French émigrés who integrated themselves into the young nation’s political and economic life.
 
Rivka Galchen
The Nature of Theater in Oklahoma (fiction)

Rivka Galchen is the author of the novel, Atmospheric Disturbances.  Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker,The Believer, Scientific American, Zoetrope, BOMB, Open City and The New York Times.The recipient of a 2006 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, she currently teaches creative writing at ColumbiaUniversity. While at the CullmanCenter, she will be working on The Nature Theater of Oklahoma, a novel that plays with the common forms found in religious autobiography and pulp fiction.
 
 Michael Golston
Allegory, Surrealism, and Postmodern Poetic Form

Michael Golston teaches twentieth-century poetry and poetics at ColumbiaUniversity. His first book, Rhythm and Race in Modernist Poetry and Science, won the Louis Martz Prize for 2008. At the CullmanCenter, he will be working on a book about allegory, surrealism, and postmodern poetic form.

Nicole Krauss
From the Desk of Daniel Varsky (fiction)
The Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow

Nicole Krauss is the author of the novels Man Walks into a Room and The History of Love. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages and have received numerous awards, including the Saroyan Prize and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. Her fiction has been published in The New YorkerHarper’sEsquire, and Best American Short Stories, and in 2007 she was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. At the CullmanCenter, she will be working on a novel about a desk that travels across the world and the lives it draws together.

James Livingston
The Perils of Pluralism: The Life and Times of Horace Kallen

James Livingston is a professor of history at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and the author of four books, the most recent of which, The World Turned Inside Out: American Thought and Culture at the End of the 20th Century, will be published in November. At the CullmanCenter, he will be working on a biography of Horace Kallen, the founding father of cultural pluralism.
 
Andy Martin
What It Feels Like to Be Alive: According to Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus

Andy Martin teaches French at the University of Cambridge and writes about a great many subjects, including surfing. He is the author of Stealing the WaveWalking on Water, Napoleon the NovelistWaiting for Bardot, and The Knowledge of Ignorance. His latest book, Beware Invisible Cows: My Search for the Soul of the Universe, has just been published in the United Kingdom. At the CullmanCenter, he will be working on a book about the philosophy of everyday life and on a project concerned with the art of description in the French novel.

Richard McGuire
Here

Richard McGuire is a regular art contributor to The New Yorker. He has written and illustrated both children's books and experimental comics, and he is the author of two books of experiments in graphic narrative, Popeyeandolive and P+O. His comics have appeared in The New York TimesMcSweeney's, Le Monde, and Libération. At the CullmanCenter, he will be working on an illustrated book entitled Here, an exploration of time in a fixed location.
 
Joseph O'Neill
Dubai: A Novel

Joseph O’Neill is the author of three novels, most recently Netherland, which won the PEN/Faulkner Prize in 2009 and was named one of the “10 Best Books of the Year” for 2008 by The New York Times. He has also written a nonfiction book entitled Blood-Dark Track: A Family History, which was a New York Times Notable Book for 2002 and a book of the year for The Economist and The Irish Times.
 
Karen Russell
Shibboleth (working title, fiction)
The von der Heyden Fellow

Karen Russell’s collection of stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, was named a Best Book of 2006 by The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Los Angeles Times; in 2007 Russell was included in Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Conjunctions, Zoetrope, and Best American Short Stories (2007 and 2008). At the CullmanCenter, she will begin work on a novel set in a mythical town during the Dust Bowl drought.
 
Laura Shapiro
Six Dreadful Dinners: Tales from the Underside of Food

Laura Shapiro, a journalist and culinary historian, is the author of Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the CenturySomething from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America; and Julia Child, which won the International Association of Culinary Professionals award for literary food writing. At the CullmanCenter, she will be working on a collection of biographical essays about women and food, looking in particular at iconic dinners where trouble arrived on a platter.
 
John Tresch
Life, Science, and Death: Edgar Allan Poe’s American Experiments

John Tresch teaches history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania. His current manuscript-in-progress is The Romantic Machine: Metamorphosis and Technology in France, 1820 to 1851. At the CullmanCenter, he will be working on a book called Life, Science, and Death: Edgar Allan Poe’s American Experiments, which will show how Poe’s writings exploited the early Republic’s scientific and technological obsessions.

Fellows and Their Topics for the Year 2008-2009

 

Deborah Baker
The Convert

Deborah Baker is the author of the literary biography In Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding. In 2008 Penguin will publish her book A Blue Hand: The Beats in India, a nonfiction narrative that explores the idea of India in the American imagination. At the CullmanCenter, Baker will be researching and writing about the life of Maryam Jameelah, née Margaret Marcus, who left America for Lahore, Pakistan, in 1962 to become the protégée of Abul A’la Maudoodi, the intellectual founder of political Islam.

Anna Bikont
Ryszard Kapuscinski's "Magic Journalism"
Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellow

Anna Bikont, a senior writer and co-founder of Gazeta Wyborcza, the largest daily in Central Europe and the first independent newspaper in democratic Poland, is the award-winning author of eight books, including Wieslawa Szymborska's Dusty Keepsakes, Friends, and Dreams; The Avalanche and the Stones; and We, of Jedwabne. She will spend her year at the CullmanCenter conducting research for a biography of the Polish journalist, author, and poet Ryszard Kapuscinski.

Akeel Bilgrami
Gandhi’s Integrity

Akeel Bilgrami, the Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy at ColumbiaUniversity, directs the University’s HeymanCenter for the Humanities and serves on Columbia’s Committee on Global Thought. He is the author of Belief and Meaning and Self-Knowledge and Resentment, and will publish two new books in 2009 – Politics and the Moral Psychology of Identity and What Is a Muslim? At the CullmanCenter, he will be working on a short book on Gandhi's philosophy and a larger project on the nature of practical reason.

Deborah Cohen
Family Secrets: The Rise of Confessional Culture in Britain, 1840-1990

Deborah Cohen teaches modern British and European history at BrownUniversity. Her first book, The War Come Home: Disabled Veterans in Germany and Great Britain, 1914-1939, won the Social Science History Association's Allan Sharlin Memorial Award, and her second, Household Gods: The British and Their Possessions, won the American Historical Association's Forkosch Prize and the North American Conference on British Studies' Albion Prize. At the CullmanCenter, she will be working on a study of family secrets and the rise of confessional culture.

Andrew Sean Greer
Many Worlds, A Novel

Andrew Sean Greer is the author of a collection of stories, How It Was for Me, and three novels: The Path of Minor Planets, The Confessions of Max Tivoli, and The Story of a Marriage. He has received the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, The New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. At the CullmanCenter, he will be working on a novel imagining the effects of different eras on a man's life and character.

Daniel J. Kevles
Vital Properties: A History of Innovation and Ownership in the Stuff of Life
Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellow

Daniel J. Kevles, the Stanley Woodward Professor of History at Yale University, teaches and writes about issues in science and society, past and present. His books include In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity, The Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America, and The Baltimore Case: A Trial of Politics, Science, and Character. He has received numerous honors and prizes, including a Page One Award, the Watson Davis Prize, and the History of Science Society's George Sarton Medal for career achievement. At the CullmanCenter, he will be working on a book about the history of intellectual property in living organisms from the late eighteenth century to recent times.

Hari Kunzru
The Book of Birbal

Hari Kunzru, the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, and My Revolutions, has had his work translated into twenty-one languages and won a number of Prizes, including the Somerset Maugham Award, the Betty Trask prize of the Society of Authors, and a British Book Award. In 2003 Granta named him one of Britain’s twenty best young novelists. At the CullmanCenter, he will be working on a novel set at the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar.

Robert G. O’Meally
The Literary Romare Bearden

Robert G. O’Meally is the Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he founded The Center for Jazz Studies. His books include The Craft of Ralph Ellison, Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday, and The Jazz Singers. He has edited several anthologies, including The Jazz Cadence of American Culture and The Norton Anthology of Afro-American Literature, and has won awards for his liner notes and for his work as writer for the PBS documentary based on his book on Billie Holiday. He will work at the CullmanCenter on a project about Bearden's literary sources and collaborations.

Julie Orringer
Varian Fry, A Novel
The Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow

Julie Orringer is the author of an award-winning story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, and of a novel, The Invisible Bridge. Her stories have been published in The Paris Review, The Yale Review, The Washington Post, Zoetrope All-Story, and Ploughshares, and have been widely anthologized. She has received fellowships from StanfordUniversity, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the National Endowment for the Arts. At the CullmanCenter, she will be working on a novel about Varian Fry, the New York journalist who helped nearly two thousand Jewish and anti-Nazi refugees escape Europe during the Holocaust.

Lauren Redniss
Radioactive: An Atomic Love Story

Lauren Redniss regularly contributes Op-Art pieces to the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. Slate Magazine named her first book, Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies, one of the 10 Best Books of 2006. Redniss teaches at the Parsons School of Design. At the CullmanCenter, she will be working on an illustrated nonfiction book about Marie and Pierre Curie and the history of radioactivity.

Martha Saxton
The Widow Washington
The Gilder Lehrman Fellow in American History

Martha Saxton is a Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies at AmherstCollege. She has written biographies of Jayne Mansfield and Louisa May Alcott. Her most recent book, Being Good: Women’s Moral Values in Early America, examines women’s ethical lives across three regions, two centuries, and diverse racial cultures. Saxton received a Bunting Fellowship from RadcliffeCollege. At the CullmanCenter, she will be working on a biography of Mary Ball Washington, the mother of the founding father.

Laura Secor
Fugitives from Paradise: A Biography of Iran’s Movement for Democracy

Laura Secor, a journalist, has written on Iran for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Republic. She has been a staff editor of The New York Times Op-Ed page, a reporter for the Boston Globe, acting executive editor of The American Prospect, and a senior editor and writer for Lingua Franca. At the CullmanCenter, she will be working on a book about the movement for democratic reform in Iran.

Lore Segal
A novel, provisionally titled Laputa

Lore Segal’s novels include Other People’s Houses, Her First American, which won an award from the AmericanAcademy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and Shakespeare’s Kitchen. Segal has also published essays, translations, and books for children. Her CullmanCenter project takes its title from the island in Gulliver's Travels whose inhabitants never die, and will offer a satirical look at our over-long modern lives.

