Erez Manela, Harvard’s Dunwalke Associate Professor of American History, is among eight individuals who have been awarded fellowships as part of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ (AAAS) Visiting Scholars Program for 2009. The fellowship program supports scholars and practitioners in the early stages of their careers who show leadership potential in the humanities, policy studies, and social sciences.
“Fellowships in the humanities and social sciences are limited,” noted AAAS CEO Leslie Berlowitz. “Our experience shows that these types of fellowships can be a significant factor in developing the careers of new scholars.”
During his residency in Cambridge, Manela will work on a project titled “The Eradication of Smallpox: An International History,” a study of the World Health Organization’s Global Smallpox Eradication Program. The project provides insight into the history of the Cold War, postcolonial international relations, the role of transnational organizations in globalization, and the development of modern medicine and international public health.
Manela directs Harvard undergraduate programs at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and authored “The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism” (Oxford University Press, 2007).