Press Release for Friday, September 11, 2009
UNF History Professor Awarded Prestigious Kislak Fellowship
Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Dr. J. Michael Francis, an associate professor of
history at the University
of North Florida, was
awarded the prestigious Jay I. Kislak Fellowship, an international competition,
at the Library of Congress. Only one fellowship is awarded annually.
San Marco resident will spend the 2010-2011 academic year in Washington, D.C.,
where he will continue his research on the history of early colonial Spanish
Florida. The Kislak Fellows Program supports scholarly research that
contributes significantly to a greater understanding of the cultures and
history of the Americas.
It provides an opportunity for a period of up to eight months of concentrated
use of materials from the Kislak Collection and other collections of the
Library of Congress through full-time residency at the Library.
Francis has taught at UNF since 1997. He is the author of
“Invading Colombia: Spanish Accounts of the Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada
Expedition of Conquest” and is currently completing his second book titled
“Politics, Murder and Martyrdom in Spanish Florida: Don Juan and the Guale
Uprising of 1597, which will be published in 2010. His next book project, “The
Martyrs of Florida,” is under contract with the University Press of Florida.
In 2007, he received a four-year appointment as research
associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and has received numerous awards,
including a 2009 Cushwa Center Research Grant from the University of Notre Dame
and the 2009 Outstanding International Leadership Award from UNF.
Francis is a member of the Conference of Latin American
History, H-Latam, American Historical Association and the Latin American
Studies Association. He earned his PhD in 1998 from the University of Cambridge,
where he specialized in colonial Latin American history.
serves as book review editor for the journal “Ethnohistory,” series editor for “Fighting
Words: Competing Voices from…,” and series associate editor for “Latin American
Originals.” He also represents UNF on the University Press of Florida’s
Kislak Collection is a major collection of rare books, manuscripts, historic
documents, maps and art of the Americas
donated to the Library of Congress by the Jay I. Kislak Foundation, located in Miami Lakes, Fla.
The collection contains some of the earliest records of indigenous peoples in
North America and superb objects from the discovery, contact and colonial
periods, especially for Florida, the Caribbean