NEH Awards Haddad, Shieh with Research Fellowships

Sanford Shieh and Mary Alice Haddad recently received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Sanford Shieh and Mary Alice Haddad recently received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Wesleyan recently received two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The awards will support research by Wesleyan faculty Mary Alice Haddad and Sanford Shieh.

Mary Alice Haddad, associate professor of government, received a $33,600 grant for the NEH Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan project titled, “Environmental Politics in East Asia: Strategies that Work.”

“Japan has experienced some of the world’s most intense environmental crises and taken leadership roles in finding solutions,” Haddad said. “The Fellowship for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan will enable me to examine the ways that Japan’s experience has served as a model for encouraging better environmental behavior among individuals, corporations and governments in East Asia and the world.”

Sanford Shieh, associate professor of philosophy, received $50,400 for the NEH’s Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars project titled “Modality and Logic in Early Analytic Philosophy.”

“The modal concepts of necessity and possibility are deeply entrenched in contemporary analytic philosophy, as are the methods and theories of modern logic. The Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars will enable me to provide a re-examination of the philosophical status of modality and logic, by investigating their historical roots in the origins of the analytic tradition,” Shieh said. “I am extremely grateful to the NEH for making it possible for me to bring this project to completion, and to Wesleyan for affording the wonderful environment in which I could nurture it for the past seven years.”

Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro extended her congratulations to Wesleyan. “The awarding of these competitive grants is a testament to the college’s fine educational work in our community,” she said. “I am grateful to the NEH for continuing to support research and public engagement around the humanities. I look forward to the great successes that will be born out of both of these awards.”