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FAU Professor Chosen for Harvard and Brown Fellowships

            BOCA RATON, FL (May 4, 2009) – Kristen Block, assistant professor in Florida Atlantic University’s department of history in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, has been awarded two prestigious grants in support of her research from the Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University and from the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.

These grants will allow her to explore new projects in Atlantic history and religious history as she completes revisions to a book manuscript, Faith and Fortune: Religious Identity and the Politics of Profit in the Early Caribbean.  Block’s inquiry has focused on the way that religion served as a tool of colonial control in both Spanish and English settlements in an era of burgeoning capitalism.  But more importantly, it shows how Christianity was used as a form of protest by those most denigrated and disadvantaged by the early Caribbean’s culture of profit.  By following ordinary people—slaves, servants, sailors and sectarians— Faith and Fortune personalizes the historical struggle for moral power and economic survival in the colonial Atlantic World.

To learn more about FAU’s department of history, call 561-297-3840.


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