Four Columbians Win Guggenheim Fellowships

The prestigious prize will enable them to pursue independent projects of their choice.

Eve Glasberg
April 16, 2024

Four Columbia professors will receive Guggenheim Fellowships this year to pursue​ an independent​ project​​ of their choice. They are among 188 American and Canadian scientists, scholars in the social sciences and humanities, and writers and artists of all kinds selected from over 3,000 applicants for a 2024 fellowship.

Since its establishment in 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has given nearly $400 million in fellowships to more than 19,000 individuals; over 125 of its alumni are Nobel laureates, members of all the national academies, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Fields Medal, Turing Award, Bancroft Prize, and National Book Award, among other top honors. 

Here’s what the Columbians plan to accomplish in the next year:

Bruno Bosteels, Acting Dean of Humanities, and Jesse and George Siegel Professor in the Humanities, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, will be writing about the social function of literature, and examining literature as a set of forms of reality.

Adama Delphine Fawundu, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts Program, School of the Arts, will create an experimental film, Circadian Riddims, filmed entirely in slow motion, which will provoke healing in a time of post-trauma.

Jack Halberstam, David Feinson Professor of Humanities, Department of English and Comparative Literature, will be writing about a new generation of trans and queer artists who reach back to the 1970s to retrieve a vocabulary of unbuilding, unmaking, unbecoming, and undoing to represent sexual and gender variance. 

Nicola López, Associate Professor, Visual Arts Program, School of the Arts, will, through her artwork, The Haunting—a series of large-scale drawings with video projected onto them—explore the intersection of nature and the built environment.