Amherst author Ocean Vuong wins MacArthur ‘genius grant’

  • Ocean Vuong. Courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation

  • This Sept. 19, 2019 photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, shows MacArthur Foundation fellow Andrea Dutton at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., where she is a geochemist and paleoclimatologist who studies how higher temperatures lead to rising sea levels and polar ice shrinkage. The MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday, Sept. 25 named 26 people it believes have shown exceptional creativity and accomplishment and will continue to do so. The fellows... John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

  • This Aug. 30, 2019 photo shows MacArthur Foundation fellow Emmanuel Pratt, an urban designer with the Sweet Water Foundation in Chicago. Pratt is co-founder and executive director of the foundation, a nonprofit organization based on Chicago's South Side that engages local residents in the cultivation and regeneration of social, environmental, and economic resources in their neighborhoods. The MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, named 26 people it believes have shown... John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

  • In this Sept. 23, 2019 photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, MacArthur Foundation fellow Danielle Citron, a legal scholar at Boston College poses in Boston, Mass. For the past 15 years Citron, has focused her attention on cyber harassment and the toll it takes on its victims. The MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday, Sept. 25 named 26 people it believes have shown exceptional creativity and accomplishment and will continue to do so. The fellows will receive... John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

  • This Sept. 12, 2019 photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation shows MacArthur Foundation fellow Saidiya Hartman, a Literary Scholar and Cultural Historian at Columbia University in New York. Hartman's work includes tracing the effects of slavery in modern American life and bringing attention to lives obscured by, or excluded from historical narratives. The MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday, Sept. 25 named 26 people it believes have shown exceptional creativity... John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

  • In this Sept. 12, 2019 photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, MacArthur Foundation fellow Saidiya Hartman, a Literary Scholar and Cultural Historian at Columbia University, poses at the university in New York. Hartman's work includes tracing the effects of slavery in modern American life and bringing attention to lives obscured by, or excluded from historical narratives. The MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday, Sept. 25 named 26 people it believes have shown... John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

  • In this Sept. 19, 2019 photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, MacArthur Foundation fellow Andrea Dutton poses at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., where she is a geochemist and paleoclimatologist who studies how higher temperatures lead to rising sea levels and polar ice shrinkage. The MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday, Sept. 25 named 26 people it believes have shown exceptional creativity and accomplishment and will continue to do so. The... John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

  • This Sept. 23, 2019 photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, shows MacArthur Foundation fellow Danielle Citron, a legal scholar at Boston College in Boston. For the past 15 years Citron, has focused her attention on cyber harassment and the toll it takes on its victims. The MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday, Sept. 25 named 26 people it believes have shown exceptional creativity and accomplishment and will continue to do so. The fellows will receive $625,000... John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Published: 9/25/2019 9:00:19 AM

CHICAGO — A poet, a legal scholar, a theater artist, a paleoclimatologist, an urban designer and a marine scientist are among the luminaries who have been named as this year’s MacArthur fellows. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday named 26 people who will each receive $625,000 over five years to use as they please. The Chicago-based foundation has awarded the so-called genius grants every year since 1981 to help further the pursuits of people with outstanding talent.

The 2019 fellows are:

Ocean Vuong, 30: poet and fiction writer, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Elizabeth Anderson, 59: philosopher, University of Michigan.

Sujatha Baliga, 48: attorney and restorative justice practitioner, Oakland, California.

Lynda Barry, 63: graphic novelist, cartoonist and education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mel Chin, 67: artist, Egypt Township, North Carolina.

Danielle Citron, 50: legal scholar, Boston University School of Law.

Lisa Daugaard, 53: criminal justice reformer, Seattle.

Annie Dorsen, 45: theater artist, New York City.

Andrea Dutton, 46: geochemist and paleoclimatologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jeffrey Gibson, 47: visual artist, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Mary Halvorson, 38: composer and guitarist, New York City.

Saidiya Hartman, 58: Literary scholar and cultural historian, Columbia University.

Walter Hood, 61: landscape and public artist, University of California-Berkeley.

Stacy Jupiter, 43: marine scientist, Suva, Fiji.

Zachary Lippman, 41: plant biologist, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Valeria Luiselli, 36: writer, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Kelly Lytle Hernandez, 45: historian, University of California.

Sarah Michelson, 55: choreographer, New York City.

Jeffrey Alan Miller, 35: literary scholar, Montclair State University.

Jerry X. Mitrovica, 58: theoretical geophysicist, Harvard University.

Emmanuel Pratt, 42: urban designer, Chicago.

Cameron Rowland, 30: artist, New York City.

Vanessa Ruta, 45: neuroscientist, The Rockefeller University.

Joshua Tenenbaum, 47: cognitive scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jenny Tung, 37: evolutionary anthropologist and geneticist, Duke University.

Emily Wilson, 47: classicist and translator, University of Pennsylvania.




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