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Neil Kamil wins Watts fellowship at John Carter Brown Library

Wed, July 31, 2013
Neil Kamil wins Watts fellowship at John Carter Brown Library
John Carter Brown Library, Brown University

Professor Neil Kamil has receieved the Charles H. Watts II Memorial Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library, an institution for advanced research in history and the humanities, at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Professor Kamil will pursue his research project, “Artisans of ‘Inventive Genius’:  Atlantic Refugees, Niche Economies, and Portable Devices in the Manufacture of Polite Matter, 1640-1789,” while in residence there this fall. In addition to performing research, Dr. Kamil will give a talk about his project at the JCB.

The John Carter Brown Library awarded fellowships to 40 scholars from around the world for the 2013–2014 academic year. A list of current fellows, institutional affiliations, titles of project, names of awards, and duration (in parentheses) can be found at:


The John Carter Brown Library is an independently administered and funded center for advanced research in history and the humanities, founded in 1846 and located at Brown University since 1901. Housed within the Library’s walls is an internationally renowned, constantly growing collection of primary historical sources pertaining to the Americas, both North and South, before ca. 1825. For 150 years the Library has served scholars from all over the United States and abroad. The Library offers fellowships, sponsors lectures and conferences, regularly mounts exhibitions for the public, and publishes catalogues, bibliographies, and other works that interpret its holdings to facilitate and encourage use of the collection.

Professor Kamil was also the recipient of another notable award in 2012-2013, the American Antiquarian Society's National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. He spent the year in residence at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, courtesy of a long-term grant from the NEH through its program of fellowships at centers for advanced study.

Dr. Kamil's most recent book publication, Fortress of the Soul: Violence, Metaphysics, and Material Life in the Huguenots’ New World, 1517-1751 (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), won critical aclaim and was a runner-up for the 2006 Hamilton Book Author Award.

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