Published August 16, 2019

The Fellowship program at Virginia Humanities awards stipends and offices to scholars and writers each year for one or more semesters. More than 350 individuals have been awarded a residential Fellowship since 1986. For the coming academic year, nine individuals will be in residence at the Virginia Humanities offices in Charlottesville, or at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.

“We’re excited to have these scholars and researchers join us and are gratified to give them the time, space, and community in which to develop their work,” says Matthew Gibson, executive director of Virginia Humanities. “We appreciate the vastly different perspectives their work represents and look forward to them sharing their research with the public.”

The Fellows are asked, in turn, to give a public presentation while in residence. The first public presentation of Fall 2019 will be scheduled for early in October. Visit VirginiaHumanities.org/events for a schedule of public events.

2019-2020 Academic Year Residential Fellows

FALL 2019 & SPRING 2020:

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

Suzette Spencer*
The College of William & Mary
Framing Freedom, Vexing Visions: History’s Provocations, Slavery’s Afterlife, & Nate Parker’s ”The Birth of a Nation”  (2016)

FALL 2019: 

Karen Chase*
Independent Author, Richmond
ELIZA! ELIZA!: Two 18th Century Women Who Helped Found and Expand America

Sonya Donaldson
New Jersey City University
Singing the Nation Into Being: Anthems and the Politics of Black Performance

Phillip Herrington
James Madison University
Plantation Revival: White Columns in Modern America 

Hannah Wojciehowski
University of Texas, Austin
The Virginia Company and the Staging of America 

SPRING 2020: 

David Hsiung
Juniata College, Huntington, PA
An Environmental History of Virginia, the War of Independence, and Its Consequences 

Tracy Roof*
University of Richmond
Nutrition, Welfare, or Work Support?  A Political History of the Food Stamps Program

Joshua Rothman
University of Alabama
The Ledger and the Chain: The Masterminds of America’s Domestic Slave Trade

* in residence at the Library of Virginia, Richmond

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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