Yaacob Dweck, Yiyun Li win Guggenheim Fellowships

Friday, Apr 10, 2020
by Sarah Malone

Princeton faculty members Yaacob Dweck, professor of history and the Program in Judaic Studies and a member of the Program in American Studies executive committee, and Yiyun Li, professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts and speaker in the 2019-20 Asian American Studies Lecture Series, have received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

The fellowships recognize “exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts,” the foundation website notes.

Dweck was awarded a Guggenheim for a new project on “Rabbinic Reactionaries in the Sephardic Diaspora: Notes on a Social Type.”

Li was awarded a Guggenheim in fiction. Her most recent novel, Where Reasons End, was published in 2019. Must I Go is forthcoming in July 2020.

Dweck and Li are among three Princeton faculty, five undergraduate alumni and one graduate alumnus to receive 2020 Guggenheim Fellowships.