David Jaffee Fellowship in Visual and Material Culture

The David Jaffee Fellowship in Visual and Material Culture is named for David Philip Jaffee (1954-2017) who was a wonderful friend and favorite reader at AAS. Elected to membership in October 2007, Professor Jaffee was instrumental in the development of the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) at AAS, encouraging engagement with images, artifacts, books and photographs of all kinds in the study of American history. A longtime teacher at City College of New York and the Bard Graduate Center, he is remembered as a devoted teacher, generous colleague, and committed mentor who shared his passion for his work in the classroom as well as through special workshops, seminars and exhibitions. The fellowship will provide a stipend for the study and use of visual and material culture in the pursuit of research on all aspects of American history before 1900. It is open to both postdoctoral scholars and graduate students at work on doctoral dissertations.

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Date Name Affiliation Position
2024-25 Augustine Sedgewick Independent Writer Thoreau’s Pencil: A New History of Slavery, Abolition, Complicity, a
2023-24 Elizabeth Block The Metropolitan Museum of Art Senior Editor, Publications and Editorial Department Hairdressing in the 19th Century
2022-23 Phillippa Pitts Boston University PhD Candidate in History of Art & Architecture The Self-Made Man: Race, Gender, and Disability in Antebellum Pharmaceutical Imaginaries
2020-21 Laura Ping Pace University Adjunct Assistant Professor of History Beyond Bloomers: Fashioning Change Nineteenth-Century Dress
2019-20 Chloe Chapin Harvard University PhD Candidate in American Studies The False Universal of Nineteenth-Century Formal Attire: Uniformity, Masculinity, and Power
2018-19 Joseph Larnerd Stanford University PhD Candidate in Art and Art History The Makings of Cut Glass in America, 1876-1916
2017-18 Christopher Allison Harvard University PhD Candidate Protestant Relics: Encountering and Collecting the Body in Early America, 1770-1850