Announcing Our 2018-19 Research Fellows | Newberry

Announcing Our 2018-19 Research Fellows

Katie Sagal, a long-term Newberry fellow during the 2017-18 academic year, studies 18th-century botanical texts in the special collections reading room.

June 2018

Over 50 scholars will join our community of learning and will spend all or part of the 2018-19 academic year as Newberry Fellows. These fellowships, supported by funding from the Newberry as well as from outside organizations, allow researchers to work in the library’s collections while pursuing a variety of projects in the humanities.

“We continue to attract applications for extraordinary research projects that utilize the Newberry’s collections in new and creative ways,” said Brad Hunt, Vice President for Research and Academic Programs. “We are excited to learn from our fellows, and to support them in their groundbreaking research.”

Fellowships at the Newberry are reviewed by several carefully selected panels consisting of Newberry staff and external scholars. The panels consider over 400 applications in all, making the Newberry’s fellowship program one of the most competitive in the country.

The new class of Newberry fellows includes researchers working on a range of subjects, including Indigenous trade and travel in early North America, the life and work of composer Rudolph Ganz, the usefulness of U.S. Census Slave Schedules in African American genealogy, the body and popular health in late medieval Germany, the use of gold in Netherlandish art circa 1600, and a “biography of place” covering a thousand years of the history of San Miguel Achiutla in Mexico.