Lawrence Nees is the current H.Fletcher Brown Chair of Humanities holder at the University of Delaware. He received a  grant from the Trust to help publish his book Perspectives on Early Islamic Art in Jerusalem which was released in 2016.

His book is a very detailed yet also user friendly insight into the Islamic conquests of Jerusalem and how Islamic art soon came to dominate parts of the city. Whilst also incorporating Jewish and Christian motifs. The book seeks to dispel the seemingly pervasive notion that Islamic art is homogenous and a monolith which does not have any external inspirations. His book has been well received. For example, the Journal Islamic World of Artstates it is a truly original and insightful piece that goes against the grain. It is also detailed enough to intrigue even those who are already well acquainted with Jerusalem