National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

Dr. Leslie E. Anderson was Awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

Photo Credit: Bill Horne, Gainesville, FL

December 21, 2016

Dr. Leslie E. Anderson, Department of Political Science and Center for Latin American Studies, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in the amount of $50,400 to complete her project titled Democratic Enclaves in Times of Trouble:  The Politics of Resistance in Nicaragua. Dr. Anderson’s fellowship is scheduled to start July 2017.

Dr. Anderson started research on her project a decade ago, after publishing her book Learning Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2005). Dr. Anderson’s project focuses on local politics in Nicaragua. Through her research, Dr. Anderson seeks to help us understand what resources societies have to fight back in defense of democracy when the national government takes a turn toward authoritarianism or displays scant regard for the law. Per Dr. Anderson, she “hopes to help people see how democracy can survive in dark times.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is the main source of government funding for the humanities and for social scientists who have research with a humanistic orientation. William D. Adams, NEH Chairman, stated: “We need the humanities, now more than ever, because they give us access to the most fundamental and consequential dimensions and forces of our experience.” This year, the NEH awarded $16.3 million in grants to 290 projects in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. A full list of grants by state is available through the NEH website here.