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History professor awarded Guggenheim Fellowship (Released: 4/29/96)

by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- John Davis, the Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair in Modern Italian History at the University of Connecticut, has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for 1996- 1997.

Davis is one of 158 artists, scholars and scientists appointed Guggenheim Fellows for unusually distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.

It is very gratifying to receive a major American research award which will enable me to complete a project I have been working on for seven or eight years now, Davis said.

He received the fellowship to complete a study of the Napoleonic origins of Italy's Southern Problem, which will be published by Clarendon Press of Oxford University. His study will focus on one of the major examples of regional under-development in Western Europe and the origins of contemporary problems of inner-city decay and organized crime.

These problems that faced the inner cities in southern Italy during the early 19th century are the same problems that we continue to face in our inner cities today, Davis said.

Since coming to the University in 1992 as the first holder of the Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair, Davis was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities research grant in 1995.

Previously a professor of modern European history at the University of Warwick (UK), Davis was awarded a British Academy Fellowship in 1990. He has published widely on different aspects of Italian economic and social history in the 19th century. In addition to the study for which he was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, he is currently writing the volume on Italy in the Oxford History of Modern Europe. He also is the joint founding editor of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, which was launched in 1995.

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