ACLS recognizes faculty member and doctoral candidate

Priya Satia
Priya Satia

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the nation’s leading private supporter of humanities and social sciences scholarship, has awarded PRIYA SATIA a year-long ACLS Fellowship for her research Guns: The British Imperial State and the Industrial Revolution.

Satia, an associate professor of history, uses the British gun industry to investigate the relationship between 18th-century war and economic development. Her research focuses on the Galton firm of Birmingham, England’s largest gun firm serving both the state and private clients, including slave traders. The Galton family were Quakers who wrestled publicly about the ethics of gun making, highlighting 18th-century notions about war and the economy. Satia, who will be on sabbatical, also received a 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for the project.

ANDREW BRICKER, a doctoral candidate in English, has received a year-long Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for his research, titled “Producing and Litigating Satire, 1670-1760.” Bricker’s dissertation reveals how statutory and common law developed at the end of the 17th century and the 18th century to target Augustan satire. Writers and booksellers evaded these legal advances by devising new rhetorical and bibliographic strategies that helped stymie potential prosecutions. Bricker was also recently awarded a Rare Book School fellowship.

—LISA TREI, School of Humanities and Sciences