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Purdue University Libraries recently awarded faculty members with 2014 Library Scholar Grants.  The grant recipients were recognized at an honorary luncheon in which several past Library Scholar grant recipients spoke about the impact and significance of the research made possible through their grants. 

2014 Library Scholar Grant Recipients:


Alicia Decker
Assistant Professor of History, West Lafayette

“Public Secrets: A Gendered History of Enforced Disappearance in Post-Colonial Africa”


Michael Johnston
Assistant Professor of English, West Lafayette

“The Reading Nation in the Age of Chaucer”


Silvia Mitchell
Assistant Professor of History, West Lafayette

“Spain under Mariana of Austria: Court, Dynastic, and International Politics in Seventeenth-Century Europe”


Yvonne Pitts
Assistant Professor of History, West Lafayette

” ‘Vile Characters’ and Property Law: Regulating Prostitution and Creating Property in Civil War Era Nashville, 1860-1868″


Michael Zimmer
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Calumet

“Biography of John F. Enders and His Contributions to Microbiology”

2014 Presentations by Past Grant Recipients:

  • [2012] Jennifer Foray, Associate Professor of History, West Lafayette, “Imperial Aftershocks: The Legacies of Decolonization in the Netherlands”
  • [2013] Jonathan Swarts, Associate Professor of Political Science, North Central, “Friends and Allies: The Greek Military Junta and the United States”

About the Library Scholars Grant Program: 
The Library Scholars Grant Program was established in 1985 by the 50th anniversary gift of members of the Class of 1935, and the class has been continuously supportive of this fund for the past 29 years. This program supports access to unique collections of information around the country and the world for untenured and recently tenured Purdue faculty in all disciplines from the West Lafayette, Calumet, Fort Wayne, IUPUI and North Central campuses. The grants cover expenses associated with the cost of transportation, lodging, meals and fees charged by the library or other collection owner.