Ezra Tawil
Literary Exceptionalism and the European Origins of the “American Style”

Ezra Tawil teaches early American literature in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at ColumbiaUniversity. He is the author of The Making of Racial Sentiment: Slavery and the Birth of the Frontier Romance. At the CullmanCenter, he will be working on a book about the eighteenth-century origins of American literary exceptionalism and the notion of an "American style" within anglophone writing.

Rosanna Warren
Mistral, A Book of Poems

Rosanna Warren is the author of a chapbook and three books of poems, including, most recently, Departure. Her critical book, Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry, will be published by Norton in September 2008. With Stephen Scully, Warren translated Euripides' Suppliant Women for the Oxford Tragedy Series, and she has edited anthologies of poems written by prisoners. She is a past president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, and teaches English and French literature at BostonUniversity. At the CullmanCenter, she will be working on a book of poems that draws on the historical collections of the Library.

Fellows and Their Topics for the Year 2007-2008

 

James Cook
"Master Juba" and the Transformation of Black Popular Culture

James W. Cook is Associate Professor of History and American Culture at the University of Michigan. His books include The Arts of Deception: Playing with Fraud in the Age of Barnum; The Colossal P.T. Barnum Reader; and a forthcoming co-edited collection, The Cultural Turn in U.S. History. At the CullmanCenter, he will be writing a book about black performers and the rise of the international entertainment market.

Joanne Freeman
New York Public Library/American Council of Learned Societies Joint Fellow
The Field of Blood: The Culture of Congress in Antebellum America

Joanne Freeman teaches Revolutionary and early national American history at YaleUniversity. She is the author of Alexander Hamilton: Writings, and Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic, which won the Best Book prize from the Society for Historians of the EarlyAmericanRepublic. A trustee of the National Council for History Education, she speaks frequently at public programs and teaching institutes, consults for the National Park Service, and is a regular contributor to documentaries on PBS, the History Channel, and the BBC. Her work at the CullmanCenter will be on a book about violence in Congress before the Civil War.

Nell Freudenberger
Untitled Novel

Nell Freudenberger’s collection of stories, Lucky Girls, won the PEN/Faulkner Malamud award for short fiction. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta and The Best American Short Stories, 2004. She won a Whiting Writers’ Award in 2005; her first novel, The Dissident, was published in 2006; and she was included in Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists, 2007. While at the CullmanCenter, she will be working on a novel about two couples who take a honeymoon in Bangladesh.

Joel Kaye
The Transformation of Models of Equality and Equilibrium in Medieval Thought, c. 1225-1375

Joel Kaye is a Professor of History at BarnardCollege. His area of concentration is medieval intellectual history, with special interest in the history of science and the history of economic and political thought. His book Economy and Nature in the Fourteenth Century: Money, Market Exchange, and the Emergence of Scientific Thought won the John Nicholas Brown Prize awarded by the Medieval Academy of America. His most recent research centers on the history of balance in the later Middle Ages, and he will be working at the CullmanCenter on a book that tracks the emergence of a new model of equilibrium within medieval scholastic thought.

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Give It Up: The Lives of Stand-Up Comedians

Journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, a 2006 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and many other publications, writing primarily about issues related to families and poverty. Her first book, Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Brendan Gill Prize, and the Ron Ridenhour Award, among others. Her current project, Give It Up, concerns the lives of standup comedians and will be published by Random House.

Louis Menand
Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellow
An Intellectual History of the Cold War

Louis Menand is Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard. His book The Metaphysical Club won the Pulitzer Prize for History, the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians, and the Heartland Prize for Nonfiction from the Chicago Tribune, and was named one of the nine best books of 2001 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. His other publications include American Studies and Discovering Modernism: T. S. Eliot and His Context. A staff writer for The New Yorker, he has been associate editor of The New Republic, and a contributing editor of The New York Review of Books.

James Oakes
Gilder Lehrman Fellow in American History
Emancipation: From Slavery to Freedom in the United States, 1860-1865

James Oakes has been writing about the struggle over slavery in America for more than a quarter of a century. He is the author of The Ruling Race: A History of American Slaveholders; Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South; and most recently, The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics. He plans to spend his year at the CullmanCenter completing the research on a history of emancipation during the Civil War. He teaches history at City University of New York Graduate Center.

Han Ong
Accustomed to Death (Novel)

Han Ong was born in the Philippines and came to the United States as a teenager. He has written more than three dozen plays that have been widely produced in venues ranging from the Joseph Papp Public Theater to the Almeida in London; and he has published two novels – Fixer Chao, hailed as a "new immigrant classic" by The New York Times, and The Disinherited, which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. In 1997 he became one of the youngest fellows of the MacArthur Foundation. While at the CullmanCenter he will be working on a novel that touches on death, gentrification, and waves of change in New York City.

James Pethica
Authorized Biography of Lady Gregory

James Pethica teaches Irish Studies and Modern Drama at WilliamsCollege, with particular interest in History of the Book/Social Text theory and Performance Studies. He is currently completing a book on W.B.Yeats's collaborative partnership with Lady Gregory, and will be working at the CullmanCenter on the authorized biography of Lady Gregory; most of Lady Gregory’s papers are in the Library's Berg Collection. His publications include two volumes in the Cornell Yeats series, an edition of Lady Gregory's Diaries, and the Norton Critical Edition of Yeats.

Owen Sheers
This Parliament of Monsters (Novel)

Born in Fiji, Owen Sheers is a Welsh writer whose work includes two poetry collections, The Blue Book and Skirrid Hill, which won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award, and The Dust Diaries, a non-fiction narrative set in Zimbabwe, which was short listed for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize and won the Welsh Book of the Year 2005. His first novel, Resistance, will be published this summer. He is currently collaborating with the composer Rachel Portman on The Water Diviner’s Tale, a dramatic song-cycle for the BBC. While at the CullmanCenter, he will be conducting research for This Parliament of Monsters, an historical novel set in Fiji and New York over the last decades of the 19th century.

Mark Stevens
A Life of Francis Bacon

Mark Stevens is the author, with Annalyn Swan, of De Kooning: An American Master, which won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times prize in biography. He has served as the art critic for Newsweek, The New Republic and, most recently, New York Magazine, and has written numerous essays on art and other subjects for various publications.

Jennifer Vanderbes
I, Emperor (Novel)

Jennifer Vanderbes's first novel, Easter Island, was named a best book of the year by The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor, nominated for the IMPAC Dublin International Literary Prize, and translated into 16 languages. She was a 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, and has also received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, ColgateUniversity, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. She has taught in the M.F.A. programs at the University of Iowa and ColumbiaUniversity. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post. She will use her time at the CullmanCenter to begin work on a novel set in 19th century San Francisco.

Camilo José Vergara
A Visual Encyclopedia of the American Ghetto: Website and Book

A writer, photographer, and sociologist, Camilo Vergara has been photographing American urban landscapes since 1977, documenting the changes taking place in the country’s inner cities. At the CullmanCenter he will use the Library’s collections to enhance the visual record he has created, turning it into an interactive website and a book. His previous books include Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery (with Kenneth Jackson, 1989), The New American Ghetto (1995), American Ruins (1999), Unexpected Chicagoland (with Timothy Samuelson, 2001), Twin Towers Remembered (2001), Subway Memories (2004), and How the Other Half Worships (2005). Vergara has received numerous awards, among them a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 2002.

Colson Whitehead
Untitled Novel

Colson Whitehead is the author of the novels The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, and Apex Hides the Hurt, as well as a collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, Harper's and New York Magazine. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. He lives in Brooklyn.

Gaby Wood
The Crimes of Monsieur Bertillon

Gaby Wood is a staff writer and New York correspondent for the London Observer. She is the author of The Smallest of All Persons Mentioned in the Records of Littleness, and Edison’s Eve, which was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2003. Her next book – In Lana Turner’s Bedroom, based on an article she wrote for Granta – will be published in 2008. At the CullmanCenter, she will be working on a book about science, superstition and the work of a photographer-detective in 19th century Paris.

Fellows and Their Topics for the Year 2006-2007

 

Mohammed Naseehu Ali
The Diary of an Orphan, a novel about polygamy
"Who/What is an African?" an essay about redefining African identity

A native of Ghana, Mohammed Naseehu Ali is a writer and musician. His fiction and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Mississippi Review, Bomb, Gathering of the Tribes, and Essence. Ali has composed original soundtracks for independent movies and was recently contracted to write music for DVD trivia games based on the blockbusters Shrek and Madagascar. A graduate of BenningtonCollege, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.

David W. Blight
Gilder Lehrman Fellow in American History
Frederick Douglass in American Memory

David W. Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the GilderLehrmanCenter for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at YaleUniversity. His books include Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, which received seven book awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize; a book of essays, Beyond the Battlefield: Race, Memory, and the American Civil War; and Frederick Douglass's Civil War: Keeping Faith in Jubilee. He teaches summer institutes for secondary school teachers and for park rangers and historians in the National Park Service.

Sharon Cameron
Hope, But Not For Us

Sharon Cameron is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English at JohnsHopkinsUniversity. She has published six books of literary criticism and one novel, Beautiful Work: A Meditation on Pain. Her most recent critical books are Thinking in Henry James; Choosing Not Choosing: Emily Dickinson's Fascicles; and Impersonality: Seven Essays, which will be published in November 2006. She has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is a member of the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Sciences. Ms. Cameron will be working on a series of essays that are an investigation into the nature of hope.

Will Eno
An untitled play

The playwright Will Eno has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and the Edward F. Albee Foundations, and has been a Helen Merrill Playwriting Fellow. His play THOM PAIN (based on nothing) opened in New York in January 2005 at the DR 2 Theatre. It was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and has since been performed in many different languages. In 2005-2006 he taught at PrincetonUniversity and held the Hodder Fellowship there. His plays are published by Oberon Books in London and by TCG in the United States. Mr. Eno will be working on a historical play about a genealogically defunct family, for which he will draw materials from the Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy.

