University at Albany

Excellence in Research and Creative Activities

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Three faculty members received this tribute in 2012 for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities.

Graham Barker-BenfieldGraham Barker-Benfield, History

Ben Barker-Benfield has an extensive, widely acclaimed record of historical research with three books, an edited collection, 12 articles, and 35 paper presentations.  He has won several national and international fellowships including awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center at Princeton University and Cambridge University.

Professor Barker-Benfield’s contributions are witnessed by enthusiastic external reviewers who speak to the influence of his scholarship on their own work, and on the excitement of students as they engage with his ideas and original arguments.

His pioneering work in the 1970s and 1980s was critical to new directions taken by scholarship on gender, and to the birth of the history of sexuality as a legitimate field of academic inquiry. In the 1980’s and 90s, a broad and integrative field of gender history emerged. Historians began to explore the history of masculinity as they studied gendered power. Professor Barker-Benfield provided an important foundational scholarship for this expansion of gender history.  His early scholarship examined the relationship of industrial development and sex segregation in American life, offering a new approach to teaching an integrated gender history that explores both masculinity and femininity. He followed this work with his book: The Culture of Sensibility: Sex and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain.  Critics have called it “undeniably one of the most important books published by a historian in the past twenty years.”  Its influence reaches into cultural history, gender history, history of sexuality, history of medicine and the body, and Atlantic history. Professor Barker-Benfield’s scholarship has profoundly influenced the direction of an entire field, challenging traditional historians and standing on its own in its originality.

Excellence in Research and Creative Activities

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