Popkin Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
By Gail Hairston
University of Kentucky Professor of History Jeremy Popkin was recently awarded a prestigious Public Scholar program award of $50,400 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
The grant will fund Popkin’s research and writing, leading to the publication of his manuscript on the French Revolution, “Free and Equal: The Story of the French Revolution.” The NEH Public Scholar program is meant to support scholars in the humanities who are writing books that will bring the best of current research to a broad general audience.
This book will "give readers new perspectives about the French Revolution by incorporating, among other things, my own research on the role of the media during the revolution and the importance of the revolutionaries' struggles about slavery in the French colonies," Popkin said.
"The project is an opportunity for me to try to bring together four decades of research on the French Revolution, starting with my Ph.D. dissertation back in the 1970s," he said.
Popkin, the William T. Bryan Chair Professor, is an acknowledged expert in the history of the French and Haitian revolutions. His most recent book “From Herodotus to H-Net: The Story of Historiography” was published by Oxford University Press in 2015.
Popkin has held fellowships from the J.S. Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the NEH, the Fulbright Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Newberry Library, and has been a visiting professor at Brown University and at the College de France.
In 2012, Popkin was a short-term visiting professor at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, and in 2013 he was named the Christian Wolff Visiting Professor at the Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany.
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