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Oct. 25, 2007

UI faculty, graduate student receive prestigious fellowships to pursue research

Two faculty members and one graduate student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Paul Kramer, Paula Michaels and Ania Spyra were among the 232 scholars nationwide receiving ACLS fellowships totaling $8,382,491.

Kramer, an associate professor of history, has been awarded an ACLS fellowship based on his project, "Migration, Citizenship, and Empire in the Interwar Pacific." Kramer's project involves exploring Filipino migration to the United States territory during the interwar period. Kramer was an associate professor of history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, at the time of the award and began his position at the University of Iowa in August 2007.

The ACLS awards scholars for postdoctoral research in the humanities and humanities-related social science. This year awards were given to 65 of the 1,016 applicants.

Michaels, an associate professor of Russian and Soviet history, has been awarded a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship based on her project, "Good Girls and Their Helpful Husbands: A Transnational History of the Lamaze Method of Childbirth Preparation." Michaels' project analyzes the Lamaze method, also known as psychoprophylaxis, in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, France and the United States. Her study explores how changes in political, cultural and economic contexts across the Iron Curtain shaped both the method's practice and the social meaning its advocates and detractors ascribed to it.

This fellowship was named for Frederick Burkhardt, ACLS president emeritus, whose work on "The Correspondence of Charles Darwin" exemplified the dedication to a demanding and ambitious scholarly enterprise. Only 11 of 122 applicants were selected to receive this award.

Spyra, a UI graduate student in English from Poland, has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowship Program Dissertation Completion Fellowship based on her project, "Cosmopoetics: Multilingual Experiments in Transnational Literature." Spyra's project proposes literary traditions and literature classrooms should include the study of multilingual writings by transnational authors because their code-switching form offers new poetics for the globalizing world. The dissertation argues "cosmopoetics" constitute the aptest idiom of globalization.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ALCS Early Career Fellowship Program Dissertation Completion Fellowship supports young scholars finishing their dissertations. A total of 1,144 applications were received from doctoral students in the areas of humanities and social science while only 65 individuals received an award.

The American Council of Learned Societies is a private, nonprofit federation of 69 national scholarly organizations. The mission of the ACLS is "the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies."

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