Allyson M. Poska, professor of history at the University of Mary Washington, has been awarded an American Council of Learned Society (ACLS) International and Area Studies Fellowship.
Dr. Poska was one of 65 scholars nationwide selected this year to receive an ACLS Fellowship. Only 10 were appointed as ACLS/Social Science Research Council/National Endowment for the Humanities International and Area Studies Fellows. The $60,000 award supports postdoctoral research in the humanities for up to one year.
The award will allow Dr. Poska to begin work on a new project that examines the gender expectations of immigrants from northern Spain to Buenos Aires during the 18th century. She will spend the fall 2007 semester pursuing archival research in Spain and the spring 2008 semester working in Buenos Aires.
An expert on women’s history, colonial Latin American history and the history of early modern Europe, especially early modern Spain, Dr. Poska also was the recipient of a 2000 01 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a project on women in northern Spain. Her book, Women and Authority in Early Modern Spain, was awarded the Roland H. Bainton Prize as the best book in early modern history in 2006.
In addition, she is the author of Regulating the People: The Catholic Reformation in Seventeenth Century Spain and co-author of Women and Gender in the Western Past. Dr. Poska earned a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in history from Brown University and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Johns Hopkins University.