Past Grant Recipients

The following lists of fellows include recipients of Hagley’s short-term research grants and fellowships (exploratory and H.B. du Pont), as well as all our long-term fellowships (Henry Belin du Pont dissertation fellowships, the former Jefferson Scholar/Hagley Library dissertation fellowships now known as Galambos/Hagley Library dissertation fellowships, and NEH-Hagley fellowships). Please note that where names appear more than once, they have received more than one award (for instance, a one-week exploratory grant followed by a longer research grant).

2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

 

2020

Long-Term Fellows

Regina Lee Blaszczyk (NEH-Hagley Fellow, Business History, 4 months)
Professor, History of Business and Society, University of Leeds

“Synthetics and the Senses: How DuPont and Other Fiber Marketers Revolutionized American Style and Transformed the Global Fashion System”
Blaszczyk’s project examines the artificial fibers and their impact on everyday life in the twentieth century, starting with the British and French inventors of the first man-made fibers in the late Victorian period and ending in our own global era with concerns about the impact of plastics on the environment. It explores the history of textile fibers through the experiences of the chemical companies that produced rayon, nylon, and polyester; the textile mills that generated fabrics from these miracle materials; and the designers, decorators, and architects who specified them for automobiles ,airplanes, clothing, furnishings, and interior design. The geographic emphasis is the United States with comparisons to the UK, continental Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Sven Kube (NEH-Hagley Fellow, Atlantic History, 4 months)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, Florida International University

“Evolution of Deutsche Schallplatten (German Records) from a Small Private Firm into the Flagship Enterprise on the German Democratic Republic Cultural Circuit”
Kube’s project Compares the work and thought of two captains of industry on opposite sides of the Iron Curtain. Scrutinizing the David Sarnoff papers and select parts of the RCA collection to enable drawing comparisons between the entrepreneurial principles and managerial strategies of America’s media mogul and Harri Költzsch, the most influential company director on the German Democratic Republic’s entertainment circuit. Contributes to efforts of expanding the focus of business history beyond Western economic environments by scrutinizing similarities and differences in the responsibilities and approaches of capitalist and communist manage

Nicole Welk-Joerger (NEH-Hagley Fellow, Business, Science, and Environmental History, 4 months)
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania

“Rumen Nation: An Environmental History of Feeding Cattle in the United States”
Welk-Joerger’s project engages with historical documents and ethnographic narratives on dairy and beef farms to tell the story of the U.S. animal feed industry. Focused specifically on ruminants, the project highlights the scientific work that went into using feed as a technology to manipulate bovine guts. This manipulation affected humans, non-humans, soil, waterways, and the atmosphere, shaping the idea of “sustainability” in the U.S. which continues to anchor debates today.

Kelly Goodman (Galambos/ Hagley Library Fellow, History, 9 months)
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Yale University

“Taxing Limits: The Political Economy of American School Finance”
Goodman’s project asks how organized people tried to change the way we fund K-12 publication education over the course of the twentieth century. “Taxing Limits” tells the political, intellectual, and fiscal history of organizations and organizers from labor and business history who shaped twentieth century American school finance.

Short Term Fellows

Yassin Abou El Fadil
Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
University of Goettingen
Inheritance Practices in Family Businesses--Germany and the United States in the Twentieth-Century

Kevin Bunch
Independent Scholar, History
International Joint Commission, Washington DC
A History of Joe Weisbecker, FRED and the 1802 in Video Games

Patricia Curtin
Professor, Communication
University of Oregon
Working Relationships:  A Labor-Centric History of the US Public Relations Profession

Deirdre Evans-Pritchard
Adjunct Professor, Art History
University of Maryland, Global
RCA, Television and the Origins of Media Literacy

Michael Golec
Associate Professor, Art Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Icons of Expertise:  A History of Technical Images and Thoughtful Consumption

Jack Grobe
Ph.D. Candidate, American History
SUNY Albany
The American Campaign to Acquire German Military Technology, 1917-1929

Karen Henson
Associate Professor, Musicology
Queens College and Graduate Center, CUNY
Singing Machine:  Opera and Early Sound Recording

Alexandra Hyard
Associate Professor, Economics
Universite Lille
Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, Writings on the United States of America

Brian Johnston
Independent Scholar, Architecture
Italian Pavilion at Expo 67:  Terre des Hommes/Man and His World

