Professor receives funding to craft biography of Mount Fuji
December 05, 2013
Associate Professor of History Andrew Bernstein has received a Fellowship for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The funding rate for this highly competitive program averages just 8 percent each year.
Bernstein plans to use the NEH support to finish his latest book, Fuji: A Mountain in the Making, during his upcoming sabbatical.
“The book will be a comprehensive ‘environmental biography’ of Mount Fuji that crosses conventional boundaries between the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences,” Bernstein said. “It will explore Fuji as both a physical place and as an imagined object beginning in neolithic times and continuing into the modern period.”
Supported jointly by the NEH and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, the fellowship program supports research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan’s international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. It encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature.