‘Rising Star’ award for University historian

Posted by pt91 at Apr 04, 2016 04:25 PM |
British Academy supports project to develop skills of early career historians of the USA

A University of Leicester historian has received a funding award that recognises researchers in the early stages of their career.

The British Academy has announced 29 awards made through the Rising Star Engagement (BARSEA) Scheme. This scheme provides funding of up to £15,000 to distinguished Early Career Researchers to assist their career development through organising interdisciplinary events for other Early Career Researchers.

Andrew Johnstone from our School of History has been awarded £14,971 to support his project, “The US and Us,” which aims to create two events to develop the skills of early career historians of the United States based in Britain.

Dr Johnstone, currently Director of American Studies, commented: “I am very pleased to be recognised by the British Academy in this way, and I’m very happy about the Academy’s support for US history more generally. This scheme represents a great opportunity for the next generation of historians.”

The events will revitalise the dialogue about the state of US history, but they will also address the specific challenges facing US historians in Britain. With the assistance of a range of senior academics with experience across a wide array of skills, the events will focus on a number of key issues and their implications for future research. Most notably these include the challenges of engaging the wider public with historical research on the United States, and the possibilities and problems created by the growing amount of online archival material.

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