Academics & Faculty

4 UCLA scholars win 2011 Guggenheim Fellowships

Four UCLA professors are among 180 artists, scholars and scientists chosen from nearly 3,000 applicants to receive 2011 Guggenheim Fellowships.
Selected on the basis of "prior achievement and exceptional promise," each fellow receives a grant to support his or her work. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has distributed nearly $290 million in fellowships to more than 17,000 individuals since its establishment in 1925.
This year's UCLA recipients and the projects they will pursue as Guggenheim fellows are:
Ford, a professor of history, will work on a history of the transformation of environmental sensibilities and the initiatives launched to protect natural landscapes in France and its overseas empire from the 1860s to World War II. Her book is expected to contribute broadly to the fields of French history, cultural history and environmental history. Ford plans to conduct research in Paris and Aix-en-Provence. 
Gardbaum, the MacArthur Foundation Professor of International Justice and Human Rights at the UCLA School of Law, will complete a book on a new experiment in constitutionalism undertaken in recent years by Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia for the domestic protection of human rights. Gardbaum previously identified — and coined the term "the new Commonwealth model" to describe — this novel form of constitutionalism, which straddles the traditional dichotomy of constitutional and legislative supremacy. In the book, he will present the general case for the new model and evaluate its success and distinctiveness in practice in each of the four countries.
Subrahmanyam, who holds the Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair in Indian History and is founding director of the UCLA Center for India and South Asia, will conduct research for a book on French travelers to Asia in the 17th century. This work will further his research on the history of cross-cultural interactions in the early modern period. He plans to travel to France and Italy to study both archival manuscripts and published texts in variety of languages. 
Copenhaver, who holds UCLA's Udvar-Hazy Chair of Philosophy and History and directs the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, will focus his research on manuscripts and early printed books that use pictures to explain things, both visible and invisible. After printing was invented, it became possible to publish pictures in books, thus improving on purely verbal description and analysis. While using pictures in this way is now commonplace, the technology that made pictorial explanation possible and reliable on a large scale was still quite new when French philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes was born in 1596. Although Descartes put lots of pictures in his books, he also provoked a long scientific and philosophical debate about pictorial representation, asking, in effect, whether a new criterion of intelligibility might be pictorial rather than verbal. Copenhaver will conduct his research primarily at the library of the Getty Research Institute, but also at libraries in Europe.
The four scholars from UCLA join a prestigious group of Guggenheim fellows from all sectors of the arts and sciences, including Ansel Adams, W.H. Auden, Aaron Copland, Martha Graham, Langston Hughes, Henry Kissinger, Vladimir Nabokov, Isamu Noguchi, Linus Pauling, Philip Roth, Paul Samuelson, Wendy Wasserstein, Derek Walcott, James watson and Eurdora Welty.
For a full list of 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship recipients, visit
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