Orange County

UCF medievalist receives $60K research award for book

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The National Endowment for the Humanities recently selected a University of Central Florida assistant professor for a highly competitive research award.


The university said Stephen Hopkins received a $60,000 fellowship for his book, “The Infernal Laboratory: Vernacular Theology and Hell in the Medieval North Sea.”

Hopkins said the book explores the concept of the afterlife in texts during the Middle Ages.

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Hopkins focuses on English subjects but also teaches linguistics, early medieval literature and mythology, UCF said.

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According to the NEH website, Hopkins is one of 70 NEH fellowship recipients, with a total of $3.9 million granted overall.

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