David Engerman awarded Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Engerman one of four American historians honored this year

Photo/Mike Lovett

Professor David Engerman

David Engerman, the Ottilie Springer Professor of History, has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for his achievements in historical research. 

Guggenheim Fellowships are grants made for a minimum of six and a maximum of 12 months to give scholars and artists blocks of time to work on selected projects. 

“I'm honored to be the latest in a long line of Brandeis faculty members to receive the fellowship,” Engerman says. 

Engerman plans to take the Fellowship in 2016. His project, “Planning for Plenty: The Economic Cold War in India,” explores the ways in which superpower aid competition in the newly independent nations revealed important elements — and key contradictions — of the global Cold War.  

“The Guggenheim Fellowship is one of the most prestigious awards in the country,” says Jane Kamensky, the Harry S. Truman Professor of American Civilization. “Only four American historians received the honor this year, and it is fitting that David Engerman is among them: His book project on the U.S. and India during the Cold War represents a bold departure for him, an expansion of his compass as a scholar. The Guggenheim recognizes careers in full flower and rewards scholars and artists who take exciting risks. The Foundation could not have chosen a more deserving recipient.” 

Engerman is among 177 scholars, artists and scientists from 56 disciplines awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship this year, chosen from a pool of almost 3,000 applicants. Since 1925, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted more than $315 million in Fellowships to 17,700 scholars. 

Nearly 100 Brandeis faculty and alumni have been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, including David DeRosier, professor emeritus of biology; Irving Epstein, Henry F. Fischbach Professor of Chemistry; Robin Feuer Miller, the Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities; John Plotz, professor of English and Eric Chasalow, the Irving Fine Professor of Music.

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