Princeton NJ -- Two Princeton professors are among 185 scholars and artists named 2004 Guggenheim fellows, an award granted to those who demonstrate exceptional achievement in their fields and promise for future accomplishment.
They are: Jeffrey Herbst, professor of politics and international affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and chair of the Department of Politics; and Stephen Kotkin, professor of history and director of the Program in Russian Studies.
Herbst was awarded the fellowship for his research on how geographic factors affect the development of states in Africa.
"Next year, while on leave, I would like to examine whether these political geographic notions can be exported to other parts of the world," he said. The author of "States and Power in Africa," Herbst is an authority on the politics of Africa, economic policy-making in the Third World and international political economy.
Kotkin was awarded the fellowship to complete his historical study of the Ob River basin, a Siberian water system. "Using the archives, libraries and museums of many countries, I am studying the diverse communities that lived along the Ob River and how over the centuries they were folded into the Russian empire and Soviet Union," Kotkin said.
Kotkin's research interests include Eurasia from Japan to Britain in the modern period, and he examines topics such as empire and nation building, governance and political corruption, modernity and modernism, and urbanism.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awards the fellowships. This year, more than 3,200 applications were received for grants totaling $6.9 million.