Clive Fisher

Biography of Carl Van Vechten

Clive Fisher is a former freelance journalist and critic turned full-time biographer who moved from England to New York in 1997. He has written arts journalism for various London publications including The Times, The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The World of Interiors, and The Catholic Herald, and is now working on the authorized biography of Carl Van Vechten. He has published biographies of Noel Coward, Cyril Connolly, and Hart Crane. Mr. Fisher's subject, Carl Van Vechten, was a novelist, journalist, and key literary figure of the 20th century whose papers are archived in the Library's Manuscripts and Archives Division.

Farah Jasmine Griffin

Harlem Nocturne: Black Women Artists in New York, 1938-1948

Farah Jasmine Griffin is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African American Studies at ColumbiaUniversity. She is the author of three books, "Who Set You Flowin'?:" The African-American Migration Narrative; If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday; and the forthcoming Miles Davis and John Coltrane (tentative title). She has also edited and co-edited a number of volumes, including Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies.

Maya Jasanoff
Imperial Exiles: Loyalists in the British Empire

Maya Jasanoff is an assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia. Her work focuses on the history of the British Empire and dynamics of cross-cultural contact. She is the author of Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850, which won the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize. At the CullmanCenter, she will be investigating the global diaspora of Loyalist refugees after the American Revolution, in Canada, the Caribbean, Britain, Sierra Leone, and South Asia.

Carla Kaplan
Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance

Carla Kaplan is Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She has published four books, most recently Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters, which was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award and was listed as a notable book of the year by The New York Times. She is a member of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities and has been an NEH fellow, a fellow at the SchomburgCenter for Research in Black Culture, and will be a fellow at the DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard in the academic year 2007-2008.

Ben Katchor
Up from the Stacks

Ben Katchor's picture-stories and drawings appear in the English-language Forward, Metropolis magazine, and The New Yorker. His books include Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories; The Jew of New York; and The Beauty Supply District. His current weekly strip, "Shoehorn Technique," appears in the Forward and The Chicago Reader. He has received fellowships from the MacArthur and Guggenheim Foundations and was a fellow at The American Academy in Berlin. In 2004, he collaborated with composer Mark Mulcahy on two music-theater productions, The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island and The Rosenbach Company. At the Center he will be working on a graphic novel set in The New York Public Library and its neighborhood.

James Miller
Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche

James Miller is Professor of Political Science and Liberal Studies at the NewSchool for Social Research and also Editor of Dædalus, the journal of the AmericanAcademy of Arts & Sciences. A former fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, he has published five books, including two finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award, "Democracy is in the Streets": From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago and The Passion of Michel Foucault.

James Shapiro
The Shakespeare Authorship Controversy

James Shapiro is Larry Miller Professor of English at ColumbiaUniversity. He is the author of Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson; Shakespeare and the Jews; Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World's Most Famous Passion Play; and, most recently, A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Laurie Sheck
Archangel, a hybrid work centered around the un-named "monster" in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Laurie Sheck has published five books of poems, including The Willow Grove, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Captivity, forthcoming in Spring 2007. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-05 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She is currently a member of the MFA faculty at the NewSchool.

Nelson Alexander Smith
Dumbbell & Haunt: The Lives, History, and Poetics of a New York Tenement

Nelson Smith is a freelance writer whose essays have appeared in The Baffler, Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere. He has received the Richard J. Margolis Award for nonfiction writing and a fellowship in creative nonfiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. At the Center he will be working on a personal narrative relating to the social and architectural history of the New York "dumbbell" tenement in which he has lived for the past twenty years.

Jeff Talarigo
Blurred by Exile–A Novel

Jeff Talarigo is the author of The Pearl Diver, which won the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award. His second novel, The Ginseng Hunter, on North Korean refugees escaping into China, will be published in the summer of 2007. While at the CullmanCenter, he will be working on a novel that will follow five characters from four generations of Palestinians exiled in Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Lebanon, New York, and the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Sean Wilentz
Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellow
The Liberal Historians: Hofstadter, Woodward, Schlesinger

Sean Wilentz is George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at PrincetonUniversity. His many books on U.S. history and politics include The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, which was awarded a Bancroft Prize in 2006. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic. The coeditor of a 2004 collection of essays and stories, The Rose & The Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad, Wilentz has written broadly on American music and Bob Dylan, which earned him both a Deems Taylor-ASCAP writing award and a Grammy nomination in 2005.

Fellows and Their Topics for the Year 2005-2006

 

Charlotte Bacon
Surveying with Everest: A Novel

Charlotte Bacon, an Associate Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, has published three works of fiction: two novels – Lost Geography and There is Room for You – and a collection of short stories, A Private State. She has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and won the PEN/Hemingway Prize for First Fiction. At the CullmanCenter she will be working on a novel set in India in the 1830s.

Brent Hayes Edwards
Alternate Tracks: The Politics of Experimentation and Collaboration in New York Jazz, 1972-1982

Brent Hayes Edwards is an Associate Professor in the English Department at RutgersUniversity. His first book, The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism, won the John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Society for French Historical Studies. Edwards co-edited the 2004 collection of essays, Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies, and has since 2001 been co-editor of the journal Social Text.

Robert Jenkins
Nationalists, Imperialists and Global Utopias: Mid-20th Century Movements for World Government in India and the United States

Robert Jenkins is Professor of Political Science at the University of London. His research has focused on India, particularly the politics of India’s integration into the global economy and its relationship with institutions of global governance. His books include Democratic Politics and Economic Reform in India and Reinventing Accountability: Making Democracy Work for Human Development. He has received research grants from the Ford Foundation, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, and the BritishAcademy, and has consulted for the UN, the World Bank, and the governments of Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.

Wendy Lesser
Photography and Non-fiction

Wendy Lesser is the founding editor of The Threepenny Review, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. She is the author of six books of nonfiction, including The Amateur and Pictures at an Execution; her first novel, The Pagoda in the Garden, will be published in October, 2005. She is a member of the AmericanAcademy of Arts & Sciences, a former fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Arts Journalism Program, and a winner of the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award for Criticism from the AmericanAcademy of Arts & Letters.

Lucy McDiarmid
The Peacock Dinner: Blunt, Yeats, Pound & the Transmission of Culture

Lucy McDiarmid is the author of The Irish Art of Controversy, Auden's Apologies for Poetry, and Saving Civilization: Yeats, Eliot, and Auden between the Wars. She co-edited High and Low Moderns: Literature and Culture 1889-1939, and Lady Gregory: Selected Writings. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, she is a Professor of English at VillanovaUniversity. At the Cullman Center, she will do research on a testimonial dinner given on January 18, 1914, by W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, and Lady Gregory in honor of the poet and anti-imperialist Wilfrid Scawen Blunt.

Jill McDonough
Dying Game: 50 Executions in American History (Poetry)

Jill McDonough's poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, The Threepenny Review, and Slate. She received her M. A. from BostonUniversity's Creative Writing Program in poetry in 1998, and has received fellowships from the Boston Athenaeum, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A 2005 PEN/New England Discovery Award winner, she teaches writing for BostonUniversity's Prison Education Project.

Andrew Meier
The American Professor: A Biography of Isaiah Oggins, a 1920s New York Intellectual turned Stalinist Secret Agent
Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellow

Andrew Meier, Moscow correspondent for Time magazine from 1996 to 2001, is the author of Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall. A contributor to Harper’s, The Financial Times Magazine, and National Geographic, he writes widely on Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.

Mary Morrissy
The Duchess: A Novel Exploring the Life of Sean O’Casey’s Sister, Bella

Mary Morrissy is the author of a collection of short stories, A Lazy Eye and two novels, Mother of Pearl and The Pretender. Her stories have appeared in a number of anthologies, and Mother of Pearl was shortlisted for The Whitbread Prize. She received a Lannan Award for Literature in 1995. Morrissy, who lives in Ireland, has worked as a journalist and fiction reviewer, and has taught in creative writing programs at the Universities of Arkansas and Iowa.

Joseph O’Connor
Redemption: A Novel of Irish immigrants, especially children, in the American Civil War
Joseph O’Connor’s novels include Cowboys and Indians, Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, and Star of the Sea, which was published in 26 languages and received the Prix Littéraire Européan Madeleine Zepter for European novel of the year, Ireland’s Hennessy/Sunday Tribune Literary Award, the Irish Post Award for Fiction, France’s Prix Millepages, a Nielsen-BookScan Golden Book Award, and an American Library Association Notable Book listing. O’Connor, who lives in Dublin, has also written short stories, film scripts, plays, and a critical biography of the poet Charles Donnelly.

Samuel Roberts
Migrant Labor and Public Health in Panama, Costa Rica, and Guatemala, 1850-1945

Samuel Roberts is Assistant Professor of History at ColumbiaUniversity and Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health. His forthcoming book, Infectious Fear: Tuberculosis, Public Health, and the Logic of Race and Illness in Baltimore, Maryland, 1880-1930, explores public health and urban politics in the Jim Crow South. In 2001-2002, Roberts was a Scholar in Residence at the SchomburgCenter for Black History and Culture (New York City).

Raymond Scheindlin
The Pilgrimage Poetry of Judah Halevi

Raymond Scheindlin is Professor of Medieval Hebrew Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary and a former provost of the Seminary. He specializes in the encounter of Hebrew and Arabic cultures in the Middle Ages, especially as embodied in the poetry of the two traditions. His books include Wine, Women, and Death: Medieval Hebrew Poems on the Good Life, which deals with medieval secular poetry, and The Gazelle: Medieval Hebrew Poems on God, Israel, and the Soul, which deals with medieval religious poetry—as well as a verse translation of the Book of Job. As a CullmanCenter fellow, he will be writing about the Jewish and Islamic roots of the pilgrimage poetry of Judah Halevi (d. 1141).

Rebecca Read Shanor
Building New York City, 1626-2006

Rebecca Read Shanor, who writes about New York City history, architecture, and urban planning, is the author of The City That Never Was: 200 Years of Plans That Might Have Changed the Face of New York. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Kirk Davis Swinehart
Molly’s War: The Other American Revolution
Gilder Lehrman Fellow in American History

Kirk Davis Swinehart, Assistant Professor of History at WesleyanUniversity, is writing a book about the soldier-adventurer Sir William Johnson and his feuding families, Irish and Mohawk, both of which fought for Britain during the American Revolution. Among other things, the book will examine Johnson’s twenty-year relationship with a Mohawk woman—Molly Brant—and her struggle to maintain the Mohawks’ alliance with George III. Swinehart has received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon and Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundations.

