The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in New York on Thursday named Ursinus Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Carlin Romano one of its 175 new Fellows for the academic year 2013-14. First awarded in 1925 and among the oldest and most prestigious of American awards, the Guggenheim Fellowship, according to the Foundation’s website, goes to “men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”
Professor Romano is the first Ursinus faculty member to win a Guggenheim Fellowship in the 89-year history of the Foundation while a member of the Ursinus faculty. This year’s winners of a Guggenheim were selected in an open competition from nearly 3,000 applicants. The award, worth $46,000, comes in recognition of previous achievement, with no restrictions or obligations attached. Each winner of a Guggenheim may use the award grant as he or she chooses.
In 2012, Professor Romano published America the Philosophical, a 672-page book reviewed on the front page of The New York Times Book Review, which described it as “ambitious…convincing…an encyclopedic survey of the life of the mind in the United States.” The paperback edition of the book comes out this month from Vintage Books in New York.