Career Enhancement Fellowship Will Help History Professor Focus on Research

Keona Ervin, assistant professor of history
Kristi Galloway
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College of Arts & Science

As any professor knows, semesters quickly become busy with teaching, advising, and administrative commitments.  Fellowships and grants can give faculty members the time and resources they need to focus on key research projects. Keona Ervin, assistant professor of history, just received a Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation that will allow her to devote a year to her manuscript.

Ervin’s research interests include African-American women’s history, U.S. urban and labor history, and the history of black social movements. She is working on a book called, The Labor of Dignity: Black Women, Urban Politics, and the Struggle for Economic Justice in the Gateway City, 1933–1969.

“I am thrilled to receive the fellowship because of the generous support it will provide. It will allow me to have one year to focus solely on completing my manuscript, and it will also facilitate interaction with an advanced faculty mentor who specializes in my area of study,” says Ervin.

The award is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Approximately 20 fellowships are awarded each year in an effort to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the liberal arts. Each fellow is given a one-year sabbatical stipend; a research, travel, or publication grant; and the opportunity to participate in an annual conference.

“The Career Enhancement Fellowship is a wonderful opportunity for Professor Ervin and an acknowledgment of her achievements and promise,” says John Wigger, chair of the Department of History. “The Woodrow Wilson Foundation has an excellent record of supporting truly innovative scholarship, including the work of outstanding early-career scholars. We are very excited that Professor Ervin is becoming a part of this network.”

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