Judith Walkowitz
Cultural Geography of London's West End, 1890-1939

Judith R. Walkowitz is Professor of History at JohnsHopkinsUniversity, where she teaches British and Women's history. Her research and writing have concentrated on the cultural and social contests over sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is the author of Prostitution and Victorian Society: Women, Class, and the State (winner of the Berkshire Prize) and City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late Victorian London.

Edmund White
Hotel de Dream: A Novel about Stephen Crane

Edmund White has written twenty books, including a long biography of Jean Genet (for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award) and a short life of Proust. He is best known for his trilogy of novels, A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony. He directs the creative writing program at Princeton. His most recent book was Fanny: A Fiction, a historical novel about Frances Wright and Frances Trollope.

Fellows and Their Topics for the Year 2004-2005

 

Hilary Ballon
Robert Moses and the ModernCity
Mel and Lois Tukman Fellow

Hilary Ballon is a Professor and Chair of Art History and Archaeology at ColumbiaUniversity. She is the author of The Paris of Henri IV: Architecture and Urbanism; New York's Pennsylvania Station; and the forthcoming Frank Lloyd Wright's Towers – in connection with which she has curated an exhibition due to open at the SkyscraperMuseum in downtown Manhattan in October, 2004. Over the next two years she will co-curate an exhibition reassessing the urbanism of Robert Moses, scheduled for 2006, with installations at ColumbiaUniversity's WallachArtGallery, the New York Historical Society, and the QueensMuseum. At the Library she will use, among other collections, the Robert Moses papers in the Manuscripts and Archives Division.

Martha Biondi
The Black Student Movement and the Origins of African American Studies, 1967-1975

Martha Biondi is an assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at NorthwesternUniversity, specializing in twentieth century African American history. Her first book, To Stand and Fight: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City was published in 2003 by Harvard University Press and won the Thomas J. Wilson Prize as best first book of the year.

George Chauncey
The Strange Career of the Closet: Gay Culture, Consciousness, and Politics from the Second World War to the Stonewall Era

George Chauncey is a social and cultural historian whose research and teaching focus on urbanism, gender, sexuality, subjectivity, and the social movements of the twentieth century. He is a Professor of History at the University of Chicago and the author of Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, which won the Organization of American Historians' Merle Curti Award for the best book in social history and the Frederick Jackson Turner Award. During his fellowship term he will make intensive use of the Library's collections as he extends his work on gay culture in New York City from 1940 to the 1970s.

Jennifer Egan
Novel set in New York City
Mel and Lois Tukman Fellow

Jennifer Egan is the author of two novels, The Invisible Circus and Look at Me (which was a finalist for the National Book Award), and a short story collection, Emerald City. The magazines that have published her short fiction include The New Yorker, Harper's, and Zoetrope, and her journalism appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. At the CullmanCenter she will work on a historical novel set in New York City just after the end of World War II.

Nathan Englander
Novel set in Argentina

Nathan Englander's short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and numerous anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Anthology, and The Pushcart Prize. His story collection, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, earned him a PEN/Faulkner Malamud Award and the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Letters Sue Kauffman Prize. More recently he was awarded a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship and the Bard Fiction Prize. During his fellowship he will work on a novel.

Linda Gordon
Biography of photographer Dorothea Lange

Linda Gordon is a Professor of History at New YorkUniversity. Her work has focused on the historical roots of contemporary social policy debates, particularly as they concern gender and family issues, and more recently on race and gender in the American West. Her numerous books include Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare (winner of the Berkshire Prize and the Gustavus Myers Human Rights Award), and The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction, which won both the 2000 Bancroft Prize for the best book in U.S. History and the Beveridge prize for the best book on the history of the Americas. She recently co-edited Dear Sisters: Dispatches from the Women's Liberation Movement.

Elizabeth Kendall
The Lost Muse: Lydia Ivanova, George Balanchine and the Russian Revolution

Elizabeth Kendall writes about dance and culture. She is the author of Where She Danced: The Birth of American Art-Dance; The Runaway Bride: Hollywood Romantic Comedy of the 1930s; and American Daughter, a memoir. She has taught at Princeton, Columbia, BardCollege, and SmolnyCollege in Russia. Her articles have appeared in a number of publications, including The New Yorker and The New York Times, and she has worked on several documentaries for public television.

Stephen Kotkin
Lost in Siberia: Dreamworlds of Eurasia
Joint NYPL/ACLS Fellow

Stephen Kotkin is a Professor of European and Asian History at PrincetonUniversity, where he directs the Russian Studies Program. As a consultant to businesses and foundations, he has conducted fieldwork in every republic of the former Soviet Union except Turkmenistan. His books include Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse 1970-2000 and Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the Modern World from the Mongol Empire to the Present (co-author). He received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2004. He is currently writing a history of the Ob River valley that will encompass the histories of the Turkic, Mongol, Russian, Chinese, Manchu and Japanese empires.

Hermione Lee
Biography of Edith Wharton
Mel and Lois Tukman Fellow

Hermione Lee is the Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature and Fellow of New College at the University of Oxford. Her books include The Novels of Virginia Woolf; Elizabeth Bowen; Philip Roth; Willa Cather: A Life Saved Up; and Virginia Woolf. A Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and an Honorary Fellow of St. Hilda's and St. Cross College, Oxford, she was in 2003 made a CBE for services to literature and appointed a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is working on a biography of Edith Wharton and on a collection of essays about life-writing.

Colum McCann
Zoli: A Story of Europe – A Novel

Irish-born Colum McCann is the author of two story collections, Fishing the Sloe-Black River and Everything in the Country Must, and three novels, Songdogs, This Side of Brightness, and Dancer. He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, and received Ireland's Rooney Prize for Literature. While a fellow at the CullmanCenter he will work on a novel based on the story of Bronislawa Wajs, a Polish poet and Gypsy.

Pankaj Mishra
A Modern Adventure – A Novel

Pankaj Mishra is a journalist, travel writer, literary critic, political commentator, and novelist. He contributes regularly to The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The New Statesman, and India's Outlook. He is the author of Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India and the novel The Romantics; Farrar Straus and Giroux will publish his latest book of non-fiction, The End of Suffering: The Buddha in the World, in the fall of 2004. At the CullmanCenter he will work on a novel set in India, New York City, and England.

Lisandro Perez
Cuban New Yorkers: The Cuban Community of New York and the Development of the Cuban Nation, 1823-1958
Mel and Lois Tukman Fellow

Lisandro Perez is a Professor of Sociology, the Director of the International Migration Initiative, and the founder and former Director of the Cuban Research Institute at FloridaInternationalUniversity in Miami. He edits the journal Cuban Studies, co-authored The Legacy of Exile: Cubans in the United States, and is writing the entry on Cuban Americans for the forthcoming reference work The New Americans. At the CullmanCenter he will use the Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy; The Moses Taylor Papers in the Manuscripts and Archives Division; and the Arents Collection.

Jose Manuel Prieto
Vox Humana – A Novel
Margaret and Herman Sokol Fellow

Jose Manuel Prieto is a Professor of History and editor of Istor, Journal of International History, at the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas in Mexico City. Born in Cuba, he spent twelve years training and working as an engineer in the former Soviet Union before beginning a career as a writer and translator. His work, which includes essays, short stories, and translations, has been published all over the world. His novel Livadia appeared in the United States as Nocturnal Butterflies of the Russian Empire. He received a Latin American Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2002. He will work on a novel at the CullmanCenter.

Danzy Senna
Where Did You Sleep Last Night? – A Memoir

Danzy Senna holds the Jenks Chair of Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has taught at SarahLawrenceCollege and worked as a researcher and reporter for Newsweek. Her first novel, Caucasia, won the Book of the Month Club's Stephen Crane First Fiction Award, and in 2002 she received the Mrs. Giles Whiting Writer's Award. Her second novel, Symptomatic, will be published in May, 2004. At the CullmanCenter she will work on a book about the life of her elusive African-American grandmother.

T. J. Stiles
Vanderbilt: The Life and Times of Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1794-1877
Gilder Lehrman Fellow in American History

T. J. Stiles is the author of Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War. He edited the series In Their Own Words, a collection of primary-source narrative anthologies that includes Civil War Commanders; Robber Barons and Radicals: Reconstruction and the Origins of Civil Rights; The Colonizers: Early European Settlers and the Shaping of North America; Founding Fathers; and The Citizen's Handbook: Essential Documents and Speeches from American History. He is now writing a biography of Cornelius ("Commodore") Vanderbilt, and at the CullmanCenter he will use, among other collections, the New York Central Railroad Papers in the Library's Manuscripts and Archives Division.

Fellows and Their Topics for the Year 2003-2004

 

Michael Henry Adams
Race and Place: Who Lived, Worked and Worshipped Where? Documenting New York’s African-American Landmarks

Michael Henry Adams is the author of Harlem Lost and Found: An Architectural and Social History, 1795–1915 that inspired The Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition Harlem Lost and Found and the forthcoming book Style and Grace: Black New Yorkers at Home. He lectures widely and conducts walking tours on architecture, preservation, and the culture of Harlem. During his tenure at the Dorothy and LewisB.CullmanCenter, he will research the architectural and social history of African-Americans in New York City since 1626.

Carol Armstrong
Three Essays on Color

Carol Armstrong is professor of Art and Archaeology and Doris Stevens Professor of the Study of Women and Gender at PrincetonUniversity. She is the author of Odd Man Out: Readings of the Work and Reputation of Edgar Degas, Scenes in a Library: Reading the Photograph in the Book, 1843-1875 and Manet/Manette: The Difference of Painting. She is currently working on a series of essays on fin-de-siécle art criticism in France on the theme of color as a critical and poetic trope rather than an optical science.

Doron Ben-Atar
A Socio-Cultural Portrait of Litchfield Connecticut at the Turn of the 19th Century
Director’s Fellow

Doron Ben-Atar is an Associate Professor of History at FordhamUniversity. Dr. Ben-Atar is the author of The Origins of Jeffersonian Commercial Policy and Diplomacy (1993); Forbidden Knowledge: Technology Piracy and Intellectual Property in the Early Republic (forthcoming), and editor, together with Barbara B. Oberg of Federalists Reconsidered. Dr. Ben-Atar has recently finished co-writing the memoirs of teenage years spent in the Nazi death camps. He is currently working on a study of the social and cultural history of Litchfield Connecticut.

