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Trent University Announces 2006/2007 Ashley Fellows


Dr. David Montgomery, Renowned American Historian, and Dr. Peter Stephenson, Internationally-Recognized Medical Anthropologist, to be Hosted by Trent during Next Academic Year

Monday, February 27, 2006, Peterborough

For the second year in a row, the Senate of Trent University has appointed two Ashley Fellows for the upcoming academic year – Dr. David Montgomery, a well-known historian of the American labour movement, and Dr. Peter Stephenson, an internationally-recognized senior medical anthropologist.

Professor David Montgomery

Professor David Montgomery has been described as one of the most eminent historians in the United States. Trent is pleased to appoint Professor David Montgomery, an international scholar of significance and a sought-after lecturer and public speaker, as an Ashley Fellow for the 2006/07 year.

Making the transition into academics a little later in life than most, Professor Montgomery has since made up for lost time, becoming a renowned historian and expert on American political and social life, as well as an engaging and decorated speaker.

Best known for authoring such books as Beyond Equality: Labor and the Radical Republicans, The Fall of the House of Labor, and more recently, Citizen Worker, Professor Montgomery has made a name for himself through the study and examination of labour movements in the U.S., becoming known as one of the key founders of the new American labour history after the 1960s. In addition, he has also become an internationally-renowned scholar, having much of his work translated into multiple languages.

Professor Montgomery has been widely recognized for his work through fellowships and notable book awards. In addition, he has served as President of the Organization of American Historians and has received a teaching award for undergraduate education at Yale.
Professor Montgomery was nominated by Joan Sangster, Director of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies. His visit to Trent will be hosted by Champlain College.

Professor Peter Stephenson

As a senior medical anthropologist, Professor Peter Stephenson has made a name for himself in Canada and in the International field. Trent University is excited to appoint him an Ashley Fellow for the 2006/07 year.

Receiving his doctorate from the University of Toronto, Professor Stephenson has held teaching positions at various institutions all over Canada and abroad. He currently resides at the University of Victoria where he holds the distinguished position of a Michael Smith Fellow.

Professor Stephenson's research extends across multiple disciplines. His current research interests and work include examining the relationship between rapid urban development and modernist planning in the lives of the marginalized population in the city of Almere in Flevoland (Netherlands), and completing a book, tentatively titled Zombie Factory, which looks at the popular misconceptions of stress and early mortality experiences in post-industrial societies, especially among middle-aged executives.
He has been recognized for his work by the Canadian Anthropology Society, receiving the Weaver-Tremblay Award for his work in applied anthropology.

Professor Stephenson's visit will also be hosted by Champlain College. He was nominated by Professor Julia Harrison, the Chair of Women's Studies.

About the Ashley Fellowship

The Ashley Fellowship is funded by a bequest from the late Professor C.A. Ashley, long-time friend of Trent University and an enthusiastic proponent of the role that informal contacts of college life can play in the academic pursuits of the University. The Ashley Fellows, therefore, are visiting scholars who reside at one of Trent's five residential Colleges for part of the year, delivering lectures and meeting with faculty and students. In the past, fellowships have been awarded to Dr. Timothy McGee, a recently retired University of Toronto professor, Dr. Randy Stoecker, a University of Toledo professor who focuses on community-based education, and Tama Turanga Huata from Aotearoa, New Zealand.


For more information, please contact:

Joan Sangster, Director of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies, 748.1011 x1749


Professor Julia Harrison, Chair of Women's Studies and Associate Professor. Department of Anthropology, 748.1011 x1515


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