Cowan Wins Kluge Fellowship from Library of Congress

Ben Cowan, an assistant professor in the Department of History and Art History, has been awarded a prestigious Kluge Fellowship for academic year 2016-17.

The Kluge Fellowship program was established by the Library of Congress in 2000. It provides support and facilities for up to twelve scholars annually, selected through an international competition. Kluge Fellows work in the Kluge Center, in the Jefferson Wing of the Library, where they can interact not only with each other but with the Library’s extensive specialized staff. Each Fellow makes a public presentation during the grant year.

Ben Cowan works on topics concerning right wing radicalism and sexual morality, particularly in Brazil. His book, Securing Sex: Morality and Repression in the Making of Cold War Brazil, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2016. He has also authored a number of scholarly articles. His project for the Kluge Fellowship extends in interest in several ways, in assessing the origins and development of fundamentalist Christian conservatism across the hemisphere – under the title, Mundane Magic: Christian fundamentalism and transnational anti-modernism, 1931-1985.