The MacArthur Fellowship program announced the 2023 participants selection.


“The 2023 MacArthur Fellows are applying individual creativity with global perspective, centering connections across generations and communities. They forge stunning forms of artistic expression from ancestral and regional traditions, heighten our attention to the natural world, improve how we process massive flows of information for the common good, and deepen understanding of systems shaping our environment”, stated Marlies Carruth, Director, MacArthur Fellows.


The MacArthur Fellowship is a $800,000, no-strings-attached award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential.


The selected fellows are:

E. Tendayi Achiume (Legal Scholar, Los Angeles, CA). Reframing foundational concepts of international law at the intersection of racial justice and global migration.

Andrea Armstrong (Incarceration Law Scholar, New Orleans, LA). Bringing transparency to detention polices, conditions of confinement, and deaths in in U.S. prisons and jails.

Rina Foygel Barber (Statistician, Chicago, IL). Developing tools to reduce false positives and improve confidence in high-dimensional data models.

Ian Bassin (Lawyer and Democracy Advocate, Washington, DC). Working to strengthen the structures, norms, and institutions that make the Unites States a democracy.

Courtney Bryan (Composer and Pianist, New Orleans, LA). Melding elements of jazz, classical and sacred music in works that reverberate with social and political issues of our time.

Jason D. Buenrostro (Cellular and Molecular Biologist, Cambridge, MA). Developing methods and technologies that advance our understanding of the mechanisms regulating gene expression.

María Madgalena Campos-Pons (Multidsiciplinary Artist, Nashville, TN). Exploring personal and collective histories across the Caribbean with a distinctive and expansive visual style.

Raven Chacon (Composer and Artist, Red Hook, NY). Creating musical works that cut across boundaries of visual art and performance to illuminate landscapes, their inhabitants, and histories.

Diana Greene Foster (Demographer and Reproductive Health Researcher, San Francisco, CA). Investigating how reproductive healthcare policies and access impact individuals’ physical, mental, and socioeconomic well-being.

Lucy Hutyra (Environmental Ecologist, Boston, MA). Investigating impacts of urbanization on environmental carbon cycle dynamics.

Carolyn Lazard (Artist, Philadelphia, PA). Exploring the limits of aesthetic perception and using accessibility as a creative tool for collective practices of care.

Ada Limón (Poet, Lexington, KY). Counterbalancing grief with wonder in works that heighten our awareness of the natural world and our connections to one another.

Lester Mackey (Computer Scientist and Statistician, Cambridge, MA). Pioneering statistical and machine learning techniques to solve data science problems with real-world relevance.

Patrick Makuakāne (Kumu Hula and Cultural Preservationist, San Francisco, CA). Blending traditional hula with contemporary music and movements and uplifting Hawaiian culture and history.

Linsey Marr (Environmental Engineer, Blacksburg, VA).Examining indoor and outdoor air quality and the airborne transmission of infectious bioaerosols.

Manuel Muñoz (Fiction Writer, Tucson, AZ). Depicting with empathy and nuance the Mexican American communities of California’s Central Valley.

Imani Perry (Interdisciplinary Scholar and Writer, Cambridge, MA). Giving fresh context to history and the cultural expressions forged by Black Americans in the face of injustice.

Dyani White Hawk (Multidisciplinary Artist, Shakopee, MN). Illuminating the enduring strength, presence, and influence of Indigenous artistic practices within modern and contemporary art.

A. Park Williams (Hydroclimatologist, Los Angeles, CA). Uncovering new insights into how climate change influences drought, wildfires, and tree mortality.

Amber Wutich (Anthropologist, Tempe, AZ). Documenting the impact of water insecurity on human well‑being and the social infrastructure communities use to cope with inadequate water.


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