Carrie Gates | April 29, 2015
Laura Dassow Walls, the Willliam P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English, has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to complete a biography of Henry David Thoreau.
Walls is one of two College of Arts and Letters professors awarded NEH fellowships for 2015, continuing Notre Dame’s record success. Arts and Letters faculty have received a total of 53 NEH fellowships since 1999—more than any other university in the country.
A renowned scholar of American transcendentalism, Walls began working on the book with the support of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship during the 2010-11 academic year. She plans to publish the book to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth in 2017.