Maureen Howard
Picture This: The Illustrated Novel in English

Maureen Howard is the author of eight novels including Grace Abounding, Natural History, A Lover’s Almanac, the novella collection Big as Life: Three Tales for Spring, an autobiography, and two plays. Her essays and reviews have appeared in many anthologies and publications, such as The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, and The Nation. She currently teaches creative writing at ColumbiaUniversity. While at the Dorothy and LewisB.CullmanCenter she will write a series of essays on the illustrated novel beginning with the Victorian novels of Dickens and Thackeray through contemporary novelists such as W.G. Sebald.

Patrick Radden Keefe
Listening In: American Signals Intelligence and Surveillance in a Digital Age

Patrick Keefe is a writer and J.D. Candidate at YaleLawSchool. The recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, he received graduate degrees in International Relations from CambridgeUniversity and New Media and Information Systems from the London School of Economics. His articles and book reviews have appeared in Legal Affairs magazine and the Yale Journal of International Law. He will spend his time at the Dorothy and LewisB.CullmanCenter completing a book on Signals Intelligence—government interception of phone calls and emails for intelligence purposes.

Sheila Kohler
A Novel Based on the Life of the Marquise de la Tour du Pin

Sheila Kohler is the author of four novels The Perfect Place (1989), The House on R Street (1994), Cracks (1999), and Children of Pithiviers (2001), and three collections of short stories. She is the recipient of the O. Henry Prize for her story The Mountain and the Willa Cather Prize for One Girl. Her short stories have appeared in many publications including Ploughshares, Paris Review, and The Quarterly. She is working on a historical novel on the life of the Marquise de la Tour du Pin, a French aristocrat who fled to this country and became a dairy farmer in Albany.

Herbert Leibowitz
A Critical Biography of William Carlos Williams
Mel and Lois Tukman Fellow

Herbert Leibowitz is the editor and publisher of Parnassus: Poetry in Review. He is the author of Fabricating Lives: Explorations in American Autobiography and Hart Crane: An Introduction to the Poetry. In recent years, he has been a Guggenheim Fellow, Fannie Hurst Visiting Professor at WashingtonUniversity, St. Louis, and Senior Fulbright Professor of American Poetry at the University of Barcelona. During his fellowship term at the Dorothy and LewisB.CullmanCenter, he will replicate William Carlos Williams' research for In the American Grain and write about the poet's changing perspectives on the origins and faultlines of American culture, history, and language.

Rachel Manley
That Year—A Novel
Mel and Lois Tukman Fellow

Rachel Manley is the author of Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood, which won Canada’s Governor General’s award for nonfiction, and Slipstream: A Daughter Remembers. She has also published several volumes of poetry and is the editor of Edna Manley: The Diaries, a collection of her grandmother’s journals. A former Bunting Fellow for Literature at RadcliffeCollege, she is currently writing a novel based on her fellowship experiences.

Wyatt Mason
Translating the Essais of Michel de Montaigne

Wyatt Mason is a translator and critic. His translation of Arthur Rimbaud's poetical works, Rimbaud Complete, appeared in 2002. I Promise to be Good, his edition of Rimbaud's letters, will be published this fall, and his translation of Dante's La Vita Nuova next year, both from Modern Library. His criticism has appeared in Harper's, The Nation, and the Los Angeles Times. During his fellowship term at the Dorothy and LewisB.CullmanCenter, he will be working on a new translation of the Essays of Michel de Montaigne.

Philip Pauly
American Desires for Ecological Independence

Philip Pauly is Professor of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where he teaches history of science. He is the author of Biologists and the Promise of American Life: From Meriwether Lewis to Alfred Kinsey, and Controlling Life: Jacques Loeb and the Engineering Ideal in Biology. He is writing a history of American horticulture from Thomas Jefferson to the present, with special attention to gardeners' and scientists' desires for the exotic, fears about aliens, and uncertainty about what was native.

Melanie Rehak
Nancy Drew Unbound: The Mysteries Behind America’s Girl Sleuth and the Stratemeyer Syndicate
Mel and Lois Tukman Fellow

Melanie Rehak is a freelance writer and poet, and Assistant Poetry Editor of The New Republic. Her work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, and Paris Review. She is working on a book about Mildred Benson, the original writer of the Nancy Drew Mystery Series, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, the daughter of series book legend Edward Stratemeyer, who inherited his company in 1930. She will be drawing extensively on the Stratemeyer Syndicate archives for her research, as well as other library collections.

Katherine Russell Rich
The Roar of the Tiger: A Year in India Studying Hindi

Katherine Russell Rich, a writer, is at work on The Roar of the Tigers: A Year In India Studying Hindi, an account of and exploration into language acquisition. Last year, she was a Hindi-language fellow at the American Institute of Indian Studies, in Rajasthan. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, The New York Times, the Sunday Times magazine, and on Salon. She's the author of The Red Devil.

Ned Sublette
The Cultural and Political Context of Cuba, 1952-2002

Ned Sublette is the author of Cuba and its Music: From the First Drum to the Mambo (Chicago Review Press, February 2004), the first of two volumes which narrate the development of Cuban music in the context of the political and cultural history of the island. He has conducted educational workshops in Cuba, written and photographed for various magazines and newspapers, was for seven years senior co-producer of the public radio program Afropop Worldwide, co-founded the record label Qbadisc, and has produced numerous albums.

John Jeremiah Sullivan
The Key of the Fields—A Novel
Mel and Lois Tukman Fellow

John Jeremiah Sullivan has been an editor at the Oxford American magazine, Harper’s Magazine, and GQ, where he currently works as a Writer-at-Large. His 1999 article “Feet in Smoke” was included in the 2002 Best of the Oxford American anthology, and his piece “Horseman, Pass By” (Harper’s, 2002) won the 2003 National Magazine Award for feature writing and the 2003 Eclipse Award for the year’s best magazine article about horse racing. It was subsequently expanded into Blood Horses. He is now at work on a non-fiction book about the discovery of prehistoric cave art in the southeastern United States, as well as a novel entitled The Key of the Fields.

Elizabeth Wyckoff
Prints in History: The Discipline of Print Scholarship, 1600-1800
Margaret and Herman Sokol Fellow and Director’s Fellow

Elizabeth Wyckoff is a Print Specialist in The New York Public Library’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs. She has curated exhibitions for the Library including Netherlandish Prints at The New York Public Library and Dry Drunk: The Culture of Tobacco in 17th- and 18th- Century Europe, and was most recently the co-curator of Poetry of Sight: The Prints of James NcNeill Whistler (1834-1903). She is the co-author of Hard Pressed: 600 Years of Prints and Process, and her Innovation and Popularization: Printmaking and Print Publishing in Haarlem is forthcoming. 

Fellows and Their Topics for the Year 2002-2003

 

Donald Antrim
By Proxy, A Novel

Donald Antrim is the author of three novels, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and most recently, The Verificationist. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, which has named him one of 20 Writers for the 21st Century, Harpers, and The Paris Review. He is the recent recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. During his fellowship term at the Center he will be working on his fourth novel.

Thomas Bender
A Frame Beyond Itself: Rethinking America's History in a Global Age
Mel and Lois Tukman Fellow

Thomas Bender is University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at New YorkUniversity. His books include, Toward an Urban Vision, Community and Social Change in America, New York Intellect, and Intellect and Public Life. He has edited The University and the City: From Medieval Origins to the Present, City and Nation, and Rethinking American History for a Global Age. His newest book, The Unfinished City: New York and the Metropolitan Idea is to be published later this year. His current project seeks to reframe the narrative of American history avoiding the all too common isolation – past and present – of the United States from the larger histories it shares with other societies.

Emily Braun
The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and Their Salons
Mel and Lois Tukman Fellow

Emily Braun is Professor of Art History at HunterCollege and teaches at the GraduateCenter, CUNY. She is the author of Mario Sironi and Italian Modernism: Art and Politics under Fascism, and co-author of Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy, and Thomas Hart Benton: The America Today Murals. Ms. Braun has published in Art in America, Modernism/modernity and the Journal of Contemporary History and is a contributor to the forthcoming Oxford Short History of Italy. She will work on a book about Jewish Women and their salons from the 1780s through the mid-20th century as a privileged site of female power that bridged the private and public spheres.

Tom Buk-Swienty
Jacob A. Riis: A Biography

Tom Buk-Swienty is a journalist and United States Bureau Chief for the Danish weekly Weekendavisen, Berlingske.  His bestselling book AmerikaMaxima: Et dansk roadtrip gennem Clinton's USA (AmerikaMMaxima: A Danish Roadtrip through Clinton's USA) has been called the best Danish book on America in the '90s. During his fellowship year at the Center, he will work on a biography of the Danish-American reporter, photographer, and social reformist, Jacob A. Riis.

Elisheva Carlebach
Conversion and Subversion: Anti-Christian Strain in Early-Modern Yiddish Culture, 1500-1750

Elisheva Carlebach is Professor of History, QueensCollege, CUNY, and the author of Divided Souls: Jewish Converts to Christianity in Early Modern German Lands, 1550-1750, and The Pursuit of Heresy: Rabbi Moses Hagiz and the Sabbatian Controversies, which won the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish History in 1991. Her project will analyze strategies of Jewish resistance to Christian culture in early modern Central Europe.

Caleb Crain
Ned v. Kate: The Divorce of Edwin and Catharine Forrest

Caleb Crain is a freelance writer and was a reporter for the magazine Lingua Franca from 1997 to 2001 and a senior editor there in 1999 and 2000. He has written for the New York Times Book Review, Newsday, The Nation, and The New Republic and is the author of American Sympathy: Men, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation. He has written introductions to forthcoming Modern Library editions of two early American novels, Wieland by Charles Brockden Brown and The Algerine Captive by Royall Tyler.

Paul Freedman
Spices in the Middle Ages
Joint NYPL/American Council of Learned Societies Fellow

Paul Freedman is Professor of History at YaleUniversity. He has written books on serfdom in Catalonia (The Origins of Peasant Servitude in Medieval Catalonia, 1991) and on how peasants were portrayed and thought about in medieval Europe as a whole (Images of Medieval Peasant, 2000). During his fellow term at the Center he will work on a book about spices in the Middle Ages and why they were considered so valuable.

