National Humanities Center awards fellowship to English prof

The National Humanities Center has awarded a fellowship to Colleen Lye, an associate professor of English at UC Berkeley. She is one of 37 scholars from around the world, and the 23rd member of the Berkeley faculty to receive the fellowship

The 2015-16 fellows, who will work on a research project at the North Carolina center, represent scholarship in anthropology, archaeology, art history, comparative literature, cultural studies, history, music, philosophy and religious studies.


Colleen Lye

In making the announcement, the center’s director, Geoffrey Harpham, called the new cohort “a superb group of scholars representing a wide range of humanistic fields. It’s a privilege to be able to support their work.”

Lye’s 2005 book America’s Asia: Racial Form and American Literature, 1893-1945 received the Cultural Studies Book Award by the Association of Asian American Studies. She is currently working on a new project on Asian American literary formation after the 1960s and its relationship to global economies.

This year’s fellows, who were chosen from 537 applicants, include four scholars from UC campuses. Professors Mary Elizabeth Berry and Robin Einhorn, both from Berkeley’s history department, were fellows in the 2014-15 academic year.

The National Humanities Center will award $1.6 million this year in fellowship grants to allow scholars to take leave from their regular academic work to pursue research at the center. Since its founding in 1978, the center has awarded more than 1,300 scholars in the humanities.

To see a complete list of the 2015-16 fellows, visit the center’s website.