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Announcing the 2023-24 Fellows Cohort at Dumbarton Oaks

Posted On May 11, 2023 | 16:19 pm | by briggsm01 | Permalink
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May 11, 2023 

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Dumbarton Oaks is delighted to announce the recent appointment of fellows in our three areas of study—Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian—as well as the Mellon Initiative in Democracy and Landscape, in conjunction with the Mellon Foundation. 

This June, we will welcome fifteen fellows to join our vibrant summer community. During the 2023–2024 academic year, forty-two fellows, including research fellows, junior fellows, visiting scholars, and artists in residence, will join our scholarly programs. We are also pleased to support six project grants in Byzantine Studies and Garden and Landscape Studies.

"We are extremely excited for these new scholars to join our community, who represent the very best of a very competitive field of candidates. The variety of their scholarly interests and their diverse geographic origins attest to Dumbarton Oaks' global reach as a residential research center," said Thomas B.F. Cummins, PhD, director of Dumbarton Oaks. "We are profoundly committed to providing the time and resources for our scholars to pursue their individual projects and to engage with the work of their colleagues."

Summer 2023 Fellows

Byzantine Studies

  • Eirini Afentoulidou, Austrian Academy of Sciences 
  • Niels De Ridder, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium 
  • Alexander Free, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich 
  • Verena Fugger, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Kyrylo Myzgin, University of Warsaw, Poland 
  • Natacha Puglisi, King's College London, UK 
  • Federica Scognamiglio, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy 
  • Dorota Zaprzalska, Jagiellonian University


Pre-Columbian Studies

  • Morgan Clark, Brown University
  • Fabián Alberto Olán de la Cruz, CIESAS Peninsular, Mérida
  • Brenda Guadalupe Jiménez Vásquez, CIESAS, Mexico City, Flora Clancy Fellowship in Maya Studies for Researchers from Latin America


Mellon Democracy and Landscape Initiative

  • Myles Ali, University of California-Merced
  • Amanda Faulkner, Columbia University
  • Manoel Domingos Farias Rendeiro Neto, University of California at Davis
  • Jayson Porter, Brown University


2023–2024 Academic Year Fellows

Byzantine Studies

Visiting Scholar

  • Ingela Nilsson, Uppsala University, Sweden (spring term)


  • Richard Calis, Utrecht University, (spring term)
  • Anastasia Drandaki, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Philosophy (spring term)
  • Stefanos Efthymiadis, Open University of Cyprus (spring term)
  • Rebecca Falcasantos, Amherst College
  • Jeffrey-Michael Featherstone, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris (fall term)
  • Sergey Ivanov, Northwestern University
  • Gregor Kalas, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Giulia Maria Paoletti, Independent Scholar
  • Grigori Simeonov, Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik, University of Vienna (fall term)

Junior Fellows

  • Michelle Freeman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, (fall term)
  • Görkem Günay, Koc University, Istanbul
  • Whitney Kite, Columbia University 
  • Cosimo Paravano, Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik, University of Vienna

William R. Tyler Fellows

  • Julia Hintlian, Harvard University
  • John Kee, Harvard University

Garden and Landscape Studies

Visiting Scholar

  • Dell Upton, University of California, Los Angeles (spring term)


  • Olga Bush, Vassar College
  • Rosalyn LaPier, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Junior Fellows

  • Tomos Evans, College of William and Mary 
  • Phoebe Springstubb, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Alice Wolff, Cornell University

William R. Tyler Fellows

  • Walid Akef, Harvard University
  • Rachel Burke, Harvard University


Pre-Columbian Studies

Visiting Scholars

  • Elizabeth Boone, Tulane University (fall term)
  • John Verano, Tulane University (fall term)


  • Alicia Boswell, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Rebecca González Lauck, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico
  • Keith Prufer, University of New Mexico
  • Joshua Schnell, Brown University

Junior Fellows

  • Anthony Meyer, University of California-Los Angeles
  • Amanda Suarez Calderon, University of Pittsburgh

William R. Tyler Fellows

  • Elena Janney, Harvard University
  • Adriana Zenteno Hopp, Harvard University


Mellon Democracy and Landscape Initiative Fellows

  • Maia Butler, University of North Carolina-Wilmington (fall term)
  • Carlyn Ferrari, Seattle University
  • Andrew Friedman, Haverford College
  • Angelika Joseph, Princeton University
  • Kera Lovell, University of Utah (spring term)


Director’s Office Initiatives

Artist in Residence

  • Sam van Aken, Syracuse University

Musicians in Residence

  • Aria Cheregosha, Tallā Rouge
  • Lauren Spaulding, Tallā Rouge


2023–2024 Project Grant Recipients 

Byzantine Studies

  • Alkiviadis Ginalis, “Waterways of Thrace: The Maritime Hinterland of Constantinople”
  • Fotini Kondyli, “The Kosmosoteira Monastic Landscape Project”
  • Anna Sitz, “PhoenixByz: The Rural Byzantine Landscape around Serçe Limanı”
  • Alice Sullivan and Vladimir Ivanovici, “Documenting, Modeling, and Analyzing Post-Byzantine Sacred Spaces: The Case of Patrauti (1487)”


Garden and Landscape Studies

  • M. Dores Cruz, “Bitter Island: Sugar and Portuguese colonial landscapes in the making of the modern Atlantic Word (16th–17th century)”
  • David Lentz, “Three-Dimensional Perspective Rendering of the Ancient Maya City of Tikal”




About Dumbarton Oaks:

Dumbarton Oaks is a Harvard-affiliated research institute, library, museum, and historic garden in Washington, DC, born from the imagination and legacy of Robert and Mildred Woods Bliss, collectors of art and patrons of the humanities. The museum houses world-class collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art, and a third collection exists in the garden, which Mildred Bliss created in partnership with renowned landscape designer Beatrix Farrand. The garden was voted one of the ten best gardens in the world by National Geographic and is perhaps the last remaining landscape in North America that hews closely to its original design. Buildings of architectural importance on campus include the 1963 Pre-Columbian Pavilion, designed by Philip Johnson and the 2005 research library designed by Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates.

Since 1940, when the Blisses gave the estate and collections to Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks has supported the advance of knowledge in the three areas of Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies through a fellowship program and other awards; scholarly conferences; publications; and digital initiatives. In recent years, Dumbarton Oaks has extended its service to the community by developing collection-based educational programs for DC students and strengthened its profile in the arts. Learn more at