NIU history professor selected for Princeton University Fellowship

Emma Kuby
Emma Kuby

When classes begin in the fall, Emma Kuby will be heading east.

The NIU Department of History professor has been awarded a fellowship at Princeton University’s Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies for the 2015 fall term.

Kuby is one of five faculty Fellows-in-residence from around the world who will work on projects related to the Davis Center’s current theme, “In the Aftermath of Catastrophe.”

“The history department is extremely pleased that Professor Kuby has won this prestigious fellowship,” said Jim Schmidt, chair of the Department of History. “The focus on the ‘Aftermath of Catastrophe’ aligns perfectly with her research and teaching interests.”

The Davis Center is an institute for historical research and scholarly exchange, affiliated with Princeton University’s Department of History. The center hosts a weekly seminar series featuring talks by the Fellows as well as other visiting scholars.

“I had the opportunity to give a paper at the Davis Center last fall, so I have seen firsthand what a fabulous intellectual community it is,” Kuby said. “The people there were so welcoming and engaging, and I am completely delighted that I have been invited to join them for a semester.”

Kuby’s expertise is in modern France, and her research centers on the effects of World War II’s terrible violence on the intellectual history of postwar France and Western Europe. While at Princeton, she plans to complete her first book project, tentatively titled “The Expert Witnesses: State Violence, Survivors, and the Anti-Concentration Camp Movement in Postwar Europe.”

U.S. Postate stamp: France“This summer I will be taking advantage of a generous NIU Research and Artistry Completion Fellowship, which will help me travel to archives in France and a couple of other European countries to finish the research for the book,” Kuby said. “Then, at the Davis Center, I’ll have access to one of the world’s best libraries and be able to focus full-time on my writing, so that is pretty exciting for me.”

Along with finishing the book, Kuby plans to become a student of everything the Davis Center has to offer.

“There are a lot of opportunities for exchange and discussion with the other Fellows, who are a really interesting group of people,” Kuby said. “I am hoping to learn more ways of thinking about aftermaths in history and bring that into my teaching at NIU when I return.”

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