Trish Kahle
Postdoctoral Fellow, History
University of Chicago
The Graveyard Shift:  Energy Citizenship in the American Century

Scott Kushner
Assistant Professor, Communications
University of Rhode Island
Crowd Control:  Organizing Audiences around Spectacle in the Industrial Era

Joseph Larnerd
Assistant Professor, Art History
Drexel University
Undercut:  Cut Glass in Working-Class Life during the Gilded Age

Mark Markov
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Durham University
Wars Not Fought:Neutrality and European Navies in American Waters during the US Civil War

Clive Muir
Independent Scholar, Communication
Exploring the Technology of Watermelon Postcards

Hannah Pivo
Ph.D. Candidate, Art History
Columbia University
Seeing the "Social":  Data Visualization and Information Graphics in US Business, Industry, and Social Sciences

Stefan Rabitsch
Assistant Professor, American Studies
University of Graz
A Cultural History of Western Hats

Ranjodh Singh
Ph.D. Candidate, English Language/Literature
University of California, Davis
Rendering:  A Political Diagrammatology of Computation Project

Brian Sarginger
Ph.D. Candidate, Business History
University of Maryland
The Shareholder Movement:  Shareholder Activists in the Twentieth-Century

Benjamin Schneider
Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
University of Oxford
Technological Change and Work Economics

Maia Silber
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Princeton University
Work of Any Kind:  Casual and Informal Labor during the Second Industrial Revolution

Lloyd Tomlinson
Ph.D. Candidate, History
West Virginia University
Stonega Coke & Coal Company Towns Since the New Deal

Emily Wells
Ph.D. Candidate,  History
College of William and Mary
"Keep Within Compass": The Geographical Perspectives of American Girls, 1742-1836

 

2019

Long-Term Fellows

Li Cornfeld (NEH-Hagley Fellow, Communications, 8 months)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Amherst College

“Theater of Invention: Live Performance and Emerging Media”
Cornfeld’s project identifies acts of technological demonstration as integral to the operation of industrial capitalism and foundational to the cultural development of media and technology. Spectacular acts that we now call “tech demos” date to the beginnings of global industrialization, with world’s fairs and expositions, where industrial corporations introduced mass audiences to new media and technology through elaborate display. Contemporary analogues exist on ballroom stages of splashy tech conventions, where product unveilings staged by industry leaders stream for audiences around the world and garner breathless media coverage. More than mere technical illustrations of how to operate new devices, these presentations imbue unfamiliar technologies with cultural frames, prior to their uptake in social life. Looking across technologies and timeframes, Theater of Invention establishes technological exhibition as foundational to medial emergence, an enduring ritual that naturalizes industrial ideas about technology and shores up capitalist cultural power.

Amy Offner (NEH-Hagley Fellow, History, 4 months)
Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania

“The Disappearing Worker”
Offner’s project travels across the globe to offer a transnational history of the unraveling of the employment relationship. It connects the fate of US workers to those overseas by situating them both within multinational corporations that transposed lessons and practices across world regions. The research focuses on the years after 1945, a distinctive moment when conflicts in the emergent Third World propelled processes of corporate restructuring that rippled across the globe. During the early postwar decades, US investors extended their reach overseas, finding novel opportunities for profit within the development programs of African, Asian, and Latin American nations. But they struggled with the political, social, and legal liabilities of owning property and managing workers in an age of upheaval. Third World capitalists and technical professionals jockeyed for position, labor movements challenged managerial authority, and governments asserted powers to tax, regulate, and at times nationalize firms.

Daniel Wortel-London (Galambos/Hagley Library Fellow, History, 9 months)
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, New York University

