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Three history professors awarded NEH grants

Three New Mexico State University history professors have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grants.


an 1,400 U.S. scholars applied for the grants and only 180 were awarded.

Margaret Malamud, associate professor of history, will use her $40,000 grant to complete her manuscript on the classical traditions of ancient Rome and its effect on American culture and identities. She will research manifestations of classical Rome in Las Vegas, Hollywood movies about ancient Rome such as "Gladiator" and the influence of classical political thought on the founding fathers of the United States. She also will be looking at novels and plays about Rome such as the Broadway musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

Andrea Orzoff, assistant professor of history, will use her $40,000 grant to research intellectuals, nationalism and propaganda in Czechoslovakia between the two world wars. For her book, "Battle for the Castle: Intellectuals, Nationalism, and Propaganda in Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938," she will look at a group of intellectuals whose books, journalism, and cultural diplomacy helped craft Czechoslovakia's national mythology and the personality of its leaders -- myths that still affect the way Europeans and Americans think about Eastern Europe.

Marsha Weisiger, assistant professor of history, will use her $40,000 grant to complete her book "Sheep Dreams: Environment, Identity, and Gender in Navajo Country." It focuses on the relationship between Navajo pastoralism, cultural identities and gendered issues of power during the New Deal Era of the 1930s and 1940s.

NEH was created in 1965 as an independent grant-making federal agency dedicated to supporting research, preservation, education and public programs in the humanities. It is the largest grant agency of humanities programs in the United States.