Theologian D'Angelo receives NEH fellowship

by Dennis K. Brown

Mary R. D’Angelo, associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, has received a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), bringing to 17 the number of NEH fellowships awarded to Notre Dame in the past five years, more than for any other research university in the nation.p. The NEH awarded $6.7 million in fellowships to 180 U.S. scholars for their individual research in the humanities. D’Angelo’s fellowship is for a project titled “Roman Imperial Family Values and Early Christian and Jewish Sexual Politics.”p. Through their research on a broad range of humanities topics, NEH fellows “will deepen understanding of ourselves and our world,” said the organization’s chairman, Bruce Cole. “When completed, their work will benefit scholars, students and lovers of knowledge for many years to come.”p. NEH fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the general public’s understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools. The fellowships carry a stipend of $40,000.p. D’Angelo, a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1993, studies the origins of Christianity, Judaism in Roman antiquity, and Greek and Roman religion, with particular interests in women and gender in ancient religion, and in the history of exegesis. She is the author of “Moses in the Letter to the Hebrews” and coeditor of “Women in Christian Origins” and “Crossroads in Christology: Essays in Honor of Ellen M. Leonard.” She received an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship in 1986 and a Luce Fellowship in Theology in 1999.p. Three other faculty members in the College of Arts and Letters also have received recent fellowships. Vittorio Hosle, the Paul G. Kimball Professor of Arts and Letters, and Julia Thomas, associate professor of history, were awarded fellowships to study at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. Maura Nolan, assistant professor of English, received a fellowship at the National Humanities Center.p. Notre Dame ranks among the nation’s top five major research universities in the number of Arts and Letters faculty who have received fellowships in the humanities, arts and social sciences over the past four years.

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