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Last modified: Tuesday, May 20, 2008

IU student awarded doctoral dissertation fellowship

May 20, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, a doctoral student in history at Indiana University Bloomington, has been named a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow for the 2008-09 academic year.

She is one of 29 students at U.S. universities to be awarded the fellowship, announced by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. It provides $23,000 for 12 months of work on a dissertation in the humanities or social sciences that addresses questions about religious or ethical values.

Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz

Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz

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"I am thrilled to have the fellowship," Laughlin-Schultz said. "It will fund a year of uninterrupted writing and should enable me to finish and defend late next spring."

Her dissertation is titled: "Could I not do something for the cause?" The Brown Women, Antislavery Reform, and American Memory of Militant Abolitionism, 1833-1926. It focuses on the women in abolitionist John Brown's family, particularly his second wife Mary and his four daughters, including their involvement in antislavery work and their efforts to preserve his memory.

Laughlin-Schultz grew up in St. Louis and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Knox College in Illinois and an master's degree from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She has been at IU since 2002. Her doctoral adviser is IU Bloomington Professor of History Wendy Gamber.

This year's Newcombe Fellows come from 20 universities and represent 10 fields of study, including anthropology, history, philosophy, music and art. Established in 1981 and funded by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation of Princeton, N.J., the Newcombe Fellowship is the nation's largest and most prestigious award for doctoral students addressing ethical and religious questions in the humanities and social sciences.

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