List of 2022 MacArthur Fellows, “Genius Grants” Winners : NPR


This year’s 25 MacArthur Fellows will each receive $800,000, an “unconditional award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential,” according to the MacArthur Foundation’s website.

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This year’s 25 MacArthur Fellows will each receive $800,000, an “unconditional award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential,” according to the MacArthur Foundation’s website.

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It is perhaps the most coveted award in academia, arts and sciences. You cannot be nominated and the pool of applicants is a closely guarded secret. It’s also a nice cash prize. This year’s 25 MacArthur Fellows will each receive $800,000, an “unconditional award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential,” according to the MacArthur Foundation’s website. This year’s so-called “genius” class includes an ornithologist, a cellist, a computer scientist and a human rights activist. Fellows can advance their expertise, change careers, or buy a home.

The 2022 MacArthur Fellows are:

Jennifer Carlson of Tucson, Arizona, is a sociologist who studies “the motivations, assumptions, and social forces that drive gun ownership and shape gun culture in the United States.” WBUR Here Now spoke with Carlson in 2021.

Paul Chan of New York, NY, is an artist, “testing the ability of art to make human experience accessible to critical reflection and to effect social change”.

List of 2022 MacArthur Fellows, "Genius Grants" Winners : NPR

Yejin Choi, computer scientist and 2022 MacArthur Fellow, in Seattle.

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Yejin Choi, computer scientist and 2022 MacArthur Fellow, in Seattle.

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Yejin Choi of the University of Washington is a computer scientist which uses “natural language processing to develop artificial intelligence systems that can understand language and make inferences about the world”.

P. Gabrielle Foreman of Pennsylvania State University is a literary historian and digital humanist who specializes in “the collective organizing efforts of black people in the 19th century through initiatives such as the Colored Conventions Project”. WPSU interviewed Foreman in 2021.

Danna Freedman from Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a synthetic inorganic chemist, “creating new molecular materials with unique properties directly relevant to quantum information technologies”.

Marthe González from Scripps College is a musician, scholar and artist/activist “strengthening cross-border connections and advancing participatory methods of artistic knowledge production in the service of social justice”.

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Sky Hopinka, artist, filmmaker and 2022 MacArthur Fellow, in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

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Sky Hopinka, artist, filmmaker and 2022 MacArthur Fellow, in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

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Sky Hopinka from Bard College is an artist and filmmaker who combines “imagery and language in film and video that offer new representational strategies for the expression of Indigenous worldviews”.

June Huh of Princeton University is a mathematician who studies the “underlying connections between disparate areas of mathematics and who proves long-held mathematical conjectures”.

Moriba Jah of the University of Texas, Austin, is an astrodynamicist “Consider transparent and collaborative solutions to create a circular space economy that improves monitoring of Earth’s orbital spheres.”

Jenna Jambeck of the University of Georgia is an environmental engineer “study the scale and pathways of plastic pollution and galvanize efforts to tackle plastic waste.” NPR spoke with Jambeck in 2018.

Monica Kim of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is a historian which examines “the interplay between American foreign policy, military intervention, decolonization processes, and individual rights in regional contexts around the world”.

Robin Wall Kimmerer of SUNY-Syracuse is a plant ecologist, educator and writer “to articulate an alternative vision of environmental stewardship informed by traditional ecological knowledge.” Wisconsin Public Radio spoke with Kimmerer earlier this year.

Priti Krishtel of the Initiative for Medicines, Access, and Knowledge (I-MAK) in Oakland, Calif., is a health care attorney “exposing the inequities of the patent system to increase access to affordable, lifesaving medicines globally.” Krishtel was the guest of Ted Radio Hour in 2021.

List of 2022 MacArthur Fellows, "Genius Grants" Winners : NPR

Joseph Drew Lanham, onnithologist, naturalist and writer, and now 2022 MacArthur Scholar, in Clemson, SC

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Joseph Drew Lanham, onnithologist, naturalist and writer, and now 2022 MacArthur Scholar, in Clemson, SC

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Joseph Drew Lanham of Clemson University is an ornithologist, naturalist and writer “to create a new model of conservation that combines conservation science with personal, historical and cultural narratives of nature.” Here is Lanham from an episode of StoryBody in 2019.

Kiese Laymon of Rice University is a writer “testifying to the myriad forms of violence that mark the black experience in formally inventive fiction and nonfiction.” NPR spoke with Laymon in 2018.

Reuben Jonathan Miller of the University of Chicago is a sociologist, criminologist, and social worker which traces “the long-term consequences that incarceration and rehabilitation systems have on the lives of individuals and their families”. WHY Fresh air spoke with Miller in 2021.

Ikue Mori from New York, NY, is an electronic music composer and performer “transforming the use of percussion in improvisation and pushing the boundaries of machine-based music.”

Steven Prohira of the University of Kansas is a physicist “to challenge conventional theories and design new tools to detect ultra-high energy subatomic particles that may hold clues to long-standing mysteries in our universe.”

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Tomeka Reid, jazz cellist and composer and now a 2022 MacArthur Fellow, in Chicago.

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Tomeka Reid, jazz cellist and composer and now a 2022 MacArthur Fellow, in Chicago.

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Tomeka Reid from Chicago, Illinois, is a jazz cellist and composer “forging a unique jazz sound that draws from a range of musical traditions and expands the expressive possibilities of the cello in improvised music.” WHY Fresh air reviewed an album released by Reid and other musicians earlier this year.

Loretta J. Ross of Smith College is an advocate for reproductive justice and human rights “to shape a visionary paradigm linking social justice, human rights and reproductive justice.” Ross was on the TED radio time in 2021 about calling people instead of calling them.

Steven Ruggles of the University of Minnesota is a historical demographer”setting new standards in quantitative historical research by creating the world’s largest publicly available database of demographic statistics. Ruggles spoke with Lynn Neary about Talk about the Nation in 2003 on the role of the extended family in American life.

Tavares Strachan of New York, NY, and Nassau, Bahamas, is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist “expanding the possibilities of what art can be and illuminating the overlooked contributions of marginalized characters throughout history.”

Emily Wang of Yale University School of Medicine is a primary care physician and researcher which partners with “people recently released from prison to address their needs and how incarceration influences chronic health conditions.” Wang spoke to morning edition in 2016 on how people newly released from correctional facilities are more likely to die.

Amanda Williams of Chicago, Illinois, is an artist and architect “reimagining public space to expose the complex ways in which value, both cultural and economic, intersects with race in the built environment.” Williams was on the TED radio time in 2021, talking about how color brings new life to old homes.

Melanie Matchett Wood of Harvard University is a mathematician”address fundamental questions of number theory from the perspective of arithmetic statistics.” NPR spoke with Matchett Wood in 2008, when she was a graduate student, about how girls’ math skills are actually equal to those of the boys.


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