Associate professor of history Julia Rodriguez has been awarded a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment from the Humanities (NEH) for her project, “Cultural Conquistadors: Nineteenth Century Anthropology and the Scientific Reconquest of the Americas.”
The book project examines the genesis of Americanist anthropology in the late-19th century, a crucial moment, says Rodriguez, in the centuries-old transatlantic enterprise to unearth new knowledge about the fundamental nature of humankind. It follows Americanists’ own evidence trail, from physical artifacts to linguistic and cultural evidence, in the context of comparative study of Latin American civilizations.
“The award will help me to do follow-up archival research at the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, as well as continue writing,” says Rodriguez.
NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.
In the last five competitions, the Summer Stipends program received an average of 930 applications per year. The program made an average of 81 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 9 percent.