On What Grounds: Real Estate and the Public Costs of Metropolitan Growth in New York City, 1880-1940”
Wortel-London’s project investigates the changing relation of public finance and real estate development in New York City between the late 19th and mid-20th centuries. Whereas most historians have viewed these topics in isolation, assuming that urban fiscal policy merely reflects broader social and economic forces, my research reveals that decisions over how – and by whom - urban real estate should be taxed or subsidized had independent and powerful effects on the distribution of wealth, power, and social equity within American cities.  My project traces these effects by applying a “fiscal lens” to questions of local political economy in one American city. Between the 1880s and 1930s New York routinely faced bankruptcy - not as a result of macro-level trends, but of municipal subsidies for real estate speculation on the city’s core and periphery. These policies, which added to the tax and rent burdens of ordinary New Yorkers, led to widespread conflicts over how, where, and whether real estate should be publicly promoted. By 1940 these struggles had established a new public finance regime – one that systematically favored large central-city developers and underassessed white home-owners while discriminating against working-class and minority tenants. By examining the development of this system and its continuing effects on one American city, scholars can better understand how public finance decisions have subsidized the spatial, racial, and wealth inequalities that characterize American cities today – and in so doing, rethink their accounts of how the “New Urban Crisis” came to be.

Isabelle Held (Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellow, History of Design, 4 months)
 Ph.D .Candidate, History of Design, Victoria and Albert Museum/Royal College of Art

“The Bombshell Assembly Line: Military-Industrial Materials and the Shaping of Women’s Bodies in the USA, 1939–1976”
Held’s project analyses the relationship between the research and development of synthetic materials for military and industrial use and modifications to women’s bodies in the US, from WWII to 1976. It explores how and why key actors in synthetic materials’ development and application, including US chemical companies, foundationwear brands and plastic surgeons, selected the female body as a site for employing new artificial materials and as a showcase for their exposition  to  American  and international audiences. Ultimately, it seeks to understand the wider socio-political significance of synthetics and women’s bodies in wartime and post-war US, and to use this knowledge to generate critical questions and perspectives for material research with corporeal applications today.

Short Term Fellows

Norwood Andrews
Independent Scholar
Musical Performance in Bracero Railroad Communities

Megan Armknecht
Ph. D. Candidate, History
Princeton University
Diplomatic Households and the Foundations of US Diplomacy, 1789-1870

Roger Bailey
Ph. D. Candidate, History
University of Maryland, College Park
A Crisis of Identity:  Sectionalism and the US Navy Officer Corps, 1815-1861

Colleen Boggs
Professor, English
Dartmouth College
Playing with My Food: Experimental Writing and the Invention of Modern Taste

Flavia Canestrini
Ph. D. Candidate, History
Sciences Po, Paris /Northwestern University
How economic sanctions changed American foreign policy. A political, economic and cultural history of embargoes between 1981 and 1989

Gregory Cartelli
Ph. D. Candidate, Architecture
Princeton University
Narratives surrounding the 1948 exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art of the Thomas Lamb Wedge Lock Handle

Chloe Chapin
Ph. D. Candidate, American Studies
Harvard University
The False Universal of Nineteenth-Century Formal Attire: Uniformity, Masculinity, and Power, 1820-1850

Bill Cooke
Professor, Education
University of York
National Association of Manufacturers and the Anglo-American Productivity Committee as the Legacy of Stafford Cripps

Daniel Cumming
Ph. D. Candidate, History
New York University
Health is Wealth: The Rise of a Medical Metropolis and the Remaking of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century Baltimore

Salem Elzway
Ph. D. Candidate, History
University of Michigan
The Arm Race:  A History of the Industrial Robot in Postwar America (working title)

Mary Fesak
Ph. D. Candidate, Philosophy
University of Delaware
Marion du Pont Scott Thoroughbred Racing

Keiji Fujimura
Ph. D. Candidate, Language & Culture
Osaka University
Regulation as Competitive Advantage: A Case Study on Regulatory Differences Contributing to International Competitive Advantage of Japanese Automakers in the US Auto Market

Danielle Giffort
Assistant Professor, Sociology
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Wet Women and the Marijuana Mamas:  Gender and Movements to Reform Alcohol and Drug Policies in the United States

Robert Gordon-Fogelson
Ph. D. Candidate, Art History
University of Southern California
Total Integration:  Design, Business, and Society in the United States, 1935-1975

Anthony Grasso
Assistant Professor, American Politics
U.S. Military Academy
Privilege and Punishment: Class, Crime, and the Development of the American State

Alexandra Hyard
Associate Professor, Economics
University of Lille
Pierre Samuel Du Pont de Nemours, Political and Constitutional Writings

Louisa Iarocci
Associate Professor, Architecture
University of Washington, Seattle
Bin, Bag, Box: The Architecture of Convenience

