Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 13, 2012

Three U-M faculty members awarded Guggenheim Fellowships for research


David J. Hancock


Elisha P. Renne

  Mrinalini Sinha

For their distinguished achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishment, three U-M faculty members have been awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for their research.

They are among the 181 fellowships the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded Thursday to individuals from nearly 3,000 applicants.

The U-M fellows and the topics for which they were honored are:

• David J. Hancock, professor of history — The cosmopolite: William Petty-Fitzmaurice, 2nd earl of Shelburne, and the end of enlightenment.

• Elisha P. Renne, professor of anthropology and associate chair, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies — Veils, turbans, and Islamic reform in northern Nigeria.

• Mrinalini Sinha, Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History — Complete political independence: the curious history of a nationalist Indian demand.

Since its establishment in 1925, the foundation has granted more than $298 million infellowships to more than 17,300 individuals. Scores of Nobel, Pulitzer, and other prize winners are listed among the rolls of the foundation's fellows.

The full list of 2012 fellows is available at