The National Library of Scotland has entered into a partnership with the Fulbright Commission.
Each year, one award is offered to a citizen of the United States of America by the Fulbright Commission to support research in an appropriate discipline at the National Library of Scotland. The appointment is for a period of six months.
Candidates will be selected by the Fulbright Commission and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars. Scholars receive a grant to be used towards related travel and maintenance costs. Visit the Fulbright website for more information
The 2016-2017 Fulbright-National Library of Scotland Scholar
Dr Juliet Shields is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Juliet specialises in 18th- and 19th-century British and American literature, the history of the novel, transatlanticism, women's writing, and diaspora studies.
Juliet is working on a book tentatively titled 'The romance of everyday life: Scottish women's writing, 1815-1939'.
Her research on 19th-century Scottish literature has revealed an overlooked literary tradition of realistic counter-representations in works by women writers — from stories of mundane domestic life in villages where nothing ever happens to accounts of grinding poverty in Glasgow's slums.
These women's works provide a corrective to a literary and historical perspective that associates Scotland with romance and emotion, and England with realism and reason.
Juliet's previous publications include:
- 'Nation and migration: The making of British Atlantic literature, 1765-1835' (Oxford University Press, 2016)
- 'Sentimental literature and Anglo-Scottish identity, 1745-1820' (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
The 2015-2016 Fulbright-National Library of Scotland Scholar
Dr Kirk McAuley is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Washington State University at Pullman. Kirk is currently working on a book, tentatively titled 'Invasive species: The economy and ecology of British empire writing', which aims to increase our understanding of the historical legacy of contemporary ecological crises.
Kirk's research is particularly concerned with texts composed by Scottish authors residing in the Caribbean, Africa, and the south Pacific.
His first book, 'Print technology in Scotland and America' (Bucknell University Press, 2013), investigates the mediation of popular-political culture in Scotland and America, from the transatlantic religious revivals known as the 'Great Awakening' to the United States presidential election of 1800.
Future Fulbright Scholars
The competition to be the Fulbright-National Library of Scotland Scholar for the year 2018-2019 is now open.
Details are available on the Fulbright Commission's website. The deadline for applications is 1 August 2017.