Conrad Jacober
Ph. D. Candidate, Sociology
The Johns Hopkins University
Bringing the Banks Back In:  American Commercial Banks and the Origins of Financialization

Trish Kahle
Postdoctoral Fellow, History
University of Chicago
The Graveyard Shift: Coal and Citizenship in an Age of Energy Crisis

Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler
Assistant Professor, Design History
Purdue University
Open Plan: A History of the American Office

Connor Kenaston
Ph. D. Candidate, History
University of Virginia
Church of the Air: Mainwave Religion and the Sanctification of Communications Capitalism

Malwina Lys-Dobradin
Ph. D. Candidate, Architecture
Columbia University
The Historical Trajectory of "Free Enterprise"

Angelica Maier
Ph. D. Candidate, Art History
University of Minnesota
Toxic Matter:  American Sculpture, Materials Science, and Cultural Fear, 1962-1979

Margaret Manchester
Associate Professor, History
Providence College
The Corporate Cold War

Zachary Mann
Ph. D. Candidate, English
University of Southern California
The Punch Card Imagination: Authorship and Early Computing History

James McElroy
Ph. D. Candidate, History
University of Minnesota
Racial Segmentation and Market Segregation: The Late Twentieth-Century History of the American City Supermarket, 1960-1990

Colette Perold
Ph. D. Candidate, Communications
New York University
The Empire of Informatics: IBM in Brazil before Modern Computing

Brian Sarginger
Ph. D. Candidate, Business History
University of Maryland
The Shareholder Movement:  Shareholder Activists and Activism in the Twentieth-Century

Benjamin Schneider
Ph. D. Candidate,  Economics
University of Oxford
Technological Change and Living Standards

Melanie Sheehan
Ph. D. Candidate, History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
International Labor Organization and the Politics of Global Economic Transformation, 1945-1995

Vaibhav Singh
Postdoctoral Fellow, Communications
University of Reading
The Elusive Writing Machine: The Typewriter in India

Margaret Stack
Ph. D. Candidate, History
University of Connecticut
Paragons and Pariahs:  National Identity, Masculinity, and Misbehavior in Representation of American Naval Sailors and Officers

Elliott Sturtevant
Ph. D. Candidate, Architecture
Columbia University
Empire’s Stores: Entrepôt Urbanism in America, 1846-1947

Aya Tanaka
Adjunct Professor, French History
NYU-Stern
Physiocracy and DuPont's Industrial Development

Kevin Daniel Tennent
Lecturer, Management
University of York
Exploring American Industrial Democracy, 1913-1935

Daniel Traficonte
Ph. D. Candidate, Urban Studies
MIT
Why does the United States federal government practice R&D-oriented industrial policy, and why does federal industrial policy take the form that it does?

Hanna Vikström
Postdoctoral Researcher, Religious Studies
Umeå University
Tales and traces of teeth.  Connecting bodies and resource flows..

Andrew Wasserman
Visiting Assistant Professor, Art History
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The Public Art of Public Relations: Creating the New American City

Sydney Watts
Associate Professor, History
University of Richmond
Domestic Servants and Dependents in the du Pont and Manigault Households during the Revolutionary Era, 1770-1830

Sara Wermiel
Independent Researcher, Technology
MIT
Railroad Contractors and the Rise of General Contractors for Buildings

Madeline Williams
Ph. D. Candidate, History
Harvard University
Unseen History:  The Politics of Blindness and Disability in the Twentieth-Century United States

Sunny Xiang
Assistant Professor, English
Yale University
The Transpacific Middle

 

2018

Long-Term Fellows

John Patrick Leary (NEH-Hagley Fellow, English, 4 months)
Associate Professor of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

“A Counterhistory of Innovation”
Leary’s project explores the cultural and intellectual history of innovation. With roots as a synonym for false prophesy and rebellion in the 17th century, the term has today become the contemporary ideal of worldly success, associated with all that is novel and creative. Aimed at a wide audience, this book project brings a skeptical eye to the popular myth in the media, examining innovation not only as an economic process of a product, but as a very old idea with a tangled and surprising history. At Hagley, Leary will complete research for three chapters and continue writing two others already in progress.

