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Current and Former Dumbarton Oaks Humanities Fellows


Andrés Álvarez Dávila

Folger Shakespeare Library

Erica Eisen

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Michael Kennedy-Yoon

National Museum of Natural History

Adela Kim

National Gallery of Art

Abby Westover

Folger Shakespeare Library

Faye Zhang

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings


Priyanka Menon

Folger Shakespeare Library

Menon concentrated in mathematics and completed a secondary in history. She wrote her thesis on a problem at the intersection of set theory and collective choice.

At the Folger, Menon worked as a research assistant to the Director, Michael Witmore, and investigated the relationship between social justice and the humanities. At Dumbarton Oaks, she worked on the Mapping Cultural Philanthropy project, which documents the history of cultural philanthropy in Washington D.C.

After her fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, Menon will begin graduate study at Harvard.

Rebecca Rosen

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Rosen graduated from Harvard College in 2015 with a degree in neurobiology. Her research focused on sensory transduction and the development of the inner ear. She was also heavily involved in theater at Harvard, working primarily in lighting design and production.

In her work this term at the Textile Museum, Rosen was involved with exhibition planning and curatorial research, and had the opportunity to study Byzantine and early Islamic textiles. In her time at Dumbarton Oaks, she was a part of digitization projects related to the textiles and coins in the Byzantine Collection and helped with the reinstallation of the museum.

After her fellowship, Rosen will begin a ten-week term as the 2017 Dufresne Scholar Award Intern at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana.

John Wang

National Gallery of Art

Wang graduated with a concentration in history of art and architecture from Harvard College, where he also worked as a student guide at the Harvard Art Museums. His senior thesis focused on the design and aspects of monumentality in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, designed by architect Louis Kahn.

As a Humanities Fellow, Wang worked at the National Gallery of Art, where he was a research assistant in the department of exhibition programs for the exhibitions on Andrea del Verrocchio and Genoa in the Baroque age. At Dumbarton Oaks, he organized the rare book exhibition City Water/City Life as a part of the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies.

After his fellowship year, Wang will be pursuing a master’s in architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design.