Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships Previous Recipients

The Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship program provides support 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. A total of 133 Platzman Fellowships have been awarded since the inception of the program in 2006. Previous recipients are listed below. Further information on the program is available on the Platzman Memorial Fellowships program web site.

Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship Recipients, 2006-2019

2019

Robert Bell
PhD candidate, History and Middle Eastern Studies, New York University
From Financial Missionaries and Colonial Administrators to Shirt-Sleeve Diplomats and New Deal Developers: American Influence in Iran from 1911 to 1963

Michael Bruschi
PhD candidate, Music Theory, Yale University
Hearing the Tonality in Microtonality: Easley Blackwood’s Microtonal Music

John Carranza
PhD candidate, Education, University of Texas at Austin
Explaining Sex: Sex Education, Normalization, and Disability in the United States from the 1960s to the 1990s

Claire Class
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute für Soziologie, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Beyond the Chicago School: Literature, Marginalization, and Sociology in Modern America

William Clift
PhD candidate, History, Florida State University
Race in the Prairie State: Black Laws and African American Activism in Nineteenth Century Illinois

Aaron Colston
PhD candidate, History, Duke University
Read the Word, Read the World: Education for Liberation in Cold War U.S. and Brazil

Benjamin Daly-Jones
MPhil candidate, Early Modern History, Jesus College, University of Cambridge
Memory, Distortion, and Judicious Thought: Parrhesia and Late 16th- Early 17th-Century Diplomatic Textual Culture

Yuval Goldfus
PhD candidate, Philosophy, Hebrew University
Privacy, the Right to be Forgotten, and the Social Self of George Herbert Mead

Sören Hammerschmidt
Instructor, English, Arizona State University
Modular Pope: Portraits, Poems, and Recycled Print

Michael Kalisch
Post-doctoral scholar, Downing College, University of Cambridge
Glimpse, Encounter, Acquaintance, Friendship: The Literary Life of Richard Stern

Taushif Kara
PhD candidate, History, University of Cambridge
Abode of Peace: Islam, Empire, and the Khoja Diaspora, 1866-1972

Lena Leson
PhD candidate, Historical Musicology, University of Michigan
Making Balachine an American Modernist: Cold War Narratives and Construction of the Artist

Meghna Sapui
PhD candidate, English, University of Florida
British Poetry in/from India: Creating a New Poetic Community

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

2017

Chris Babits
PhD Candidate in American History, University of Texas-Austin
“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
“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
“The Intellectual Origins of African American-Jewish Relations, 1825-1927”

Carlos Fabian Campos
PhD candidate in Music, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina
“Eighteenth Century Keyboard Music in the Americas”

James Cetkovski
PhD candidate in English Literature, New College, Oxford, England
“Literature and Social Thought”

Eddie Cole
Assistant Professor of Education, College of William & Mary
“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
“Creating a New Model of Intellectual: The Role of Cadernos Brasileiros and the CCF in Brazil”

Eric Lindstrom
Independent scholar, Olympia, Washington
“The Constant Geologist: J Harlen Bretz”

Amy Lonetree
Associate Professor of History, University of California, Santa Cruz
“Visualizing Native American Survivance: A Photographic History of the Ho-Chunk Nation, 1879-1960”

Joseph Malherek
Jameson Fellow, Kluge Center, Library of Congress
“From Bauhaus to Maxwell House: Emigres and the Making of American Consumer Culture, 1933-1976”

Joshua Mentanko
PhD candidate in History, Yale University
“Traditional Medicine in Modern Mexico: Indigenous and Technopolitics since 1940”

Yukako Otori
PhD candidate in History, Harvard University
“Disposable Subjects: Child Migration, International Law, and US Immigration Policy”

Angelica Vomera
PhD candidate in Humanities, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
“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
“Women Editors of Shakespeare and the Legacy of the Domestic Text”

2016

Kate Bellamy
PhD candidate, Centre for Linguistics, Leiden University, Netherlands
“Rediscovering Lost Voices: Two Approaches to Indigenous Literacy in Purépecha (Mexico)”

Lucie Claire
Maître de conferences, UFR des lettres, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France
"The American Destiny of the Humanist Marc-Antoine Muret (1526-1585)"

Azra Dawood
PhD Candidate in History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and the Architecture of Protestant Internationalism (1919-1946)”

Raquel Escobar
PhD candidate, History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Reconcile the Indian, Reconcile the Nation: Indigenismo, the Nation, and Transnational Networks of the Inter-American Indian Institute”

