Eight Columbia Artists and Scholars Receive Guggenheim Fellowships

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Eight Columbia faculty members have won 2011 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships in recognition of their “exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”

The Columbia Guggenheim recipients include Gregory Amenoff, Janine Antoni, Jonathan R. Dee, Katherine Franke, Tom Kalin, Bruce Robbins, Alan Stewart and Deborah Valenze.

Columbia’s new Guggenheim Fellows are among 180 who were selected from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants. The John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation was established in 1925 to “add to the educational, literary, artistic and scientific power” of the United States, “and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding.”
Guggenheim fellows receive a cash award, which they are allowed to spend as they wish. The amounts vary, as they are adjusted to the needs of each recipient; the average grant in 2008 was $43,200. Since 1925, there have been more than 17,000 Guggenheim Fellows, including Nobel Prize Winners, Poet Laureates and other major prizewinners.
The eight Columbia Guggenheim Fellows are:
Gregory Amenoff
Gregory Amenoff, professor and chair of Columbia’s School of the Arts Visual Arts Program, is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts and Tiffany Foundation. Amenoff has had over 50 one-person exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. His work is in the permanent collections of more than 30 museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Janine Antoni
Janine Antoni is an adjunct assistant professor of visual arts in the School of the Arts. She has had major exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. The recipient of several prestigious awards including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 1999.
Jonathan R. Dee
Jonathan R. Dee is an adjunct assistant professor of writing at the School of the Arts. His novels include The Privileges, Palladio and The Lover of History. He is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, a frequent contributor to Harper’s and a former senior editor of The Paris Review.
Katherine M. Franke
Katherine M. Franke is a professor of law at Columbia Law School, where she also directs the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, serves on the executive committee of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and on the steering committee of the Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference. She is among the nation’s leading scholars in the area of feminism, sexuality and race. In addition to her scholarly writing and teaching, she teaches at a medium security women’s prison in Manhattan.
Tom Kalin
Tom Kalin is a film professor at the School of the Arts. His critically acclaimed work, from short experimental videos to feature-length narrative films, has been screened throughout the world. His first feature, Swoon, was awarded the Caligari Prize at Berlin and Best Cinematography at Sundance. His most recent film, Savage Grace, premiered in Cannes and was named one of the top ten films of 2008 by Artforum and Paper. He has twice been included in the Whitney Biennial and has screened in museums and galleries, including London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Getty Museum.
Bruce Robbins
Bruce Robbins is Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities in the Department of English & Comparative Literature. Robbins works mainly in the areas of nineteenth and twentieth century fiction, literary and cultural theory, and postcolonial studies. From 1991 to 2000, he was co-editor of the journal Social Text. He is the author of Feeling Global: Internationalism in Distress (1999), Secular Vocations: Intellectuals, Professionalism, Culture (1993) and Upward Mobility and the Common Good (2007).
Alan Stewart
Alan Stewart, professor of English and comparative literature, joined Columbia in 2003. His publications include Close Readers: Humanism and Sodomy in Early Modern England (1997), The Cradle King: A Life of James VI and I (2003) and Letterwriting in Renaissance England (with Heather Wolfe, 2004). His latest monograph, Shakespeare’s Letters, was published in 2008. He is currently editing volumes one and two of the Oxford Francis Bacon. Since 2002, he has been the International Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, for which he is producing an online edition of Bacon’s correspondence.
Deborah Valenze
Deborah Valenze, professor in Columbia's Department of History and at Barnard College, specializes in 18th- and 19th-century British history. Her publications include: Prophetic Sons and Daughters: Female Preaching and Popular Religion in Industrial England (1985), contributions to A Companion to Gender History (2004) and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History (2003), as well as essays and articles on social class and poverty. Her book, The Social Life of Money in the English Past, appeared in 2006. Her most recent book, Milk: A Local and Global History, is due in June from Yale University Press.


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