UNH History Professor Recognized for Excellence

By Erika Mantz
UNH News Bureau

September 4, 2001

DURHAM, N.H. -- Eliga Gould, associate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, has been awarded the Class of 1940 Professorship for his outstanding teaching and research.

The Class of 1940 Professorship was established in honor of the 50th reunion of the class to recognize and reward a UNH faculty member for outstanding teaching and research, especially from an international perspective.

The prestigious three-year appointment will allow Gould to spend time in London doing research related to the American Revolution and to finish editing "Empire and Nation: The American Revolution and the Atlantic World," due out in 2002. Gould is also writing a piece on Atlantic history with an emphasis on the American colonies.

Gould's first book, "The Persistence of Empire: British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution," grew out of his doctoral dissertation and looked at British politics during the American Revolution.

His new research will look at changing British perceptions of the world beyond Europe, with particular attention to the abolition of the African slave trade (1807), the Latin American wars for independence, and the United States' assertion of the Monroe Doctrine (1823). Gould is on leave this coming academic year and will spend two months in London next summer.

"It is a great honor to receive the professorship, and a real help," Gould says. "Early research is quite expensive, and this will also allow me to go to Istanbul for a five-day conference."

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