Louis Fletcher
PhD candidate, School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
“A Genealogy of Democratic Peace”

Ilnyun Kim
PhD candidate, History, Ohio State University
“The Liberal Persuasion: The Congress for Cultural Freedom and the Intellectual Cold War in the World, 1950-1967”

Paul Putz
PhD candidate, History, Baylor University
“Creating the Christian Athlete in the Twentieth-Century United States”

Aulii Silva
PhD candidate, Educational Foundations, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
“Worth Another Look: A Native Hawaiian Review of the Henry N. Castle Papers”

John Suval
Ph.D. candidate, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Dangerous Ground: Squatters, Statesmen, and the Rupture of American Democracy, 1830-1860”

2015

Tom Arnold-Forster
PhD candidate, University of Cambridge
“Public Opinion in America Political Thought, 1918-1929.”

Amy Bergseth
PhD candidate, University of Oklahoma
“Lunatic Fringes & Incessant Funding Crises: D’Arcy McNickle’s Silence of the American Indian Chicago Conference”

Elizabeth Grennan Browning
PhD candidate, University of California-Davis
“Nature’s Laboratory: Chicago and the Rise of a New Aesthetics of Labor, 1880-1930”

Jessica DeCou
Independent scholar, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“’A Fantastic Affair’: Karl Barth in America, 1962”

Sarah Foss
PhD candidate, Indiana University
“’Una obra revolucionaria’: Guatemalan Indigenismo, 1944-1995”

Benjamin Hellwege
PhD candidate, City University of New York
“When Old Age Changed: Inventing the ‘Senior State,’ 1945-1980”

Louisa Hotson
PhD candidate, University of Oxford
“Scholarly Solutions: American Political Science and the Challenge of Democracy, 1880-1970”

Sravanthi Kollu
PhD candidate, University of Minnesota
“Modernizing Language: Debates on Literature in Nineteenth Century South India, 1890-1930”

Oenone Kubie
PhD candidate, University of Oxford
“Boys’ Street Culture in Chicago, 1900-1929”

Kate Ozment
PhD candidate, Texas A&M University
“The Page and the Stage: Women’s Commercial Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century”

Daniel Starza Smith
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Oxford
“Donne and the Drurys Revisited”

2014

D. Trevor Burrows
PhD candidate, History, Purdue University
“Social Reform and Religious Renewal: Religion and Student Activism in the Long 1960s”

Ben Glaser
Assistant Professor of English, Yale University
“Modernism’s Metronome: Metrical Vestiges, Historical Prosody, and American Poetry, 1910-1930”

Jordan Grant
PhD Candidate, History, American University
“Catchers and Kidnappers: Slave-Hunting in Early America”

Camden Hutchison
PhD candidate, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“The Efficiency Norm and U.S. Legal-Economic Policy, 1969-1992”

Karina Jannello
PhD candidate, History, Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Argentina
“The Cultural Cold War in the Southern Cone: Intellectuals, Magazines, and Publishing Networks in the Congress for Cultural Freedom in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, 1950-1970”

Brian Lefresne
PhD Candidate, Literary Studies, University of Guelph, Ontario
“Sun Ra at the Crossroads of Jazz and Performance”

Martin Nekola
PhD candidate, Political Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
“Czechs in Chicago”

Melanie Newport
PhD candidate, History, Temple University
“Cook County Jail and the Local Origins of Mass Incarceration, 1836-1995”

Daniel Royles
PhD, History, Temple University
“Don’t We Die Too? The Political Culture of African American AIDS Activism”

Adam Smith
Senior Lecturer, History, University College London
“The Stormy Present: Conservatism in American Politics in an Age of Revolution, 1848-1876”

Leif Tornquist
PhD candidate, Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Evolving the Divine: Eugenics, Embodied Perfectionism, and the Evolutionary Theology of Shailer Mathews”

Tobias Warner
Assistant Professor of French, University of California-Davis
“The Role of the Congress for Cultural Freedom in Shaping the Politics of Language in African Literature”

Michael Woods
Assistant Professor of History, Marshall University
“Arguing until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy”

2013

Shuhita Bhattacharjee
PhD candidate in English, University of Iowa
“The Politics of Conversion Narratives: Religion, Secularism, and Gender in Victorian Colonial Writing, 1850-1914”

Nancy Walbridge Collins
Research fellow and lecturer in International Affairs, Columbia University
“Wartime Gravity: The Scientific Principles of Robert M. Hutchins”

Kevin Donnelly
Assistant Professor of History, Alvernia University
“The New Intellectual Hierarchy: Mongrelist Sociology in America, 1918-1937”

Melinda Gough
Associate Professor in English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University
“Edition of Swetnam the Woman-Hater Arraigned by Women (1620).”

