SMU Profs Given Grants for Humanities Research

SMU professors Zachary Wallmark and Sabri Ates were named fellowship grant recipients by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Two Southern Methodist University professors were the only North Texans recently named recipients of National Endowment for the Humanities grants. 

Zachary Wallmark, assistant professor and chair of music history at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, received $25,200 to further his work using brain imaging and music studies to examine humans’ emotional response to music. 

Associate History Professor Sabri Ates’ $50,400 NEH grant will be used for his Kurdish nationalism research.

“NEH fellowships are among the most competitive humanities research opportunities in the nation, with a funding rate of approximately 7 percent,” Meadows Dean Sam Holland said in a release.

In total, NEH gave out $16.3 million in grants for various programs and research projects.

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