MAY 17, 2006

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Cameron history professor receives fellowship

Cameron University Assistant Professor of History Douglas Catterall was recently awarded an American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship for the 2006-2007 Academic Year.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is a granting agency that supports students, researchers, and others active in a wide range of disciplines and endeavors, whose work explores Scandinavian history and culture. The Foundation awards over $500,000 annually to support innovative work abroad concerning Scandinavia.

“It’s a great honor to receive this fellowship because it indicates the value that my peers place on my research,” Catterall said. “I think that committee was particularly interested in funding my project because of the way it incorporates Scandinavia into the history of the Atlantic world community.”

Catterall plans to use the $14,500 fellowship to support his research on trans-Atlantic migration during the 18th century, which focuses on a Scots migration network active from Gothenburg, Sweden and Amsterdam to Aberdeen, Scotland, London, Charleston, S.C.; and St. Kitts.

Catterall has been working on this topic for several years, and began the research on the Swedish case study that the ASF grant will allow him to continue during the summer of 2005.

“The Scots migrants whose stories I am trying to tell had very close ties to Scandinavia, so the archival work I am conducting there is central to the project,” Catterall said. “The receipt of this ASF grant will make it much easier for me to complete the archival work in Sweden necessary to finishing this part of the study.”

Catterall’s research is part of a larger study that will appear in book form. The work is tentatively entitled The Migrant's View: Mentalities of Migration in the Early Modern World, c. 1700-1800.

Catterall has been a member of the Cameron University Department of History and Government since 2000, teaching such classes as Modern World History, Early World History, Atlantic World History 1400-1850, and Introduction to Historical Research and Writing.

After triple majoring in English Literature, History, and Economics, Catterall received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, he earned a doctorate in History from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities in 1998.

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