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UO Historian Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Vera Keller has been awarded a year-long fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation for her research project “Curating the German Enlightenment: Johann Daniel Major (1634–1693) and the Experimental Century.”

Guggenheim Fellows

The Guggenheim Fellowship is one of the most prominent awards given to scholars and artists in the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the creative arts. According to the Guggenheim Foundation, these grants are intensively competitive and are offered only to advance professionals “who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” The purpose of the fellowship is to provide scholars and creators with as much freedom as possible with which to produce bodies of work in their fields.

The 2020 fellows were announced on April 8, 2020, awarding just 175 scholars, artists, and writers from selection of almost 3,000 applicants.

Vera Keller

Vera Keller

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Vera Keller is an associate professor for the University of Oregon’s Department of History, and she is a historian of science of early modern Europe. Keller’s research looks at how late 17th-century German academics sought to rein in, winnow, connect and re-order three previous epistemic cultures: the court culture explored in my first book, mercantile and medical collecting networks, and pansophic erudition. Learn more about Vera Keller at