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UI historian wins national award from political science group
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Academic associations rarely give prizes to scholars
outside the discipline, but Sarah Hanley, a University of Iowa professor
of history, has broken one such barrier to win a national prize from the
American Political Science Association. Hanley was awarded the association's
annual prize for the best article written on Politics and History in 1997.
Hanley's winning article, "Social Sites of Political Practice in
France: Lawsuits, Civil Rights, and the Separation of Powers in Domestic
and State Government, 1500-1800," was published last year in the American
Historical Review, the premier academic journal for history. She said she
was pleased to have the article accepted by such a prestigious journal
and that to have her work recognized by the political science association
as well was doubly gratifying.
"I'm pleased that this article was of interest to these two constituencies
historians and political scientists," Hanley said. "The
University of Iowa has always created an atmosphere in which faculty are
encouraged to work across disciplines, as I did in this article. With that
freedom to cross over into other disciplines, our work is read by larger
Shelton Stromquist, chairman of the UI history department, said he was
extremely proud of Hanley's accomplishment. "This is quite extraordinary
for a historian to win the national prize from the APSA," he said.
"It testifies to the interdisciplinary impact of her work on state
formation in early modern France."
The article deals with the early creation of a governance structure
in France, which controlled both domestic and state affairs. Hanley explores
this system's effect on civil rights by focusing on marital separation
lawsuits. She uses the lawsuits to show how the political theory on the
"separation of powers" originated on conflicts over domestic
governance and then was applied to the state.
Hanley conducted the research and wrote the award-winning article with
the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship during the 1995-96 academic year.
She spent that year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.
For more information, contact Hanley at (319) 335-2330.