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. Previous recipients are listed below. Further information on the program and current recipients is available on the Platzman Memorial Fellowships program web site.

Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship Recipients

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

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”

Carlos 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”

2016

Kate Bellamy

PhD candidate, Centre for Linguistics, Leiden University, Netherlands

Consulting the papers of Paul Friedrich and Norman McQuown for her project “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

Consulting editions of works of Marc-Antoine Muret in the rare book holdings
for her project "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

Consulting the records of the University of Chicago Department of Buildings and Grounds and the papers of Harold H. Swift, Julius Rosenwald, Robert M. Hutchins, and others for her project “John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and the Architecture of Protestant Internationalism (1919-1946)”

Raquel Escobar

PhD candidate, History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Consulting records of the American Indian Chicago Conference in the Native American Educational Service records, and the papers of Robert Redfield, Sol Tax, and others for her project “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

Consulting the records of the Social Science Research Committee and the papers of Quincy Wright, Charles E. Merriam, and Beardsley Ruml for his project “A Genealogy of Democratic Peace”

Ilnyun Kim

PhD candidate, History, Ohio State University

Consulting the records of the International Association for Cultural Freedom for his project “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

Consulting the papers of Amos Alonzo Stagg and related archival collections for his project “Creating the Christian Athlete in the Twentieth-Century United States”

Aulii Silva

PhD candidate, Educational Foundations, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Consulting the papers of Henry Northrup Castle for her project “Worth Another Look: A Native Hawaiian Review of the Henry N. Castle Papers”

John Suval

Ph.D. candidate, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Consulting the papers of Stephen A. Douglas for his project “Dangerous Ground: Squatters, Statesmen, and the Rupture of American Democracy, 1830-1860”

2015

Tom Arnold-Forster

PhD candidate, University of Cambridge

Researching the papers of Charles Merriam, Harold Gosnell, Mortimer Adler, Henry Simons, and others, for a study of “Public Opinion in America Political Thought, 1918-1929.”

Amy Bergseth

PhD candidate, University of Oklahoma

Examining a group of Native American Educational Services collections and the records of the Emil Schwarzhaupt Foundation, for a project titled “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

Drawing on the Laboratory Schools records and papers of Robert Park, Ernest Burgess, Louis Wirth, Albion Small, and others, for a dissertation on “Nature’s Laboratory: Chicago and the Rise of a New Aesthetics of Labor, 1880-1930”

Jessica DeCou

Independent scholar, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Researching the papers of Mircea Eliade, Jerald Brauer, W. Barnett Blakemore, John Nuveen, and others, for a book project titled “’A Fantastic Affair’: Karl Barth in America, 1962”

Sarah Foss

PhD candidate, Indiana University

Examining the papers of Robert Redfield and Sol Tax, for a dissertation titled “’Una obra revolucionaria’: Guatemalan Indigenismo, 1944-1995”

Benjamin Hellwege

PhD candidate, City University of New York

Drawing on the papers of Ernest Burgess and Robert Havighurst, for his book project, “When Old Age Changed: Inventing the ‘Senior State,’ 1945-1980”

Louisa Hotson

PhD candidate, University of Oxford

Researching the records of the Department of Political Science and the papers of Louis Brownlow, Leonard White, and Charles Merriam, for a thesis on “Scholarly Solutions: American Political Science and the Challenge of Democracy, 1880-1970”

Sravanthi Kollu

PhD candidate, University of Minnesota

Examining the papers of A. K. Ramanujan, the Official Papers of India, and other South Asian collections, for a dissertation titled “Modernizing Language: Debates on Literature in Nineteenth Century South India, 1890-1930”

Oenone Kubie

PhD candidate, University of Oxford

Consulting the papers of Ernest Burgess, Grace and Edith Abbott, Julius Rosenwald, Robert Park, and others, for a study of “Boys’ Street Culture in Chicago, 1900-1929”

Kate Ozment

PhD candidate, Texas A&M University

Drawing on works in the Rare Books collection written by Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, and Eliza Haywood, for a dissertation titled “The Page and the Stage: Women’s Commercial Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century”

Daniel Starza Smith

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Oxford

Consulting the Sir Francis Bacon Collection of Court and Manorial Documents, for his study of “Donne and the Drurys Revisited”

2014

D. Trevor Burrows

PhD candidate, History, Purdue University

Drawing on the Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council Records, student organization records, and faculty papers for a study of “Social Reform and Religious Renewal: Religion and Student Activism in the Long 1960s”