Bei Ling Huang
"Thank You, Warden!": A Writer's Fifteen Fate-Altering Days in a Chinese Prison

Bei Ling Huang, poet and essayist, is the founder and editor of Tendency, an exile literary journal founded in late 1993 and published in Chinese. He is also the Executive Director of the IndependentChinesePENCenter and is on the board of the InternationalCenter for Writing and Translation at the University of California, Irvine, and Research Associate at HarvardUniversityFairbankCenter for East Asian Research.

Roger Keyes
The Art of Japanese Illustrated Books
Mel and Lois Tukman Fellow

Roger S. Keyes is Visiting Professor in the History of Art at BrownUniversity, an Associate in Research at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at HarvardUniversity, and Director of the Center for the Study of Japanese Prints. His many publications include The Theatrical World of Osaka Prints with Keiko Mizushima, The Art of Surimono, and The Male Journey in Japanese Prints. He has just completed a catalogue raisonnée of the prints of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Japan Foundation. During his Fellowship year, Dr. Keyes will be studying the Spencer Collection of Japanese illustrated books and beginning a book to accompany an important exhibition of this material at The New York Public Library in 2005.

Franziska Kirchner
Antebellum Americans in Germany: Transfer of Cultural Knowledge
Director's Fellow

Franziska Kirchner, a German art historian, is the author of Central Park, a book about the impact of German garden theory and practice on the design of New York's Central Park, to be published shortly. She is an independent scholar and longtime coordinator of artists' competitions for memorials in Berlin. At the Center she will use the collections to research antebellum Americans' travels to Germany and their interest in the potential of painting and education to strengthen the American national identity.

Caryl Phillips
A Fictional Life of Bert Williams
Mel and Lois Tukman Fellow

Novelist Caryl Phillips is the author of The Final Passage, for which he won the Malcolm X prize, A State of Independence, Higher Ground, Cambridge, Crossing the River, and The Nature of Blood. His many awards include a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, a James Tait Black Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Award. He is also the author of several plays, screenplays, numerous reviews and articles and three works of non-fiction, The European Tribe, for which he won the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, The Atlantic Sound, and A New World Order: Selected Essays. He is the editor of an anthology of English Literature written by British authors not born in Britain, Extravagant Strangers, and an anthology of writing about tennis, The Right Set. He is Professor of English and Henry R. Luce Professor of Migration and Social Order at BarnardCollege, ColumbiaUniversity.

Stacy Schiff
Benjamin Franklin in France
Director's Fellow

Stacy Schiff is the author of Saint-Exupéry: A Biography, a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize. Her Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for biography. She is at work on a portrait of Benjamin Franklin in France during the American Revolution. Ms. Schiff has contributed to The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, the Times Literary Supplement, and The American Scholar, among other publications. She is the previous recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Philip Steinberg
Origins of the TerritorialState in Early Modern Marine Cartography

Philip Steinberg is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at FloridaStateUniversity. He is the author of The Social Construction of the Ocean, as well as the author of journal articles ranging in topic from the history of ocean law to the role of ideology in New England mill village architecture, and from the political economy of global Internet governance to the sense of place held by activists opposing long-distance water transfers. At the Center for Scholars and Writers, he will utilize The New York Public Library's extensive cartographic holdings to study how the mapping of marine space during the 15th through 18th centuries contributed to the formation of the territorial state as a political-geographic norm.

Jeremy Treglown
The Career of V.S. Pritchett

Jeremy Treglown was Editor of the (London) Times Literary Supplement from 1982 to 1990, and since 1993 has been a professor of English at the University of Warwick, England, where he currently holds a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. His most recent book, Romancing: The Life and Work of Henry Green, was described in the New York Times as "a model of what literary biography should be." He has written for The New Yorker and Grand Street, and has held visiting appointments at Princeton, the California Institute of Technology, and AllSoulsCollege, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Julia Van Haaften
Berenice Abbott, Photographer
Director's Fellow

Julia Van Haaften was the first Curator of Photographs in The New York Public Library's Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs and is currently the Assistant Director of the Digital Library Program. She has curated many exhibitions for the Library and other institutions and is the author of numerous publications including the books Berenice Abbott: Photographer, A Modern Vision and From Talbot to Stieglitz: Masterpieces of Early Photography. As a Fellow of the Center, she will complete a biography of Berenice Abbott for publication by Simon & Schuster. 

Fellows and Their Topics for the Year 2001-2002

 

 Jeffery Renard Allen
Director’s Fellow

An associate professor in the English Department at QueensCollege of the City University of New York and an instructor in the graduate writing program at the NewSchool for Social Research, Allen is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Rails Under My Back, the forthcoming short story collection, Shadowboxing, and two collections of poetry. He will use his time at the center to research his second novel, Hour of the Seeds, an intergenerational story that follows an African-American family 100 years into the past and 100 years into the future.

Andrea Barrett
A Novel

The author of five novels and a collection of stories, Ship Fever, which received the 1996 National Book Award, Barrett’s historical fiction often focuses on natural history, medicine and cross-cultural exploration. For a new novel, she will research public health policy and other issues that affected the treatment of New York City’s Lower East Side immigrants with tuberculosis during the first years of World War I. She is the recipient of a 1997 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 1992 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction.

Carmen Boullosa
Narrative Approaches to Latin American Poetry

Boullosa is the author of the novel, Leaving Tabasco, among other books including plays, collections of poetry and essays. She plans to research classic Latin American poets for a book that will explain the significance of their art to non-Hispanic readers. The book will examine the work of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Césár Vallejo, Ramón López Velarde, Delmira Agustini, Rubén Darío and others. A resident of Mexico, her work has been translated into English, French, Italian, German and Dutch. She was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1992.

Maarten Brands
Director’s Fellow

Brands, a Dutch historian and expert on international relations, writes extensively on modern history. At the Center he will do research for a collection of essays on continuity in periods of rapid change. A professor at the University of Amsterdam, he is on the boards of the Carnegie Foundation and the HagueAcademy of International Law.

Claudine Cohen
The Dawn of Womankind

An associate professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, Cohen’s areas of research include the history of paleontology, prehistoric archaeology and evolutionary biology. She has written several books and numerous papers in those subject areas. She will use her time at the Center to research a book on the representations of prehistoric women. Her fellowships include the Fulbright Foundation, the ShelbyCullomDavisCenter for Historical Studies at PrincetonUniversity and the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology.

Thadious Davis
Moving Pictures and Narrative Acts – Modernist Fiction and Film

Davis, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, is the author of several books including Nella Larsen, Novelist of the Harlem Renaissance: A Woman’s Life Unveiled and Faulkner’s ‘Negro’: Art and the Southern Context. Davis received the Anna Julia Cooper Award for Feminist Scholarship from SpelmanCollege and was a DuBois Institute Fellow at HarvardUniversity among many other honors. Her research at the Center will focus on how early film techniques influenced the storytelling styles of certain fiction writers in the 1920s and 1930s.

Mark Doty
The Poetics of Animal Life

Doty, a professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, has published seven collections of poetry and three nonfiction works. His Center research will focus on "animals...as exemplars of otherness and as vessels of human feeling" for a collection "centering on animals as sources of instruction, metaphor and mystery." He will also work on a series of essays that examines humans relationships with animals. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry in 1987 and 1995; a 1994 Guggenheim Fellowship; and a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Writers Award in 2000.

Laura Engelstein
Director’s Fellow

Engelstein, a professor of history at PrincetonUniversity, writes extensively on Russian culture and politics. Her research at the Center will focus on a new project, Modernity By Design: Old and New in Russian Cultural Politics, 1905 -1917. Other awards and fellowships from 1993 through 1998 include the WoodrowWilsonInternationalCenter for Scholars; the Wayne S. Vucinich Prize, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies for her book, Keys to Happiness: Sex and the Search for Modernity in Fin-de-Siecle Russia; the NationalHumanitiesCenter; and the Guggenheim Foundation.

A.M. Homes
The Mistress’ Daughter, a memoir, and The Big Idea, a novel

Homes is the author of the novels Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In the Country of Mothers, Jack, and the short story collection The Safety of Objects, along with the artist book Appendix A. Her work has been translated into 10 languages and is much anthologized. Her fiction and non-fiction appear frequently in magazines including Art Forum, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. She is contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Bomb, and Blind Spot. Her Center research will focus on two projects: a memoir about adoption and its shifting role in the United States during the past 50 years; and a novel, The Big Idea, a multigenerational portrait of American life that explores the damage from a culture based on consumption and competition. She lives in New York City.

Susan Jacoby
Infidels – The Stigmatization of Antireligious Dissent in America

The author of seven books, Jacoby began her career in 1965 as a reporter for The Washington Post. Since 1972, she has been a freelance writer, contributing articles, essays, and book reviews to numeous newspapers and periodicals, including The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, and Modern Maturity. Her research, for a nonfiction book, will focus on the ways in which antireligious dissent has been marginalized in American political and social discourse from the early 1900s until the present. Other books by Jacoby include Half-Jew: A Daughter's Search for her Family's Buried Past, and Wild Justice: The Evolution of Revenge, which was shortlisted for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction. Jacoby lives in New York City.

Douglas Morris
Politics, Law and Miscarriages of Justice in WeimarGermany – Max Hirschberg (1883-1964), the Life of a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Morris, an associate attorney in the Federal Defender Division of the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, will use his time at the Center to research the life and work of Max Hirschberg, who defied conservatives, reactionaries, and Nazis in court. As Hirschberg litigated these politically charged cases, he also fought to reverse criminal convictions of innocent defendants. Morris plans to use the biography as a means of exploring the problem of miscarriages of justice in Western democracies.

