JULY 22, 2005


OU professor named to Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

University of Oklahoma Assistant Professor of English Su Fang Ng has been named a Fellow by Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Ng, a researcher and instructor in early modern literature, is one of 51 scholars selected for the one-year fellowship, which is designed to bring artists and scholars together to interact in ways that will change both them and their work.

Ng, who recently completed a manuscript on revolutionary and radical uses of the family-state analogy in 17th century England, will be working on a book project titled Translating Empire: Early Modern Classicism and Colonialism Between East and West while attending the Radcliffe Institute. Exploring how classical history mediated encounters between cultures in the early modern pre-colonial period, she will examine the English response to Eastern empires in the context of shared classical history, specifically the Greco-Roman models of empire that dispersed throughout Europe and much of Asia to become a common thread of early modern kingdoms.

Ng earned her bachelor’s degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.; a master’s degree and certificate in women’s studies at Emory University in Atlanta; and her doctoral degree as well as a distinguished dissertation award from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is widely published on topics ranging from late medieval bible translation and early Stuart patronage to postcolonial nationalism and the roles of women and marriage in society.

While at the University of Michigan, Ng received the Rackham Pre-doctoral Fellowship. Since joining The OU College of Arts and Sciences in 2001 her research has been supported by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and a Newberry Library short-term fellowship.

While participating in the Radcliffe Institute, the Fellows will work individually and across disciplines on projects chosen both for quality and long-term impact as part of a scholarly community convened to pursue and generate new knowledge. Individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions and creative arts. The Institute also sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender and society.

This year’s pool of 782 applicants were first evaluated and ranked by at least two leaders in the applicant’s field. The top 140 applicants were submitted to a final selection committee.

"The selection process is more than simply assembling individuals; it is creating a class that encompasses the diversity of fields our mission mandates and expresses, as well, our commitment to the study of women, gender and society,” said Drew Gilpin Faust, dean of the Institute.

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