College of Liberal Arts

History Professor Daina Ramey Berry Wins NEH Fellowship

Wed, Dec 11, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas – Daina Ramey Berry, associate professor in the departments of History and African and African Diaspora Studies, has been awarded a $50,400 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship for her research on the social and economic history of slavery in the United States.  

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the NEH supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.

“The National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to fund the nation’s finest humanities projects,” says NEH Deputy Chairman Carole Watson. 

The funding will support her book project titled “The Value of Human Chattel from Preconception to Postmortem,” which explores public and private market transactions and appraisals of enslaved people in the American domestic market from preconception to postmortem.

A scholar of American slavery, Berry teaches courses in 19th-century United States, African American, and African Diaspora history. In addition to her university teaching, she is committed to educating a wider audience by serving as a consultant for documentary films, genealogical research, museum exhibits and K-12 public programing. Visit her website for more about her work.


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