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Four USC professors and an art history student have earned fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Rebecca Lemon, Maria-Elena Martinez and Amy Richlin received the ACLS fellowship program for postdoctoral research in the humanities and humanities-related social sciences.

Institutions and individuals contribute to the ACLS fellowship program and its endowment, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Council’s college and university associates, and former fellows and individual friends of the ACLS.

Lemon, assistant professor of English literature, will examine literature, law and rebellion in early modern England, 1591-1611. She has been designated an ACLS/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation junior faculty fellow.

Martinez, assistant professor of Latin American history, will focus on changing notions of religion, blood and “race” in late colonial Mexico.

Richlin, professor of classics, will explore the love letters of Marcus Aurelius and Fronto and the histories of their reception.

All three professors are faculty in the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.

The Frederick Burkhardt residential fellowship for recently tenured scholars went to law and history professor Ariela Gross, who is focusing on the boundaries of racial categories in the courts.

Created to support scholars in the humanities and social sciences, this fellowship provides scholars with the resources to pursue long-term projects.

The fellowship was named for the president emeritus of ALCS, whose decades of work on “The Correspondence of Charles Darwin” are an example of dedication to a “demanding and ambitious scholarly exercise.”

Gross was awarded a fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial foundation earlier this year.

The Henry Luce Foundation/ALCS dissertation fellowship program in American art was given to art history student Stacey Mitsue Uradomo, who will examine family memory, history and identity in Japanese American art.

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