Karen W. Mahar (NEH-Hagley Fellow, History, 4 months)
Professor of History, Siena College, Loudonville, NY
“Corner Office: The Creation of the American Corporate Elite,”
Mahar’s project explores episodes in American corporate history between 1880 and 1980 to reveal how white masculinity was baked into impressions of executive competence, and how the white masculinity of business executives operated as an intangible asset for corporations and for executives as a class. It explores how the meaning of white, male business leadership developed and changed over the twentieth century, and how gender was deliberately used to legitimate an executive class. During the fellowship tenure, Mahar will conduct new research in Hagley collections, review and supplement existing Hagley research, and write several chapters of the book manuscript.

Sean Vanatta (NEH-Hagley Fellow, History, 4 months)
Quin Morton Teaching Fellow, Writing Program, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

“Making Credit Convenient: Credit Cards and the Political Economy of Modern America”
Vanatta’s project asks why credit cards became so central to modern economic life. Tracing the history of credit networks and the forces that shaped them from the 1950s to the present, the manuscript shows how firms manipulated the U.S. system of federal sovereignty to foreclose democratic accountability in state-regulated financial markets and give rise to unrestrained consumer credit. Vanatta will use the fellowship tenure to plot a revision strategy for the manuscript, and to complete drafting and revising a coauthored book, The Banker’s Thumb: The Institutional and Evolutionary History of Bank Supervision in the U.S. (with Peter Conti-Brown).

A.J. Murphy (Jefferson Scholars/Hagley Library Fellow, History, 9 months)
Ph.D. Candidate, History, Columbia University

“Business Management Expertise in the Cold War U.S. Military”
Murphy’s dissertation explores how defense leaders in the second half of the twentieth century patterned the administration of the military on profit-seeking firms, setting up controls and incentives that were supposed to make the military’s internal operations conform to idealized market principles.

Short-Term Fellows

Yassin Abou El Fadil
Lecturer, History            
University of Göttingen
The Comparison of Inheritance Practices in Family Business - Germany and the United States in the Second Half of the Twentieth-Century

Teal Arcadi   
Ph.D. Candidate, History        
Princeton University
Remapping America: Power, Poverty, and the Interstate Highway System in the Postwar United States

Kashia Arnold
Ph.D. Candidate, History                                                                               
University of California, Santa Barbara
Trans-Pacific Values: The United States and the Regional Economy of the Pacific, 1900-1937

Elizabeth Badger            
Ph.D. Candidate, History                                                                               
University of Minnesota
Labor, Consumption, and Gender in Video Game Culture, 1970-1994

Roger Bailey                     
Ph.D. Candidate, History                                         
University of Maryland
A Crisis of Identity:  Sectionalism and the US Navy Officer Corps, 1815-1861

Victoria Barnes           
Lecturer, European Legal       
Max Planck Institute for European Legal History
Shareholder Voice And Company Law In Great Britain, The United States, and Canada

Molly Beer   
Lecturer, English                        
University of Michigan
Angelica: A Biography

Gavin Benke
Lecturer, Business History     
Boston University
Imagining the Future of Business, 1970–2000

Jacqueline Brandon  
Ph.D. Candidate, History        
Princeton University
Free Trade: NAFTA and the Politics of Post-Cold War America

Thomas Buckley         
Lecturer, International Business         
University of Sheffield
The Performance of Mass Distributors in the United States and thevUnited Kingdom, 1945-1985

Thomas Castillo              
Assistant Professor, History                                  
Coastal Carolina University
The Right to Work:  Class Struggle in Magic City Miami, 1914-1946

Daniel Cumming            
Ph.D. Candidate, History                                         
New York University
History of Health Inequality in Twentieth-Century Baltimore

Keiji Fujimira                   
Ph.D. Candidate, History                                         
Osaka University
Regulation as Competitive Advantage:  A Case Study on Regulatory Differences Contributing to International Competitive Advantage of Japanese Autoworkers in the US Auto Market

Andrew Gawthorpe 
Lecturer, History        
Leiden University
Trade Liberalization and its Critics in the United States since 1934

Kelly Goodman
Ph.D. Candidate, History        
Yale University
Taxing Limits: The Political Economy of American School Finance

Robert Gordon-Fogelson       
Ph.D. Candidate, Art History 
University of Southern California
Total Integration:  Design, Business, and Society in the United States, 1935-1975

