History Professor Dr. Thomas Barton Receives NEH Research Grant

Following a rigorous and highly competitive review process, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) selected USD Associate Professor of History, Dr. Thomas Barton, to receive a $60,000 fellowship, one of the largest NEH research grants ever received by USD’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The grant will fund a year-long research leave to support the completion of Dr. Barton’s third book, From the Hands of the Infidels: The Christianization of Islamic Landscapes in Premodern Europe.

The book seeks to enhance understanding of European expansionism during the high and late Middle Ages by exploring how the invading Christians within Iberia established their ecclesiastical institutions and networks on territories wrestled from Muslim control through the formation of dioceses, parishes, and monastic houses.

“I’m so grateful to the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Sponsored Programs for supporting me with my application. The fact that the National Endowment for the Humanities is willing to fund researchers at a teacher-scholar institution like USD speaks volumes about how much our research profile has grown over the years,” said Barton, who has taught at USD since 2007.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean, Dr. Noelle Norton, echoed the excitement of this development.

“Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities are rare, but we're not surprised that Dr. Barton was selected. His research is stellar."

For more than 50 years, the NEH, an independent federal agency, has underwritten hundreds of the nation’s most significant humanities projects through its fellowship programs. This year, NEH awarded a total of $14.8 million for 253 humanities projects nationwide, which represents only eight percent of the fellowship proposals received.

— Lissette Martinez


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