Published October 23, 2018

Charlottesville, Va. – Virginia Humanities is pleased to announce eleven new Residential Fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Residential Fellowship program affords scholars the time, space, and access to academic resources required to investigate, research, and share stories important to all Virginians.

Eight Fellows will work from Virginia Humanities’ offices in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia and—thanks to a partnership with the Library of Virginia—three Fellows will be in residence in Richmond.

For more information about the program, its annual application deadline, and public talks by Virginia Humanities Fellows visit VirginiaHumanities.org/fellowships/.

2018-2019 Virginia Humanities Residential Fellows

Susan Bratton
Religious Studies, Environmental Program, Baylor University
Walking through Heaven: The Appalachian Trail and Summits as Sacred Landscape 

Don DeBats
American Studies, Flinders University (Australia)
Black and White Oral Voting in the First Enfranchisement 

Richard Kopley * (fall 2018)
English, Penn State (Emeritus)
Edgar Allan Poe—A Life

Allison Madar (spring 2019)
History, University of Oregon
A People Between: Servitude and the Law in Eighteenth-Century Virginia 

Aprilfaye Manalang – (summer 2019)
Religious Studies, Norfolk State University
Minority Millenials: The Rise of “Religious ‘Nones’”

Kim O’Connell* (spring 2019)
Independent Author, Arlington, VA
The Saving Grace of Spring Rolls: A Story of Food, Place and Family 

Brenda Marie Osbey (fall 2018)
Independent Author, New Orleans
Narrative Poems – Virginia Suite

Claire Prentice
Independent Author, Charlottesville
Operation Ice Pick—Pyschosurgery in the Virginias 

Aran Shetterly
Independent Author, Charlottesville
Morningside: The Untold Story of the Greensboro Massacre and a Dangerous History of Race, Class and Power in the American South

Gregory Smithers* (spring 2019)
History, Virginia Commonwealth University
Native Water: The Riverine World of the Cherokees & their Neighbors 

Earl Swift (fall 2018 only)
Independent Author, Crozet
Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

Miriam Thaggert (fall 2018 only)
History, University of Iowa
Platform Politics: The Waiter Carriers of Virginia

* in residence at the Library of Virginia, Richmond

Contact Jeanne Nicholson Siler (fellows@virginia.edu), director of Virginia Humanities’ Fellowship Program for details on the Fellows’ projects or to arrange an interview.

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