Ryan Issa Haddad          
Ph.D. Candidate, History                                         
University of Maryland
America's Commercial Cold War:   Trade, National Security, and the Western Alliance

Matthew Hollow            
Lecturer, Business         
York University
The Business of Business Histories:  Organizational Anniversaries and the Process of Remembering in Historical Context

John Jackson                   
Lecturer, History            
College of William and Mary
The Great Businesses and the Clever Bigots:  Bridging the Respectable Right and the Antisemitic Right

Anastasia Klimchynskaya
Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative Literature
University of Pennsylvania
Science Fiction and the Making of Modernity

Brenton J. Malin             
Associate Professor, Communication                
University of Pittsburgh
Ordinary and Necessary: A History of the American Tax Deduction for Advertising

Andrew Meade McGee 
Postdoctoral Fellow, History of Science
Kluge Center, Library of Congress
Litigating the Computer:  How Federal Courts Engineered the Digital Age

Alex McPhee-Browne  
Independent Scholar, History
Evangelists for Freedom:  Libertarian Populism and the Intellectual Origins of Modern American Conservatism

Amy Offner
Assistant Professor, History
University of Pennsylvania
The Disappearing Worker

Colette Perold
Ph.D. Candidate, Communications
New York University
The Empire of Informatics: IBM in Brazil before Computation

Sarah Pickman
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Yale University
The Right Stuff: Objects and the Making of Extreme Environments, 1820-1950

Jamie Pietruska              
Assistant Professor, History                                  
Rutgers University
Detective Paperwork in  the Nineteenth-and Early Twentieth-Century United States

Aaron Shkuda
Lecturer, History
Princeton University
Building for the Securities and Commodities Industries, 1960-1990

Jonathan Singerton      
Ph.D. Candidate, History                                         
University of Edinburgh
Beginning Her World Anew: Maria van Born (1766-1830)

J Alexandra Straub        
Ph.D. Candidate, History                                         
Temple University
Making Pure Water:  A History of Water Conditioning from Potash to Calgon

Jason Tercha                    
Ph.D. Candidate, History                                         
Binghamton University
Networking Rural American Landscapes:  Rural Perspectives on the Construction and Management of Internal Improvements in the Early American Republic

Roger Turner                   
Research Fellow, History of Science
Science History Institute
Meteoroloigcal Vision and Weather Blindness

Liana Vardi
Professor, History
State University of New York at Buffalo
Du Pont de Nemours and the Directory

Mark Westmoreland    
Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy                                 
Villanova University
On the Genealogy of the Concept of Race

Brandon Kirk Williams  
Ph.D. Candidate, History                                         
University of California, Berkeley
Globalizing Productivity, Embedding Inequality:  Exporting American Political Economy to Postcolonial India and Indonesia

Kyle Williams
Ph.D. Candidate
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Between Public Good and Private Profit:The History of Corporate Social Responsibility

Bess Williamson
Associate Professor, Design History
School of Art Institute of Chicago
Designing for Others

 

2017

Long-Term Fellows

Jennifer A. Greenhill (NEH-Hagley Fellow, Art History, 8 months)
Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of Southern California

“The Commercial Imagination: American Illustration and the Materialities of the Market, 1890–1930”
Greenhill’s project shows how illustrators helped establish the workings of commercial imagery in the decades surrounding the turn of the 20th century in four places: on the page, in the magazine, at the office, and on the road. Dr. Greenhill delved into Hagley’s extensive collection of 19th- and 20th-century advertising literature, handbooks, and periodicals, as well as corporate advertising records, company magazines, and marketing studies, to understand how businesses and illustrators worked together to create imagery promoting commercial products.

Seth R. Lunine (NEH-Hagley Fellow, Geography, 4 months)
Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley

“Breakthrough Technology: California Dynamite and the Creation of the U.S. High Explosives Industry, 1865–1895”
Lunine’s project explores how the high explosives industry supported California’s regional development, and how California companies and environments in turn shaped the industry at the national level. Dr. Lunine consulted Du Pont company records to understand the economic geography of explosives, and the place of California labor, landscapes, and industrial practices in the development of technologies that physically reshaped the American environment in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Jessica Levy (Jefferson Scholars/Hagley Library Fellow, History, 9 months)
Ph.D. Candidate, History, The Johns Hopkins University

