Fellow receives Fulbright Award to the US
Stuart Middleton, a Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, has received a Fulbright Award to enable him to research at New York University.
The US-UK Fulbright Commission is considered one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.
The Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process, looking for academic excellence alongside a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to the UK upon returning.
As a participant, Stuart has been selected to research the networks and debates that linked progressive intellectuals in Britain and America between the 1930s and the late 1950s, using a set of unique archival holdings in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Illinois, Tulsa, Stanford, and Los Angeles.
This programme of research will enable him to reconstruct the first complete intellectual history of transatlantic progressive politics between the 1930s and 1950s. It will re-contextualise some of the most influential figures in twentieth-century literature, criticism, and philosophy, including John Dewey, Cyril Connolly, and George Orwell (who was an influential contributor to the magazine Partisan Review in the 1940s). By tracing the development of transatlantic progressive politics over this period, his research will also demonstrate how the conditions for the acceptance of early neo-liberalism were established in Britain and America.
Stuart and the other 44 British grantees of the 2017-18 Fulbright cohort will celebrate their success at a reception hosted by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on Thursday 6 July.
Stuart said: “I’m very excited by this award, which is a unique opportunity in my career as a historian. International collaborations between individuals and institutions are increasingly important in the humanities, but opportunities for sustained periods of research abroad are rare. Participating in the Fulbright programme, with its incredible institutional support and global network of alumni, is a fantastic way to build those collaborations in my field. In addition to seeing American academic institutions and research cultures from the inside, I’m looking forward to living in New York City with my family and to experiencing something of the diversity of American culture in the Midwest, Oklahoma, and California.”