Three Princeton faculty members have received 2023 Guggenheim Fellowships. They are Bridget Alsdorf, professor of art and archaeology; Yuri Leving, professor of Slavic languages and literatures; and Tali Mendelberg, the John Work Garrett Professor in Politics, director of the Program on Inequality at the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics.
One graduate student, Pascal Le Boeuf, in music composition, and four undergraduate and graduate alumni — Elizabeth Bearden, Class of 1998, Wayne E. Koestenbaum, a 1988 graduate alumnus, Jennifer Morton, Class of 2002, and Lillian Pierce, Class of 2002 and a 2009 graduate alum — also received 2023 Guggenheim Fellowships.
The Princeton scholars are among 171 to receive fellowships from a pool of almost 2,500 applicants — a diverse group of scholars, artists, writers and scientists — appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.
“Like Emerson, I believe that fullness in life comes from following our calling,” said Edward Hirsch, President of the Guggenheim Foundation and 1985 Fellow in Poetry. “The new class of Fellows has followed their calling to enhance all of our lives, to provide greater human knowledge and deeper understanding. We’re lucky to look to them to bring us into the future.”
Alsdorf joined the Princeton faculty in 2008. Her research specializes in European art of the 19th and early 20th centuries, with particular interest in art’s intersections with literature, philosophy and social theory.
This semester she is co-teaching with Irene Small, associate professor of art and archaeology, a graduate seminar “Modernist Art and Theory: Before and After Gender.”
She was awarded the Guggenheim in the field of fine arts research.
Leving joined the Princeton faculty in 2022. His research specializes in contemporary Russian literature and film, Eastern European cinema, the visual arts and digital humanities.
This semester he is teaching the undergraduate course “Dreamers and Bandits in Russian Cinema” and the graduate seminar “Andrei Tarkovsky: A Cinematic Legacy.”
He was awarded the Guggenheim in the field of intellectual and cultural history.
Mendelberg joined the University in 1994. Her areas of specialization are political communication, gender, race, class, public opinion, political psychology and experimental methods.
This semester she is teaching the graduate seminar “Political Psychology.”
She was awarded the Guggenheim in the field of political science.
- Pascal Le Boeuf, a Grammy-nominated composer, pianist and electronic artist, and assistant professor of the practice of music and technology at Vanderbilt University, was awarded the Guggenheim in the field of music composition.
- Elizabeth Bearden, Class of 1998, professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, was awarded the Guggenheim in the field of early modern studies.
- Wayne E. Koestenbaum, a 1988 graduate alumnus, poet and Distinguished Professor, CUNY Graduate Center, was awarded the Guggenheim in the field of poetry.
- Jennifer Morton, Class of 2002, Presidential Penn Compact Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, was awarded the Guggenheim in the field of philosophy.
- Lillian Pierce, Class of 2002 and a 2009 graduate alum, Nicholas J. and Theresa M. Leonardy Professor, Department of Mathematics, Duke University, was awarded the Guggenheim in the field of mathematics.