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Education Professor receives prestigious fellowship

March 12, 2015

The American Council of Learned Societies recently announced the recipients of the 2015 Collaborative Research Fellowships. Ten teams of scholars were chosen, including one comprised of John Rury, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Derrick Darby, professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

“Scholars in the humanities and related social sciences are connecting with each other, and with scholars outside the traditional humanities, in ever more diverse ways today, to ask big questions and tackle projects whose scope and breadth exceeds the capacities any one researcher could bring,” said ACLS Director of Fellowship Programs Matthew Goldfeder.

The ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship Program provides support to small teams of two or more scholars to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. The teams selected for funding cross boundaries of discipline, methodology, and geography to undertake new research projects that will result in joint publications. The fellowships are for a total period of up to 24 months and provide up to $60,000 in salary replacement for each collaborator as well as up to $20,000 in collaboration funds.

This year’s collaborative projects combine expertise in a broad array of fields such as religious studies, geography, history, literature, and visual studies. That diversity extends to the area of the world being studied, which includes Bolivia, India, and Nigeria, and to the time period, from the twelfth century to the present. Moreover, the teams involve research partnerships across a range of academic institutions, in the US and beyond.

Darby and Rury will examine the links between antebellum philosophical and popular ideologies of race and the history of unequal schooling for blacks and whites, to produce a co-authored monograph that will help illuminate why the racial achievement gap in education endures today.

The program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 72 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to our work.

Rury and Darby also recently presented their research on African-American gains in education gains after the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and after WWII in London at the conference of the International Standing Committee on the History of Education. 

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