Julie Costello of English Faculty
Named Towsley Research Scholar

Posted January 8, 2001 HOLLAND -- Dr. Julie Costello, assistant professor of English at Hope College, has been named a "Towsley Research Scholar" at Hope.

The award was announced during the college's annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon, held on Monday, Jan. 8.

The Towsley Research Scholars Program is funded through an endowment made possible through a grant from the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation of Midland. The foundation's awards to the college have also included grants for the construction of the Van Wylen Library and the new science center, faculty development in the pre-medical sciences and support for an endowed chair in communication.

Through the Towsley Research Scholars Program, newer Hope faculty members receive support for a project for four years. An additional scholar is appointed each year. Past recipients are Dr. David Ryden of the political science faculty (1997), Dr. J. Jeffery Tyler of the religion faculty (1998), Dr. Matthew Elrod of the chemistry faculty (1999) and Dr. Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet of the psychology faculty (2000).

Costello has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1998. Her scholarship focuses on Irish and Scottish women writers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and she will use the Towsley support to continue work on a book tentatively titled "Remembrance, Rebellion, and the Bardic Nation: Irish and Scottish Romantic-period Women's Writings."

She recently completed another book, "Romanticism, Maternity, and Conceptions of the Body Politic: Mothers 'on Trial' 1750-1820," which is being considered for publication by Cambridge University Press. She has contributed a number of chapters or articles to books or scholarly journals, in addition to making numerous presentations at professional conferences.

She is past managing editor of "Nineteenth-Century Contexts." She also served for one year as production manager and another year as assistant editor of "Bullán: An Irish Studies Journal."

Costello earned her bachelor's, master's and doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. The university presented her with the Shaheen Graduate Student Award in the Humanities 1997-98, awarded to one student yearly in the humanities division; she also received the Notre Dame English Department's "Award for Excellence in Teaching" in 1997.


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