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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

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
Titus Kaphar

Highlighting the lack of representation of people of color in the canon of Western art with works that deconstruct the literal and visual structure of the artwork

New Haven, CT
John Keene

Exploring the impact of historical narratives on contemporary lives and re-imagining the history of the Americas from the perspective of suppressed voices

Newark, NJ
Kelly Link
Fiction Writer

Pushing the boundaries of literary fiction in works that combine the surreal and fantastical with the concerns and emotional realism of contemporary life

Northampton, MA
Dominique Morisseau

Examining the intersection of choice and circumstance in works that portray individuals and communities grappling with economic and social changes

New York, NY
Okwui Okpokwasili
Choreographer and Performer

Making visible the interior lives of women whose stories of resistance and resilience have been left out of dominant cultural narratives

New York, NY
Kristina Olson

Advancing the scientific understanding of gender and shedding light on the social and cognitive development of transgender and gender-nonconforming youth

Seattle, WA
Lisa Parks
Media Scholar

Exploring the global reach of information technology infrastructures and the cultural, political, and humanitarian implications of the flow of information

Cambridge, MA
Rebecca Sandefur
Sociologist and Legal Scholar

Promoting a new, evidence-based approach to increasing access to civil justice for low-income communities

Urbana, IL
Allan Sly

Applying probability theory to resolve long-standing problems in statistical physics and computer science

Princeton, NJ
Sarah T. Stewart
Planetary Scientist

Advancing new theories of how celestial collisions give birth to planets and their natural satellites, such as the Earth and Moon

Davis, CA
Wu Tsang
Filmmaker and Performance Artist

Creating new conceptual and visual vocabularies for exploring hidden histories and marginalized narratives in works that collapse the boundaries between documentary and fiction

New York, NY
Doris Tsao

Uncovering the fundamental neural principles that underlie one of the primate brain’s most astonishing capabilities: perception of the visual world

Pasadena, CA
Ken Ward Jr.
Investigative Journalist

Revealing the human and environmental toll of natural resource extraction in West Virginia and spurring greater accountability among public and private stakeholders

Charleston, WV
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Note to Media

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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