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April 18, 2013

Kyle Harper selected for fellowship

NORMAN — Kyle Harper, University of Oklahoma associate professor of classics and letters, is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, it was announced this week.

The fellowship is a national award honoring scholars, artists and scientists who are selected on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. Guggenheim Fellows represent a wide variety of backgrounds, fields of study and accomplishments.

Harper, who also serves as director of OU’s Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage and senior vice provost for OU’s Norman campus, was selected in the field of European and American history based on his current research project, “The Fall of the Roman Empire: A Biohistory.”

“The entire university community joins me in congratulating Vice Provost Harper for this exceptional recognition of his work as a scholar,” OU President David L. Boren said. “With this award, along with the James Henry Breasted Prize, he takes his place among the finest scholars in his field in our country.”

Harper recently was named recipient of the James Henry Breasted Prize by the American Historical Association for his book “Slavery in the Late Roman World, AD 275-425,” published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.

Earlier, he was presented the Classical Association of the Middle West and South’s Outstanding Publication Award for the same book.

His next book, “From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Ethics in Late Antiquity,” is due to appear from Harvard University Press next month. “The Fall of the Roman Empire: A Biohistory” is a study that will examine the influence of environmental factors like disease and climate on the end of the ancient Roman empire.

“Historians have increasingly recognized the potential of the natural sciences to help us understand past events and long-term transformations, such as the collapse of ancient empires,” Harper said. “I feel tremendously honored to receive this recognition, and I’m so grateful for all the support I receive from the University of Oklahoma. I’m proud to teach at a top-tier research institution like OU, where we’re advancing the frontiers of knowledge in exciting ways.”

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