Penn Student and Four Alums Awarded Rare Book School Mellon Fellowships

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460March 20, 2013

Marissa Nicosia, a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania, and four alumni are recipients of Rare Book School Mellon Fellowships in Critical Bibliography for early-career scholars.

Nicosia’s work is in early modern English literature, material texts studies and political theory. Her dissertation, "Genre and Crisis: Print, Politics and the Transformation of Seventeenth-Century Literature," studies the relationships between historical literary genres, political thought and the print market across the 17th century.

The alumni fellowship recipients are Lauren McGuire Jennings, who received her Ph.D. in historical musicology in 2012; Hannah Marcus, who received her B.A. in history in 2009; Dahlia Porter, who earned her doctorate in English literature in 2007; and Yael Rice, who earned a Ph.D. in history of art in 2011. 

They are among 20 people receiving fellowships to attend the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. Approximately 250 applied to participate in the three-year program, which seeks to reinvigorate bibliographical studies in the humanities.

RBS-Mellon Fellows will receive training in the analysis of textual artifacts. Fellows will receive stipends to support research-related travel to special collections plus additional funds to host academic symposia at their home institutions.

More information about the 2013-16 RBS-Mellon Fellows and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography is available at