With its more than one hundred fellows to date, the ISI has hosted some of the most active and successful of our colleagues on campus. In many cases their projects, under development in an ISI seminar, have come to fruition in scholarly or creative arenas. While we do not claim credit for all successes or special recognitions, we are proud to list some of the achievements of our ISI community here.

University Honors Badgett with Conti Fellowship

M.V. Lee Badgett, former ISHA fellow and current director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, has been awarded the Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship, a prestigious honor from the University of Massachusetts Amherst recognizing outstanding scholarly achievement. The fellowship includes a cash prize and a year-long leave of absence, which Badgett intends to spend exploring the economic impact that social and legal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has on developing countries around the world, as well as on employers in the United States.

Badgett is also currently completing a book manuscript, How to Use Research to Change the World, which began as her ISHA project for the 2010-2011 seminar, (Ir)rationality and Public Discourse. ISI offers her warm congratulations on both accomplishments.

'Transformations' Fellow Page Wins Rome Prize

ISI is thrilled to congratulate Max Page, former ISHA fellow and Professor of Art, Architecture, and Art History, for his win of the prestigious Rome Prize for Historical Preservation and Conservation. Awarded annually by the American Academy in Rome to about 30 scholars in diverse fields, the prize includes a two-year stipend plus room and board on the Academy's 11-acre campus. Page plans to spend the Spring 2014 semester in Italy, where he will continue work on his latest project,  “Usable Pasts: The Legacy of Mussolini and the Lessons of Scarpa."

Steve Tracy Visits China as Chu Tian Scholar

This past winter, current ISI Fellow Steve Tracy journeyed to China on the first of five visits as the Chu Tian Scholar at Central China Normal University in Wuhan. His duties will include teaching two courses per year, delivering lectures, and supervising graduate students, as well as conducting scientific research and promoting the development of African American literature as a disciplinary field.

Former ISI Fellow Lisa Henderson Launches Book

Lisa Henderson (Cultures and Co-Existence, 2002) announces the release of her new book: Love & Money: Queers, Class, & Cultural Production. Henderson, who teaches in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has published in such journals as Signs, Journal of Communication, GLQ, Feminist Media Studies, and Screen.  Her new book argues that we can't understand contemporary queer cultures without looking through the lens of social class. Resisting old divisions between culture and economy, identity and privilege, left and queer, recognition and redistribution, Love & Money offers new approaches to capturing class experience and class form in and around queerness.