UI alumnus Jacob Soll wins MacArthur “genius award”

Jacob Soll, an alumnus of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named a winner of a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “genius award.”

Currently a professor of history at Rutgers University, Camden, N.J., Soll received his bachelor’s degree in history, with honors and distinction, from the UI in 1991, and he also earned a doctorate in history from Cambridge University, England, in 1998.

A historian of Europe, he has explored the development of political thought and criticism in early modern Europe and shed new light on the origins of the modern state. Soll is the author of The Information Master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert’s Secret State Intelligence System and Publishing the Prince: History, Reading, and the Birth of Political Criticism 1513-1789, winner of the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History. He is the son of UI biologist David Soll.

The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. Each fellowship comes with a stipend of $500,000.

For more, see www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.959463/