“From Black Power to Black Empowerment: American Business and the Return of Racial Uplift in the United States and Africa, 1964–1994”
Levy’s dissertation explores the transnational rise of black empowerment during the late twentieth century. It illuminates the intellectual and financial investments made by American businesspeople, government bureaucrats, and civil rights leaders in transforming black dissidents into “productive citizens” in both the economic and civic senses. During the late twentieth century, black entrepreneurs performed critical work disseminating and translating free market principles to Africans and their descendants throughout the diaspora. Drawing on corporate and “movement” archives, the dissertation elucidates the ways black entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility became linked to post-Jim Crow/post-Apartheid notions of citizenship. By decentering state violence and prioritizing private capital, it explains black power’s demise in a way that reveals the seeds of political conservatism that blossomed within the global black freedom struggle.

Andrew Lea (Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellow, History of Science, 4 months)
Ph.D. Candidate, History, Oxford University

“Computerizing Diagnosis: Minds, Medicine, and Machines in Twentieth-Century America”
Lea’s dissertation examines early efforts to computerize medical diagnosis and decision making (1950s– 1980s). It approaches this larger topic through five case studies. Each of these cases is historically significant in its own right, representing early and widely discussed efforts to computerize medical diagnosis and decision making. But equally important for the purposes of this dissertation is the fact that the aims, strategies, and contexts of these cases differed in analytically interesting ways. The makers of these systems and programs held wildly divergent views about how physicians think, what kinds of medical knowledge are most diagnostically meaningful, the appropriate role of the patient and paramedical personnel in the clinical encounter, the nature and limits of computer technologies, and even how the medical system ought to be organized. This dissertation seeks to track how computing technologies both shaped and were shaped by these social, cultural, and epistemological assumptions.

Short-Term Fellows

Ellen Avitts
Associate Professor, Art History
Central Washington University
Influence of World Fairs on Marketing Techniques

Roger Bailey
Ph.D. Candidate, History
University of Maryland
A Crisis of Identity:  Sectionalism and the US Navy Officer Corps, 1815-1861

Vyta Baselice
Ph.D. Candidate, History
George Washington University
Production of Concrete and Dissemination across the American Landscape

Oren Bracha
Professor, Law
University of Texas School of Law
Development of Brands and Trademarks

Karin Bugow
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Jacobs University Bremen
The Role of Multinational Corporations in the Green Revolution (1960s and 1970s)

Rachel Bunker
Ph.D. Candidate, History 
Rutgers University
An Invisible Empire:  British and American Insurance Companies and Actuarial Science in the Caribbean, 1890-1960

Bernie Carlson 
Professor, Engineering & Society
University of Virginia
William C.Durant and the Rise of General Motors

Todd Carmody
Postdoctoral Fellow, English
Rutgers University
From Report to Essay:  Corporate Communication and the Rise of Literary Studies

Gerardo Con Diaz
Assistant Professor, Science & Technology Studies
University of California, Davis
Antitrust and Patent Law at IBM

Marcel Deperne
Ph.D. Candidate, History
University of La Rochelle
Atlantic Networks in the Ohio River Valley:  French Merchants from Pittsburgh (PA) to Henderson (KY) 1789-1848

Mary Fesak
M.A. Candidate, Historic Preservation
Clemson University
Study of Equine Landscapes for Vernacular Patterns and Social Hierarchical Order of Space

Alexi Garrett
Ph.D. Candidate, History
University of Virginia
The Female Roots of America's Economic Power:  Femme Sole Businesswomen of the Early Republic, 1774-1828

Reed Gochberg
Postdoctoral Fellow, Literature
Amherst College
Novel Objects: Museums and Scientific Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Kelly Goodman
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Yale University
Taxing Limits:   The Political Economy of American School Finance

Mark Hauser
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Carnegie Mellon University
All the Comforts of Hell:  Doughboys and American Mass Culture, 1916-1921

Isabelle Held
Ph.D. Candidate, Art History
Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum
The Bombshell Assembly Line: Military-Industrial Materials Research and the Syntheticisation of Women's Bodies in the USA, 1939-present

Clifton Hood
Professor, History
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Business  Encounters with Imposters

Mallory Huard
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Pennsylvania State University
Intersection of Conservation Efforts and Elite Outdoor Leisure Activities, late Nineteenth-Century through 1970s

