Kutcher named National Humanities Center Fellow

Kutcher,-NormanNorman Kutcher, associate professor of history and Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, has been appointed one of 37 fellows at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, for the academic year 2015–16, the 38th class to be admitted since the Center opened in 1978.

Kutcher will be completing his book entitled Eunuchs in the Age of China’s Last Great Emperors with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.  Kutcher studies the cultural, social, and intellectual history of late imperial China, with a particular focus on the eighteenth- and seventeenth-century imperial household.  He is the author of Mourning in Late Imperial China:  Filial Piety and the State.  His journal articles have appeared in The American Historical Review, The Journal of Asian Studies, and The Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies.  He has received numerous research grants, and in 2010-11 was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ.

Kutcher will join leading scholars from 11 states, Australia, Germany, the People’s Republic of China, and the United Kingdom, chosen from 537 applicants representing humanistic scholarship in anthropology, archaeology, art history, comparative literature, cultural studies, history, music, philosophy, and religious studies.  Each fellow will work on an individual research project and have the opportunity to share ideas in seminars, lectures, and conferences at the Center.

A privately incorporated independent institute for advanced study in the humanities, the Center has awarded fellowships to more than 1,300 scholars whose work has resulted in the publication of more than 1,500 books in all fields of humanistic study.  The Center also sponsors programs to strengthen the teaching of the humanities in secondary and higher education. 05/07/15