Dr. Woell Nominated by WIU for NEH Summer Fellowship

Sep 18, 2008

Dr. Edward Woell, Associate Professor of History, is one of only two WIU faculty members nominated by the University for a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Fellowship for Summer 2009. Dr. Woell's historical research will dramatically enhance our understanding of the attempt of the Constitutional Church in eighteenth-century France to unite democratic culture with religious beliefs and practices.

Dr. Woell's research into the regional complexity of the Constitutional Church in French small towns will ultimately result in his second book, a study that will be truly national in scope and based on a representative sampling of the diverse forms of the Church in different regions of France. Prof. Woell is an already published scholar in the field, whose first book, Small-Town Martyrs & Murderers: Religious Revolution & Counterrevolution in Western France, 1774-1914, received outstanding reviews in the American Historical Review (the leading journal in the discipline of history) as well as other specialized historical journals.

In addition to the significant contribution to the scholarly understanding of the impact of the French Revolution which Prof. Woell's research promises to provide, it contributes also to WIU's commitment to educational opportunity, as insights from his research will enrich his undergraduate and graduate course offerings in the field of revolutionary-era European history.

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