Publication Date

June 9, 2014

Perspectives Section


The American Academy in Berlin recently announced its 2014–15 class of fellows. American Academy fellows take residence at the Hans Arnhold Center in Berlin for one academic semester and facilitate an exchange of dialogue between Germany and the United States. Twenty-five fellowships were awarded to a range of scholars, experts, and artists, seven of which are AHA members* and friends.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows program assigns talented humanities PhDs to positions in government and nonprofit organizations throughout the country. These appointments allow the PhDs to develop careers in a variety of fields outside of the academy. Among this year’s list of fellows are nine members* and friends of the AHA.

In conjunction with ACLS, the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies launched an inaugural initiative this year aimed at supporting research and teaching of Buddhist subjects in contemporary society. Twenty-three researchers were selected to receive grants in four categories. One AHA member was awarded a Dissertation Fellowship in Buddhist Studies.

Posted below is a list of the winning historians and their project titles or placements. Congratulations to all of the winners!

2014–15 American Academy in Berlin Fellows

Monica Black*, associate professor of history, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Evil after Nazism: Miracles, Medicine, and Moral Authority in West Germany

Si-yen Fei, associate professor of history, University of Pennsylvania

Sexuality and Empire: Female Chastity and Frontier Societies in Ming China (1368-1644)

Karen Hagemann*, James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Women, War and the Military in the Age of World War

Daniel Rosenberg*, professor of history, University of Oregon

Data: A Quantitative History

Hillel Schwartz*, cultural historian and translator, Encinitas, California

Emergency: Its Emergence, Prevalence, and Permanence

Louise E. Walker*, assistant professor of history, Northeastern University

Debt, Bankruptcy, and Usury: Capitalism in Mexico from the Late Colony to the Present

Sean Wilentz, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Princeton University

The Politics of American Antislavery

2014 ACLS Public Fellows

Emily Dufton, PhD, American Studies, George Washington University

Engagement analyst, Center for Public Integrity

Samira K. Mehta, PhD, Religion, Emory University

Manager of strategic initiatives, Museum of Jewish Heritage

Bradley Matthys Moore*,PhD, History and the History of Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research and partnerships manager, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Jennifer Lee Moses*, PhD, American History, University of Delaware
Program developer, National Constitution Center

Rikk Mulligan, PhD, American Studies, Michigan State University
Program officer for scholarly publishing, Association of Research Libraries

Jessica H. Neptune*, PhD, History, University of Chicago
Policy analyst, Economic Support for Families, US Department of Health and Human Services

Glenda Elizabeth Sherouse, PhD, History, University of South Carolina
Senior content manager, Human Rights Campaign

Joan Fragaszy Troyano, PhD, American Studies, George Washington University
Public outreach manager, Smithsonian Institution, Grand Challenges Consortia

Rebecca Wall, PhD, History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Program officer, Smithsonian Institution, Office of International Relations

2014 Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies (Dissertation Fellowship Category)

Cameron Penwell*, PhD candidate, University of Chicago

The Emergence of Modern Buddhist Social Work in Twentieth-Century Japan

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