Josip Novakovich
Before Yugoslavia, a novel

Novakovich, an associate professor of English at PennsylvaniaStateUniversity, will focus on a historical novel about Slovenian, Croatian and Serbian factory workers in New York City and Cleveland in the early 20th Century. Born in Croatia, he moved to the United States at the age of 20 and has published several short story collections including Yolk, Salvation and Other Disasters and a collection of narrative essays, Apricots From Chernobyl. His work was anthologized in the 1997 edition of Best American Poetry and the 1998 edition of The O. Henry Awards. He has received the Whiting Writer’s Award, a 1999 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 1999 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

Carla Peterson
Family History of Public Places – The Whites, Petersons, and Black Communities in New York City (1830-1930)

Peterson is a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature Program at the University of Maryland with an expertise in 19th Century African-American literary culture. During the fellowship term, she will use the library’s collections to research New York City’s social history and the institutions that affected the lives of the city’s African-American elite from 1830 to 1930. Peterson will use her findings to write a narrative work in which her own "family stories serve as a window onto a broader social panorama." Peterson is the author of two books, including Doers of the Word: African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North (1830-1880) which she developed while a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and numerous articles on African-Americans, women, history and literature.

David Waldstreicher
Runaway America – Benjamin Franklin, Slavery and the American Revolution

Waldstreicher is an associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. His research topic is a re-examination of Benjamin Franklin’s life, thought and politics in the context of Franklin’s behavior, attitudes and writings with regard to slavery. The professor has written extensively on various aspects of American history including two books and numerous articles on nationalism, slavery and the American Revolution.

Mike Wallace
Gotham II – A History of New York City Since 1898

In 1998, Wallace, a history professor at CityUniversity’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Edwin G. Burrows, published a 1,383-page comprehensive and critically acclaimed account of New York City. The book, Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, won the Pulitzer, Brendan Gill and New York Society Library prizes. Wallace’s Center research will focus on Gotham II, which will take the story through the 20th century, synthesizing the work of recent scholars, supplemented with original research and "presented in a clear, narrative form." He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation. 

Fellows and Their Topics for the Year 2000-2001

 

André Aciman
Via Clelia 37: A Memoir
Director's Fellow

André Aciman is Visiting Associate Professor in French at BardCollege. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997-98 and a Whiting Writers' Award in 1995. This memoir, a sequel to his 1995 memoir Out of Egypt, will cover the three years that the narrator, now an adolescent, lived with his mother in Rome. It will tell the story of a Jewish family suddenly forced to face poverty in a country where it is no more at home than it was in Egypt. He has a Ph.D in comparative literature from Harvard and is the authorof False Papers, his forthcoming volume of essays on exile and memory.

Jonathan Bush
The American Nuremberg Trials, 1946-49

Jonathan Bush is using the papers of the late Telford Taylor and the resources of the Library to write a book about the twelve American Nuremberg Trials. Currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas Law School, Bush has previously held fellowships at the NationalHumanitiesCenter, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He has written widely on legal history and is the editor of Learning the Law: Teaching and the Transmission of Law in England 1150-1900 (1999).

Joseph Cady
Not to Be Named: Keeping Homosexuality Unspeakable

Joseph Cady has most recently been Visiting Associate Professor of Medical Humanities at the University of Utah Medical School and Adjunct Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine at The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, CUNYMedicalSchool. From 1988 to 1998, he was Assistant Professor of Literature and Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He will devote his fellowship to work on a book, Not to Be Named: Keeping Homosexuality Unspeakable, that will survey the notion of homosexuality's "unspeakableness" in the history of sexuality.  He will survey the longevity of the stigma in Western history and analyze its cultural origins, meanings, and consequences.

Ileen A. Devault
United Apart: Sex, Gender, & the Rise of Craft Unionism, 1887-1903

An Associate Professor of Labor History at CornellUniversity, Ileen A. DeVault will explore the relations between the sexes in labor unions between 1887-1903. The study will use 54 case studies of strikes in 40 U.S. locations, covering four industries (boot and shoe, clothing, textiles, and tobacco). She will look at how unions in this time period constructed gender and how they used those constructions; the implications for interactions between male and female workers; and how this defined and limited women's participation in the labor movement. Her first book, Sons and Daughters of Labor, was published in 1990.

Steve C. Fraser
Wall Street: A Cultural History of America's DreamPalace

Author and editor Steve C. Fraser won the 1992 Philip Taft Award for the best book in American Labor History for Labor Will Rule and was nominated for the 1992 National Book Circle Critics Award. Beginning with the American Revolutionary era and continuing through to the present, his fellowship project will trace the cultural history of Wall Street. He will examine the diverse ways in which Wall Street has affected American culture and values. In addition, he will explore the great transformation in the reputation of Wall Street from the early one that mixed fear, awe, and revulsion to one today that welcomes and even celebrates "The Street" and its power.

Walter Frisch
Music and Early German Modernism

Walter Frisch, Professor of Music at ColumbiaUniversity, will spend the fellowship term examining the interactions between music and modernist thought in Austria and Germany during the period 1880-1915. He will explore such diverse topics as naturalism and its relationship to music; Jugendstil as a manifestation of music affecting the other arts; the revival of J.S. Bach as an indicator of musical modernism; strategies of irony as a reaction to Wagner and the past in the fiction of Thomas Mann; and the turn to earlier forms and styles in the works of Strauss and Schoenberg of 1912. In 1985 and 1994, he was the recipient of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Outstanding Book on Music.

Francisco Goldman
Novel: Guatemala, New York City, 19th Century

Francisco Goldman's first novel, The Long Night of White Chickens (1992), won the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Letters's Sue Kaufman Prize and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. His second novel, The Ordinary Season (1997), made the finalist lists for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the IMPAC Dublin International Literary Prize, and was named as one of the 100 Best American Books of the Century by The Hungry Mind Review. The fictional characters of Goldman's proposed novel, which is set principally in 19th-century Guatemala, New York, and New England, will find their lives enmeshed at times with those of such historical figures as José Martí and Francisca Aparicio de Barrios.

Rachel Hadas
Poetry Anthologies 1800-2000: Reclamation, Recovery, Perspective; Poetry
Director's Fellow

Poet Rachel Hadas will work on two projects: one will investigate poetry anthologies published in the last 200 years in England and the United States with an eye to the themes and principles governing the anthologist's choices; the other will be to write her own poems, working on a sequence of poems that engage our literary past. Ms. Hadas, who has taught in the English Department at Rutgers University/Newark since 1981, is an award-winning poet. She received Ingram Merrill Foundation grants in 1976-77 and 1994-95, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988-89.

Eiko Ikegami
Civility and Aesthetic Publics: Popular Art and Poetry Circles and the Rise of Commercial Society in Tokugawa Japan

Professor of Sociology and History of the Graduate Faculty at the NewSchoolUniversity, Eiko Ikegami is also a Research Associate at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at HarvardUniversity and a Research Scholar at the East Asian Institute at ColumbiaUniversity. Her project will investigate the origins and development of Japanese civility and aesthetic tastes in the Tokugawa period (1603-1868). She will analyze haiku poetry circles and the tea ceremony schools, the rise of commercial publishing, and the popularity of etiquette and manners manuals, looking at Japan's alternate route to modernity from that taken by the West. Her book, The Taming of the Samurai, won the Best Book on Asia Award from the American Sociological Association.

Phillip Lopate
Covering the Waterfront

A central figure in the recent revival of the personal essay, Phillip Lopate, is the author of Portrait of My Body, Bachelorhood, and Against Joie de Vivre (essays); The Rug Merchant (novel); and Being With Children (educational memoir).  He is also the editor of The Art of the Personal Essay and Writing New York: A Literary Anthology.  He holds the Adams Chair in English at HofstraUniversity.  He will write a book, both scholarly and belletristic, about New York City's waterfront, past, present, and future. Mr. Lopate will explore this territory on foot and through the written record to convey a sense of the port, when it was the greatest seaport in the world, the major source of the region's wealth, to its present transformation for recreational use.

Anne Mendelson
Food in New York City, 1870-1920

A freelance writer and editor specializing in culinary subjects and the cookbook reviewer for Gourmet Magazine, Anne Mendelson wrote Stand Facing the Stove, a biography of the authors of The Joy of Cooking. Her study will consider a half century of dramatic occurrences in cooking and eating through the larger context of the sociological and economic developments in the city. She will look at various ramifications, vis-à-vis food, as New York became a global banking and financial center ruled by boom-and-bust cycles, as immigration patterns changed and the city became the national capital of the communications industry, and as demographic and technological changes weakened the agriculture of the area.

Claudia Roth Pierpont
Lincoln Kirstein and the Education of America

Claudia Roth Pierpont is an independent scholar and contributing writer for The New Yorker. She holds a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and is the previous recipient of a Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Studies in Italian Renaissance Art History and the Whiting Writer's Award. Ms. Pierpont has completed a collection of essays, just published by Knopf, entitled Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World. During her fellowship at the Library, she will be working on a comprehensive biography on Lincoln Kirstein, whom she characterizes as "one of the most vitally important figures in the development of the arts in America."

Bernhard Schlink
Director's Fellow

A professor of law at the Humboldt University of Berlin and a practicing judge, Bernhard Schlink is also a novelist. Among his works are Selbs Justiz (1987), Selbs Betrug (1992), and Der Vorleser (1995), which was published in English as The Reader in 1997 and featured as a selection in Oprah's Book Club, and Liebesfluchten (2000). He has also published several works of nonfiction pertaining to his field of constitutional law. A native of Bielefeld, Germany, Mr. Schlink was a professor at RheinischeFriedrichWilhelmsUniversity in Bonn and at the J.W.GoetheUniversity in Frankfurt. Mr. Schlink will be working on a new novel and also on a scholarly piece that will deal with both law and utopia.

Colm Tóibín
The Old Lady

Irish novelist and journalist Colm Tóibín, whose work has garnered much critical praise, is the author of three works of fiction that make up a loose trilogy: The South (1990); The Heather Blazing (1992), for which he won the E.M. Forster Prize, AmericanAcademy of Arts and Letters; and The Blackwater Lightship (1999). He has also published a variety of travelogues, many on his native Ireland. His recent research about the Irish famine and the role of Sir William Gregory, who was responsible for legislation that caused the ruin of many during the famine, led to his current project: a novel, The Old Lady, about Lady Gregory, who became one of the chief architects of cultural nationalism in Ireland.

