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2 Ph.D. Graduates Receive ACLS Fellowships

April 15, 2021

Bitter and YeroRecent Duke Ph.D. graduates Joella Bitter and Farren Yero have received American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships for 2021.

The ACLS is a century-old nonprofit federation of 75 scholarly organizations and works to promote American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. ACLS Fellows receive $30,000 to $60,000 for 6 to 12 months of research leave to work full-time on a major piece of scholarly work, which can be a monograph, articles, digital publications, critical edition, or other scholarly resources.

Bitter, a 2020 Ph.D. graduate in cultural anthropology, is currently a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia. Her ACLS Fellowship will support a project titled The Aural City: Sensory Politics in the Making of Gulu, Uganda. The project, which will include a book and an audio installation, grew out of Bitter’s dissertation research on the soundscape of a burgeoning Ugandan city.

Yero, a 2020 Ph.D. graduate in history, is currently a postdoctoral scholar in Duke’s Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. Her ACLS Fellowship will support her work on a book titled Atlantic Antidote: Race, Gender, and the Birth of the First Vaccine. Yero had previously received a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship to support her Ph.D. research on the subject.

Another of this year’s 60 ACLS Fellows also has a Duke connection: John MacNeill Miller, who earned his bachelor’s in English from Duke in 2006, will use his award to produce a project titled On Background: Scenery, Ecology, and the Social Novel.