JCB Research Fellows 2016-2017

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters of the JCB,

It is my immense pleasure to present to you the complete listing of fellows in residence for academic year 2016-17 at the John Carter Brown Library. As was the case in years past, this year’s cohort comes from a broad array of disciplines and institutions. The short-term fellows include many PhD candidates (five from the University of Texas at Austin alone!) as well as accomplished scholars from Brazil, Canada, Cuba, France, Martinique, Peru, Poland Portugal, and Spain (the Basque Country, in this case). Their fields include theater, archaeology, art history, linguistics, as well as the more traditional disciplines of history and literature. As you will see, their projects are fascinating, distinctive, and compelling.

Our long-term fellows are likewise an extraordinary group of accomplished scholars across a range of fields. An assistant professor at UC-Irvine, Alex Borucki is one of the leading historians of the Spanish-American slave trade, and he’ll be joining one of Portugal’s most preeminent historians, Diogo Ramada Curto, who will work on a project related to the South Atlantic, as well as Linda Rupert, a former JCB fellow who studies marronage and inter-imperial slavery in the greater Caribbean. Marcy Norton will be completing a much-anticipated book on animal-human relations in the early modern Atlantic world and will benefit from conversations with Sarah Crabtree while she works on the Quaker pacifist and New England whaler William Rotch. Rounding out our long-term cohort are Laura Leon Llerena, a scholar of indigenous literacies in colonial Peru, and Daniel Ruppel, a Brown Ph.D. student in theater who studies performance and performativity through the bookish culture of early modern France.

Finally, this year is the second year of our new and increasingly popular interdisciplinary cluster fellowships. The Library will be welcoming four distinct groups working on a diverse array of projects: the Amazonian cacao trade in a wider Atlantic world; fetal baptism in an eighteenth-century Guatemalan treatise (held by the JCB); indigenous perspectives on the lives of Pocahontas and Joseph Brant; and spatial relations in the Guianas and northern Amazonia.

Our research fellows, selected by several distinguished multidisciplinary committees, are the preeminent researchers in their fields, anywhere in the world. We could not make their stays possible without our individual and foundation donors, listed at the back of this booklet. We are grateful to them for all they have done to keep our fellowship program alive and well. It is a privilege for the JCB staff to support fellows’ research in Providence on their behalf.

Please join me in welcoming the 2016-17 fellowship cohort to the JCB community.

Neil Safier
Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian
The John Carter Brown Library at Brown University

Please see the list of fellows here.