Anschutz Distinguished Fellowship

The Anschutz Distinguished Fellow is appointed annually by the Princeton University Program in American Studies.

Endowed in 1997 through the generosity of Philip and Nancy Anschutz, and their daughters Sarah Anschutz Hunt ’93 and Elizabeth Anschutz ’96, the Anschutz Fellow program is designed to bring to Princeton for one semester a leading scholar or practitioner in American arts, letters, politics, or commerce. The chief goal is to widen the Program’s intellectual horizons, and offer an accomplished figure the chance to take part in Princeton’s singular scholarly, teaching, and social life.

Applications are encouraged from those with non-academic as well as academic credentials. Junior scholars are also eligible to apply, but will be appointed only if their applications show promise of making an exceptional contribution.

The Anschutz Distinguished Fellow teaches one multidisciplinary seminar course for upper-division undergraduates. Generally, admission to the course is by application, with preference given to students enrolled in the American Studies Program. Each semester consists of twelve teaching weeks, plus a one week break at mid-semester and a three-week reading and exam period. In addition to giving the course, each visitor will deliver one public lecture to an audience drawn generally from faculty, graduate students, and interested members of the larger Princeton community.

Each Fellow is expected to reside on or near campus, unless he or she can arrange residency within comfortable commuting distance of Princeton.  Fellows have access to all University scholarly facilities, including libraries and computers. There will be a fee for the use of University athletic facilities, if desired.

Each fellow will have a campus office near the American Studies Program office, equipped with a computer, printer, and telephone.  The Fellow will be appointed as Lecturer to an appropriate academic department as well as to the American Studies Program.

Katie Pearl

Spring 2017

Katie Pearl is a writer and director of plays and performance for both traditional and alternative spaces.  She is co-Artistic Director PearlDamour, an interdisciplinary company she shares with playwright Lisa D’Amour.  PearlDamour’s work has spanned 18 years and 13 cities, and has been honored with an OBIE Award (Nita & Zita), a Creative Capital Award (How to Build a Forest), four Multi-Arts Production Fund grants (LandMark, Terrible Things, How to Build a Forest), and two NEA Our Town grants (Milton). In 2011, PearlDamour received the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theater Women, given annually to a woman or women whose work in the medium of theatre has helped to illuminate the possibilities for social, cultural, or political change.  Happening now: PearlDamour’s national project Milton is underway in Milton, MA, where Katie is spearheading a year of interconnected creative activities and community events designed to bring Miltonians together to reflect on what it means to be a responsible member of a diverse community; PearlDamour’s play will be produced in Milton as part of this program in 2017.  Next up: PearlDamour’s next project, focusing on the deep ocean, is commissioned by the American Repertory Theater and Harvard's Center for the Environment.  Katie is currently under a Steinberg Commission from Trinity Rep, where her play Arnie Louis and Bob premiered in 2016.  She is also a co-producer of a new documentary about the visionary theater artist Maria Irene Fornes calledThe Rest I Make Up, to be released in the summer of 2017.  Katie received her MFA in Writing for Performance from Brown University. She is a Drama League directing fellow and a member of SDC.

Ms. Pearl will teach a spring-term seminar titled "The Artist-Citizen: Socially Engaged Art in the 21st Century."


Richard Preston

Fall 2016

Richard Preston is a bestselling author of nine books, including The Hot Zone and The Wild Trees, whose works reveal hidden worlds of nature and wonder. His books have been published in more than 35 languages.  Preston is a contributor to the The New Yorker.  All of his nonfiction books have first begun as articles in The New Yorker.

Preston has won a number of awards, including the National Magazine Award and the American Institute of Physics science-writing award, and he’s the only non-physician to receive the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Champion of Prevention award.  An asteroid has been named for him.  (Preston is a ball of rock 5 kilometers in diameter that could some day slam into the Earth or Mars.)

He lives near Princeton with his wife Michelle; they have three children.   He is currently writing a sequel to The Hot Zone.

Mr. Preston taught a fall-term seminar on (AMS 371) "The Art of Narrative Nonfiction," and delivered a public lecture on December 1.