Graubart Awarded ACLS and NEH Fellowships

Author: Arts and Letters

Karen Graubart, associate professor of history and director of the Latin American Studies Program, was awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and a residential fellowship funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities at the John Carter Brown Library (JCB) in Providence, R.I.

Graubart received both fellowships to research and write her latest book, Neighbors and Others: Space, People, and Authorities in Early Modern Seville and Lima , which examines spatial, social, and economic relations between peoples of different confessional status and different ethnic status in Seville, Spain, and in Lima, Peru, during the 15th and 16th centuries. Graubart will spend the upcoming academic year conducting research at the John Carter Brown Library and then take a leave of absence in fall 2010 to complete the project.

Graubart’s scholarship explores social and economic history in early colonial Latin America, with special focus on the construction of gender, ethnicity, and race. Her first book, With Our Labor and Sweat: Indigenous Women and the Formation of Colonial Society in Peru 1550-1700 , was published by Stanford University Press in 2007 and won the Ligia Parra Jahn Prize from the Rocky Mountain Conference on Latin American Studies.

The ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 70 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Graubart’s award adds to the impressive number of ACLS fellowships recently awarded to Notre Dame faculty members.

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Originally published by Katie Louvat at on April 30, 2009.