The Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Early Career Research Award is named in honor of Lehigh’s first vice president for research and his wife. It honors a faculty member who is early in their research career and who has demonstrated the potential for high-quality research and scholarship.
As a scholar of early 20th century European art, Nicholas’ research examines the intersections of modernism, national identity, and cultural politics in central and eastern Europe, with a particular focus on Czech and Czechoslovak art. He recently published his first book with Charles University in Prague, in a Czech-language edition: On a Path to Modernity: The Eight and Its Circle in the Years 1900-1910. The book has garnered very positive reviews, and he is currently preparing an enlarged English edition of the text for publication. Nicholas is an active and engaged scholar of growing international reputation.