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Last modified: Thursday, February 9, 2012

IU historian awarded fellowship to work at Institute for Advanced Study

Feb. 9, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Jeffrey Gould, Rudy Professor of History at Indiana University Bloomington, has been selected as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., for 2012-13.

Gould, whose research deals with Central American social movements, ethnic conflicts and political violence, will spend the yearlong residence working on a book about politics and grass-roots social movements in the Salvadoran revolution of the 1970s.

He was chosen on the recommendation of the faculty of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, one of the world's leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry.

Each year, nearly 200 scholars from dozens of countries study at the four schools within the institute. The visiting scholars, known as members and visitors, interact with fellow scholars within and across disciplines and conduct research unencumbered by teaching and administrative obligations.

Gould will be writing a book that deals with the problematic relations between the Latin American political left and its grassroots bases during the latter part of the 20th century. The book will focus on minor utopian experiments promoted by peasants and urban workers in El Salvador during the late 1970s and the ways in which the left leadership reacted to those movements.

Gould has been a faculty member in the History Department of IU's College of Arts and Sciences since 1988 and directed the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies from 1995 to 2008. He is the author of "To Lead as Equals: Rural Protest and Political Consciousness in Chinandega, Nicaragua (1912-1979)," "To Die in This Way: Nicaraguan Indians and the Myth of Mestizaje, 1880-1965" and "To Rise in Darkness: Revolution, Repression and Memory in El Salvador, 1920-32"; and co-director and co-producer of the documentary films "Scars of Memory: El Salvador, 1932" and "La Palabra en el Bosque" ("The Word in the Woods"), recently screened at IU Cinema.

Founded in 1930, the Institute for Advanced Study is a private, independent academic institution. Past faculty members have included Albert Einstein, who remained at the institute until his death in 1955, and distinguished scientists and scholars such as Kurt Gödel, J. Robert Oppenheimer and George Kennan. It has no formal links to other educational institutions but enjoys close, collaborative ties with Princeton University and other nearby institutions.

Other Indiana University faculty members who have been Institute for Advanced Study members over the past decade include Aurelian Craiutu, Jutta Schickore, Christopher Atwood, Domenico Bertoloni Meli, Thomas Keirstead, Jane Fulcher and William Newman.