Mellon Fellows

Mellon Fellowships

The Early Modern Mellon Fellows program drew together some of UC Davis’s finest doctoral graduate students whose research focuses on the early modern period (c. 1500 – c. 1700). Fellows participated in all events associated with the Initiative.

Past Recipients


The Mellon Teaching-Research Fellows for 2013-2014 are:

Valerie Billing (English)
Dyani Johns (English)
Sawyer Kemp (English)
Josy Miller (Performance Studies)
Christopher Wallis (English)
Victoria White (English)


The 2012-2013 Mellon Fellows and their research projects are:

Christopher Hallenbrook, Political Science: “Conditional Obedience: The Power to Protect and the Right of Rebellion in Hobbe’s Leviathan.”

Emily Kuffner, Spanish: “Windows and the Sexualization of Space in La Lozana andaluza”

Giovanna Montenegro, Comparative Literature: “Sixteenth Century Textual and Visual Representations of Germans in the Province of Venezuela.”

Karolyn Reddy, English: Title TBA

Rachel Reeves, History: “Preaching in the Public Sphere: Politeness and Anglican Authority in Early Eighteenth-century Controversies”


From left to right, Jessica Fowler, Tim Johnson, Anna Pruitt, Prof. Ari Friedlander, Elizabeth Crachiolo, Kelly Neil, and Valerie Billing

Valerie Billing (English)
“Large and in Charge: Age, Size, and Gender in Early Modern England”

Elizabeth Crachiolo (English)
“Heat in The Unfortunate Traveller

Jessica Fowler (History)
“Defining Heresy: Alumbrados and the Spanish Inquisition in the Early Sixteenth Century”

Timothy Johnson (Spanish)
“The Literary Art of War: Tradition and Early Modern Spanish Soldier Writers”

Kelly Neil (English)
“Inscrutable Suicide: Self-Killing, Gender, and Identity in Early Modern Drama”

Anna Pruitt (English)
“Shadow Patriarchs: Rogues, Witches, Bawds, and the Politics of Reproduction on the Jacobean Stage”