Dr. Lara Farina and Dr. Priscilla Shilaro are the recipients of the 2006 Riggle Fellowships in the Humanities from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University .

The Riggle Fellowships provide $5,000 in summer salary to tenure-track assistant professors to support their research and scholarship. The award is open to professors in English, foreign languages, history, philosophy and religious studies.

Recipients were selected by the Dean of the Eberly College , based on recommendations from the college’s research and graduate studies committee.

Farina, an assistant professor of English, will use her fellowship to attend the International Medieval Conference in Leeds , England , this summer. She will present her work then stay in Europe for several weeks to conduct scholarly research in major European libraries.

She earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in English from Fordham University and a B.A. in humanities from the University of California , Berkeley . She joined WVU in 2002. Her teaching and research interests are English and Continental medieval literature, medieval piety and the history of reading.

Shilaro, an assistant professor of history, will continue her research on gender, patriarchy and land questions in pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial Kenya .

She’s presently completing a book and two articles on Kenya and is launching a new study on the country’s colonial land policy.

Dr. Shilaro earned a Ph.D. in history from WVU , and an M.A. in history and a B. Ed. in arts from Kenyatta University in Nairobi , Kenya . She has been an Eberly faculty member since 2002, and also served for three years as coordinator of WVU ’s Africana Studies Program.

�€?I am very pleased to be able to offer these fellowships to new faculty members in the humanities,�€? Eberly Dean Mary Ellen Mazey said. �€?Both provided strong applications and I look forward to seeing the results of the work that the Riggle Fellowships will support.�€?

For more information, please contact Dr. Fred King, associate dean for research and graduate studies, at fred.king@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-4611.