Two Yale faculty members named as ACLS fellows

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) named two Yale faculty members, Noel E. Lenski and Daniel Botsman, as Collaborative Research Fellows.

The fellowship program, which is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports small teams of scholars as they research and coauthor a major scholarly product. The eight teams selected by peer reviewers cross disciplinary, methodological, and geographic boundaries, and represent a range of institutions and academic ranks.

Lenski is professor of classics and of history. His project is titled “At the Origins of the Hispanic Legal Tradition: A Translation and Commentary of the ‘Book of Judgments.’” Botsman, professor of history, will work on “The Great Asian Deerskin Boom: Consumer Revolution, Inter-Asian Trade, and Environmental Degradation, 1600-1800.”

The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, is considered the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS’s work. This year, ACLS will award more than $20 million to over 350 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.