Two UCSB Professors Receive Guggenheim Fellowships

Two UCSB Professors Receive Guggenheim Fellowships
José Cabezón and Swati Chattopadhyay named 2015 fellows in area of humanities

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — Two UC Santa Barbara professors — José Cabezón and Swati Chattopadhyay — were among the 173 recipients of 2015 fellowships awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of more than 3,100 applicants.

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for those who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The fellowships are awarded across a range of disciplines, including the natural sciences, cinema, musical composition, education, mathematics and the visual arts.

“Winning such a fellowship is a great individual accomplishment for José and Swati and a source of great pride for humanities and fine arts here at UCSB,” said John Majewski, interim dean of humanities and fine arts in the College of Letters and Science.

Cabezón, the Dalai Lama Endowed Chair in UCSB’s Department of Religious Studies, is the author of 16 books and more than 100 scholarly articles on various aspects of Buddhist and comparative religion. His most recent book, “Sexuality in Buddhist South Asia” (in press), is a mammoth work that charts classical Buddhist views of sexuality through 1,000 years of South Asian history.

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