Kyle Grady wears a gray blazer and black shirt underneath; he is outdoors

Kyle Grady, assistant professor of English at UCI, has been awarded a Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Institute for Citizens & Scholars for the 2022-23 academic year, joining 28 other fellows. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered at Citizens & Scholars since 2001, the Career Enhancement Fellowship has supported more than 400 junior faculty members, creating a robust network of scholars committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities. Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, fellows are expanding perspectives within their disciplines and are committed to research and service that increases diversity and inclusion on campus.

Grady’s research engages early modern English literature and culture from a Black studies perspective, primarily focusing on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, including the work of Shakespeare. His research has appeared in the journals Shakespeare QuarterlyShakespeare StudiesEarly Modern Culture and New Literary History, among others. Citizens & Scholars is providing Grady with a six-month sabbatical stipend. He will use this fellowship to continue work on his book project, which tracks the development of dominant approaches to Black and white mixedness in early modern English literature and culture.