Jamie Kreiner
Assistant Professor of History, University of Georgia
“The Premodern Pig.”

Christopher La Casse
PhD candidate in English and American Literature, University of Delaware
“Modernism in the Magazines, Modernism in the Great War: Poetry, The Little Review, and Reveille.”

Joseph Martin
PhD candidate in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Minnesota
“Solid Foundations: Structuring American Solid State Physics, 1939-1993.”

David Olson
PhD candidate in History at Boston University
“Binding the Minds of Men: America, UNESCO, and the Expansion of International Society”
David Olson has been designated the Hans Lenneberg Fellow.

Hunter Price
PhD candidate in History at Ohio State University
“Circuit Riders: The Forging of Middle-Class Community and Evangelical Political Culture in the Early American West, 1780-1830”

Melissa Renn
Senior Curatorial Research Associate, Harvard University Museums
“Life in Color: Life Magazine and the Color Reproduction of Works of Art”
Melissa Renn has been designated the Robert Rosenthal Fellow.

Andrea Scionti
PhD candidate in History at Emory University
“America’s Reluctant Allies: The Congress for Cultural Freedom in France and Italy, 1950-1979”

David A. Varel
PhD candidate in history at the University of Colorado
“Race, Class, and Socialization: Allison Davis and American Social Thought, 1920-1950”

Wil Verhoeven
Professor of American Culture and Cultural Theory at the University of Groningen
“Enemies of the State: Sedition and Resistance in the Trans-Appalachian West, 1776-1806”

Saul Noam Zaritt
PhD candidate in Jewish Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary
"The Jew in the World: Jewish American Writing and the Problem of World Literature”

2012-2013

Simone Diender
PhD candidate in American History, Brandeis University
"The Private Citizen: Expert Power and the Obligations of Work, Prayer, and Parenthood, 1923-1970"

Sarah Ehlers
Doctoral candidate in English, University of Michigan
"Critical Conditions: Politics and the Death of Twentieth-Century American Poetry"

Laurel Harbin
Doctoral candidate in the College of Design Construction and Planning, University of Florida
"Capability Development in Uttar Pradesh Following Independence: Impacts of Community Development on Villager Initiative in the Etawah Pilot Project"

Matthew Johnston
Assistant Professor of Art History, Lewis and Clark College
"Pre-Columbian Civilization as Cultural Patrimony in U.S. and Mexican Archaeology"

Uli Kozok
Associate Professor, University of Hawaii
Physical Properties, Contents, Language, and Script of a Group of Batak Manuscripts from Sumatra Collected by Frederick Starr
Uli Kozok has been named the Hans Lenneberg Fellow.

Álvaro Morcillo Laiz
Profesor-Investigador, División de Estudios Internacionales, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City
"Outsiders, Philanthropy, and the Development of Social Science in Mexico and in the U.S. in the Early 1940s"

Susanna Morrill
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Lewis and Clark Collegr
"Protestant Women's Birth and Death Rituals, 1780-1920"

Kathryn Nuernberger
Instructor in Creative Writing, American Literature, and Composition, University of Central Missouri
"Stereopsis"

Michael Robinson
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Doctoral candidate in history at Louisiana State University
"Fulcrum of the Union: The Border South and the Secession Crisis, 1859-1861"

Asha Rogers
Doctoral candidate at St. Anne's College, University of Oxford
"The Institutions of Anglophone Literature: The Congress of Cultural Freedom and the Sponsorship of African Literary Culture, 1960-1968"

Oi Rosenboim
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Doctoral candidate in politics and international studies at Queen's College, University of Cambridge
"Competing Visions of International Order in the 1940s"

Dirk Sangmeister
Independent scholar, Forschungszentrum Gotha, Universität Erfurt
"Stacked by Popular Demand: Exploring the Preferences of the Reading Public in Leipzig around 1800 -- History and Profile of the Lincke Circulating Library"
Dirk Sangmeister has been named the Robert Rosenthal Fellow.

