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
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
PhD candidate, Music Theory, Yale University
Hearing the Tonality in Microtonality: Easley Blackwood’s Microtonal Music
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
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute für Soziologie, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Beyond the Chicago School: Literature, Marginalization, and Sociology in Modern America
PhD candidate, History, Florida State University
Race in the Prairie State: Black Laws and African American Activism in Nineteenth Century Illinois
PhD candidate, History, Duke University
Read the Word, Read the World: Education for Liberation in Cold War U.S. and Brazil
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
PhD candidate, Philosophy, Hebrew University
Privacy, the Right to be Forgotten, and the Social Self of George Herbert Mead
Instructor, English, Arizona State University
Modular Pope: Portraits, Poems, and Recycled Print
Post-doctoral scholar, Downing College, University of Cambridge
Glimpse, Encounter, Acquaintance, Friendship: The Literary Life of Richard Stern
PhD candidate, History, University of Cambridge
Abode of Peace: Islam, Empire, and the Khoja Diaspora, 1866-1972
PhD candidate, Historical Musicology, University of Michigan
Making Balachine an American Modernist: Cold War Narratives and Construction of the Artist
PhD candidate, English, University of Florida
British Poetry in/from India: Creating a New Poetic Community
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
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
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
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
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
PhD Candidate, Department of History, Columbia University
Detention Power: Jails, Camps, and the Construction of Immigrant Incarceration
PhD Candidate, Department of Medieval German Literature, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Mary in the North: The Low German Transmission of Brother Philipp’s Marienleben
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
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
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
PhD Candidate, Department of History, Texas Christian University
Receptivity to Mormonism in the Upper Mississippi Valley 1830-1860
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”
PhD Candidate in Anthropology, University of New Mexico
“Applying Anthropology, Assembling Indigenous Community: The Coproduction of Applied Anthropology and the Pascua Yaqui Indian Tribe”
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”
PhD candidate in English Literature, New College, Oxford, England
“Literature and Social Thought”
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”
Independent scholar, Olympia, Washington
“The Constant Geologist: J Harlen Bretz”
Associate Professor of History, University of California, Santa Cruz
“Visualizing Native American Survivance: A Photographic History of the Ho-Chunk Nation, 1879-1960”
Jameson Fellow, Kluge Center, Library of Congress
“From Bauhaus to Maxwell House: Emigres and the Making of American Consumer Culture, 1933-1976”
PhD candidate in History, Yale University
“Traditional Medicine in Modern Mexico: Indigenous and Technopolitics since 1940”
PhD candidate in History, Harvard University
“Disposable Subjects: Child Migration, International Law, and US Immigration Policy”
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”
PhD candidate in English Literature, University of Cambridge, England
“Women Editors of Shakespeare and the Legacy of the Domestic Text”
PhD candidate, Centre for Linguistics, Leiden University, Netherlands
“Rediscovering Lost Voices: Two Approaches to Indigenous Literacy in Purépecha (Mexico)”
Maître de conferences, UFR des lettres, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France
"The American Destiny of the Humanist Marc-Antoine Muret (1526-1585)"
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)”
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”
PhD candidate, School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
“A Genealogy of Democratic Peace”
PhD candidate, History, Ohio State University
“The Liberal Persuasion: The Congress for Cultural Freedom and the Intellectual Cold War in the World, 1950-1967”
PhD candidate, History, Baylor University
“Creating the Christian Athlete in the Twentieth-Century United States”
PhD candidate, Educational Foundations, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
“Worth Another Look: A Native Hawaiian Review of the Henry N. Castle Papers”
Ph.D. candidate, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Dangerous Ground: Squatters, Statesmen, and the Rupture of American Democracy, 1830-1860”
PhD candidate, University of Cambridge
“Public Opinion in America Political Thought, 1918-1929.”