Ben Glaser

Assistant Professor of English, Yale University

Examining the Poetry Records, Harriet Monroe Papers, and William Vaughan Moody papers, for a project on “Modernism’s Metronome: Metrical Vestiges, Historical Prosody, and American Poetry, 1910-1930”

Jordan Grant

PhD Candidate, History, American University

Researching the William H. English Papers, Stephen A. Douglas Papers, and Lincoln Collection for a study of “Catchers and Kidnappers: Slave-Hunting in Early America”

Camden Hutchison

PhD candidate, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Consulting the Henry C. Simons Papers and other faculty collections for a project titled “The Efficiency Norm and U.S. Legal-Economic Policy, 1969-1992”

Karina Jannello

PhD candidate, History, Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Argentina

Reviewing the International Association for Cultural Freedom Records for a study of “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

Researching the Alton Abraham Collection of Sun Ra for a dissertation titled “Sun Ra at the Crossroads of Jazz and Performance”

Martin Nekola

PhD candidate, Political Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Examining the Archive of the Czechs and Slovaks Abroad for materials on a study of “Czechs in Chicago”

Melanie Newport

PhD candidate, History, Temple University

Researching the American Civil Liberties Union, Illinois Division Records and faculty papers for a project on “Cook County Jail and the Local Origins of Mass Incarceration, 1836-1995”

Daniel Royles

PhD, History, Temple University

Consulting the ACT UP Chicago Records for a study titled “Don’t We Die Too? The Political Culture of African American AIDS Activism”

Adam Smith

Senior Lecturer, History, University College London

Examining the Stephen A. Douglas Papers for a project titled “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

Reviewing the Shailer Mathews Papers for a study titled “Evolving the Divine: Eugenics, Embodied Perfectionism, and the Evolutionary Theology of Shailer Mathews”

Tobias Warner

Assistant Professor of French, University of California-Davis

Consulting the International Association for Cultural Freedom Records for a study of “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

Researching the Stephen A. Douglas Papers for a book titled “Arguing until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy”

2013

Shuhita Bhattacharjee

PhD candidate in English at the University of Iowa

Consulting the University of Chicago Library’s Southern Asian collections of British colonial documents, for a study of “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 at Columbia University

Consulting the Robert M. Hutchins papers, for a study titled “Wartime Gravity: The Scientific Principles of Robert M. Hutchins.”

Kevin Donnelly

Assistant Professor of History at Alvernia University

Consulting the Earle Eubank, Luther Bernard, Ernest W. Burgess, and other collections, for a study titled “The New Intellectual Hierarchy: Mongrelist Sociology in America, 1918-1937.”

Melinda Gough

Associate Professor in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University

Consulting the Rare Books collection for a project to compile an “Edition of Swetnam the Woman-Hater Arraigned by Women (1620).”

Jamie Kreiner

Assistant Professor of History at the University of Georgia

Consulting the Sir Nicholas Bacon Collection of English Court and Manorial Documents for a study titled “The Premodern Pig.”

Christopher La Casse

PhD candidate in English and American literature at the University of Delaware

Consulting the records of Poetry: A Magainze of Verse and the Harriet Monroe papers for a study of “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 at the University of Minnesota

Researching the records of the University of Chicago President’s Office, Physical Sciences Division, and other archival collections, for a project titled “Solid Foundations: Structuring American Solid State Physics, 1939-1993.”

David Olson

PhD candidate in History at Boston University

Consulting the papers of William Benton, Richard McKeon, Louis Gottschalk, and Louis Wirth, for a study titled “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

Consulting the Church History Documents Collection, for a project titled “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 at the Harvard University Museums

Consulting the R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company Archive, for a study titled “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

Consulting the records of the International Association for Cultural Freedom/Congress for Cultural Freedom, for a study titled “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

Consulting the Allison Davis papers, for a project titled “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

Consulting the Reuben T. Durrett Collection on Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley, for a study titled “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

Consulting the papers of Saul Bellow, for a study titled “The Jew in the World: Jewish American Writing and the Problem of World Literature.”

