Fulbright Scholarship at the British Library

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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. 

The 2021-22 competition will open shortly. Full details of the application process are available here.

The holder of the 2019-20 award, Jeffery Kennedy (Arizona State University) is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies. Kennedy is using his Fulbright Scholarship to research theatre in colonial American, as the first part of a project to produce a comprehensive text book for students on the history of American theatre. Kennedy has conducted extensive scholarly research on Eugene O’Neill and the Provincetown Playhouse.  His new book Staging America: The Artistic Legacy of the Provincetown Players, an exhaustive history of the Players, will be published next year, and he has published multiple articles in the Eugene O'Neill Review, and chapters in books such as Visions of Tragedy in American Theatre (edited by David Palmer), Eugene O'Neill's One Act Plays (edited by Michael Bennett and Benjamin Carson), Eugene O'Neill and his Contemporaries: Bohemians, Radicals, Progressives, and Lefties (edited by Robert Dowling and Eileen Herrmann), Critical Insights: Eugene O'Neill (edited by Steven Bloom), and the Eugene O'Neill Companion (edited by Robert Dowling).  Alongside his scholarly work, Kennedy is an active creative practitioner: as a music theatre professional, he worked on production staffs for Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and has worked extensively as a music director, composer, pianist and performer, most recently in a one-man show Liberace! at the Phoenix Theatre. 

Former Fulbright Scholars

Professor Andrew Hartman (Illinois State University) was the recipient of the 2018-19 award. Hartman conducted research towards a project examining the role of Karl Marx’s work on American political thought, to be published as Karl Marx in America with 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 EducationSalonJacobin, and The New York Times. This was 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. Andrew used his time based at the Library to research and also travelled frequently to present his work to audiences around the UK and Europe.

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.