Terence Keel, Assistant Professor of History and of Black studies at UC Santa Barbara has received this year’s Harold J. Plous Award. This is one of the university’s most prestigious faculty honors, given annually to an assistant professor from the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in research, teaching and service. It was established in 1957 to honor the memory of Harold J. Plous, an assistant professor of economics. Terence has also been awarded tenure this year. He will deliver the Plous Lecture next spring. Before becoming a faculty member at UCSB in 2012, he completed both his Master of Theological Studies and his Ph.D. in religious studies at Harvard University. An interdisciplinary historian, he works on racism and its connections to modern science, religion, and political power. His book, “Divine Variation: How Christian Thought Became Racial Science,” is forthcoming from Stanford University Press.