2023-2024 Fellowship Award Announcements

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The JCB is delighted to announce fellowship awards for 2023-24. Fellows will be working on the extraordinary range of research projects that the JCB’s extraordinary collections support; from 16th century Indigenous language materials to the early 19th century Caribbean, across, around, and along the early Americas our fellows are exploring the depth of JCB materials from fresh perspectives.

We are excited to welcome these fellows to Providence, both in person and in our virtual spaces, as we begin a new year with new programming, and new collaborative potential. We’re also pleased to welcome fellows from our own Brown University campus, including our  faculty sabbatical support fellow and our joint postdoctoral fellow with the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Bringing together those who seek and who will share knowledge about the critical study of the early Americas, as we open our newly renovated front doors and digital space, the JCB looks to a dynamic year ahead.

Long-Term Fellowships 

Marisa Fuentes: Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Fall 2023

Long-term fellowships are supported by grants and by generous donors. Long-term fellows for the coming year include:

Kenneth Banks: “Oceanic Mobilities in the 18th-c. Atlantic World”

Harper Dine: “Subsistence and Savor: Maya Foodways and Herbal Culture in Colonial Sources” J. M. Stuart Graduate Fellow

Alycia Hall: “Strategic Ties: Family, Land and Plantation Connections in Maroon Jamaica” JCB-Brown University Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice Postdoctoral Fellow.

Marcella Hayes: “The Black Spaniards: The Color of Political Authority in Seventeenth-Century Lima”

Catherine Komisaruk:  “Maya Families, Migration, and Activism in New Spain”  National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow

Allyson LaForge: “Materializing Futurity: Networks of Native Organizing in the Northeast” Interdisciplinary Opportunities Fellowship, Graduate School, Brown University.

Deirdre Lyons:  “Slavery, Emancipation, and Family Politics in the Nineteenth-Century French Antilles”

Alexsandro Menez: “A comparative study between the Late Medieval manuscript Crónica de Guiné and Early Modern Atlantic travel narratives about West Africa”  J. M. Stuart Graduate Fellow

Parker VanValkenburgh: “Unstable Ground: Settlement and Indigeneity in the Colonial Americas” JCB Brown Faculty Sabbatical Support Fellow

Short-Term Fellowships

The JCB’s short-term fellowships are supported by the generosity of donor funds including the JCB’s Maria-Elena Cassiet Fund For Spanish American Studies, the Interamericas Fellowship Fund, the JCB Center For New World Comparative Studies Fund, the Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fund, the Maury A Bromsen Fellowship in Latin American Studies, and the Ekstrom Fellowship for the Study of Women and Gender. Short-term fellows for the coming year include:

Javaria Abbasi: The Black and Red of the Ancients: Reevaluating Colonial Discourse in Early Modern Mexico (1521-1700)”

Myles Ali:   “Coastal and Riverine Marronage in West Africa: Enslaved Labor, Maritime Desertion, and the Making of Free Communities in the Waterscapes of Colonial Sierra Leone”

Esther Baakman:  “Free Ports in Transient Times”

Jennifer Blair: “Black Print’s Complements: Black Expression Beyond Print in Early North America”  JCB/Hay fellow

Jesus Bohorquez: “A global history of slave trade and slavery in the Iberian Empires (1770-1850)”

Dannie Brice: “Imperial Grounds: The Coffee Revolution, Slavery, and Independence in Saint Domingue, 1720-1800”

David Horacio Colmenares Gonzalez: “A Global Sacred Antiquarianism”

Telio Cravo: “Mining Economy and Slavery. A Global History of Capitalism (Empire of Brazil, 1807-1843)”

Jose Carlos de la Puente Luna: “Pueblos from Pueblos: Commoner Colonization and the Making of Community in the Colonial Central Andes”

Evan Ditter: "Misreading the Americas: How Travel Narratives Redefined Legibility in 16th-Century France" 

Dyck, Jason: “Novenas: Print, Piety, and Patria in Spanish America, 1519–1821”

Caroline Egan: “Anachronistic Medievalism: The Nahuatl Saint Anthony of Padua”

Alfredo Escudero Villanueva: “The Land is the Laboratory: Indigenous Labor, Land Inspections and the Engineering of the Colonial Andes”

Jennifer Factor: “Intimate Play: Phillis Wheatley Peters and the art of the Poem Game”

Juan Carlos Garzon Mantilla: Ancha Ñaupa Pacha: The Andean Invention of a Global Antiquity

Benjamin Groth: “The Black Sacrament: How Baptism Created Race in Spanish New Orleans and the Atlantic World”

Seyni Gueye: “The Construction of a Political-administrative and Territorial Knowledge in the Hispanic Monarchy: the "Visitas de la Tierra" carried out in the province of Popayán (mid-Sixteenth - early Seventeenth Century)”

Earle Havens: “Reinterpreting Peter Martyr and Richard Eden in Light of the 1533 Hopkins Annotated Eden-Martyr”

Ryan Hechler: “The French Geodesic Mission to the Equator GIS Project: Cartographically Contextualizing the Real Audiencia de Quito in the 18th Century”

Diana Heredia-Lopez: “The Color of Bioprospecting: Dyes, commerce, and the erasure of indigenous market vitality in early modern New Spain”

Nicole Hughes: “Stages of History: The Theatrical Invention of New Spain and Brazil”

Jason Irving: “Sarsaparilla, Syphilis and Slavery in Jamaica - The Politics of Medicinal Plant Knowledge on the Plantation and across the Atlantic World”

Elena Janney: “The Drake Manuscript: Offshore Views of the Sixteenth-Century Caribbean”

Annette Joseph-Gabriel: “Enslaved Childhoods: Survival and Storytelling in the Atlantic World”

Marian Leech: “Wampum, Furs, and the Making of Possession in the Dutch Atlantic World, 1590–1713”

Charlotte Leib: “Of Meadows and Meadowland Worlds: An Environmental History of the New Jersey Meadowlands”

Francisca Leiva: “A forgotten history: Afro-Chileans in the early republic. 1800-1833”

David Martín Marcos: “ ‘The Internal Indies of Europe’. Iberian Peasants and Amerindian Peoples in the discourse about difference (Spain and Portugal 1492-1800)”

Alba Menendez Pereda:  “Sensorial Memories: Performing History in the Heartland of the Inca Empire (A.D. 1440–1700)”

Nathalie Miraval: “Shaping God: Afro-Catholic Expressive Cultures in the Early Modern Spanish Empire”

Mateo Montoya: “Sciences of Godly Government: Jesuit Reductions Among the Guaraní in Colonial Latin America 1609-1795”

Jennifer Motter:  “Knowledge and Commodification in the Early Modern Dutch Atlantic”

Casey Price: “Given to This Land: Mapping Settler Colonialism in Kituwah, 1682-1810”

Javier Eduardo Ramirez Lopez: Nicolás León and the Need to Sell Mexican Collection: The Case of John Carter Brown Library”

Celia Rodriguez Tejuca: “From the Ground Up: Picturing Scientific Knowledge in the Late Eighteenth-Century Spanish Americas”

Sheila Scoville: Visualizing relations in their time-place: The ecocultural landscapes of maguey”

Matthias Soubise: “Writing and Mapping South America: Geography and Literature during the French Enlightenment”

Freg James Stokes: “The Jaguar’s Atlas”

Lilith Todd: “Tending Another: The Rhetoric and Labor of Nursing in the Long Eighteenth Century”

Evan Turiano: “The Politics of Fugitive Slave Rendition and the Coming of the Civil War”