Brian Edwards, an assistant professor of English and comparative literary studies at Northwestern University who teaches and writes about 20th century American literature and culture in an international context, was named one of 16 Carnegie Scholars today (April 7).
The Carnegie Corporation of New York will award the newly named 2005 scholars up to $100,000 over a two-year period to pursue research focused on Islam and the modern world. A former Fulbright Fellow to Morocco, Edwards specializes in Maghrebi literature and culture, especially its intersections with U.S. culture and politics.
At Northwestern, Edwards directs the Globalizing American Studies Project, which is multi-year initiative with the Center for Global Culture and Communication and the Center for International and Comparative Studies. He is the author of the forthcoming “Morocco Bound: Disorienting America’s Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express” (Duke University Press).
Edwards is involved in a firsthand examination of ideas about America in North Africa and the Middle East and the means by which those ideas are circulated (e.g., media, cyberculture, material culture and education).
Arguing that cultural understanding is the foundation of long-term international peace and security, Edwards aims to understand how and where American culture circulates and the means Arabs and Iranians make of American “civilization.”
The goal of the 2005 Carnegie Scholars Program is to encourage the development and expansion of the study of Islam within the U.S. The 2005 class of scholars reflects a diversity of professional, ethnic and geographical backgrounds.