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8 Duke Scholars Receive Prestigious ACLS Fellowships

Five Duke Ph.D. candidates, a Duke Ph.D. graduate, and two Duke faculty members have received prestigious fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies for 2015.

The ACLS awards fellowships and grants to scholars for excellence in research in the humanities and related social sciences. The Duke scholars are among nearly 300 recipients chosen out of more than 3,500 applicants in the 2014–2015 competition year.

The Duke doctoral students who received the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship are:

A.T. Coates

Religious Studies
Dissertation: Fundamentalist Aesthetics: Sensation and Scripture in Early Twentieth-Century American Fundamentalism

Rebecca M. Evans

Dissertation: Unnatural History: Ecological Temporality in Post-1945 American Literature

Heidi Hart

Carolina-Duke Program in German Studies
Dissertation: Contrary Voices: Heine, Hölderlin, and Goethe in the Music of Hanns Eisler

Sean F. Ward

Dissertation: War Worlds: Violence, Sociality, and the Forms of Twentieth-Century Transatlantic Literature

Corinna Zeltsman

Dissertation: Ink under the Fingernails: Printers and the Material Politics of Print in Nineteenth-Century Mexico City


The two Duke faculty members who received ACLS Fellowships are:

Jennie Grillo

Assistant Professor, Divinity School
Project: The Afterlife of the Apocryphal Daniel: Martyrdom, Idolatry, Liturgy


Laura Suzanne Lieber

Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Project: Staging the Sacred: Orchestrating Holiness in Late Antiquity


Alumna Abigail Langston (Ph.D.’14 Literature) was named an ACLS Public Fellow. During her fellowship, she will serve as a policy analyst on the Equitable Economic Growth team at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity.