Franke Visiting Fellows

The Franke Visiting Fellows Program is intended to ensure ongoing interdisciplinary exchange and creative debate at the Whitney in particular and at Yale in general. The Fellows serve as catalysts for intellectual gatherings at the Whitney Humanities Center, setting their own agendas and presenting their work to the community. Franke Visiting Fellows are an integral part of the WHC fellowship, participating in weekly luncheon talks and congenial conversation with other fellows, and are asked to deliver one public talk or presentation.

The Franke Visiting Fellows Program is made possible by the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Franke.

In spring term 2022, the Whitney Humanities Center will welcome two Franke Visiting Fellows: James McAuley and Alejandra Oliva.

James McAuley is a Global Opinions contributing columnist for the Washington Post, formerly the Paris correspondent, and a contributor to the New York Review of Books. He holds a doctorate in French history at Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He is the author of The House of Fragile Things: Jewish Art Collectors and the Fall of France, a history of Dreyfus-era France, published by Yale University Press in 2021.

McAuley will be spending his semester at Yale working on his second book project, a biography of Edmond de Rothschild, in the Jewish Lives biographical series at Yale University Press. He will also be conducting research on the history and evolution of Holocaust memory.

Alejandra Oliva is an essayist, embroiderer, and translator working in immigration advocacy. Her writing has been included in Best American Travel Writing 2020, nominated for a Pushcart prize, and helped her secure an Aspen Summer Words Emerging Writers Fellowship.  She is the translator for a bilingual edition of A Is for Asylum Seeker by Rachel Ida Buff (2020, Fordham University Press).

Her nonfiction chapbook, Declaration, was published by Guillotine Books (2016). She holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School and works as a communications coordinator at the National Immigrant Justice Center. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their dog. You can see her latest work at

During her Franke Visiting Fellowship, Oliva plans to complete her upcoming book project on translation at the U.S.-Mexico border.