Camelia Lenart, Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at the University at Albany, was recently awarded the Pre-Dissertation Mellon Fellowship from the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. This award will help her complete research for her dissertation in the British Archives and Collections, focusing from a very original perspective on Martha Graham's tours to Europe. Mrs. Lenart’s dissertation project is entitled “The European response to Martha Graham's European Tours during the 1950s and 1960s.”
Ms. Lenart immigrated to the United States of America less than ten years ago. She earned her B.A. in History from her native country, Romania, and completed her M.A. in History at the University at Albany in 2005. She is the proud mother of three children, a full-time student and an Adjunct Instructor in the History Department. Ms. Lenart is a member of two international dance societies—The Society of Dance History Scholars and The Society for Dance Research.
Camelia credits her doctoral success thus far to her advisor and mentor, Dr. Dan S. White (History), and to her additional mentors, Dr. Warren Roberts (History), Dr. Rick Fogarty (History), and Dr. Jeff Berman (English). She has received several awards and grants, including the Dissertation Research Fellowship Award (University at Albany, 2009), Sherry Penney Award (University at Albany, 2009), Research Benevolent Grant (University at Albany, 2009), Initiatives for Women Award (University at Albany, 2008), and Award of the Graduate Dean (University at Albany, 2005). Camelia passed her Comprehensive Examination with distinction and has presented in 15 national and international conferences and symposia. She has two papers published and one in progress. One of her works is now part of the Rothschild Library in London.