BC Historians Earn Fellowships

Boston College Chronicle
May 8, 2014

Four History Department faculty members have received prestigious yearlong research fellowships for 2014-15.

Professor Prasannan Parthasarathi will be a fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, where he will do research for the project “Land and Labor in Nineteenth-Century Tamilnad.” Associate Professor Sarah Ross will spend the year as a fellow at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti) in Florence, Italy, working on a book tentatively titled “Performing Humanism in Counter-Reformation Italy: Letters, Drama and the Family Andreini.”

Associate Professor Owen Stanwood’s project, “Dreams of Silk and Wine: Huguenot Refugees and the Promise of New Worlds,” won a fellowship at the School for Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. Associate Professor Dana Sajdi will spend the year at the Agha Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT as part of her book project, “Visualizing Damascus: Arabic Textual Representations from the 12th to the 20th Centuries.”

Professor Robin Fleming, the department chair and recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship – the so-called “genius grant” – last fall, congratulated her fellow faculty members. “It is doubtful that any other department in the country the size of BC’s History Department received this number of high-profile fellowships,” she noted. “This is a testament to the growing reputation of our department and its very talented faculty.”

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