2008-2009 Fellows and Their Projects
Mellon Distinguished Scholar
- David Paul Nord, professor of journalism and adjunct professor of history, Indiana University, "Newspapers and Cities in Early America"
Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship
- Jessica Lepler, assistant professor of history, University of New Hampshire, "1837: Anatomy of a Panic"
AAS-National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships
- Sean Kelley, associate professor of history, Hartwick College, "Gone to Affrica: A Rhode Island Slave Ship and the Making of a Diaspora"
- Adam Nelson, associate professor of educational policy studies and history, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Nationalism, Internationalism, and the Origins of the American University"
- Meredith Neuman, assistant professor of English, Clark University, "Letter and Spirit: Theories of Sermon Literature in Puritan New England"
- Beth Barton Schweiger, associate professor of history, University of Arkansas, "Reading Before Literacy: The Uses of English Grammar in the Early Nineteenth Century"
American Historical Print Collectors Society Fellowship
- Jennifer Van Horn, Ph.D. candidate in art history, University of Virginia, "The Object of Civility and the Art of Politeness in British America (1740-1780)"
AAS-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship
- Natasha Hurley, postdoctoral fellow, University of Alberta, "The Child of Circulation in American Literature: The Case of Robinson Crusoe"
Stephen Botein Fellowships
- Lara Cohen, assistant professor of English, Wayne State University, "Counterfeit Presentments: Fraud and the Production of Nineteenth Century American Literature"
- Betsy Klimasmith, associate professor of English, University of Massachusetts-Boston, "Cities and Seductions: Sex and Early American Urban Fiction"
Drawn to Art Fellowship
- Laura Smith, lecturer in English, University of New Hampshire, "Material Domesticity: Textiles in Elizabeth Stoddard's The Morgesons"
Jay and Deborah Last Fellowships
- Robin Bernstein, assistant professor of women's studies, Harvard University, "Racial Innocence: The Uses of Childhood in U.S. Racial Formation, 1852-1930"
- Carolyn Eastman, assistant professor of history, University of Texas at Austin, "Learning to See: Gender in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World"
- Sarah Gould, Ph.D. candidate in American culture, University of Michigan, "Seeing American: The Visual Representation of Race in Early American Children's Literature and Games"
- Wendy Katz, associate professor of art history, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, "The Politics of Art Criticism in the Penny Press, 1833-1862"
- Kevin Muller, assistant professor of art history, Utah State University, "An Undergraduate Course on Visual Culture in American Life, 1600-1900"
- Megan Kate Nelson, assistant professor of history, California State University, Fullerton, "Flesh and Stone: Ruins and the Civil War"
- Cynthia Patterson, assistant professor of English, University of South Florida, Lakeland, "'Exclusively from Original Designs': The Philadelphia Pictorials and the Graphic Arts"
- Patricia Roylance, assistant professor of English, Syracuse University, "Eclipse of Empire"
- Nancy Siegel, assistant professor of art history, Juniata College, "Bodily Functions as Body Politic: Scenes of Protest in Eighteenth-Century Prints"
- Joseph Stubenrauch, Ph.D. candidate in history, Indiana University, "Faith in Goods: Religion and the Consumer Revolution"
- Allison Malcom, Ph.D. candidate in history, University of Illinois-Chicago, "A Protestant Patriotism: Anti-Catholicism and the Rise of Nationhood in North America, 1830-1870"
Northeast Modern Language Association Fellowship
- Lloyd Pratt, assistant professor of English, Michigan State University, "The Freedoms of a Stranger, 1830-1860"
Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowships
- Brian Carroll, Ph.D. candidate in history, University of Connecticut, "Military Masculinities in New England: Anglo-American and Native-American Soldiers, 1689-1763"
- Sari Edelstein, Ph.D. candidate in English, Brandeis University, "The Novel & The News: Women and the Politics of U.S. Print Culture Before 1900"
- Nicole Eustace, assistant professor of history, NYU, "War Ardor: Sex and Sentiment in the War of 1812"
- Erin Forbes, Ph.D. candidate in English, Princeton University, "Popular Crime Writing and the Publications of David Walker and Edgar Allan Poe"
- Ellen Gruber Garvey, associate professor of English, New Jersey City University, "Book, Paper, Scissors: Scrapbooks Remake American Print Culture"
- Robert Gunn, assistant professor of English, University of Texas at El Paso, "Ethnology and Empire: John Russell Bartlett and the U.S./Mexico Borderlands"
- Jeffrey Kaja, Ph.D. candidate in history, University of Michigan, "From Rivers to Roads: Economic Development and the Evolution of Transportation Systems in Early Pennsylvania, 1675-1800"
- April Masten, associate professor of history, SUNY-Stony Brook, "The Challenge Dance: Transatlantic Exchange in Early American Popular Culture"
- Tanya Mears, assistant professor of history, Norfolk State University, "'To Lawless Rapine Bred': Early New England Execution Literature Featuring People of African Descent"
- Jane Merritt, associate professor of history, Old Dominion University, "The Trouble with Tea: Consumption, Politics, and the Making of a Global Colonial Economy"
- Monique Patenaude, Ph.D. candidate in History, University of Rochester, "Comparative History of Black Communities in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, NY, 1840-1870"
- Kelly Sisson, Ph.D. candidate in American culture, University of Michigan, "King Corn in American Culture, 1862-1936"
- Derrick Spires, Ph.D. candidate in English, Vanderbilt University, "Reimagining a 'Beautiful but Baneful Object': Black Writers' Theories of Citizenship and Nation in the Antebellum U.S."
- Catherine Parisian, Independent Scholar, Nellysford, VA, "A Publication History of the Works of Frances Burney"
- Courtney Weikle-Mills, assistant professor of English, University of Pittsburgh, "Imaginary Citizens: Child Readers and the Making of a U.S. Literary Public, 1700-1852"
Joyce A. Tracy Fellowship
- Benjamin Fagan, Ph.D. candidate in English, University of Virginia, "'Righteousness Exalteth a Nation': Practices of Black Nationalism, 1827-1860"
William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellowships
- Sandra Jackson-Opoku, novelist, Chicago, IL, research for a novel entitled God's Gift to the Natives that charts the history and movement of the African diaspora
- Celeste Roberge, professor, University of Florida, research on American furniture, in particular its fabrication, use, history, and depiction in American painting, photography, and sculpture;
Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowships
- Martha Carlson-Bradley, poet, Hillsborough, NH, research for a collection of poems based on the New England Primer
- Debra Gwartney, non-fiction writer, Eugene, OR, research for a book on Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, the first European woman to cross the Rocky Mountains
Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship for Creative and Performing Artists
- Janet Pritchard, photographer and assoc. prof. of art at Connecticut, research for a photographic project entitled "Views from Wonderland," which explores the making of Yellowstone National Park from the 1870s to the 1890s