Five professors earn NEH awards; ND leads nation for past 11 years

Author: Shannon Chapla

National Endowment for the Humanities

Five University of Notre Dame faculty members have received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for 2010, bringing to 42 the number of NEH fellowships awarded to Notre Dame in the past 11 years − more than any other university in the nation.

The NEH recipients from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters are:

Karl Ameriks, McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy, for a book titled “Kant’s Elliptical Path: On the Stages, Limits, and Aftermath of His Philosophy”

Kathleen Cummings, assistant professor of American studies, for “Citizen Saints: Catholics and Canonization in American Culture”

Semion Lyandres, associate professor of history, for “The Fall of Tsarism: Untold Stories of the February 1917 Revolution”

Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, for “The Bible in American Public Life”

Sophie White, assistant professor of American studies, for “Trading Looks: Dress, Culture, and Racialization in French Louisiana and the Mississippi Valley, 1673-1769”

In the past 11 years, the University of Michigan is second to Notre Dame in NEH fellowships with 32, followed by Harvard University at 25, Princeton University at 21, and the University of California, Berkeley, at 19.

NEH fellowships support advanced research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the general public’s understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools.