Penn State Altoona history professor receives fellowship

John Eicher

John Eicher, professor of history at Penn State Altoona, was awarded a Simone Veil Fellowship from Project House Europe at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München for the summer of 2023.

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ALTOONA, Pa. — John Eicher, assistant professor of history at Penn State Altoona, recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for the 2023-24 academic year.

Eicher was one of 70 recipients chosen from more than 1,000 applicants. The competitive fellowship provides a year of support, during which time he will continue work on his second manuscript, “The Sword Outside, the Plague Within: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Europe." The book compares the cultural impact of the 1918 “Spanish” flu pandemic across 10 European countries using over 1,000 first-hand survivors’ accounts.

Eicher will also use the fellowship year to share his research at academic conferences, public lectures and invited speaking engagements.