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.

The announcement of availability of each year's Platzman Fellowships is made in November, with a deadline for submission in February and the award of Fellowships in March. Platzman Fellowship funds may be used for visits to the University of Chicago Library during June-September of the award year.

Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships have been awarded to 124 visiting scholars since the program began in 2006. For further information on fellows and projects from previous years, please consult the listing of Platzman Memorial Fellowships recipients.


Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship Program

Fellowships Awarded for Summer 2018


Ryan Allen

PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Archaism and Modernity in the French Human Sciences 1945-1965

Óscar Javier Barrera Aguilera

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Multidisciplinary Research on Chiapas and the Southern Frontier, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
The Second State of the Chicago Chiapas Project, 1959-1962

Michael Coates

PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley

Knowledge and the World Order: The Encyclopedia Britannica's Cold War

Glenn R. Haas

PhD Candidate, Instructional Leadership of Changing Populations, Notre Dame University of Maryland

The Influence of William Rainey Harper on the Growth of Progressive Movement in Post-Secondary Education

Daniel Kent-Carrasco

Postdoctoral Fellow, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

The Cultural Cold War in the Third World: The Congress for Cultural Freedom in India and Mexico, 1951-1966

Paola Alejandra Letona Rodríguez

Professor, Department of Anthropology, Escuela de Historia, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala

The Origins of Ethnography in Guatemala: American and Guatemalan Anthropologists, Doing Fieldwork and Intellectual Relationships

Nikki Lohr

Fulbright English Teaching Instructor, Kozma Minin State Pedagogical University, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Acrylic Arms: How the CIA Used Abstract Expressionist Art as a Cold War Weapon

Nikki Lohr is the Hans Lenneberg Fellow for 2018


Lino Mioni

PhD Candidate​, Department of French and Italian, Indiana University Bloomington

Early 16th Century Italian Cookbooks: Maestro Martino’s Libro de Arte Coquinaria and its Appropriations

Santiago de Navascués Martínez

PhD Candidate, Department of History, Universidad de Navarra, Spain

Spanish, Basque, and Catalan Delegates to the Congress of Cultural Freedom

Brianna Nofil

PhD Candidate, Department of History, Columbia University

Detention Power: Jails, Camps, and the Construction of Immigrant Incarceration

Christina Ostermann

PhD Candidate, Department of Medieval German Literature, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Mary in the North: The Low German Transmission of Brother Philipp’s Marienleben

José Pimienta-Bey

Associate Professor, African & African American Studies and General Studies, Berea College

A Critical Assessment of the ‘Moorish Identity’ in Western Histories

José Pimienta-Bey is the Robert Rosenthal Fellow for 2018

David Sumner

Professor, Department of Journalism, Ball State University

The Coach Who Refused to Quit: The Remarkable Career of Amos Alonzo Stagg and His Influence on Collegiate Football

Pavel Tribunskii

Senior Research Associate, House of the Russian Diaspora Abroad Named after A. Solzhenitsyn, Moscow

Senior Research Associate, Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

Understanding/Changing Russia: Russian Studies at the University of Chicago, 1900-1940s

Brady Winslow

PhD Candidate, Department of History, Texas Christian University

Receptivity to Mormonism in the Upper Mississippi Valley 1830-1860