Two U professors awarded nationally-renowned Guggenheim Fellowships

Professors win fellowship

Susan D. Jones (left) and Heidi Kitrosser (right)

Two University of Minnesota professors, Susan D. Jones and Heidi Kitrosser, have been awarded 2017 Guggenheim Fellowships, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation recently announced.

Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the highly competitive, national fellowship is awarded annually to about 175 scholars and artists selected from nearly 3,000 applicants. The size of grants vary and are given for six months to one year.

Professor Jones, who has a joint-appointment in the College of Science and Engineering and College of Biological Sciences, is a historian of science, medicine, and technology also trained in biology and veterinary medicine. A faculty member since 2005, she currently serves as director of the University’s History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Program. Her research focuses on environment and disease, especially diseases common to wild and domestic animals as well as humans, integrating social, cultural and ecological evidence and concepts. She will use her Guggenheim Fellowship to work on a new book titled Plague Homelands: Disease and ‘Internal Colonization’ in the Eurasian Borderlands.

Professor Kitrosser, a member of the law faculty since 2006, teaches and writes about government secrecy, the constitutional separation of powers, and speech and press freedoms. During the fellowship, she plans to begin work on a new book, tentatively titled, Dangerous Knowledge: Whistleblowers, Leakers, and the Power of Information. It marks the first Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to a University of Minnesota Law School professor.

For more information on the Fellows and their projects, visit the Foundation’s website at

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