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”
Independent scholar, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“’A Fantastic Affair’: Karl Barth in America, 1962”
PhD candidate, Indiana University
“’Una obra revolucionaria’: Guatemalan Indigenismo, 1944-1995”
PhD candidate, City University of New York
“When Old Age Changed: Inventing the ‘Senior State,’ 1945-1980”
PhD candidate, University of Oxford
“Scholarly Solutions: American Political Science and the Challenge of Democracy, 1880-1970”
PhD candidate, University of Minnesota
“Modernizing Language: Debates on Literature in Nineteenth Century South India, 1890-1930”
PhD candidate, University of Oxford
“Boys’ Street Culture in Chicago, 1900-1929”
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”
D. Trevor Burrows
PhD candidate, History, Purdue University
“Social Reform and Religious Renewal: Religion and Student Activism in the Long 1960s”
Assistant Professor of English, Yale University
“Modernism’s Metronome: Metrical Vestiges, Historical Prosody, and American Poetry, 1910-1930”
PhD Candidate, History, American University
“Catchers and Kidnappers: Slave-Hunting in Early America”
PhD candidate, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“The Efficiency Norm and U.S. Legal-Economic Policy, 1969-1992”
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”
PhD Candidate, Literary Studies, University of Guelph, Ontario
“Sun Ra at the Crossroads of Jazz and Performance”
PhD candidate, Political Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
“Czechs in Chicago”
PhD candidate, History, Temple University
“Cook County Jail and the Local Origins of Mass Incarceration, 1836-1995”
PhD, History, Temple University
“Don’t We Die Too? The Political Culture of African American AIDS Activism”
Senior Lecturer, History, University College London
“The Stormy Present: Conservatism in American Politics in an Age of Revolution, 1848-1876”
PhD candidate, Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Evolving the Divine: Eugenics, Embodied Perfectionism, and the Evolutionary Theology of Shailer Mathews”
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”
Assistant Professor of History, Marshall University
“Arguing until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy”
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”
Assistant Professor of History, Alvernia University
“The New Intellectual Hierarchy: Mongrelist Sociology in America, 1918-1937”
Associate Professor in English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University
“Edition of Swetnam the Woman-Hater Arraigned by Women (1620).”
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.”
PhD candidate in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Minnesota
“Solid Foundations: Structuring American Solid State Physics, 1939-1993.”
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.
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”
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.
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”
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”
PhD candidate in American History, Brandeis University
"The Private Citizen: Expert Power and the Obligations of Work, Prayer, and Parenthood, 1923-1970"
Doctoral candidate in English, University of Michigan
"Critical Conditions: Politics and the Death of Twentieth-Century American Poetry"
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"
Assistant Professor of Art History, Lewis and Clark College
"Pre-Columbian Civilization as Cultural Patrimony in U.S. and Mexican Archaeology"
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"
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Lewis and Clark Collegr
"Protestant Women's Birth and Death Rituals, 1780-1920"
Instructor in Creative Writing, American Literature, and Composition, University of Central Missouri
Doctoral candidate in history at Louisiana State University
"Fulcrum of the Union: The Border South and the Secession Crisis, 1859-1861"
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"
Doctoral candidate in politics and international studies at Queen's College, University of Cambridge
"Competing Visions of International Order in the 1940s"
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.
Assistant Professor of Education and History, Brown University
"Educational Opportunity in Postwar America"
Wendell Vernon Eckford
Ralph Bunche Associate Professor of History, Affiliate Faculty, African American Studies, The Los Angeles City College
A Biography of Allison Davis
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
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
Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Lewis and Clark College
Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Printed Descriptions of the Dutch Colony of Batavia
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”
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”
Assistant Professor, History, University of Minnesota
A study of changing attitudes to married women’s work
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University
"The Black Campus Movement, 1965-1972"
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.
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
Department of Theology, Concordia University, Montreal
"Old Testament Pseudepigrapha"
Ph.D. candidate in American Studies, College of William and Mary
"Immaterial Modern: Subjectivity in Art and Its Institutions, 1939-1964"
Ph.D. candidate, Leeds Metropolitan University
"The Politics of Fiction: Saul Bellow and Partisan Review, 1941-1962"
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"
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"
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"
University of Florida
"Gender and American Indian Urbanization in Chicago and Cleveland, 1946-1970"
Johann Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, Germany
"Max Rheinstein: His Life and Work"
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."
Ph.D. candidate, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
"Food Provisioning of Norwich Cathedral Priory"
University of Leipzig
"The Expansion of Historical Space: The Study of Civilizations in U. S. American Academia"
Ph.D. in English, University of Chicago,
"Romantic Antiquity: Rome in the Romantic Imagination, 1789-1832"
Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Chicago
"The Interaction between Archaeology, Art History, and Texts"