Dr. Blackman Receives Mednick Fellowship

April 07, 2014

Dr. Robert BlackmanDr. Robert H. Blackman, Associate Professor of History at Hampden-Sydney College, has received a 2014 VFIC Mednick Fellowship for his proposal to research and write a new book, "Building a National Assembly".

This project proposal was reviewed and approved by the Mednick Fellowship Committee of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. The Committee has offered to contribute a grant of $2,000 towards his work.

Since 1952, money has been raised and grants have been approved by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) in order to fortify the fifteen foremost private colleges in the Commonwealth.

In regards to receiving this award, Dr. Blackman said, "I'm grateful to the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges for awarding me a Mednick Memorial Fellowship for 2014. Their generous grant will allow me to travel to Paris to do research at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Archives Nationales in support of my study of the concepts and theories of political representation used by the deputies to the National Assembly in the early French Revolution. I hope that my summer research will enable me to write a draft book chapter on the veto powers granted the king of France in the constitution as written by those deputies in the summer of 1789."

Dr. Blackman received his B.A. from the University of California, Riverside, and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine.