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Awards and Achievements

  • Mahir Saul, Professor of Anthropology, has been awarded a research grant from the prestigious Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research for his project entitled "African Journeys in Turkey: From Suitcase Trade to Soccer." This project is a fieldwork based investigation to be carried out in Istanbul, Turkey. He was also awarded additional funding from the Research Board at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The project concerns circular migrations and trade networks between central and west Africa and Turkey.

  • Rajmohan Gandhi, Research Professor at CSAMES, will be honored with a Doctorate of Letters by the Liverpool Hope University in the United Kingdom; he is among four distinguished individuals to be honored at the graduation ceremony on July 13, 2010. Read the article from The Hindu, published July 1, 2010, for more information.

  • Antoinette Burton, Professor of History and Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, has won a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship to work on a book currently titled Empire from Below: Resistance in the British Empire From the Opium Wars to Mau Mau. Read an article about her award from the Illini News Bureau.

  • D. Fairchild Ruggles, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, was named a University Scholar in February 2010 in recognition of her excellence in the field of Islamic landscape and garden history. Read an article about her award from the Illini News Bureau.

  • D. Fairchild Ruggles, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, was awarded the J. B. Jackson Book Prize for her book Islamic Gardens and Landscapes (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008).

  • Hans Henrich Hock, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Sanskrit, has been invited to be a fellow in the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He will work on a publication project on language contact in South Asia and offer a short course in the Centre for Linguistics.

  • Cliff Singer, Professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, was awarded the 2008 Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement. Dr. Singer led the University's efforts in pursuing a MacArthur Foundation grant for study in international security and related policy. Read the Illinois International news article about the 2008 International Achievement Award winners.

  • Valerie Hoffman, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Religion, has been selected as a 2009 Carnegie Scholar. Her project, “Islamic Sectarianism Reconsidered: Ibadi Islam in the Modern Age,” explores the impact of globalization on Ibadism, a marginalized strand of Islam distinct from the two dominant branches, Sunni and Shiite. Read an article about her award in the Illini News Bureau, and the announcement of the 2009 Carnegie Scholars from the Carnegie Corporation.

  • Rajmohan Gandhi, Research Professor, Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, was awarded the H.K. Barpujari Biennial National Award for "outstanding research work during 2005-2006" by the Indian History Congress for his work Mohandas: A True Story of a Man, His People and an Empire on December 28, 2007.

  • Yamuna Kachru, Emeritus Professor in Linguistics, was awarded the Presidential Award from the President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on September 12, 2006.

  • John A. Lynn, Professor of History, was awarded the Ouissam Alaouite by King Mohammed VI of Morocco on November 11, 2006. Read more.

  • Douglas Brewer, Professor of Anthropology, discovered an "Oasis of Art in the Egyptian Desert."