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Joseph Cullon Wins Mellon Fellowship

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture has granted a one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to Assistant Professor of History Joseph Cullon. The award carries a year’s support to revise the recipient’s first book manuscript, and the institute’s commitment to publish the resulting study. Cullon will be completing revisions to “Work Upon the Ark: New England Shipbuilding and the Launching of a Maritime Empire.”

Joseph Cullon
Joseph Cullon

“New England vessels were indispensable tools in shaping the first age of globalization,” says Cullon. His research anchors New England shipbuilding in the larger context of the early modern Atlantic world: “As the primary carriers of England’s Atlantic trade and as commodities in their own right, New England-built ships supported, expanded,  and cemented England’s maritime empire. England’s claims of ruling the waves in the 18th century rested upon the ability of colonial shipwrights to build vessels cheaply and quickly for an ever-increasing merchant marine.”

Cullon’s investigations have taken him to libraries and archives in nine states as well as to London and Oxford, England. Since arriving at Dartmouth in 2003, his work has been supported by earlier grants from the Mellon Foundation (through the American Antiquarian Society), the Huntington Library, and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, as well as by a Burke Research Initiation Award and two Rockefeller research grants from Dartmouth. “My research for this book is largely complete,” notes Cullon. “I’m now excited to have the opportunity to work closely with the institute’s editorial staff as we bring my first manuscript to completion. The institute has long nurtured some of the best scholarship in my field, so to be invited to join its impressive list of authors is as humbling as it is thrilling.”

Cullon is the sole recipient of the fellowship this year, selected from applicants who are scholars of history, English, art history, and comparative literature.

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Institute is a National Endowment for the Humanities-designated Independent Research Institution, and is cosponsored by the College of William and Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Its scope encompasses the history and cultures of North America’s indigenous and immigrant peoples during the colonial, Revolutionary, and early national periods of the United States and the related histories of Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, the British Isles, Europe, and Africa from the 16th century to approximately 1815. The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is made possible by a grant to the institute by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Cullon’s appointment to his postdoctoral research fellowship begins Sept. 1, 2008.

By KELLY SEAMAN

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Last Updated: 12/17/08