Three New York University professors have been awarded 2008 Guggenheim Fellowships, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation said in announcing 190 fellowship awards totaling $8.2 million. This years NYU recipients are: Brigitte Miriam Bedos-Rezak, a professor in the Department of History; Richard Pildes, a professor in the School of Law; and Nancy Ruttenburg, a professor of Comparative Literature, English, and Slavic Literatures and chair of the Department of Comparative Literature.
Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of stellar achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment, the foundation said in its announcement. The successful candidates were chosen from a group of more than 2,600 applicants.
Bedos-Rezak, whose published works include Form and Order in Medieval France: Studies in Social and Quantitative Sigillography and Anne de Montmorency: Seigneur de la Renaissance, will examine the imprint and logic of signs in medieval Europe.
Pildes, the Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law and co-director of the School of Laws Center on Law and Security, will explore political power, democratic politics, and constitutional theory. His publications include The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process and When Elections Go Bad: The Law of Democracy and the 2000 Presidential Election, both co-authored volumes.
Ruttenburg, who has authored Democratic Personality: Popular Voice and the Trial of American Authorship and Dostoevskys Democracy (July 2008), will study Dostoevsky and the culture of American democracy.
New York University, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, was established in 1831 and is one of Americas leading research universities. It is one of the largest private universities, it has one of the largest contingents of international students, and it sends more students to study abroad than any other college or university in the U.S. Through its 14 schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and dramatic arts, music, public administration, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.