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Meadows Art History Professor and Chair Adam Herring Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Award Will Support Research in Pre-Columbian Art

A. Adam Herring, The Emily Rich Summers Endowed Professor in Art History and Chair, Department of Art History

Machu Picchu: a monument to Inca environmental overshoot

Adam Herring, The Emily Rich Summers Endowed Professor in Art History and Chair, Department of Art History

Mark Chancey
Professor of Religious Studies

Two SMU professors were among the 173 scholars named Guggenheim Fellows today. Adam Herring, professor of art history at Meadows School of the Arts, and Mark Chancey, professor of religious studies at SMU's Dedman College, were honored for their prior achievement and exceptional promise. The fellowship provides financial support enabling fellows to devote six to 12 months to their research. Just four Texas scholars were named 2017 Guggenheim Fellows.

Adam Herring is the Emily Rich Summers endowed professor and chair of SMU's department of art history. A specialist in the art of pre-Columbian Americas, he has taught at SMU since 1997. The Guggenheim Fellowship will support his innovative research into the art of the Inca empire. Herring’s scholarship considers art within the “Inca Anthropocene,” an era defined by disruptive ecological effects of imperial Inca rule. Chancey has taught courses on Biblical studies at SMU since 2000. His research interests include the Gospels, the historical Jesus, early Judaism, archaeology and the Bible, and the political and social history of Palestine during the Roman period.

They join eight other members of the SMU faculty formerly named Guggenheim Fellows:

  • Neil Foley, professor of history in 2007
  • Willard Spiegelman, professor of English in 1994
  • Robin Lovin, professor of ethics in 1987
  • James Breeden, professor of history in 1979
  • William F. May, professor of ethics in 1978
  • Van Harvey, professor of theology in 1966
  • A. Lee McAlester, professor of geology in 1964
  • Schubert Ogden, professor of theology in 1962

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