For immediate release April 30, 2019

The Phi Beta Kappa Society Announces 2019 Winner of
Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship

WASHINGTON, DC – The Phi Beta Kappa Society has chosen Jessica Lamont, Assistant Professor of Greek History and Culture at Yale University, as the winner of the 2019 Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship in Greek Studies. Established in 1934 by Isabelle Stone (ΦΒΚ, Wellesley College) in honor of her mother, this fellowship recognizes exceptional young scholars in the field of French or Greek language, literature and culture. This year the award goes to a Greek scholar. Lamont, (ΦBK, William & Mary) earned her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and her past recognitions include a fellowships from the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, The National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and the Alexander Onassis Foundation.
With the Sibley fellowship, Lamont will be awarded a stipend of $20,000 which she plans to use to write and research a book on the topic of health and healing in Classical Athens. Her project focuses on the emergence of what she calls “medical pluralism—the interwoven professional and cultural “systems” that evolved to manage health, disease, and illness—in Classical Athens.” She also studies magic in the ancient world, especially Greek curse tablets, incantations, and voodoo dolls.

Offering high praise for Lamont’s proposal, a Sibley selection panel member commented: “By exploring the intersections between the healing cults and “Hippocratic” medicine and demonstrating a blurring of boundaries between “religious” and “scientific” medicine, Lamont’s project should contribute significantly to the scholarship in the growing field of the study of ancient medicine.
For more information on the Sibley Fellowship, please email ΦBK Awards Coordinator Jen Horneman.


About The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Founded on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 290 colleges and universities in the United States, nearly 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 41 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 140 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. For more information, visit