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May 19, 2006

UI Historian Penny Wins Howard Foundation Fellowship

H. Glenn Penny, an assistant professor of history in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a one-year fellowship from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation. Penny was one of 11 scholars from the fields of anthropology, sociology and political science to win a $25,000 fellowship.

Penny received funding in the anthropology category to continue work on his next book, "The German Love Affair with the American Indian, 1800-2006." It investigates how Germans from a variety of social backgrounds generated and used ideas about Indians from the early 19th century until the present, and it explores the reception of this fascination among Native Americans. This leads to an exploration of broader questions about Germans' special relationship to modernity, the often contradictory interconnections between culture and race, the manner in which some non-Europeans have been able to appropriate and redirect European discourse on human difference, and the manner in which stereotypes emerge and die.

Howard Foundation fellowships support people in the middle stages of their careers whose work to date is evidence of their promise and achievement and who propose projects that will be original and important contributions to their field, demonstrating their scholarly growth and creativity.

Penny's first book, "Objects of Culture," was the first comparative study of German ethnographic museums as well as the first in-depth analysis of the international market of material culture that took shape during the late 19th century.

In 2000, Penny's dissertation won the Fritz Stern Prize from the German Historical Institute, and "Objects of Culture" has received awards from the American Anthropological Association and the European Section of the Southern Historical Association. Penny has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, the German Academic Exchange, the Social Science Research Council and the Institute for European History in Mainz.

Penny teaches courses on nineteenth and twentieth German and European history, on historiography, and on the cult of progress in modern Europe. He earned a doctorate in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999.

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