Professor Franke Selected to be a Guggenheim Fellow

Fall 2011

Professor Katherine M. Franke recently received a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. She will use the opportunity to write a book comparing the role of marriage equality in the modern gay rights movement to the efforts of African-Americans seeking marriage rights post-slavery. “I have long thought that today’s marriage politics ought to be better informed by the experiences of other subordinated people who had not been allowed to marry in the past,” said Franke, who taught a seminar last year on marriage equality. Franke has already completed a significant amount of research for the book. “The Guggenheim Fellowship will give me a tremendous opportunity to complete this new project,” she said. Franke is one of 180 Guggenheim Fellows selected from more than 3,000 applicants.