UNH Historian Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

April 8, 2016

Eliga Gould

Eliga Gould, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete a book on the least studied of the United States’ founding documents, the Treaty of 1783 that ended the American Revolutionary War. Gould, who has taught at UNH since 1992, will take his fellowship in 2018-19 to conduct additional research and finish writing “Crucible of Peace: 1783 and the Founding of the American Republic.”

“My goal is to write an innovative, accessible book that explores an important but often overlooked founding document in the early history of the United States,” said Gould. “I aim to set the record straight in this book, restoring the treaty to its proper place alongside the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.”

In his latest book, “Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire,” he explored the many ways in which the early American republic’s quest to be accepted as a “treaty worthy” nation by Europe’s colonial powers shaped American thinking about an array of issues, including federalism, Native American treaty rights, and the abolition of slavery. The book has been widely praised, including on the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page and by Noam Chomsky, who highlighted the concept of treaty worthiness in an editorial on contemporary U.S. foreign policy. Named a Library Journal Best Book of the Year, “Among the Powers” received the SHEAR Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize.

Gould has held long-term fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities (twice), and the Charles Warren Center at Harvard. His other publications include “The Persistence of Empire: British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution,” and “Empire and Nation: The American Revolution in the Atlantic World,” co-edited with Peter S. Onuf, and numerous articles, book chapters, and review essays.

Since its establishment in 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted more than $334 million in fellowships to more than 18,000 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, Turing Award winners, poets laureate, members of the various national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and other important, internationally recognized honors. Gould is one of 178 scholars, artists and scientists to receive a 2016 fellowship.

Humanities Faculty Fellows Announced

October 28, 2015

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The Center for the Humanities announces the award of its 2016-2017 Faculty Research Fellowships to four faculty members in support of their research:

Harriet Fertik (Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies)
“Outside the Ideal Community: Spaces for Education and Politics in Greco-Roman Antiquity and W.E.B. Dubois” will use questions raised in The Souls of Black Folk to investigate the relationship between education and citizenship in antiquity.

Nicole Fox (Sociology)
“Rebuilding from the Ashes of a Traumatic Past: The Everyday Complexities of Memory and Reconciliation in the Lives of Rwandan Genocide Survivors” will chronicle how narratives of the Rwandan genocide are told and re-told almost two decades after the violence.

Eliga Gould (History)
“Crucible of Peace: 1783 and the Founding of the American Republic” will look at the tensions between the terms imposed by the treaty-makers and the wishes of the people whom the treaty purported to bind in one of the least-studied of the United States’ founding documents: The Treaty of Paris.

Subrena Smith (Philosophy)
“Developmental Systems Theory and Beyond” will be an interdisciplinary research project – drawing on philosophy, biology and psychology – that will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Developmental Systems Theory with a view toward expanding on its strengths and rectifying its weaknesses.

Funded by the Center for the Humanities‘ general endowment and the Ben and Zelma Dorson Endowment in the Humanities, the fellowships provide a semester-long opportunity for junior and tenured faculty to pursue humanities research with no teaching obligations. Awardees participate in the Faculty Fellows Lecture Series in the year following their fellowship.

Inquiring minds

April 25, 2013
An illustration of a mid-seventeenth-century lamb to human blood transfusion (Science Photo Library)

An illustration of a mid-seventeenth-century lamb to human blood transfusion (Science Photo Library)

A new edition of Inquiry, the UNH undergraduate online journal of research has just been published. Several Liberal Arts students are featured in research articles and commentaries, including Jennifer Allen, a pre-med student with a minor in history who has an interest in the history of medicine. She worked with Professor Marion Girard Dorsey on research into the history and practice of bloodletting and blood transfusions.

“I found many interesting articles and much information,” writes Allen, “such as a video which described an early transfusion technique that used goose quills in place of needles and lamb’s blood for the transfusion…. I learned that cadaver blood was used for transfusions in the 1920s by the Soviet Union, and the first mobile blood service was established during the Spanish Civil War. I further found that transfusion medicine was spurred by the many advances in transfusion techniques made during wartime, especially during World War II.  Examples were the invention of blood bags and the discovery of plasma. I began to envision how political, societal, and scientific factors like wars, technological innovations, and race influenced blood transfusion medicine.”

Read more about Allen’s research experience.

Other Liberal Arts research stories include:

In the Shadow of Court-Clearing: The New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Struggle for Autonomy
by Cory McKenzie (Mentor: Jessica M. Lepler)
Cory McKenzie’s curiosity for New Hampshire legislative history led him to discover that a nineteenth-century trend for abolishing the state court is still a pertinent constitutional issue today.

“Who Will [Independence] Please but Ambitious Men?”: Rebels, Loyalists, and the Language of Liberty in the American Revolution
by Alexa Price (Mentor: Eliga Gould)
Alexa Price studied documents written by New Hampshire loyalists during the American revolutionary period and learned that the loyalists shared a common rhetoric of liberty with their patriot neighbors.

Interviewing the Street Children of Mekelle City, Ethiopia: Their Plight and What Help Public and Private Organizations Offer
by Merhawi Wells-Bogue (Mentors: Lisa C. Miller, Eden Fitsum)
Merhawi Wells-Bogue visited his home country, Ethiopia, and was inspired to use his journalism training to help the street children there.

Investigating the Presence of a Red Zone for Unwanted Sexual Experiences among College Students: Class Year and Gender
by Elizabeth Wible (Mentors: Victoria Banyard, Ellen Cohn)
Elizabeth Wible investigated a red zone for unwanted sexual experiences on a New England university campus as part of an on-going research project.

A 2009 alumna, Emily Louick (Spanish and theatre/dance double major) contributed an article about her IROP experience at UNH: “Menudas Vueltas da el Destino”: How Choosing to Live in a Homestay Brought Me Closer to a Culture.

History professor’s book chosen as finalist for prestigious book prize

February 18, 2013

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Professor Eliga Gould’s 2012 book, Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of the New World Empire (Harvard UP), has been chosen as one of four finalists for the 2013 George Washington Book Prize, a national prize that carries a $50,000 cash award. The prize recognizes the best book on American history in its founding era and is the largest national prize for a book on this subject. The winner will be announced on May 22.

Read more about this honor.

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