Tracy Steffes
Assistant Professor of Education and History, Brown University
"Educational Opportunity in Postwar America"

2011-2012

Wendell Vernon Eckford
Ralph Bunche Associate Professor of History, Affiliate Faculty, African American Studies, The Los Angeles City College
A Biography of Allison Davis

Daniel Ellis
Assistant Professor, Department of English, St. Bonaventure University
“The Tudor Statesman at Home: Political Orators and the Rhetoric of Domesticity”
Daniel Ellis has been named the Hans Lenneberg Fellow

Catherine Keyser
Assistant Professor, English Department, University of South Carolina
Literary Representations of Food Science and the Role of Artificial Flavor as a Literary Emblem

Andrew Meade McGee
Ph.D. candidate, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia
The History of Mainframe Computing at the University of Chicago and the Role of Computer-Assisted, Systematized Urban Redevelopment Planning in the Chicago Area during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s

Dawn Odell
Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Lewis and Clark College
Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Printed Descriptions of the Dutch Colony of Batavia

Michelle Orihel
Visiting Assistant Professor, Southern Utah University
Late Eighteenth-Century Kentucky Politics and the Democratic Clubs that Formed in Kentucky

Laura D. Phillips
Ph.D. candidate, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia
“The American Fair Trade Controversy: Law and Economics in Transition, 1890-1940”

Edmund Ramsden
Research Fellow, Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter
“The Problem of the Crowd in Nature and the City: Animal and Human Ecology in Twentieth Century Chicago”

Evan Roberts
Assistant Professor, History, University of Minnesota
A study of changing attitudes to married women’s work

Ibram Rogers
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University
"The Black Campus Movement, 1965-1972"

Adam Shapiro
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, University Wisconsin-Madison
"William Paley’s Thought and Writings from the Late Eighteenth Century to the Present Day"
Adam Shapiro has been named the Robert Rosenthal Fellow.

Joshua Smith
Ph.D. Candidate, Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Western Ontario
"Action Anthropology: An Ethnography of Anthropological Methods”

Alex J. Taylor
Ph.D. candidate, Doctor of Philosophy (History of Art), University of Oxford
A study of how contemporary art was absorbed into the marketing and public relations activities of many major American corporations in the 1950s and 1960s

2009-2010

Lorenzo DiTommaso
Department of Theology, Concordia University, Montreal
"Old Testament Pseudepigrapha"

Seth Feman
Ph.D. candidate in American Studies, College of William and Mary
"Immaterial Modern: Subjectivity in Art and Its Institutions, 1939-1964"

Richard O’Brien
Ph.D. candidate, Leeds Metropolitan University
"The Politics of Fiction: Saul Bellow and Partisan Review, 1941-1962"

Alexandra Puerto
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Occidental College
"Measuring the Maya: Race, Science and the Idea of the Indian in Mexico-U.S. Relations, 1920s-1940s"

Rachel A. Shapiro
Ph.D. candidate in history, University of Virginia
"The Influence of Community Life in Washington, D.C., on American Political Events Leading up to the Civil War"

Patrick Slaney
Ph.D. candidate in history, University of British Columbia
"Science and Freedom: The Republic of Science and the Ideal of Scientific Community in an Anti-Communist Age"

D. Clinton Williams
Ph.D. candidate in History of American Civilization, Harvard University
"Righteous Politics in the Black Metropolis: Race, Religion, and Urban Redevelopment in Postwar Chicago"

2008-2009

Matthias A. Deuschle
Theologische Fakultät Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
"Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg and the Religious Conservatism in Nineteenth-Century Prussia"

Meredith T. McMunn
Professor of English and Medieval Studies, Rhode Island College
"Reconstructing a Rose: The Codicology and Early Ownership History of University of Chicago Library MSS 1380 and 393"

Nicole Nesberg
University of Florida
"Gender and American Indian Urbanization in Chicago and Cleveland, 1946-1970"

Nadine Rinck
Johann Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, Germany
"Max Rheinstein: His Life and Work"

2007-2008

David C. Brighouse
Ph.D. candidate in African-American Studies and History at Harvard University
"Investigating the Color Line: The Social Science Community and Talented Tenth Scholars in Chicago (ca. 1930s-1950s)"

Edward J.K. Gitre
Ph.D. candidate, Rutgers University
"America Adjusted: A Cultural History of Boredom, ca. 1930-1980."

Philip Slavin
Ph.D. candidate, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
"Food Provisioning of Norwich Cathedral Priory"

2006-2007

Katja Naumann
University of Leipzig
"The Expansion of Historical Space: The Study of Civilizations in U. S. American Academia"


Jonathan Sachs
Ph.D. in English, University of Chicago,
"Romantic Antiquity: Rome in the Romantic Imagination, 1789-1832"

Tasha Vorderstrasse
Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Chicago
"The Interaction between Archaeology, Art History, and Texts"