Emory Report

June 22, 1998

 Volume 50, No. 34

Four history professors land travel grants for '98-'99 year

If Emory's history professors get any better, there may not be enough left to teach classes. Four history professors have received grants or fellowships to pursue academic projects during the 1998-99 year. The four professors are:

Michael Bellesiles. An associate professor, Bellesiles specializes in America's gun culture. He delivered a Great Teachers Lecture earlier this year on Samuel Colt and the early marketing of Colt's revolver. Bellesiles received a fellowship of $40,000 from the Stanford Humanities Center, where he will serve as senior fellow while working on a book about the origins of the gun culture in the United States.

Tom Chaffin. Chaffin, an adjunct professor who spent many years working as a professional journalist, served as director of the Emory Oral History Project until March and now acts as a consultant to the project. He has received an Andrew Mellon postdoctoral fellowship of $30,000 and will spend the academic year at The Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. Chaffin will use the time to work on a biography of the 19th century statesman and explorer John Charles Frémont.

Margot Finn. An associate professor, Finn specializes in British studies and edits the quarterly Journal for British Studies. She received a $30,000 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to spend a year at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Finn will be working on a book project titled The Character of Credit: Social, Cultural and Legal Constructions of Debt in England, 1760-1914.

"It's a relief," Finn said of receiving her fellowship. "I'm looking forward to having time for concentrated research and writing on the project."

Susan Strocchia. Strocchia, an associate professor and associated faculty member with Italian studies and women's studies, specializes in Italian Renaissance history. She has received two grants, both for $27,130, from the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C., and from the American Council of Learned Societies. Strocchia will spend her year at the National Humanities Center working a book project titled Nuns and Nunneries in Renaissance Florence.

"It'll be a wonderful opportunity to get away, not only from the many demands of my work here, but also to meet new people who are working on similar projects," Strocchia said.

-Michael Terrazas

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