PORTLAND — Two Maine educators have won Guggenheim fellowships, joining an elite group of 181 scholars, artists and scientists from North America who’ve also been selected by the foundation to further their academic pursuits.

Kristen Ghodsee is a gender and women’s studies professor from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, and Catherine Besteman is a professor of anthropology at Colby College in Waterville.

Guggenheim fellowships are awarded based on prior achievement and “exceptional promise.” Besterman topic will be Somalis in Maine. Ghodsee will study state socialist women’s organizations, 1965-1990.

Sen. Simon Guggenheim of Colorado and his wife established the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1925 as a memorial to their son.


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