BMI Fellow in Humanistic Studies

In cooperation with the College of Liberal Arts, Black Mountain Institute provides the opportunity for a senior scholar to spend an academic year at UNLV pursuing humanistic research, writing, and engaging with a vibrant community of intellectuals.

Current Fellow
William Todd Schultz
Miriam Shearing Fellow in Humanistic Studies, 2016-17
William Todd Schultz is professor of psychology at Pacific University. His most recent book is Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith. He has written two full-length psychobiographies, Tiny Terror: Why Truman Capote (Almost) Wrote Answered Prayers and An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus. In 2005 Schultz edited the groundbreaking Handbook of Psychobiography forOxford University Press. He presently curates and edits the Oxford series “Inner Lives.” He’s written for The Spectator, Slate, Salon, and Huffington Post. In 2015 he was awarded the Erikson Institute Prize for Mental Health Media. Schultz’s current book, The Enchanted Abyss, focuses on the complex nexus of suffering and art, and explores how great art often represents a symbolic repetition of trauma. 
2014-15 Fellow: Waller R. Newell

We are no longer accepting applications for a Fellow in Humanistic Studies.

Past Fellows