Yarbrough Wins Prestigious NEH Fellowship

Story posted May 17, 2006

Jean Yarbrough, Bowdoin's Gary M. Pendy Sr., Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Government has received a 2006 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in support of her research on the Progressives.

Yarbrough's award is part of the Endowment's "We the People" initiative celebrating significant events and themes in American history. It is Yarbrough's second fellowship from the NEH; she won the NEH Bicentennial Fellowship in 1983.

Yarbrough, who has been on sabbatical during the 2005-2006 academic year, is working on a book on Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive critique of the Founding that focuses on the issues of natural rights and limited government.

An earlier book, "American Virtues: Thomas Jefferson on the Character of Free People," was published by the University Press of Kansas (1998). She has recently edited and annotated "The Essential Jefferson," for Hackett Publishers (2006).

Yarbrough is an expert in political philosophy and American political thought. Her articles have appeared in The Review of Politics, The Journal of Politics, The American Scholar, Policy Review, the Claremont Review of Books, and other journals. She served as president of the New England Political Science Association last year.

Jean Yarbrough was named to the Bowdoin faculty in 1988, and served as the chair of the department of government and legal studies from 1994-97. A cum laude graduate of Cedar Crest College, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from New School for Social Research.

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