“Impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment” are the basis for appointing artists, scholars, and scientists Guggenheim Fellows. In the last week, four faculty members and more than a dozen other Harvard affiliates have received that honor.
- Creative arts: Professor of visual arts and anthropology Lucien Castaing-Taylor, the director of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab and Film Study Center, received a fellowship in the film-video category. Other fellows in this category include Arthur Phillips ’90 (fiction, see “Fakery and Shakespeare,” from this magazine’s archives); David J. Hancock, Ph.D. ’90 (biography); Eliza Griswold, NF ’07, and Sarah Manguso ’96 (general nonfiction).
- Humanities: Mason professor of music Carol J. Oja has won a fellowship in music and dance research; she is at work on a book about Leonard Bernstein ’39, D. Mus. ’67 (see “Maestro Lenny” for more on her research). Other fellowship winners in this category are Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Ph.D. ’03, and Justin McDaniel, M.T.S. ’98, Ph.D. ’03 (religion); Melissa Lane ’88 (classics); Ramie Targoff, associate of the Mahindra Humanities Center (medieval and Renaissance literature); Lisa Saltzman, Ph.D. ’94, RI ’03 (fine arts research); and Peter Galassi ’72 (photography studies).
- Social sciences: Dillon professor of international affairs Beth A. Simmons, director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, received a fellowship in political science. Asifa Quraishi-Landes, S.J.D. ’06, was awarded one in constitutional studies.
- Natural sciences: Clowes professor of science Robert P. Kirshner received a fellowship in physics (read about his work with the Magellan telescopes in Chile). Fellow science fellowship winners include Susan Landau, a visiting lecturer on computer science (computer science); Laura Landweber, Ph.D. ’93, G ’96 (organismic biology and ecology); and John Carlson ’77 (neuroscience).