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Professors Receive ACLS Fellowships for Humanities Research


Professors Receive ACLS Fellowships for Humanities Research

Two members of Fordham’s English department have received one-year postdoctoral fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) to conduct humanities-based research on 17th- and 18th-century England.

Kim F. Hall, Ph.D., associate professor of English and Thomas F.X. Mullarkey Chair in Literature, will conduct research on gender and material culture in 17th-century England. Hall’s research will delve into a period when ideas of domesticity, labor and land were reshaped by the proliferation of sugar from the Atlantic world. Michael F. Suarez, S.J., associate professor of English, will use the fellowship to examine the mock biblical, a mode of verbal and visual satire used as a political weapon during the Restoration and the 18th century in England.

Hall and Father Suarez are two of 72 awardees selected from a pool of 1,018 applicants. Fordham’s English department was the only department to have multiple fellowship recipients.

“Jesuit and Catholic education regards the humanities as a hallmark of academic excellence,” said John Hollwitz, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs. “Fordham is privileged to have faculty like Professor Hall and Father Suarez who are dedicated to enhancing and enriching that tradition. Their selection as ACLS scholars will enrich their teaching, scholarship, and the discipline to which they have committed themselves.”

The ACLS is devoted to advancing humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences.

— Ryan Thompson

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