Professor Conant Wins Rome Fellowship

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Jonathan P. Conant, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of History, has been selected to receive the prestigious Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.  The award was announced Thursday, April 16, 2009 in New York.

Established in 1894 and chartered by an Act of Congress in 1905, the American Academy in Rome is one of the leading American overseas centers for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities.  Each year, through a national competition, the Academy awards fellowships to 15 emerging artists and 15 scholars working in the humanities. A jury of experts reviews both the past work and the proposed project of each applicant.

Conant was awarded the Andrew Heiskell Post-Doctoral Rome Prize fellowship for 2009-2010.  He will spend 11 months at the American Academy completing his book, Staying Roman: Conquest and Identity in Africa and the Mediterranean, 439-700 (Cambridge University Press).  His work examines Roman identities in the region of modern Tunisia and Algeria after the collapse there of Roman power, from the Vandal invasion in the early fifth century down to the Islamic conquests of the late seventh.

Conant received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2004, and has taught at the University of San Diego since 2005.  He teaches classes on the history of the ancient world, Greece, Rome, the later Roman Empire, medieval Europe, and historical methodology.

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