Growth and Structure of Cities Associate Professor Ellen Stroud was recently named a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).
The Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars support scholars in the humanities and social sciences in the crucial years immediately following the granting of tenure, and provide potential leaders in their fields with the resources to pursue long-term, unusually ambitious projects.
Stroud, who was one of only 10 Fellows for 2013, will use her time as a Fellow to work on her book Dead as Dirt: An Environmental History of the American Corpse while in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
From the ACLS website:
This project examines the environmental history of dead bodies in the twentieth-century United States. Changes in funerary practices and technologies of body disposal have shaped American environments, landscapes and lives, as have changes in material bodies themselves. The modern American corpse is toxic: mercury in teeth, metal in joints, silicone in breasts and batteries in chests have all made body disposal newly complex. This book follows the material journeys of corpses to uncover connections between human bodies and histories of technology, property, politics, and thought. The focus of the project remains on the ‘nature’ of human remains, reconfiguring the place of people within environmental history, not merely as actors but as constituent parts of dynamic ecological systems.