Agnes Scott Receives $750,000 Mellon Foundation Grant

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Agnes Scott College received a $750,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the hiring of three new faculty members who specialize in the Middle East. The grant is the largest the college has received from the Mellon Foundation.

“This cluster of Middle East scholars will provide needed expertise in the history, culture and religion of one of the world’s most crucial regions while also enhancing existing interdisciplinary initiatives in international relations, human rights, and women’s studies,” says Kerry Pannell, interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “Given the importance of Islam and Middle Eastern politics to 21st century global political stability and well-being, as well as current tensions around women’s status and rights in this part of the world, this group of faculty will enhance a significant area in our curriculum.”

The three faculty members will include a history professor to teach Middle East and transnational history within the Arab world; an assistant professor in religious studies who will offer courses on historical and contemporary Islam; and a faculty member with a background in both international relations and women’s studies whose teaching will focus on human rights, particularly women’s rights.

“A central aim of this cluster will be to help students understand the complex histories of religious and political conflict in the Middle East, and their consequences, both locally and globally,” says Pannell.

Agnes Scott is opening recruitment for the three positions.


Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.