Dr. Julie (Costello) Kipp, assistant professor of English at Hope College, has received a highly competitive Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The award was one of only 130 such fellowships awarded by the NEH to college teachers, university professors and independent scholars for research on topics in the humanities.

Kipp's scholarship focuses on Irish and Scottish women writers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and she will use the summer stipend to continue work on a book tentatively titled "Remembrance, Rebellion, and the Bardic Nation: Irish and Scottish Romantic-period Women's Writings."

Earlier this year Kipp was named a "Towsley Research Scholar" at Hope. The Towsley Research Scholars Program was funded through an endowment from the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation of Midland. One Towsley Scholar is selected each year from faculty members in their third year at Hope. The award provides a half-year sabbatical and summer research support for four years.

Kipp recently completed another book, "Romanticism, Maternity, and Conceptions of the Body Politic: Mothers 'on Trial' 1750-1820," which will be published next year by Cambridge University Press. She has contributed a number of chapters or articles to books or scholarly journals, in addition to making numerous presentations at professional conferences.

She is past managing editor of "Nineteenth-Century Contexts." She also served for one year as production manager and another year as assistant editor of "Bullán: An Irish Studies Journal."

Kipp has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1998.

She earned her bachelor's, master's and doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. The university presented her with the Shaheen Graduate Student Award in the Humanities 1997-98, awarded to one student yearly in the humanities division; she also received the Notre Dame English Department's "Award for Excellence in Teaching" in 1997.