Three UCLA professors named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows

Published: April 7, 2016

trio of UCLA faculty members are among a distinguished group of 178 of scholars, artists and scientists from the U.S. and Canada to receive 2016 Guggenheim Fellowships.

Honorees from 50 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields were announced April 6 by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, which received nearly 3,000 applicants. This year’s UCLA recipients are:

Stella Nair

Nair, associate professor of art history and a member of UCLA’s Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, was trained as an architect and architectural historian. She has conducted fieldwork in Bolivia, Mexico, Peru and the U.S. Midwest, and she has ongoing projects in the south central Andes. Her research examines the art, architecture and urbanism of indigenous communities in the Americas before and after the arrival of Europeans.

Her publications explore a range of subjects and regions such as the design of Inca royal estates, Tiahuanaco stone carving, colonial Andean paintings and Brazilian urbanism. Nair’s latest book, published in 2015, is “At Home with the Sapa Inca: Architecture, Space, and Legacy at Chinchero.” Her Guggenheim research project is titled Shelter, Shrine and Prison: the Acllauasi and Other Spaces for Women in the Inca Empire.

Zrinka Stahuljak

Stahuljak is a professor of French and Francophone studies and of comparative literature. Her research interests include continental French, Anglo-French and Mediterranean literature, history and culture. A former wartime interpreter on the front lines of the wars in the former Yugoslavia, Stahuljak has written about a range of subjects including cultural differences and power structures. Her books include “The Adventures of Gillion de Trazegnies: Chivalry and Romance in the Medieval East” and “Pornographic Archaeology: Medicine, Medievalism, and the Invention of the French Nation.”

A Fulbright Research Scholar, she has written blogs for the Getty museum, including ahistorical serial and another on medieval manuscripts. Her Guggenheim research project will be Medieval Fixers: Translation in the Mediterranean, from 1250 to 1500.

UCLA is tied for sixth in the number of 2016 fellows.