Brian Wallheimer | April 25, 2017
Four faculty members in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have been awarded 2017 fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies.
The pre-eminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, the ACLS offers up to a year of funding for in-depth exploration of a topic that expands the understanding of the human experience.
Three historians — Mariana Candido, Deborah Tor and Evan Ragland — were among the 71 ACLS fellows selected from a pool of nearly 1,200 applicants. Katherine Brading, a professor of philosophy, is a member of one of nine teams to win a collaborative research fellowship.
The awards continue a string of major successes for Notre Dame’s Department of History in the past year — including three faculty members receiving National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships and six graduate students winning Fulbright awards.
“It’s extremely gratifying to see our department being honored by our peers,” said Patrick Griffin, the Madden-Hennebry Professor of History and chair of the department. “We have made a point of hiring ambitious scholars, encouraging them to do the best work they can and providing an intellectual community that can foster this kind of achievement. We’re poised to take off as a top-notch department, and these awards are harbingers of that potential.”
Candido, whose research focuses on west-central Africa during the transatlantic slave trade, will study accounts of African women who accumulated wealth during the 19th century. Tor, a scholar of medieval Islamic history, will write about the Seljuq Dynasty, which reshaped Islamic society in the 11th and 12th centuries. Ragland, who studies the history of science and medicine, will explore how experimentation first became integral to the practice of science in the 17th century.