Serinity Young
Gender, Biography and Buddhism

Serinity Young is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Young, who holds a Ph.D. from ColumbiaUniversity, has lectured and taught extensively at ColumbiaUniversity, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh, and HunterCollege. In addition to numerous articles and reviews, she has written several books, including Dreaming in the Lotus: Buddhist Dream Narrative, Imagery and Practice. Dr. Young's current study of religious representations of men and women in South Asian Buddhism focuses on ancient and medieval biographies in Pali, Sanskrit, and Tibetan. In her research, she will use the Library's Oriental Division.

Fellows and Their Topics for the Year 1999-2000

 

Sven Beckert
Merchants in the Atlantic World During the Age of Revolution

Sven Beckert, Assistant Professor of History at HarvardUniversity, is a recent recipient of the Aby-Warburg Foundation prize for academic excellence and a fellow-ship from the CharlesWarrenCenter for American History at Harvard. He has written and lectured extensively and internationally on business, economic, and labor history. Merchants in the Atlantic World During the Age of Revolution will examine how an economically and socially integrated, cosmopolitan, internationalist, and liberal merchant community emerged and influenced the promulgation of liberal thought between the years 1770 and 1850.

Paul Berman
A Literary and Political History of the Nicaraguan Revolution

Political and cultural critic, journalist, and intellectual historian, Paul Berman is the author of A Tale of Two Utopias:The Political Journey of the Generation of 1968 and a children's book called Make-Believe Empire. He is also the editor of two readers, Blacks and Jews and Debating P.C. A former MacArthur Fellow, Village Voice columnist, and New Yorker staff writer, he is a frequent contributor to such publications as The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Republic. Mr. Berman's current project is a unique study of the dynamic relationship between Nicaragua's literary traditions and its political left that resulted in the Sandinista revolution of 1979.

D. Graham Burnett
Maps and Clocks: The Meaning of the Models for Space and Time

D. Graham Burnett, former Mellon Fellow in History at ColumbiaUniversity, is an historian of science. His primary research examines the role of the geographical sciences in European colonialism, but he has also worked on Charles Darwin, the history of exploration, and 17th-century optics. His first book, El Dorado on Paper, will be published by the University of Chicago Press next year. He will use the fellowship to do a close examination of a range of 16th- and 17th-century maps in the Library's collections, part of a larger project on the relationship between maps and clocks, the two fundamental artifacts for thinking about the two fundamental axes of human experience: space and time. Mr. Burnett was a Marshall Scholar at TrinityCollege, Cambridge, and was awarded the 1999 Nebenzahl Prize in the History of Cartography. His reviews and essays have appeared in The Economist, The American Scholar and the Times Literary Supplement. In the autumn of 2000 Mr. Burnett will join the faculty of the HonorsCollege at the University of Oklahoma.

Kathleen Neal Cleaver
Memories of Love and War

The first woman on the Black Panthers' central committee and former wife of Eldridge Cleaver, Kathleen Neal Cleaver was at the center of much of the tumultuous political activity of 1960s America. Now a lawyer and Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Sarah Lawrence, she is writing a memoir spanning the time of her family's move from Alabama to India in the 1950s, through the subsequent years of revolution and exile, and concluding with her enrollment in Yale Law School in the 1980s. Professor Cleaver has lectured at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Emory University School of Law, and was Judicial Clerk for the Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals. She is the recipient of fellowships from The Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute of HarvardUniversity, and The New York Public Library's SchomburgCenter for Research in Black Culture.

Pamela Clemit
The Literary Lives of William Godwin

Dr. Pamela Clemit is currently Reader in English at the University of Durham, UK, and holder of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. Her publications include The Godwinian Novel (Oxford English Monographs). She has edited five volumes in The Collected Novels and Memoirs of William Godwin, one volume in The Political and Philosophical Writings of William Godwin, and two volumes in The Novels and Selected Works of Mary Shelley, all in the Pickering Masters series. She has also published paperback editions of Godwin's St. Leon (Oxford) and Elizabeth Inchbald's A Simple Story (Penguin). Her volume on Godwin in the Pickering & Chatto series, Lives of the Great Romantics, was published in June 1999. During her fellowship at the Library she will be working on an intellectual biography of Godwin for Oxford University Press. Using archival resources in the Library's Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle, she will produce the first comprehensive study of Godwin's life, works, and contexts across the full six decades of his literary career.

Andrew Delbanco
Melville's World

Andrew Delbanco, Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at ColumbiaUniversity, writes frequently on American culture and as a literary critic for many national journals and papers including The New Republic and The New York Review of Books. He is the author of Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now, The Death of Satan: How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil, and The Puritan Ordeal. The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope will be published in October by Harvard University Press. Melville's World, to be written under the auspices of a joint fellowship with The American Council of Learned Societies, will propose that its subject was not only a prose master but also the most vivid and intelligent witness of his times. Andrew Delbanco is Vice President of PEN American Center, a Trustee of the NationalHumanitiesCenter, and a member of the Society of American Historians.

Gregory K. Dreicer
Architecture of Segregation

Gregory K. Dreicer is on the faculty of the Center for New Design in the Parsons School of Design. At the Library, he will focus on Architecture of Segregation, a book, traveling exhibition, and Internet and film project. It will explore how racial attitudes shaped the urban, suburban, and rural environments that reinforce divisions between whites and blacks in American society. Dr. Dreicer has created exhibitions and publications including Between Fences, a cultural history of fences and land use, and Barn Again!, an examination of barns, agriculture, and contemporary society, which is currently touring the United States. He was recently a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Senior Fellow at the LemelsonCenter for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian Institution.

Christian Fleck
Destruction and Reconstruction of Academic Life: The Emigration of German-Speaking Social Scientists During the Nazi Seizure of Power

Christian Fleck, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Graz, Austria, is working on a comprehensive history and sociology of the acculturation and influence of the several hundred social scientists who were forced to leave Europe during the 1930s. A much-published writer and editor in the social and political sciences, Dr. Fleck has served as lecturer at the University of Vienna and at the University of Salzburg, and was a recent Fulbright and Schumpeter Fellow at HarvardUniversity.

Anthony Holden
Leigh Hunt: Relations with Shelley, Keats & Their Circle

Author and journalist Anthony Holden has recently completed a life of Shakespeare, which follows noted biographies of subjects including Sir Laurence Olivier, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Prince Charles. His eclectic writings extend from translations of classical poetry and opera librettos to a book on professional poker playing. A contributor to publications including Punch, New Statesman, Spectator, and National Geographic, Mr. Holden was previously staff writer and Atticus columnist for The London Sunday Times. During his Fellowship at the Library, he will use the Carl H. Pforzheimer collection of Shelley and His Circle to research the first full-scale biography of the poet, essayist, novelist, and journalist Leigh Hunt (1784-1859), which has been commissioned by Little, Brown.

Ada Louise Huxtable
Director's Fellow

Ada Louise Huxtable is an architectural historian and critic who served as Architecture Critic of The New York Times from 1963 to 1982. As the first person to hold the position on an American newspaper, she established the journalistic coverage of architecture, preservation, and the urban environment and received the first Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. She has been a Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1981. Currently she is the Architecture Critic of The Wall Street Journal. Her books include Will They Ever Finish Bruckner Boulevard?; Kicked a Building Lately?; Architecture, Anyone?; and most recently, The Unreal America: Architecture and Illusion. She will devote her Fellowship to investigating the work of a younger generation of American architects who are exploring new ideas and directions in design.

Marion Kaplan
Director's Fellow

Marion Kaplan, Professor of History at QueensCollege and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is a social and cultural historian, with an emphasis on women's history. Dr. Kaplan's writings include The Jewish Feminist Movement in Germany: The Campaigns of the Juedischer Frauenbund, 1904-1938; When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany (editor); The Marriage Bargain: Women and Dowries in European History (editor); The Making of the Jewish Middle Class: Women, Family, and Identity in Imperial Germany; and most recently Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany, which won the National Jewish Book Award for 1998. She will work on two projects during her fellowship residency, Ordinary Jews and Ordinary Germans: 1933-1941 and Daily Life of Jews in Imperial Germany.

Allen Kurzweil
The Grand Complication

Allen Kurzweil was named a "Best Young American Novelist" by Granta for his first novel, A Case of Curiosities, published in 1992. The journalist-turned-fiction-writer is currently at work on a second novel, set in a research institution with special collections that mirror those found in The New York Public Library's StephenA.SchwarzmanBuilding. Mr. Kurzweil is the previous recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Youth Grant Fellowship. He lives in Massachusetts.

Howard Markel
Immigration and the Public Health in American Society, 1880 to Present

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. In addition to numerous articles for publications ranging from The Lancet to The Washington Post, Dr. Markel is the author of Quarantine! East European Jewish Immigrants and the New York City Epidemics of 1892; The Practical Pediatrician: The A to Z Guide to Your Child's Health, Behavior and Safety; The Portable Pediatrician; and The H.L. Mencken Baby Book. A practicing pediatrician, Dr. Markel is the recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award and the Shannon Director's Award of the National Institutes of Health. In 1999, he was named a Centennial Historian of the City of New York. He will devote his fellowship to a study of the interactions of American immigration, nativism, and public health over the past 120 years.

Francine Prose
Director's Fellow

Francine Prose is the author of nine novels, two story collections, and the recent collection of novellas, Guided Tours of Hell. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, and other publications. She writes regularly on art for The Wall Street Journal. The winner of Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, two NEA grants, and a PEN translation prize, she has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and at the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences. A film based on her novel Household Saints was released in 1993. Ms. Prose's other novels include Judah the Pious, Bigfoot Dreams, Primitive People, and A Peaceable Kingdom.

Harvey Sachs
The Correspondence of Arturo Toscanini

Independent scholar Harvey Sachs was a professional conductor for a dozen years before dedicating himself exclusively to writing. His books include the biographies Toscanini and Rubinstein: A Life and Virtuoso, an examination of the careers of nine celebrated instrumentalists; and Music in Fascist Italy. He co-authored the memoirs of Placido Domingo and Sir Georg Solti, and his writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, and The Times Literary Supplement, among many other publications. He has previously held a Guggenheim Fellowship. Mr. Sachs has been commissioned by Knopf to prepare the first volume of Toscanini's correspondence ever undertaken, and he is doing this with the cooperation of the Toscanini family. The great part of this correspondence is in the Library's collections.