Platzman Memorial Fellowships

The Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships, established by bequest of George W. Platzman (1920-2008), Professor Emeritus in Geophysical Sciences at the University, are named in memory of George’s brother Robert Platzman (1918-1973), who was Professor of Chemistry and Physics and worked at the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago in the 1940s.

The program provides up to $3,000 for visiting researchers 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. The funds can be used for travel, living and research expenses. Support for beginning scholars is a priority of the program, as are projects that cannot be conducted without onsite access to the original materials and where University of Chicago collections are central to the research. Special consideration will be given to applications in the fields of late 19th or early 20th-century physics or physical chemistry, or 19th-century classical opera.

Recipients of the Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships for 2016 and their projects are listed below. For information on earlier awards, please see the listing of previous recipients of Platzman Memorial Fellowships.

Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship Recipients for 2017

Chris Babits

PhD Candidate in American History, University of Texas-Austin

Consulting collections including the records of the ACLU-Illinois and ACT UP Chicago and the papers of Ernest W Burgess, Helen Harris Perlman, and Charlotte Towle

“To Cure a Sinful Nation: A Cultural History of Conversion Therapy and the Making of Modern America, 1930 to the Present Day”

Nicholas Barron

PhD Candidate in Anthropology, University of New Mexico

Consulting the papers of Robert Redfield, Fred Eggan, and Sol Tax

“Applying Anthropology, Assembling Indigenous Community: The Coproduction of Applied Anthropology and the Pascua Yaqui Indian Tribe”

Joe Block

PhD Candidate in History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Consulting the papers of Julius Rosenwald, Max Adler, Louis Asher, Ernst Freund, Salmon Levinson, and Morris Cohen

“The Intellectual Origins of African American-Jewish Relations, 1825-1927”

Carolos Fabian Campos

PhD candidate in Music, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina

Consulting MS 1565, MS 445, MS 1097, and MS 1091

“Eighteenth Century Keyboard Music in the Americas”

James Cetkovski

PhD candidate in English Literature, New College, Oxford, England

Consulting the papers of Saul Bellow and Allan Bloom

“Literature and Social Thought”

Eddie Cole

Assistant Professor of Education, College of William & Mary

Consulting collections including the records of the University of Chicago President’s Office, Student Government, and Student Activities, and the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference

“Careful Consideration: College Presidents and Student Protests for Racial Equality, 1960-1964”

Vicente Gil da Silva

PhD candidate in Social History, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Consulting the records of the International Association for Cultural Freedom

“Creating a New Model of Intellectual: The Role of Cadernos Brasileiros and the CCF in Brazil”

Eric Lindstrom

Independent geological scholar, Olympia, Washington

Consulting the papers of J Harlen Bretz, Thomas C Chamberlin, and Rollin B Salisbury

“The Constant Geologist: J Harlen Bretz”

Amy Lonetree

Associate Professor of History, University of California, Santa Cruz

Consulting the University of Chicago Anthropology Department records and the papers of Fred Eggan

“Visualizing Native American Survivance: A Photographic History of the Ho-Chunk Nation, 1879-1960”

Joseph Malherek

Jameson Fellow, Kluge Center, Library of Congress

Consulting the papers of Walter Paepcke and Hans Zeisel

“From Bauhaus to Maxwell House: Emigres and the Making of American Consumer Culture, 1933-1976”

Joshua Mentanko

PhD candidate in History, Yale University

Consulting the papers of Sol Tax and Manning Nash and records of the University of Chicago Anthropology Department documenting the Chiapas Project

“Traditional Medicine in Modern Mexico: Indigenous and Technopolitics since 1940”

Yukako Otori

PhD candidate in History, Harvard University

Consulting the papers of Grace Abbott and the records of the National Conferences of Social Work

“Disposable Subjects: Child Migration, International Law, and US Immigration Policy”

Angelica Vomera

PhD candidate in Humanities, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy

Consulting the Rosenthal Collection of Northern Italian Documents, papal dispatches, and musical scores

“I-Tn MS T.III.2:  Fragments for a Cultural History between Italy and France in the age of the Great Schism”

Mollie Yarn

PhD candidate in English Literature, University of Cambridge, England

Consulting the papers of Edith Rickert and the records of the Chaucer Research Project

“Women Editors of Shakespeare and the Legacy of the Domestic Text”