Felberbaum Awards

Bambi and Roger Felberbaum- Photo by Annie Watt Agency

The generosity of the Felberbaum Family Foundation has enabled the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) to offer a limited number of Felberbaum Family Faculty Awards to University of Connecticut faculty completing their UCHI fellowship year, since 2003. These competitive awards are offered to provide financial support for additional expenditures related to fellows’ projects.  The awards are for UConn faculty Fellows only and suggest “the individual receiving the Award will be a recognized researcher, scholar and teacher and will have made significant contributions to the Institute.”

In 2018 Felberbaum Awards were given to:


Ken Gouwens, (History)  “A Translation of Paolo Giovio’s Elogia of Literati”

Jeffrey Ogbar, (History and Africana Studies Institute) “Becoming Atlanta:  Political Power, Progress in the Capital of the New South”

Nancy Shoemaker, (History)  “A History of Soap: Oils, Chemistry, and the Rise of the Global Composite”

Eleni Coundouriotis, (English) “The Hospital and the State:  Readings in Anglophone Fiction”

Harry van der Hulst, (Linguistics) “It Means What you See (But You Have to Look for It)”


UCHI Felberbaum Award Recipients


Anna Mae Duane, (English)  “Strange Place Blues: The Unusual Education of Three African American Leaders.”

Mark Healey, (History)  “Waterscapes of Power in the Dry Lands of Argentina, 1880-2000.”

Daniel Hershenzon, (Literatures, Cultures & Languages) “Captivity, Commerce, and Communication: Early Modern Spain and the Mediterranean”

Daniel Silvermint, (Philosophy)  “Complicit Identities:  The Ethics of Looking Out for Yourself.”

Christine Sylvester, (Political Science)  “Objects of War: Whose Wars are on View?”



César Abadía-Barrero, (Anthropology) to continue research on the project entitled:  “Health Ruins: From Post-Colonial to Post Neoliberal ‘Medical Care’ in Colombia.”

Frank Costigliola, (History) to continue research on the project entitled: “How Stifling Discussion Can Stoke Fear and War.”



Fakhreddin Azimi, (History) to continue research on the project entitled:  “Secularizing Policies of Reza Shah Pahlavi.”

Frank Costigliola, (History) to continue research on the project entitled: “Beyond the Emotional Turn: The Cold War and George Keenan.”

Martha Cutter, (English)  to continue research on the project entitled:  “No Captive of the State: The Performance Art of Henry Box Brown.”

Fiona Somerset, (English) to continue research on the project entitled:  "Medieval Theories of Consent.”



Peter Baldwin, (History) to continue research on the project entitled:  “Intimacy and Piety in 19th-Centurey New England:  The Troubled Life of Samuel Edward Warren.”

Robin Greeley, (Art & Art History) to continue research on the project entitled: “Between Campesino and State:  photography, Rurality and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Mexico.”

Gregory Kneidel,(English) to continue research on the project entitled: “Officially Donne:  Law and Equity in John Donne.”  The Award is in the amount of $1,000 for scans of state documents in British repositories.



Christopher Clark, (History) for archival research at the Huntington Library relating to his book project,” The Age of Freehold:  American ideas about Land and Farming from the Revolution to the Cold War.”

Mary Bercaw Edwards, (English& Maritime Studies) to continue her research at the Huntington Library in the Jack London Papers for her book project, “Sailor Talk: Labor,Utterance, and meaning in the Maritime Works of Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad, and Jack London.”

Gregory Semenza, (English) to continue his archival research at the British Film Institute, in London for his book project, “The History of British Literature on Film.”



 Eleni Coundouriotis, (English) to purchase used-book copies of several African novels that are now out of print; the novels relate to the Nigerian civil war which she examines in her project “The People’s Right to the Novel”

Brendan Kane, (History) for a research trip to the Huntington Library to examine Edward Conway’s manuscripts in relation to his project “Knowledge and Legitimacy in Early Modern Ireland and England.”

Charles Mahoney, (English) for a research trip to the British Library to examine Coleridge manuscripts in relation to his project “Coleridge on Shakespeare.”



Gustavo Nanclares, (Modern and Classical Languages) for archival research in Spain, to assist his study of “War Film and the Film Wars:  Mass Culture and the Political Imagery in Spain (1898-1939)”

Margo Machida, (Art and Art History) for archival research and personal interviews of artists in Hawai‘i to assist her study of “Resighting Hawai‘i: Global Flows and Island Imaginaries in Asian American and Native Hawaiian Art”

Kenneth Gouwens, (History) for archival research in London to assist his study of “Human Exceptionalism in the Renaissance”

Marcus Rossberg, (Philosophy) for assistance in proofreading Frege’s complex formal mathematical derivations as he prepares his book for publication.  His UCHI project is entitled “Translation of G. Frege’s Grundgesetze der Arithmetik (Basic Laws of Arithmetic)

Alexia Smith, (Anthropology) for assistance processing samples and a research text to complete an11- volume series specific to her field of research (Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Island). Her UCHI project is entitled “Social Response to Climate Change: Exploring the Collapse of the Akkadian Empire”