April 19, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Thomas Dumm, professor of political science at Amherst College, has been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The foundation will support his research on loneliness and experience for the 12-month period beginning in September 2001. Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded on the basis of past accomplishment and future promise as a scholar, writer and artist.

Dumm is the author of four books that have explored the relationship of punishment to the origins of American democracy, different aspects of contemporary American political culture, and poststructuralist political theory. His most recent book is A Politics of the Ordinary (NYU Press, 1999). He finishes his term as founding editor of Theory&Event, an internationally juried journal of contemporary political theory, in December of this year. Theory&Event was first published in 1997, and was at its founding the first exclusively online humanities journal published by a major university press (Johns Hopkins University Press, Project MUSE). It currently is carried by several thousand libraries worldwide.

Dumm will be engaged in research and will present lectures in London, England; Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, Australia; and Pelican Bay, Calif. in the coming year.