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Edwin Erle Sparks Fellowship in the Humanities for Dissertation Research

This award is given to incoming students or current students who have exhibited exemplary academic achievement

Current Recipients:

Frank Lacopo, Fall 2020

Frank is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in early modern global history. He received his B.A. (2016) and M.A. (2018) from Ball State University. His principal interests lie in the history of Mediterranean migration, religious conversion, and confessional boundary-marking in the sixteenth century, while his secondary interests range from the history of the medieval Church's relationships with religious minorities and the so-called "Spiritual Conquest" of Latin America. He has recently published in Clio and HortulusThe Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies, and Renaissance and Reformation. In the recent past, he received a FLAS [Foreign Languages and Area Studies] fellowship from Yale University for advanced Italian-language study and the Adrian Bantjes prize for best paper at RMCLAS [Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies].

Ben Herman, Spring 2021

Ben is a historian of the early modern British Empire. His dissertation focuses on social conflict resolution concerning land, debt, and the commodities trades in the English colonies before 1650. In particular, he is interested in the use of central government institutions and the public sphere by private individuals to shape life in the colonies. His work has previously been funded by the North American Conference on British Studies and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. He will be using the Sparks Fellowship to complete and defend his dissertation project in the Spring of 2021.