ACLS Names Inaugural Community College Faculty Fellows


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the 2019 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellows. This is the first year of this program, which supports research projects from humanities and social science faculty who teach at two-year colleges. The program is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The fellowships this year will support 26 scholars as they conduct research on a wide range of topics, and bring their findings back to their classrooms and communities. Projects range from an archaeological investigation of Classic Mayan society, involving College of the Redwoods undergraduates in field research in Mexico; to a study of celebrity portraiture through nineteenth-century portrayals of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, resulting in a book, an art exhibition at Delaware County Community College, and a student symposium on celebrity in contemporary media; to a faculty-student collaborative oral history of Chicago’s Latino suburbs, culminating in jointly authored scholarly articles, conference presentations, and community events at Elgin Community College

“We’re thrilled to announce the recipients of these awards,” said ACLS program officer Rachel Bernard, “each of whom exemplifies the kind of rich humanistic research, innovative pedagogy, and deep community engagement that is flourishing within humanities programs at two-year colleges across the country. This program serves an unmet need by supporting teacher-scholars at community colleges through flexible stipends that fellows can use to fund their research, teaching, and public programming.”

This is the first of three annual competitions funded by this grant. Fellows receive a $40,000 stipend over 18 months and will participate in a convening to meet, share their work, and discuss broader issues in the humanities in the community college sector.

Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellows are listed below; for more information about the recipients and their projects, click here.


Monika Bilka (Professor of History, Chandler-Gilbert Community College) Remaking a People, Restoring a Watershed: Klamath Tribal Empowerment though Natural Resource Governance

Tanya N.Cook (Professor of Sociology, Community College of Aurora) Always Keep Nerd Fighting: Fandoms as Social Movements

Maggie Dickinson (Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, City University of New York, Guttman Community College)Repairing Inequality?: Disaster Relief, Deservingness, and the Growing Wealth Gap in the United States

Wanda Little Fenimore (Assistant Professor of Speech Communications, University of South Carolina, Sumter) Elizabeth and Waties Waring: Paving the Rhetorical Road to Brown v. Board of Education

Olivia Gruber Florek (Assistant Professor of Art History, Delaware County Community College) The Celebrity Monarch: Empress Elisabeth and the Modern Female Portrait, 1848-1918

Santiago Andres Garcia (Adjunct Professor of Humanities and Anthropology, Rio Hondo College) Supporting the Scholarship and Contributions of Indigenous Mexican Students through Clay-Work and Self-Reflective Writing

Padhraig Higgins (Professor of History, Mercer County Community College) The Rights of the Poor: Poverty in Eighteenth-Century Dublin

Sarah L. Hoiland (Assistant Professor of Sociology, City University of New York, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College) Righteous Sisterhood: Constructing a Feminist Biker Identity in a Misogynist Subculture

Natasha R. Howard (Assistant Professor of Communications,Community College of Baltimore County) The Content and Influence of Black Women in Hip Hop

Susan Jacobowitz (Associate Professor of English, City University of New York, Queensborough Community College) Far from Childhood: A Holocaust Memoir 

Susan E. Kalt (Professor of Spanish, Roxbury Community College) Telling Stories Our Way: Changes in the Evidential System of Southern Quechua

Andrea Lowgren (History Instructor, Portland Community College) The Reasons We Are Here: Oral Histories of Immigration at Portland Community College

Aaron Margolis (Associate Professor of History, Kansas City Kansas Community College) Negotiating Boundaries: Resistance, Cooperation, and State-Building in the Guatemalan-Mexican Borderlands

Andrea Morrell (Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Anthropology, City University of New York, Guttman Community College)Prison Town: Race, Work, and Making the Carceral State in Elmira, New York

Soniya Munshi (Assistant Professor of Sociology, City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College) Cultural/Sane: Immigrant Domestic Violence Survivors, Mental Health, and Logics of Citizenship

Jennifer R. Myhre (Sociology Instructor, De Anza College) 1500 Stories: Giving Voice to Economic Inequality

Meena Arora Nayak (Professor of English, Northern Virginia Community College) The Third Color in Indra’s Bow

James D. Nichols (Assistant Professor of History, City University of New York, Queensborough Community College) A Fate Worse than Debt: The Rise and Fall of Peonage in the US-Mexico Borderlands

Michael Phillips (Professor of History, Collin College)The Strange Career of Eugenics in Texas, 1854-2018

Antonio Ramirez (Assistant Professor of History and Political Science, Elgin Community College) Chicagolandia: Oral Histories of Chicago’s Latinx Suburbs

Piro Rexhepi (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northampton Community College) Geopolitical Whiteness: Euro-Atlantic Integration and the Postsocialist Assembling of Race and Sexuality in the Balkans

Randall A. Salm (Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Southern Maryland) Prewar, Wartime, and Postwar Identity of Former Child Soldiers in Colombia and Syria

Justine M. Shaw (Professor of Anthropology, College of the Redwoods) Resilient Populations during the Late Terminal Classic in the Cochuah Region of the Yucatan Peninsula

Amy E. Traver (Associate Professor of Sociology, City University of New York, Queensborough Community College) New York’s Dairy Dependents: The Children’s Aid Society’s Emigration Program and Upstate Dairy Farming, 1853-1929

Erica M. Vogel (Associate Professor of Anthropology,Saddleback College) K-Pop in Mexico: Creating and Consuming Globalization through “La Ola Coreana”

Jewon Woo (Associate Professor of English, Lorain County Community College) From Archival Absence to Digital Presence: (Dis)Covering the Nineteenth-Century Black Press in Ohio

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