MacArthur Foundation Announces 25 Winners of 2018 ‘Genius’ Grants

Matthew Aucoin
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

The MacArthur fellowships, awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for exceptional “originality, insight and potential,” come with a no-strings-attached award of $625,000, distributed over five years. Below are the 2018 fellows.

Matthew Aucoin, 28
Composer and conductor
American Modern Opera Company/Los Angeles Opera
New York

Julie Ault, 60
Artist and curator
New York

Rev. William J. Barber II, 55
Pastor and civil rights activist
Goldsboro, N.C.

The Rev. William J. Barber II
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Clifford Brangwynne, 40
Biophysical engineer
Princeton University
Princeton, N.J.

Natalie Diaz, 40
Poet
Arizona State University
Tempe, Ariz.

Natalie Diaz
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Livia S. Eberlin, 32
Analytical chemist
University of Texas-Austin
Austin, Texas

Deborah Estrin, 58
Computer scientist
Cornell Tech
New York

Amy Finkelstein, 44
Health economist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Mass.

Gregg Gonsalves, 54
Epidemiologist
Yale University
New Haven, Conn.

Vijay Gupta, 31
Violinist and speaker
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Los Angeles

Vijay Gupta
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Becca Heller, 36
Human rights lawyer
International Refugee Assistance Project
New York

Raj Jayadev, 43
Community organizer
Silicon Valley De-Bug
San Jose, Calif.

Titus Kaphar, 42
Painter
NXTHVN
New Haven, Conn.

Titus Kaphar
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

John Keene, 53
Writer
Rutgers University-Newark
Newark

Kelly Link, 49
Writer
Northampton, Mass.

Dominique Morisseau, 40
Playwright
Signature Theater
New York

Dominique Morisseau
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Okwui Okpokwasili, 46
Choreographer and performer
New York

Kristina Olson, 37
Psychologist
University of Washington
Seattle

Lisa Parks, 51
Media scholar
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Mass.

Rebecca Sandefur, 47
Sociologist and legal scholar
University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Urbana, Ill.

Rebecca Sandefur
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Allan Sly, 36
Mathematician
Princeton University
Princeton, N.J.

Sarah T. Stewart, 45
Planetary scientist
University of California-Davis
Davis, Calif.

Wu Tsang, 36
Filmmaker and performance artist
New York

Wu Tsang
(Karsten Thielker/MacArthur Foundation)

Doris Tsao, 42
Neuroscientist
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, Calif.

Ken Ward Jr., 50
Journalist
The Charleston Gazette-Mail
Charleston, W.Va.

SOURCE: New York Times, Sopan Deb