The has announced the 2018 class of .
Working in fields ranging from biophysics and computer science, to music and literature, to human rights and social justice, the twenty-five fellows will each receive $625,000 over five years. Popularly known as the MacArthur "genius grants," the awards come without stipulations or reporting requirements and provide fellows with maximum freedom to follow their unique creative vision.
This year's fellows include pastor and social justice advocate William J. Barber II, who is building coalitions to confront racial and economic inequality; Mojave and Latina poet Natalie Diaz, whose work challenges American mythological and cultural touchstones; health economist Amy Finkelstein, who works to illuminate the complexities of healthcare policy; community organizer Raj Jayadev, who is creating a "participatory defense" model for people facing incarceration; choreographer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili, who is making visible the interior lives of women whose stories of resistance and resilience have been left out of the dominant cultural narratives; and investigative journalist Ken Ward, Jr., whose work has revealed the human and environmental toll of natural resource extraction in West Virginia.
For a complete list of the , see the MacArthur Foundation website.