English professor awarded career enhancement fellowship

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Ivy Wilson, assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a 2006 Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, which administers the program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The award is granted to 20 individuals each year from applications across science, social science and humanities.It is designed to assist talented junior faculty to pursue scholarly research and writing during the fellowship year.

Wilsons current book project,Specters of Democracy: Blackness and the Aesthetics of Nationalism,explores the ways African-Americans participated in the domain of antebellum civics and politics when they were often denied access to conventional institutions.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2002, Wilson earned his doctorate fromYaleUniversity.

Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement of excellence in education through the identification of critical needs and the development of effective national programs to address them.

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