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​PC Professor Heads to England on NEH Research Grant

Dr. Edward E. Andrews ’01, assistant professor of history at Providence College, is bound for England after winning a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Andrews was selected as a recipient of the NEH Summer Stipends Program grant. Fewer than 10% of applicants ultimately receive funding.

Applicants provide letters of recommendation and intent to contend for the award. In his letter of intent, Andrews described how he would use the funds to conduct research for his project, “One Soul, tho’ not one Soyl.”

Since joining PC’s faculty in 2010, Andrews has taught courses in the Development of Western Civilization Program and in American history and focuses on early colonial and Native American history. His project explores the connections made between missionaries in America and those in other places, like Asia and Europe.

“I’m interested in the global connections made very early on in American history,” Andrews said. “I want to know how people thought about this early globalization religiously.”

While researching for his first book, Native Apostles: Black and Indian Missionaries in the British Atlantic World (Harvard University Press, 2013), Andrews found many sources that alluded to global affairs.

“I kept finding references to things going on in Asia and elsewhere,” he said. “Missionary work among native peoples in the Americas was highly localized, of course, but we also need to develop a deeper appreciation for the wider connections they had within the Atlantic world and beyond.”

These global references, which do not seem to fit into our view of history, Andrews said, prompted him to explore further. And in order to continue his investigation, he will cross the Atlantic Ocean.

In early July, Andrews will begin two months of research in England. He will peruse rare works at the University of Cambridge, which possesses many book collections and manuscripts of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK).

Founded in 1698, the SPCK is the oldest Anglican missionary organization and has provided books and built schools in America and Asia throughout history.

Andrews also will review records at the Lambeth Palace Library in London, especially the records and documents of the British East India Company.

“I’m excited to see sources that I normally don’t have access to,” Andrews said. “I’m looking forward to diving into these archives thousands of miles away. It’s almost like a treasure hunt for finding sources.”

--Nick Tavares ’16

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