Chamorro professor to receive Guggenheim foundation fellowship

Keith Camacho

A Chamorro professor has been named as one of eight professors selected to receive fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Keith Camacho, associate professor of Asian American studies at UCLA, will receive a fellowship from the foundation.

Created in 1925 by Simon and Olga Guggenheim in memory of their son John Simon Guggenheim, the foundation has offered fellowships to exceptional individuals in pursuit of scholarship in any field of knowledge and creation in any art form, under the freest possible conditions.

This year the foundation awarded fellowships to 184 American and Canadian scientists and scholars in the social sciences and humanities, as well as writers and artists of all kinds selected via a rigorous peer-review process from almost 3,000 applicants.

Keith Camacho is a historian of Chamorros — the indigenous people of the Mariana Islands of Guam — and other Pacific Islanders. He has published widely on empire, gender, militarism, race and sovereignty in the Mariana Islands, Oceania and the broader Asia-Pacific region. His research agenda extends these issues to U.S. colonial law and to its imperial regimes of freedom, punishment and surveillance in the Pacific.

The wide range of backgrounds, fields of study, and accomplishments of Guggenheim Fellows is a unique characteristic of the fellowship program. In all, 49 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, 73 different academic institutions, 28 states and 2 Canadian provinces are represented in this year’s class of fellows, who range in age from 31 to 85. Close to 60 Fellows have no full-time college or university affiliation.

Since its establishment in 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted nearly $400 million in fellowships to more than 18,000 individuals, among whom are more than 125 Nobel laureates, members of all the national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Fields Medal, Turing Award, Bancroft Prize, National Book Award, and other internationally recognized honors.