Chicago Assistant Professor Gets Genius Grant
The John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded 23 fellows half-a-million dollars for what it calls originality and dedication to creative pursuits.
The foundation named Shannon Lee Dawdy a genius for using historical preservation to highlight the history of the Atlantic World.
Dawdy says her recent work includes an excavation project in New Orleans' French Quarter.
DAWDY: If we go back and look at the other possibilities of the past, the trajectory's not completed, I think we can find inspiration for how to re-invent ourselves today.
Dawdy got the news more than a week ago that she made the genius list, but she had to keep it a secret until today.
DAWDY: You can only tell one person. So I told my husband and we've kept it a nervous secret since then.
Dawdy says she'd like to use some of the grant money to continue her fieldwork in New Orleans.