Two Penn Professors, Three Doctoral Students Awarded American Council of Learned Societies 2015 Fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies has awarded 2015 ACLS Fellowships to two University of Pennsylvania faculty members and 2015 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships to three Penn doctoral students.

The ACLS Fellowship program provides funds to scholars in the humanities and social sciences to allow them to devote themselves full time to research and to write a major piece of scholarship.

Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor Dorothy Roberts and Kathy Peiss, Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, will use their fellowships to work on book projects.

Roberts’ project, Interracial Marriage and Racial Equality in Chicago, 1937–1967, examines the lives of black-white couples to investigate the relationship between interracial marriage and racial equality.

Roberts is Penn’s 14th PIK professor, as well as the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights and professor of Africana Studies.

Peiss’ project, The Collecting Missions of World War II, explores the impact of World War II on American policies and practices toward information, knowledge and culture. It focuses on books and print culture, and it explores a set of wartime collecting missions conducted by librarians, archivists, collectors and scholars.

Whitney Laemmli, a doctoral candidate in the History and Sociology of Science Department, will use her ACLS grant for a project titled The Choreography of Everyday Life: Rudolf Laban and the Analysis of Modern Movement. 

Kelly Mee Rich, a doctoral candidate in the English Department, is working on a project titled States of Repair: Institutions of Private Life in the Postwar British Novel.

Emily Warner, a doctoral candidate in the History of Art Department, is working on a project titled Painting the Abstract Environment: Abstract Murals in New York, 1935-55.

ACLS is a private, nonprofit federation of 72 national scholarly organizations, representing American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences.

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