UC History Professor Katherine Sorrels recently won a Taft Center Fellowship for the next academic year. She will be working on her book “The Evolution of Europe: Social Darwinism and the Ideal of Integration in the First Half of the Twentieth Century.” The book focuses on the work of Alfred Fried, an Austrian Jewish pacifist whose work provided the model for the Pan-European Union during the interwar period. Sorrels examines Fried’s Pan-European idea in the contexts of the Darwinist sociological thought to which he subscribed, the international peace movement, and the Jewish experience in Austria.
Each year the Taft Center Fellows program, sponsored by the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from around the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. Each scholar is released from teaching and service obligations and given an entire academic year to dedicate to the completion of a major research project. Throughout the year the Center Fellows meet to discuss their ongoing writing and research. Professor Sorrels is only the latest in a long line of history faculty who have been a part of this exciting interdisciplinary program.