2014-15 is going to be a pretty sweet year for me, as I’m going to be a long-term fellow at the Huntington next academic year! Yes, from August 2014 until June 2015, I will hold the Dana and David Dornsife Fellowship there. (I’ve known for over two months now and have been waiting for the Huntington to update their website, but I just can’t wait any longer to share the good news!) That’s right, friends: it’s swimming pools & movie stars for Historiann next year, at least on the weekends.
Here’s what the entire famille Historiann will look like on our way west this summer:
Lest you think my success this year was a coup de foudre, I’ll have you know that I have applied unsuccessfully for a long-term fellowship at the Huntington four times in the previous five years! I’ve also applied for long-term fellowships in those years at the Massachusetts Historical Society (one rejection, one application withdrawn because of the Huntington offer), the Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion research associate program (two rejections), and probably some others I can’t quite remember. Senior scholars have told me time and again, and it’s finally starting to sink in: fellowships are a numbers game. You have to apply apply apply and apply again when you’re rejected again. Who knows? It just might work out for you like it did for me this time around.
If you’ll be at the Huntington for a fellowship or a conference or just for fun, come find me and we’ll have lunch in the tea house by the rose gardens. Or we could take a walk in the fabulous gardens, or visit one of the many museums on the grounds. Or if you’re like me and you prefer funky to fancy, we could always head up to Roscoe’s in Pasadena for some chicken and waffles: