Making History

Daniel Hobbins, associate professor of medieval history, is Ohio State’s first faculty member to receive the American Academy in Berlin’s “Berlin Prize.” The American Academy, a premier research destination for scholars in the humanities, social sciences, law, and the fine arts, invites about 20 scholars a year to spend one or two terms in residence.

Hobbins is the author of several influential articles and the book, Authorship and Publicity Before Print, for which he received the Ohio Academy of History’s book prize and the Jacques Barzun Prize for Cultural Studies from the American Philosophical Society. While in residence, mid-September to mid-December, 2011, Hobbins will pursue a new project  — Origins of Print: How Medieval Culture Ushered in the First Media Revolution.

James Lenaghan, doctoral candidate in history, is the first Ohio State student in 10 years to be awarded a dissertation fellowship by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Lenaghan, who was awarded the $20,000 fellowship in 2010, studies with Professor Geoffrey Parker, and is writing his dissertation on state religion and the etiology of insurgent violence in Ireland and Poland-Lithuania from 1569 to 1649.

Yearly grants are awarded via the international competition to support doctoral candidates as they enter the writing stage of their theses, enabling them to complete them in a timely manner. "It’s a great honor to have my work acknowledged by this outstanding organization," said Lenaghan, who also is a past winner of a presidential fellowship at Ohio State. “It’s also a great reflection on the quality of my Ohio State education.”

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation focuses on research of human violence, aggression, and dominance.