The Catholic University of America

May 30, 2007

CUA Faculty Earn Fellowships to Study Colonial America and Viking Age

Two School of Arts and Sciences professors will spend the next several months traveling back in time - at least in terms of their research - after both won separate research fellowships to study two distinct historical phenomena: the fear of a Catholic conspiracy in the newly settled American colonies and the cultural identity revealed in Viking-age stone sculptures. Both fellowships will underwrite significant research for books already in progress.

Assistant Professor of History Owen Stanwood has received two fellowships for the 2007-08 academic year to complete a book titled Imperial Designs: Popery, Politics, and the Making of British America, 1678-1700. One award will allow him to spend seven months in residence at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress as one of 12 Kluge Fellows. In addition, he received a two-month residential fellowship from the Folger Shakespeare Library, one of the nation's premier centers for the study of early modern Britain. His work on the politics of fear in colonial America - which he posits was created in part by a deep mistrust of Catholics - examines how global religious context shaped early American political development.

Assistant Professor of English Lilla Kopár has received a British Academy Visiting Fellowship for the summer of 2007. The fellowship promotes early-career scholars in the humanities and social sciences. She will conduct research in England as visiting scholar at the University of Leicester and as an honorary research fellow at the University of Cambridge. The findings of Kopár's research will be published in her upcoming book, tentatively titled A Dialogue of Traditions: The Iconography of Viking-Age Stone Sculpture, which seeks to re-evaluate these sculptures as visual evidence for religious and cultural identity formation in the Scandinavian settlement areas of England.

"The awards that Professor Kopár and Professor Stanwood have won are among the most competitive research grants available in the humanities," said L.R. Poos, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. "Their success epitomizes the continuing world-class scholarship that young CUA faculty are engaged in."

The School of Arts and Sciences currently enrolls more than 1,600 undergraduates and nearly 600 graduate students. The school encompasses 18 departments and several more non-departmental programs, with almost 60 undergraduate majors and approximately 70 graduate degree programs.


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