Legacy Fellowship

The Legacy Fellowship, also for research on any topic supported by the collections, is funded by the gifts of former fellows and research associates. The tradition of former fellows directing their annual gifts to support a fellowship began in 1997. In that year a special effort was undertaken to solicit current-use funds from former holders of fellowships at AAS. The aim was to help a young scholar by supporting a short-term fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to an individual engaged in scholarly research and writing - - including doctoral dissertations - - in any field of American history and culture through 1900.

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Date Name Affiliation Position
2023-24 Karen Racine University of Guelph Professor of History Samuel Larned in South America: The Monroe Doctrine's Dependable Diplomat
2022-23 Richard Bell University of Maryland, College Park Professor of History The First Freedom Riders:Streetcars and Street Fights in Jim Crow New York
2020-21 Cynthia Smith Independent Scholar Sentimental Sailors: Rescue and Conversion in Antebellum U.S. Literature
2019-20 Michelle Sizemore University of Kentucky Associate Professor of English Figures: Literature and Mathematics in the Atlantic World, 1750-1860
2018-19 Courtney Buchkoski University of Oklahoma PhD Candidate in English Benevolent Colonization: Emigration Aid and the American West, 1820-1880
2017-18 Charlene Lewis Kalamazoo College Professor The Traitor's Wife: Peggy Arnold and Revolutionary America
2016-17 Justin Pope Beloit College Visiting Assistant Professor of History Dangerous Spirit of Liberty: How Slave Rebellion Transformed the Atlantic World
2015-16 Robin Smith University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill PhD Candidate The 'Iron Harp': Encountering the Industrial Soundscape in the 1840s and 1850s
2014-15 Julia Bernier University of Massachusetts, Amherst PhD Candidate in American Studies A Papered Freedom
2013-14 Adam Thomas University of California, Irvine PhD Candidate Racial Ambiguity and Citizenship in the Postemancipaton Transtlantic World