Liberal Arts faculty awarded NEH Fellowships

February 07, 2013

Three Liberal Arts faculty recently were awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships to continue their research projects. The National Endowment for the Humanities promotes excellence in humanities teaching and research, and supports new avenues of learning for the American public.

Amy Greenberg, the Edwin Earle Sparks Professor of History and Women’s Studies, is studying the role of political dissenters in the territorial expansion of the United States between 1780 and 1900. Her fellowship will allow her to complete a book manuscript focusing in particular on how political dissent shaped the ultimate territorial boundaries of the nation. She previously received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her most recent book, "A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico," examined the first national anti-war movement in the United States, and was a main pick of the History Book of the Month Club.

Ann E. Killebrew, associate professor of classics and ancient Mediterranean studies, Jewish studies and anthropology, will conduct research at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. For the past three decades, she has been involved in numerous archaeological field projects, public archaeology and heritage programs in Israel, Turkey, Egypt and Belgium. Killebrew is currently the director of the Bay of Iskenderun (Turkey) landscape archeology survey and the co-director of the Tel Akko Total Archaeology project and field school, which entails excavation, survey, conservation, heritage studies and public archaeology.

James L. W. West III, the Edwin Earle Sparks Professor of English, will continue working on a book about American author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his successes in the 1920s literary marketplace. His research will include studying Fitzgerald’s correspondence and manuscripts, as well as financial records at Princeton University. He is a biographer and book historian, and the general editor of the Cambridge Fitzgerald Edition. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, NEH, American Philosophical Society and the American Council of Learned Societies.

"NEH Fellowships awards reflect the exceptional scholarship that distinguishes the College of the Liberal Arts, and they continue to strengthen the University's reputation as a world-class research institution," said Susan Welch, the Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts.



  • From left, James West, Amy Greenberg and Ann Killebrew

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