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Fischer Selected in ACLS Fellowship Program

January 23, 2007

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Brodwyn Fischer, assistant professor of history at the Northwestern University Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, is one of 60 scholars of humanities and humanities-related social sciences nationwide to be selected in the American Council of Learned Societies' (ACLS) fellowship program.

Fischer's award is for her study “Cities After Slavery: Abolition, Property, and Urban Migration in Rio de Janeiro and Recife, 1880-1960.”

Fischer specializes in modern Brazil and Latin America, with an emphasis on histories of law, urban transformation and social inequality.

She has received grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Social Science Research Council and the Mellon Foundation.

Recently she was named the Jorge Paulo Lemann Visiting Scholar at Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. The honor is a year-long residential fellowship awarded to one scholar in the field of Brazilian Studies each year.

Fischer, who joined the Northwestern faculty in 2001, has completed a book entitled "A Poverty of Rights: Law, Citizenship, and Inequality in 20th Century Rio de Janeiro," to be published with Stanford University Press.  She has also published various articles in the United States and Brazil on the legal dimensions of racial discrimination and the history of law and social inequality in Rio de Janeiro.

ACLS is a private nonprofit federation of 68 national scholarly organizations, which seeks to advance humanistic studies. Institutions that contribute to the ACLS Fellowship Program include the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.

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