Platzman fellowships awarded for 2020

The University of Chicago Library is pleased to announce the recipients of Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships for 2020. Awards are being made this year to sixteen scholars who will visit the Library and consult collections, primarily rare books, manuscripts, and archives in the Special Collections Research Center. A list of the 2020 Fellows appears below along with their academic affiliations and research topics.

The Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship program was established through a bequest of Professor of Geophysical Sciences George W. Platzman and is named in memory of his brother Robert L. Platzman, Professor of Chemistry and Physics. The program provides support for visiting researchers outside the Chicago area working on projects that require on-site consultation of University of Chicago Library collections, primarily archives, manuscripts, or printed materials in the Special Collections Research Center.

A total of 153 Fellowships have been awarded since the program began in 2006. Further information on the Platzman Fellowships is available on the Special Collections website.

Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship Program Fellowships Awarded for 2020

Mark Bland

Independent scholar, Fellow, Leverhulme Trust
The World of Simon Waterson, Stationer

Jordan Burke

Doctoral candidate, University of Virginia
Making Spirits: Academics, Indigenism, and the Poetry of Decolonization, 1960-1980

Nicolás Camino Villaseca

Doctoral candidate, University College London
The Other Étrangers: Intellectual Exchanges between Europe and Latin America, 1945-1968

Daniel Coleman

Doctoral candidate, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
“Their Very Lives”: Neoliberal Solutions to Poverty in the United States, 1960-1996

Nicholas Fenech

Doctoral candidate, Stanford University
Names and Nouns: George Herbert, Jesuit Latinity, and the Geopolitics of Reference

Robert Gordon-Fogelson

Doctoral candidate, University of Southern California
Total Integration: Design, Business, and Society in the United States, 1935-1975

Kim Hedlin

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Why God Became a Metaphor: Christology in Early Modern England

Murad Idris

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia
Islam Out of History: Genealogies of Political Order and Linguistic Disorder

Ian Iverson

Doctoral candidate, University of Virginia
Moderate Men and Conservative Influences: The Illinois Republican Party and the Politics of Union, 1854-1861

Anastasia Lewis

MFA student, University of Tennessee Knoxville
The Constructed Identities of Eugène Atget and Vivian Maier: An Inquiry of the Creation of the “Father of Modernist Photography” and the “Nanny-Photographer”

Daniel LoPilato

Independent scholar and writer, MFA, Florida State University
Fictions of Political Economy: Narratives Foregrounding Matters of State- and War-Making

Benjamin Schaffer Ory

Doctoral candidate, Stanford University
The Origins of the Sixteenth-Century Imitation Generation and Its Twentieth-Century “Recovery”

Juan Javier Rivera Andia

PhD, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Visiting Fellow, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz
Norman McQuown and José Maria Arguedas: An Unexplored Intellectual Relationship and Its Impact on the History of a Key Period (1960s) for Contemporary Andean Anthropology in Peru

Simon Torracinta

Doctoral candidate, Yale University
The Economy of Desire: Cold War Science and Human Wants, 1945-1989

Troy Vettese

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Center, Harvard University
Beyond Externality: A Century of Neo-Liberal Environmental Thought, 1920-2020