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Godbey Awarded NEH Grant


Emily Godbey, associate professor of art history, has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to attend an NEH Institute for College and University Teachers this coming summer. Godbey is one of 25 college faculty members, graduate students and scholars of western U.S. history who will take part in the five-week summer institute to study aspects of the federal government's influence in this history.

Godbey plans to further two research projects and develop scholarly articles about her research throughout this seminar. The first project, "'Wish You Were Here' at the Trans-Mississippi: The Federal Stamp on the Omaha Trans-Mississippi and International Exhibition of 1898," investigates the role of the federal postal service in the Trans-Mississippi area and the exposition of stamps.

Her second project, "Currier & Ives: America on Mail-Order," will continue to explore Currier & Ives' business practices and how it made money through the use of disaster imagery on its mail-to-order, colored lithographic prints.


Gabiam Awarded 2014 Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty


Dr. Nell Gabiam, assistant professor of anthropology, has been awarded a Woodrow Wilson Early Career Fellowship for Junior Faculty. This AAU-recognized award will fund the revision of her book manuscript, "In Order Not to Forget: Development and the Politics of Suffering in Syria's Palestinian Refugee Camps."

This work examines how the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) encourages Palestinian refugees in Syria to reexamine their suffering and victim hood that has become significant in their political claims by inviting and acknowledging the discussion of development (as opposed to that of humanitarian relief).

"By focusing on the shifting politics of international aid and on the intersection of humanitarian relief and sustainable development within the space of the Palestinian refugee camp, my manuscript captures two processes that are in tension with each other: a politics of suffering whereby suffering acts as a mechanism for attaining political rights and legitimacy, and a politics of citizenship that is constructed around the notion of development as a vehicle for achieving rights to the city," explained Gabiam about her manuscript.

The Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty and other junior faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities, breaking down stereotypes and promoting cross-racial understanding in core fields in the arts and sciences. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation identifies and develops leaders and institutions to meet the nation's critical challenges.



Griffiths Awarded 2014 NEH Fellowship


Paul Griffiths, professor of history, has been awarded a 2014 NEH Fellowship. This prestigious AAU-recognized award will fund his project, "Local Governments and the Gathering of Information in England, 1550-1700."

"'Inside Government' is the first full study of grass roots surveillance in relation to far-reaching social change, punishment, institutions, and 'official' display and categorization in early modern England," Griffiths wrote in a response about his research. "Drawing on government and judicial records from over forty archives and numerous literary sources, it is a comprehensive study of overall processes of data collection in England's localities that lets us appreciate their full extent and significance."

"Surveillance is conceptualized and examined from the 'bottom up' and the early modern period is not treated as a stage on the road to the 'modern information state', but as a time in its own right with its own advances, innovations, and failures. As such, 'Inside Government' has significance for how we should approach the historical development of information systems, penal cultures, institutions, reforming offenders, the nature of government, subjectivity, and individual freedoms since 1550," Griffiths wrote.

Griffiths plans to use the '14-'15 academic year to complete his book.

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Adeleke receives a Fulbright Award




Tunde Adeleke, professor of history and director of the African and African American Studies program at Iowa State University, has received a 2013-2014 Fulbright Senior Scholar award. Adeleke is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad next year through the Fulbright Scholar Program to fulfill the program's mission to build mutual understanding between people of the United States and the world. Adeleke will go to Bucharest, Romania for six months starting October 2013. He will teach classes on African American studies at the University of Bucharest and conduct research focusing on the similarities and differences between black Americans and black Europeans.

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John Monroe awarded 2012-2013
Howard Foundation Fellowship




Dr. John Monroe has been awarded the prestigious George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship (History, 2013-2014) for his application, "African Sculpture and the Invention of Primitive Art in Paris, 1918-1939." The fellowships are $30,000 grants intended to give mid-career artists and scholars time to pursue creative work and research. Each year, the grants are offered to a rotating set of scholarly disciplines and artistic fields. These competitive fellowships are awarded to only 10-12 recipients annually. The Howard Foundation Fellowship is one of only four non-residential sabbatical grants currently available for humanities scholars.


John Monroe
Howard Foundation



Iowa State University Architecture Professor Wins Esteemed Rome Prize




Thomas Leslie, Iowa State University Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture, has won a prestigious 2013 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Leslie won the Booth Family Rome Prize for Historic Preservation and Conservation. During his six-month fellowship in Rome, he will document, analyze and advocate for the preservation of buildings by Pier Luigi Nervi, a postwar Italian engineer and architect.


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