Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, May 13, 2013

U-M professors win prestigious fellowships in the humanities

Six professors from LSA are among 88 faculty members nationwide awarded fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies.

Elizabeth Anderson, professor of philosophy; Hussein Fancy, assistant professor of history; and Martha Jones, associate professor of history and Afroamerican and African studies, received ACLS Fellowships, which provide financial support to individual scholars in the humanities and related social sciences for up to one year of full-time research and writing.

Sarah Moss, assistant professor of philosophy, and Ellen Muehlberger, assistant professor of Near Eastern studies and history, were named as Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellows. The program provides advanced assistant professors and untenured associate professors in the humanities and related social sciences with time and resources to pursue research under optimal conditions. Ryskamp Fellowships recognize those whose scholarly contributions have advanced their fields and who have well-designed and carefully developed plans for new research.

Christian de Pee, associate professor of history, was awarded the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship, designed to support recently tenured scholars in the humanities and related social sciences in the years immediately following the granting of tenure, providing potential leaders in their fields with the resources to pursue long-term, unusually ambitious projects.

"ACLS employs a rigorous, multistage peer-review process to ensure that the selected fellows represent the very best in their fields," said Nicole Stahlmann, director of Fellowship Programs at ACLS. "This year's fellows were chosen from among hundreds of excellent applications for their potential to create new knowledge that will improve our understanding of the world and its diverse cultures and societies.

"The Ryskamp and Burkhardt fellowships are targeted interventions in the careers of exceptionally talented scholars. This outstanding group of fellows stands poised to make significant contributions to a variety of humanistic disciplines."

The mission of the American Council of Learned Societies is "the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies." ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 71 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences.