Danna Agmon, assistant professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has received a Huntington Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year.

Agmon will spend a year in residence at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, to continue her research on French colonialism in India. Her fellowship is one of nine awarded this year out of 118 proposals submitted.

“We are very proud that Danna’s work has been recognized with this prestigious award,” said Mark Barrow, professor and chair of the Department of History. “It is an honor for her, our department and college, and Virginia Tech.”

Agmon is a core faculty member in the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on the intersection of trade and religion in the 18th century French colonies in India.

She is working on a book manuscript titled “The Nayiniyappa Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and a Colonial Scandal in French India.” Articles based on this research appeared recently in two peer-reviewed journals: Eighteenth-Century Studies and French Historical Studies.

Agmon joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2012. She holds a doctoral degree and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from Tel Aviv University.

The Huntington Library, founded in 1919, is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine. Its collections range chronologically from the 11th century to the present and include millions of manuscripts and books, as well as photographs, prints, and ephemera.



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