UCSB history professors Hilary Bernstein, Anita Guerrini and Stephan Miescher received lauds from the UC Office of the President this week in the form of generous research fellowships. In using the fellowship, Bernstein – who specializes in early modern through Renaissance-era Europe – will travel to and conduct research in Paris for a book about history writing in 16th and 17th century France. Meanwhile, Guerrini will continue developing her book, “The Courtiers’ Anatomists: Animals and Humans in Louis XIV’s Paris,” which focuses on the work of two anatomists at the end of the 17th century while exploring the price of fame in the world of Parisian science.

However, Miescher decided to decline the fellowship in favor of receiving another from the American Council of Learned Societies, a non-profit federation of 68 national scholarly organizations devoted to advancing the humanities and social sciences. Miescher will use the ACLS funding to study in Ghana, West Africa for work on his book, “Akosombo Stories: The Volta River Project, Modernity, and Nationhood in Ghana.,” which examines the Volta River’s significance in the nation’s development.

Kaitlin Pike is an Independent intern.


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