James Budinich

Danish Project Support, 2020

The 2020 award went to James Budinich. James will be working with the Royal Danish Academy of Music to conduct research on the Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and the Danish New Simplicity movement during the 1960s. He is also developing a composition for vocalist and chamber ensemble based on the work “Third-Millennium Heart”  by Danish poet Ursula Andkjær Olsen. James hopes his research on the New Simplicity movement will build a bridge to new audiences through accessible compositions in which every listener, regardless of musical experience, can discover their own understanding and appreciation.

Cameron Turley

Danish Project Support, 2019

This year’s award went to Cameron Turley, of City University of New York. Cameron is studying Inuit settlements and their relationship to ethnogenesis in Greenland. His award will help to provide access to archival materials and local scholars, allowing him to further enrich his studies. Upon completion of his project, Cameron plans to pursue an archeological career in Greenland.

Earl Hodil

Danish Project Support, 2018

The 2018 award went to Earl Hodil (Yale) to help fund his research surrounding the complex political and commercial relationships between Denmark and Russia in the early 17th century, a topic that has been understudied in the current literature on the region. Earl plans to incorporate this research into a larger series of publishable works upon completing his PhD in History at Yale University.


Lynn R. Wilkinson

Danish Project Support, 2017

This year’s award went to University of Texas professor Lynn R. Wilkinson to support final research for her book on Danish writer and cultural figure Emma Gad. Complementing Lynn’s earlier works on Anne Charlotte Leffler, a nineteenth century Swedish playwright, this book on Emma Gad will explore the writer’s role as a dramatist, journalist, hostess, and pioneering feminist in Denmark at the turn of the twentieth century. Despite Gad’s enormous success during her time, her works are not as widely read today. Wilkinson hopes to bring attention to this often overlooked historical figure and demonstrate the importance of female cultural influencers in Scandinavia during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Steve Giovinco

Steve Giovinco DENMARK 2016 Headshot

Danish Project Support, 2016

This award supported the completion of Steve Giovinco’s photo series Inertia. Photographed in southern Greenland, this series documents changes to land, ice and communities through images of the country’s ice-scarred earth, shrinking glaciers and modern and ancient human settlements. Taken at dawn, twilight or nighttime, these haunting images remind the viewer of the impact of human history on the land, and should “crystallize a feeling of inertia taking place in the primordial landscape of Greenland.” Visit Steve’s website here, and see his blog post “Capturing Changing Environment, Haunting Beauty of Melting Glaciers in Greenland” to see a preview of his project Inertia.

Ethelene Whitmire

Danish Project Support, 2015

In support of her research on African American and women’s history, specifically the history of African Americans in Denmark. Intended as a combination travel memoir and history, this work interweaves her own experiences in Denmark with the experiences of other African Americans who traveled, studied, and lived there during the last 100 years. Whitmire has published Regina Anderson Andrews: Harlem Renaissance Librarian (UIP, 2014) and is working on a book on Ethel Ray Nance (1899-1992), an African American/Swedish woman who broke racial barriers and worked with WEB Du Bois and Charles S Johnson.

Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips relaxedDanish Project Support, 2014

The award went to accomplished translator Patrick Phillips, the director of Creative Writing at Drew University, for research on a new English translation of Knud Holmboe’s memoir Orkenen Brænder – The Burning Desert. This volume recounts the journalist’s drive across the Sahara in 1930, during which he witnessed atrocities against the Bedouin people and an attempted genocide by the colonial Italian government. Read an interview with Patrick here and visit his website to learn about all his publications to date.

Kerry Greaves

Danish Project Support, 2013

Kerry-Greaves-in-the-archive-of-the-Museum-Jorn-1024x682Project on the group of avant‐garde Danish artists that coalesced around the journal Helhesten during the years of Nazi occupation and WWII. Greaves’ work debunks the theory that World War II sundered postwar European culture from pre‐war avant‐garde art movements. Her Roth Endowment award will help her undertake archival research required complete her dissertation, which will be the first major study of Helhesten and the first in‐depth analysis on Danish art of the 1930s and 1940s in more than forty years.

Christa Vogelius

Danish Project Support, 2013

Project on the Danish‐American literary press and transnational identity, beginning when Americans “discovered” Scandinavia through international travel at the end of the 19th‐century. Her Roth Endowment award will help Vogelius complete her research for scholarly articles and a book on the relations between the Danish literary press and American publishers.

William Banks

Danish Project Support, 2012

Project: The selection, editing and translation of early 20th-century works by Georg Brandes, an influential Danish scholar and critic who wrote on national minorities, stateless people and the colonized. Banks is at the University of Wisconsin.