2012

Simone Diender

PhD candidate in American History at Brandeis University
Consulting the Charles Merriam papers, for a study of "The Private Citizen: Expert Power and the Obligations of Work, Prayer, and Parenthood, 1923-1970"

Sarah Ehlers
, doctoral candidate in English at the University of Michigan, to consult the Harriet Monroe papers and Poetry Magazine records, for a project titled "Critical Conditions: Politics and the Death of Twentieth-Century American Poetry"

Laurel Harbin
, doctoral candidate in the College of Design Construction and Planning at the University of Florida, to consult the Albert Mayer papers, for a study focusing on "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, to consult early archaeological monographs and journals, for a study of "Pre-Columbian Civilization as Cultural Patrimony in U.S. and Mexican Archaeology"

Uli Kozok
, Associate Professor, University of Hawaii, to conduct an examination of the physical properties, contents, language, and script of a group of Batak manuscripts from Sumatra collected by anthropologist 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, to use the Joachim Wach papers, Melchior Palyi papers, Louis Wirth papers, and other archival collections, for a study of "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 College, to consult eighteenth- and nineteenth-century books on midwifery, for a study of "Protestant Women's Birth and Death Rituals, 1780-1920"

Kathryn Nuernberger
, Instructor in Creative Writing, American Literature, and Composition at the University of Central Missouri, to examine nineteenth-century manuscripts and ephemera in pseudoscience, in support of the composition of a collection of poems to be titled "Stereopsis"

Michael Robinson
, doctoral candidate in history at Louisiana State University, to consult the Stephen A. Douglas papers, for a study titled "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, to consult the records of the International Association for Cultural Freedom, for a study titled "The Institutions of Anglophone Literature: The Congress of Cultural Freedom and the Sponsorship of African Literary Culture, 1960-1968"

Oi Rosenboim
, doctoral candidate in politics and international studies at Queen's College, University of Cambridge, to consult the Committee to Frame a World Constitution records and Robert M. Hutchins papers, for a study of "Competing Visions of International Order in the 1940s"

Dirk Sangmeister
, independent scholar, Forschungszentrum Gotha, Universität Erfurt, to consult the Lincke Collection of German Popular Literature, for a study titled "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; to consult the Philip Hauser papers, Robert Havighurst papers, W. Alvin Pitcher papers, Commission on Race and Housing records, and other archival collections, for a study of "Educational Opportunity in Postwar America"

2012

Wendell Vernon Eckford, Ralph Bunche Associate Professor of History, Affiliate Faculty, African American Studies, The Los Angeles City College, to use the Allison Davis Papers for a work on a biography of Allison Davis.

Daniel Ellis
, Assistant Professor, Department of English, St. Bonaventure University, to consult the Sir Nicholas Bacon Collection of Court and Manorial Documents for a study of “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, to consult the Benjamin Heller & Company Collection as part of an investigation of 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, to study 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, to examine seventeenth- and eighteenth-century printed descriptions of the Dutch colony of Batavia (present-day Jakarta, Indonesia) for a study of relationships among the culturally diverse population of the city.

Michelle Orihel
, Visiting Assistant Professor, Southern Utah University, for research on 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, to study the Chicago-based American Fair Trade League for a dissertation on “The American Fair Trade Controversy: Law and Economics in Transition, 1890-1940.”

Edmund Ramsden
, Research Fellow, Centre for medical History, University of Exeter, for a project on “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, for a study of changing attitudes to married women’s work.

Ibram Rogers
, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University, for a project on the black campus movement, 1965-1972.

Adam Shapiro
, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, University Wisconsin-Madison, for a study of 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, to consult the papers of Sol Tax and related collections for a dissertation on Action Anthropology: An Ethnography of Anthropological Methods.”

Alex J. Taylor
, Ph.D. candidate, Doctor of Philosophy (History of Art), University of Oxford, for 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.

Special Collections Research Fellowship Recipients

2009-2010

Lorenzo DiTommaso, Department of Theology, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, to study five medieval manuscripts in the University of Chicago’s collection as part of a project to assess the textual and literary importance of manuscript copies of "Old Testament Pseudepigrapha," ancient and medieval writings which are attributed to or associated with biblical persons, events, or settings, but not part of the Old Testament.

Seth Feman
, Ph.D. candidate in American Studies, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, for research on his dissertation, "Immaterial Modern: Subjectivity in Art and Its Institutions, 1939-1964." Feman will study the relationship between Container Corporation of America’s famous ad campaigns featuring modern art and its efforts to increase production, drawing on the papers of Walter Paepcke and Elizabeth Paepcke and the RR Donnelley corporate archive.

Richard O’Brien
, Ph.D. candidate at Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, to use the Saul Bellow Papers for research on his dissertation topic, "The Politics of Fiction: Saul Bellow and Partisan Review, 1941-1962." Mr. O’Brien will examine Bellow’s correspondence with his peers at the Partisan Review, the magazine in which his first pieces of fiction were published.

Alexandra Puerto
, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California, will work on revising her dissertation into a manuscript tentatively entitled "Measuring the Maya: Race, Science and the Idea of the Indian in Mexico-U.S. Relations, 1920s-1940s," drawing on the papers of Chicago social anthropologists to study their influence on Maya research, ethnology and representation.

