The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York City has announced its 2018 class of fellows. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were selected from a group of nearly three thousand applicants.
A hundred and seventy-three fellowships — including two joint fellowships — were awarded to scholars, artists, and scientists in forty-nine disciplines and artistic fields representing sixty-nine different academic institutions; sixty fellows have no academic affiliation or hold an adjunct or part-time position. Ranging in age from twenty-nine to eighty, this year's fellows hail from thirty-one states and three Canadian provinces.
This year's fellows include writer and filmmaker Gina Petra Abatemarco; author Teju Cole; philosopher Sally Haslanger; mathematician Moon Duchin; videographer and photographer Janet Biggs; sociologist Christopher A. Bail; poets Monica Youn and Amy Gerstler; law professor Jessica Silbey; biologist Antonis Rokas; and choreographers Ranee Ramaswamy and her daughter Aparna.
"It's exceptionally satisfying to me to name one hundred and seventy-five new Guggenheim Fellows," said Edward Hirsch, president of the foundation. "Each year since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has bet everything on the individual, and we're thrilled to continue to do so with this wonderfully talented and diverse group. It's an honor to be able to support these individuals to do the work they were meant to do."