Purdue University College of Liberal Art

Rayvon Fouché

Please join me in congratulating Rayvon Fouché, director of the American Studies Program and associate professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, for being named the inaugural Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellow by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Ray will use his residency to continue his research at the intersection of sports technology, innovation and human performance, including making use of objects and archival materials in the national collections at the National Museum of American History for his project, The Machine in the Game: Technology, Design, and the Evolution of Contemporary Sport. Ray will also contribute to Lemelson Center programming and a conference on the topic of innovation in sports.

Ray has authored and edited Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation (John Hopkins University Press), Appropriating Technology: Vernacular Science and Social Power (University of Minnesota Press), and Technology Studies (Sage Publications). Ray is currently completing a book related to his fellowship project Game Changer: Technoscience and the Fate of Athletic Competition (Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming). Ray has also received grants and awards from the Illinois Informatics Institute, Illinois Program for the Research in Humanities, Center for Advanced Study, National Endowment for the Humanities and National Science Foundation.

Congratulations, Dr. Fouché!

David's Signature

David A. Reingold
Justin S. Morrill Dean
College of Liberal Arts