Fulbright-British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award

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The Fulbright award is open to US scholars who wish to use the Library’s North American collections.

The Eccles Centre is delighted to sponsor a Fulbright award, available to US Scholars who would undertake research in the British Library’s collection relating to North America (the US, Canada and the Caribbean) for a period of six months. If available, the scholar may have the opportunity to take part in a programme of events and/or seminars, both at the British Library and at other partner institutions such as the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge. 

Applications are now open for the 2019-20 competition. Full details of the application process are available here. The deadline is 1 August 2018.

Fulbright Scholar 2018-19

Professor Andrew Hartman (Illinois State University) is the recipient of the 2018-19 award. Hartman will conduct research towards a project examining the role of Karl Marx’s work on American political thought. This is the second Fulbright for Hartman, who also served as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark in 2013-2014.

Hartman is currently at work on his third book, Karl Marx in America, which is contracted to be published by the University of Chicago Press. His first book, Education and the Cold War: The Battle for the American School, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008. His second book, A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015 and was widely reviewed in popular and academic journals ranging from The Wall Street Journal and New Republic to the American Historical Review and Reviews in American History. Hartman’s work and expertise have been quoted in a host of publications, including the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Salon, Jacobin, and The New York Times.

Professor Hartman will be at the British Library for 6 months, from January 2019.

Former Fulbright Scholars

The holder of the award for 2016-17 was Dan Kryder (Brandeis University). Kryder was raised in Georgia before attending George Washington University in Washington, DC. His PhD in Political Science is from the New School for Social Research in New York City. He is currently the chair of the Department of Politics at Brandeis University. He teaches American political institutions, the presidency and social movements. Kryder’s research concerns the American president during wartime (the subject of his book Divided Arsenal), and police and protesters in American history. His current research investigates ideas of political time embedded in the U.S. Constitution. He has taught or held fellowships at MIT, Princeton, Harvard and Al-Quds University in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He enjoys reading, baseball and adventures with his family. As a Fulbright Scholar, he conducted research at the British Library on trans-Atlantic political thought in the 18th century, and participated in a variety of Eccles Centre activities, both in London and around the UK.