Two Arts & Sciences faculty members from Washington University in St. Louis have won fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).
Karma Frierson, an assistant professor of African and African American studies, has received the ACLS/Marwan M. and Ute Kraidy Centennial Fellowship in the Study of the Arab World and Latin America. The award will support Frierson’s current book project, tentatively titled “Yes, in Part: Expectations of Blackness in Multicultural Mexico,” an ethnography of how locals in the city of Veracruz reckon with expectations of Blackness in the wake of late 20th century multiculturalism.
Hyeok Hweon Kang, an assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultures, has received an ACLS Fellowship. His book project, tentatively titled “Artisanal Heart: The Vernacular Engineers of Early Modern Korea,” examines the rise of early modern engineering as a global phenomenon, emphasizing how Korean artisans and practitioners developed a multimedia system of material design and production.
Founded in 1919, the ACLS is one of the nation’s preeminent scholarly organizations, dedicated to the development and circulation of humanistic knowledge. Fellowships are open to scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences, and support six to 12 continuous months of full-time research and writing. This year, Frierson and Kang were among 60 scholars chosen by peer-review from a field of nearly 1,200 applicants For more information, visit the acls.org website.