Greensboro College Professor Wins Research Fellowship for Book Project
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Heather Chacón, an assistant professor of English at Greensboro College, has won a $5,000 research fellowship for a book she is writing.
The Curtis Gates Lloyd Research Fellowship, which drew applicants from around the world, allows Chacón to spend July 2018 and July 2019 researching her forthcoming book, “Health Movements: Medicine, Empire, and Commerce in 19th Century American Literature and Culture,” at the Lloyd Library in Cincinnati.
The book examines written texts by known medical doctors, lay healers, and social reformers to show how the rise of a globally-integrated economy in the 19th century and the increasingly global scope of public health concerns that resulted influenced Americans to adopt a more cosmopolitan attitude toward the country’s diverse populations.
This will be Chacón’s first book. Previously she has published peer-reviewed articles in such scholarly journals as Arizona Quarterly, Poe Studies, and Literature & Medicine.
The Lloyd Library, founded in the 1870s and once associated with the Eclectic Medical Institute in Cincinnati, is now a free-standing repository for the greatest collections of historic materials related to botanical and eclectic medicine in the United States.
Its materials, which began as the private collection of pharmacists John Uri Lloyd and Curtis Gates Lloyd, date back several centuries, and their origins span the globe.
Chacón, director of Greensboro College’s first-year composition program, holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Ball State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. She joined the faculty in 2015.
Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.
Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features an 18-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities.