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 Hanna Holborn Gray 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 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 153 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 Fellowship recipients, 2006-2019.


2020 Platzman Fellowship Recipients

The University of Chicago Library is pleased to announce the recipients of Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships for 2020. A list of the 2020 Fellows appears below along with their academic affiliations and research topics.


Katherine Ambler
Doctoral candidate, King's College London
Social Anthropology in the 1950s-60s: Exchange and Dialogue between the US and Britain

Itamar Ben-Ami
Doctoral candidate, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Schmittian Jews: Leo Strauss, Isaac Breuer and the Foundations of the Religious, Sovereign State

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"

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