The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in New York has named Annenberg’s Carlin Romano as one of its 175 Fellows for the academic year 2013-14. First awarded in 1925 and considered among the most prestigious of American awards, the Fellowship, according to the Foundation’s website, goes to “men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” This year’s winners of a Guggenheim were selected in an open competition from nearly 3,000 applicants. The award, worth $46,000, comes in recognition of previous achievement, with no restrictions or definite obligations attached. Each winner of a Guggenheim may use the award money as he or she chooses.
Romano is the fourth faculty member of the Annenberg School for Communication to receive a Guggenheim since the School was founded in 1959, and the first adjunct faculty member to do so. Marwan Kraidy (2011), former faculty member Larry Gross (1998) and Barbie Zelizer (1994) previously were named Guggenheim Fellows.
In 2012, Romano published America the Philosophical, a 672-page book reviewed alone on the front page of the Sunday New York Times Book Review, which described it as "ambitious...convincing...an encyclopedic survey of the life of the mind in the United States." The paperback edition of the book comes out this month from Vintage Books in New York.