Three professors earn NEH awards; ND leads nation for past 15 years

Author: Susan Guibert

From left: Stephen Dumont, Sandra Gustafson, Deborah Tor From left: Stephen Dumont, Sandra Gustafson, Deborah Tor

Three University of Notre Dame professors have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowships for 2013-14, bringing Notre Dame’s total number of NEH grants to 49 since 1999, more than any other university in the country. The University of Michigan is second to Notre Dame with 36 fellowships, followed by Harvard with 28, Princeton with 23 and the University of California at Berkeley with 21.

This year’s NEH fellowship recipients from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters are:

  • Stephen Dumont, professor of philosophy, for “The Two Affections of Will: From Anselm of Canterbury (d. 1109) to John Duns Scotus (d. 1308).”
  • Sandra Gustafson, professor of English and concurrent professor of American Studies, for “Conflict and Democracy in Classic American Fiction.”
  • Deborah Tor, assistant professor of history, for “The Great Seljuq Sultanate and the Formation of Islamic Civilization, 1040-1194.”

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.