Department of English

Alumni Greg Barnhisel and Vessela Valiavitcharska receive prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

Mon, December 10, 2012
Greg Barnishel and Vessela Valiavitcharska
Greg Barnishel and Vessela Valiavitcharska

The English Department congratulates alumni Gregory Barnhisel and Vessela Valiavitcharska as recipients of the 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship.

According to the NEH website, this prestigious fellowship is funded by a grant that supports “research projects of significance to specific humanities fields and to the humanities as a whole.”  The grant seeks out a “diverse” range of projects and “a number of NEH-supported books…have received the Pulitzer Prize.”

Greg Barnhisel, Associate Professor of English at Duquesne University was granted the fellowship for his research project: “Modernism, U.S. Cultural Diplomacy, and European Leftist Intellectuals during the Cold War.”  Barnishel graduated from UT Austin in 1999 with a Ph.D. in English.

A more recent graduate, Vessela Valiavitcharska, Assistant Professor of English at The University of Maryland, received the fellowship in support of her project: “The Relationship between Figurative Language and Argument in Medieval Greek (Byzantine) Rhetoric.”  Valiavitcharska is a 2007 graduate of UT Austin, earning a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature.

Information about other recipients of the fellowship can be found here.

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