Rachel A. Shapiro
, Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, for research on her dissertation on the influence of community life in Washington, D.C., on American political events leading up to the Civil War. Shapiro will consult the papers of Stephen A. Douglas, the William E. Barton Collection of Lincolniana, and related materials.

Patrick Slaney
, Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, for research on his dissertation, "Science and Freedom: The Republic of Science and the Ideal of Scientific Community in an Anti-Communist Age." Slaney will consult the papers of individual scientists and the records of atomic scientists groups and organizations formed to promote world government to understand the origins of the idea of the scientific community.

D. Clinton Williams
, Ph.D. candidate in History of American Civilization, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, for research on his dissertation, "Righteous Politics in the Black Metropolis: Race, Religion, and Urban Redevelopment in Postwar Chicago." Williams will focus on archival collections relating to Hyde Park urban redevelopment to explore the role of religious institutions, leaders, and parishioners in resisting urban redevelopment policies, advocating for integration, and revitalizing the community.

2008-2009

Matthias A. Deuschle, Theologische Fakultät Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, for "Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg and the Religious Conservatism in Nineteenth-Century Prussia." The personal library of Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg (1802-1869) was purchased by the old University of Chicago in 1869. Dr. Deuschle will do a critical assessment of the collection and examine individual books for annotations and marginalia that provide insights into Hengstenberg's thought.

Meredith T. McMunn
, Professor of English and Medieval Studies, Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island, for "Reconstructing a Rose: The Codicology and Early Ownership History of University of Chicago Library MSS 1380 and 393." Professor McMunn will examine the recently-acquired 14th-century manuscript of Le Roman de la Rose and Le Jeu des échecs moralisé, another 14th-century manuscript in the Library's collection, with which it was previously bound. The complete descriptions will form part of Professor McMunn's study of all the extant illustrated manuscripts of Le Roman de la Rose, which she is preparing for publication.

Nicole Nesberg
, University of Florida, for "Gender and American Indian Urbanization in Chicago and Cleveland, 1946-1970." Ms. Nesberg's dissertation examines how American Indian families, communities, and identities were created during the post-World War II shift from rural to urban areas, using the lens of gender and focusing on two major Midwestern cities, Chicago and Cleveland. She will consult the papers of University of Chicagoanthropologists Sol Tax and Fred Eggan and other related collections for her project.

Nadine Rinck
, Johann Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, Germany, for "Max Rheinstein: His Life and Work." Ms. Rinck is a law student writing a doctoral thesis on Rheinstein (1899-1977), who came to the United States in 1933 and was a professor of law at the University of Chicago, 1935-1968. His generation of legal scholars was unique in achieving expertise in both the Continental-European legal system and the Anglo-American Common Law system. Ms. Rinck's project draws on the Rheinstein papers for documentation of his biography and his influence in the fields of comparative law, especially the conflict of laws; the sociology of law, and family law.

2007-2008

David C. Brighouse, Ph.D. candidate in African-American Studies and History at Harvard University, for "Investigating the Color Line: The Social Science Community and Talented Tenth Scholars in Chicago (ca. 1930s-1950s)." This social and intellectual history of the relationship between social science, African-American scholars, and civil rights in Chicago in this period draws on the papers of Ernest Burgess, W. Allison Davis, Louis Wirth, Robert Park, and others.

Edward J.K. Gitre
, Ph.D. candidate, Rutgers University, for "America Adjusted: A cultural History of Boredom, ca. 1930-1980." Investigating the University of Chicago's highly influential role in the development of social psychology, this project examines the papers of Ernest Burgess, Everett Hughes, Edward Levi and others; and the Department of Sociology records.

Philip Slavin
, Ph.D. candidate, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, for studies related to his dissertation on food provisioning of Norwich Cathedral Priory. For research on the agrarian history of East Anglia in the late middle ages, this project includes consulting and tabulating 150 rolls from the Sir Nicholas Bacon Collection of English Court and Manorial Documents.

2006-2007

Katja Naumann, University of Leipzig, for "The Expansion of Historical Space: The Study of Civilizations in U. S. American Academia," a comparative study of academic programs at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and Columbia University from 1917 to 1968.

Jonathan Sachs
, Ph.D. in English, University of Chicago, for "Romantic Antiquity: Rome in the Romantic Imagination, 1789-1832," a book project drawing on 18th-century rare books and popular Roman histories published in the period.

Tasha Vorderstrasse
, Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Chicago, for a study of the interaction between archaeology, art history, and texts; utilizing early manuscripts in Special Collections, this project extends previous work on the pottery and material culture of northwestern Iran, Georgia, and Armenia.