Two professors at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have received National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.
Tore Olsson, assistant professor of history, will study the interaction between U.S. and Mexican efforts to modernize agriculture in the 1930s and 1940s, alongside the cross-pollination of the U.S. New Deal and the Mexican Revolution. The project, which reveals rarely acknowledged similarities between the histories of the U.S. and Mexico, will culminate in a book to be published in 2017 or 2018.
Tina Shepardson, professor of religious studies, will study religious violence and persecution in the Middle East in the fifth through seventh centuries, with a focus on the development of the Syrian Orthodox Church. Her resulting book will shed new light on this historical example of Christian conflict, radicalization and schism, and should help us understand and respond to religious conflicts today.
The NEH awarded each professor $50,400. The agency awarded 80 fellowships this year, and UT faculty received two.