MacArthur Fellows Program — MacArthur Foundation
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"Working in diverse fields, from the arts and sciences to public health and civil liberties, these 25 MacArthur Fellows are solving long-standing scientific and mathematical problems, pushing art forms into new and emerging territories, and addressing the urgent needs of under-resourced communities. Their exceptional creativity inspires hope in us all."

—Cecilia Conrad, Managing Director, MacArthur Fellows Program

2018 MacArthur Fellows

Matthew Aucoin
Composer and Conductor

Expanding the potential of vocal and orchestral music to convey emotional, dramatic, and literary meaning

New York, NY
Julie Ault
Artist and Curator

Redefining the role of the artwork and the artist by melding artistic, curatorial, archival, editorial, and activist practices into a new form of cultural production

New York, NY
William J. Barber II
Pastor and Social Justice Advocate

Building broad-based fusion coalitions as part of a moral movement to confront racial and economic inequality

Goldsboro, NC
Clifford Brangwynne
Biophysical Engineer

Using the principles of soft matter physics and cell biology to illuminate novel mechanisms of cellular compartmentalization that drive biological development

Princeton, NJ
Natalie Diaz
Poet

Drawing on her experience as a Mojave American and Latina to challenge the mythological and cultural touchstones underlying American society

Tempe, AZ
Livia S. Eberlin
Analytical Chemist

Developing mass spectrometry-based methods to differentiate more quickly and accurately diseased from healthy tissues during surgery

Austin, TX
Deborah Estrin
Computer Scientist

Designing open-source platforms that leverage mobile devices and data to address socio-technological challenges such as personal health management

New York, NY
Amy Finkelstein
Health Economist

Formulating robust empirical methods to illuminate the hidden complexities of health care policy and provide data-driven guidance for future innovations in theory and practice

Cambridge, MA
Gregg Gonsalves
Epidemiologist and Global Health Advocate

Working at the intersection of human rights and public health research and practice to address inequities in global health

New Haven, CT
Vijay Gupta
Violinist and Social Justice Advocate

Providing musical enrichment and valuable human connection to the homeless, incarcerated, and other under-resourced communities in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA
Becca Heller
Human Rights Lawyer

Mobilizing the resources of law schools and law firms to defend the rights of refugees and improve protection outcomes for many of the world’s most at-risk populations

New York, NY
Raj Jayadev
Community Organizer

Creating a model of grassroots collective action that enables individuals facing incarceration, their families, and their communities to play an active role in their defense

San Jose, CA
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Members of the media seeking comment or to interview a MacArthur Fellow or staff person should call 312.917.3690 or email Andy Solomon, Managing Director of Communications.

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