2014-15 Residential Fellows

Paula Barnes
English, Hampton University
The Trope of the Mulatta Woman in the Cottage in African American Literature

George Carras
Classical Studies and Religion
Senior Research Professor, Washington and Lee
Two Diaspora Jews:  Flavius Josephus and Paul of Tarsus

Alon Confino
History, University of Virginia
Palestine, 1948

Don Debats
American Studies, Flinders University (Australia)
Unlocking the Social Logic of Past Politics: Individual Voting Records, Social Networks, and Neighborhoods in Two Nineteenth Century Cities

Emma Edmunds
Independent Scholar, Charlottesville
Mapping Local Knowledge: 1945 – 1975

Harry Gamble
Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Religion at Jefferson’s University

Ashley Hairston
Center for Law and Humanities, Elon University
The Shadow of Olympus: Classics and African American Literature 1910–2010

Walter Jackson
History, North Carolina State
Unremitting Honesty: Alva and Gunnar Myrdal in Sweden and America, 1898-1945

Mary Knighton
Modern Languages, Japanese Studies, William & Mary
Posthumanism in Modern Japanese Literature and Culture

Issac Reed
University of Colorado, Boulder
Trouble at the Edge of Empire: Principals, Agents, and Others at the Origins of American Modernity

Lisa Spaar
English, University of Virginia
Writing Monticello: Fifty Contemporary Poets on Jefferson’s Work-in-Progress

Earl Swift
Auto Biography

Beth Taylor
The Rise and Disillusionment of the Black Elite

Kathleen Wilson
Independent Scholar, California
The Southern Industrial Educational Association, Inc. 1905-1926
A Portrait of Appalachia’s Medical, Educational, and Social Issues

Senior Fellow Emeritus

William Freehling
VFH Senior Fellow

The Falls and Rises of Abraham Lincoln
Showdown in Virginia: The 1861 Convention and the Fate of the Union

I’m writing a book titled The Falls and Rises of Abraham Lincoln. As the title suggests, the book focuses on Lincoln’s growth during his presidency. The later presidential part of the story is well known. But the earlier part of Lincoln’s life that I will emphasize has not been adequately handled, and it throws great light on how far Lincoln—and the nation he all too well epitomized —had to travel.

Senior Scholar

Jerry_Dominica_july 2012Jerome S. Handler
VFH Senior Scholar

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record

My broad research interests relate to the transmission, modification, or loss of African cultural beliefs and practices among enslaved peoples on Caribbean sugar plantations and their lives under enslavement. As an historical anthropologist my interests extend to the Atlantic slave trade, how it was organized, and the origins of captive Africans transported to the Americas. I am currently working on several research papers related to these interests. I also continue to refine a website containing close to 1300 images showing aspects of life in pre-colonial Africa, the Atlantic slave trade, and the lives of the enslaved in different areas of the New World, The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record.