MacArthur Fellows Program — MacArthur Foundation

"From transforming conditions for low-wage workers to identifying internet security vulnerabilities, from celebrating the African American string band tradition to designing resilient urban habitats, these new MacArthur Fellows bring their exceptional creativity to diverse people, places, and social challenges. Their work gives us reason for optimism and inspires us all."

—Cecilia Conrad, Managing Director, MacArthur Fellows Program

2017 MacArthur Fellows

Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Painter

Visualizing the complexities of globalization and transnational identity in works that layer paint, photographic imagery, prints, and collage elements.

Los Angeles, CA
Sunil Amrith
Historian

Illustrating the role of centuries of transnational migration in the present-day social and cultural dynamics of South and Southeast Asia.

Cambridge, MA
Greg Asbed
Human Rights Strategist

Transforming conditions for low-wage workers with a visionary model of worker-driven social responsibility.

Immokalee, FL
Annie Baker
Playwright

Mining the minutiae of how we speak, act, and relate to one another and the absurdity and tragedy that result from the limitations of language.

New York, NY
Regina Barzilay
Computer Scientist

Developing machine learning methods that enable computers to process and analyze vast amounts of human language data.

Cambridge, MA
Dawoud Bey
Photographer and Educator

Using an expansive approach to photography that creates new spaces of engagement within cultural institutions, making them more meaningful to and representative of the communities in which they are situated.

Chicago, IL
Emmanuel Candès
Mathematician and Statistician

Exploring the limits of signal recovery and matrix completion from incomplete data sets with implications for high-impact applications in multiple fields.

Stanford, CA
Jason De León
Anthropologist

Combining ethnographic, forensic, and archaeological evidence to bring to light the human consequences of immigration policy at the U.S.–Mexico border.

Ann Arbor, MI
Rhiannon Giddens
Singer, Instrumentalist, and Songwriter

Reclaiming African American contributions to folk and country music and bringing to light new connections between music from the past and the present.

Greensboro, NC
Nikole Hannah-Jones
Journalist

Chronicling the persistence of racial segregation in American society, particularly in education, and reshaping national conversations around education reform.

New York, NY
Cristina Jiménez Moreta
Social Justice Organizer

Changing public perceptions of immigrant youth and playing a critical role in shaping the debate around immigration policy.

Washington, DC
Taylor Mac
Theater Artist

Engaging audiences as active participants in works that dramatize the power of theater as a space for building community.

New York, NY
Rami Nashashibi
Community Leader

Confronting the challenges of poverty and disinvestment in urban communities through a Muslim-led civic engagement effort that bridges race, class, and religion.

Chicago, IL
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Fiction Writer and Cultural Critic

Challenging popular depictions of the Vietnam War and exploring the myriad ways that war lives on for those it has displaced.

Los Angeles, CA
Kate Orff
Landscape Architect

Designing adaptive and resilient urban habitats and encouraging residents to be active stewards of the ecological systems underlying our built environment.

New York, NY
Trevor Paglen
Artist and Geographer

Documenting the hidden operations of covert government projects and examining the ways that human rights are threatened in an era of mass surveillance.

Berlin, Germany
Betsy Levy Paluck
Psychologist

Unraveling how social networks and norms influence our interactions with one another and identifying interventions that can change destructive behavior.

Princeton, NJ
Derek Peterson
Historian

Reshaping our understanding of African colonialism and nationalism in studies that foreground East African intellectual production.

Ann Arbor, MI
Damon Rich
Designer and Urban Planner

Creating vivid and witty strategies to design and build places that are more democratic and accountable to their residents.

Newark, NJ
Stefan Savage
Computer Scientist

Identifying and addressing the technological, economic, and social vulnerabilities underlying internet security challenges and cybercrime.

LaJolla, CA
Yuval Sharon
Opera Director / Producer

Expanding how opera is performed and experienced through immersive, multisensory, and mobile productions that are infusing a new vitality into the genre.

Los Angeles, CA
Tyshawn Sorey
Composer and Musician

Assimilating and transforming ideas from a broad spectrum of musical idioms and defying distinctions between genres, composition, and improvisation in a singular expression of contemporary music.

Middletown, CT
Gabriel Victora
Immunologist

Investigating acquired, or adaptive, immunity and the mechanisms by which organisms’ antibody-based responses to infection are fine-tuned.

New York, NY
Jesmyn Ward
Fiction Writer

Exploring the enduring bonds of community and familial love among poor African Americans of the rural South against a landscape of circumscribed possibilities and lost potential.

New Orleans, LA
Fellows in the media
November 15, 2017
"Podcast Episode 11: Conversation with Howard Gardner"
Alanis Morissette
Howard Gardner , 1981 MacArthur Fellow
November 14, 2017
"Feeling Conflicted on Thanksgiving"
The New York Times
Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 MacArthur Fellow
November 14, 2017
"'A Portrait' of Vijay Iyer Conjures Vivid New Sounds"
Chicago Tribune
Vijay Iyer, 2013 MacArthur Fellow
November 10, 2017
"Marginalia: Jesmyn Ward"
KMUW
Jesmyn Ward, 2017 MacArthur Fellow
November 10, 2017
"Antibiotic Legislation Falls Short in Maryland"
Washington Post
Ellen Kovner Silbergeld , 1993 MacArthur Fellow
November 10, 2017
"Monday: St. Louis Native Damon Rich Receives $625,000 ‘Genius’ Grant"
St. Louis Public Radio
Damon Rich, 2017 MacArthur Fellow
All Fellows in the Media

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