Alexandra Hyard
Associate Professor, History
University of Lille
The Politics of Physiocratic Movement

Ella Klik
Ph.D. Candidate, Media Studies
New York University
Erasable Media:  A Media Archaeology from Letters to Bits

Volodymyr Kulikov
Postdoctoral Fellow, History
Woodrow Wilson Center/DC
Changing the Color of the Collar:  Labor Communities in Company Towns

Andrew Lea
Ph.D. Candidate, History of Science & Medicine
Oxford University
Computerizing Diagnosis:  Minds, Medicine, and Machines in Twentieth-Century America

Hereward Longley
Ph.D. Candidate, History
University of Alberta
Synthetic Oil. Energy Networks, and the Political Economy of Environmental Change in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, 1958-2015

Christopher McKee 
Professor, History
Grinnell College
Admiral Samuel F. du Pont's Cruise of the United States Frigate Congress to Hawaii and California, 1845-1849

Zachary Nowak
Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies
Harvard University
The American Train Station:  A History

Joseph Pfender              
Ph.D. Candidate, Musicology                               
New York University
Magnetic Tape Technology through its Inscription in Musical and Intermedial Artistic Practices of the 1950s

Danya Pilgrim                  
Ph.D. Candidate, History                                         
Yale University
Gastronomic Alchemy:  How Black Philadelphia Caterers Transformed Taste into Capital, 1790-1925

Marika Plater                  
Ph.D. Candidate. History                                         
Rutgers University
Escaping New York: Working-Class Landscapes of Leisure in and around Manhattan, 1830-1920

Aya Tanaka                       
Independent Scholar, Literature
P.S. du Pont de Nemours Original Business Plan to Raise Funds for an American Enterprise

Emily Twarog                   
Assistant Professor, History                                  
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
‘A Golden Apple Filled with Acid':  Class and the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1940s

Danielle Ward-Griffin  
Assistant Professor, History                                  
Christopher Newport University
Cold War Opera:  David Sarnoff, Maria Golovin, and the Brussels World Fair

Anne-Katrin Weber      
Junior Lecturer, Cinema Studies                          
University of Lausanne
A Media Archaeology of Drones:  Television, the Militiary, and RCA, 1930s-1940s

Charles Whitham           
Senior Lecturer, English
Edge Hill University
Corporate Conservatives Go to War:  The NAM and the USCC during World War II

Laurie Wood                    
Assistant Professor, History                                  
Florida State University
Risks & Realities

Thomas W. Zeiler           
Professor, History         
University of Colorado Boulder
Capitalist Peace and Business in the Free-Trade Order, 1933-1993

 

2016

Long-Term Fellows

Jeannette Alden Estruth (Miller Center/Hagley Fellow, History, 9 months)
Ph.D. Candidate, History, New York University

“A Political History of the Silicon Valley: Structural Change, Urban Transformation, and Local Social Movements, 1945–1995”
Estruth’s dissertation interrogates the relationships between the politics of urban development, labor organizing, and democratic inclusion to understand how the technology industry became synonymous with California’s South Bay Area in the postwar period. Drawing from a wide variety of underused archival sources—the corporate papers of semiconductor firms, oral histories with local activists, internal memos of neighborhood environmental organizations, union newspapers, and photographical documentation—the dissertation argues that debates over land use, race, gender, labor, and the urban environment shaped the technology sector’s growth in the South Bay Area in the second half of the twentieth century. In particular, these debates prompted new understandings of the role of technology in the politics and everyday life of globalizing California into the 1990s.

Jameson Karns (Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellow, History, 4 months)
Ph.D. Candidate, History, University of California, Berkeley

“Military Policy and the American Civilian”
Karns’s dissertation explores the evolution of state militias into the National Guard in 19th century America. In the context of the Constitutional Architects, the militia was made up of “civilian soldiers” and each state of the Republic was granted the right to maintain such units. The writing of General Emory Upton, who prescribed that the age of industrialization required a professionalized army, would challenge this concept. In his text The Military Policy of the United States, Emory Upton would charter the United States Military into its role as a world power. The dissertation will build from an exploration the original draft of the Military Policy in Hagley’s archives to further explore Upton’s concept of “professionalized soldier” and what he felt was the antiquated concept of “citizen soldier” and, with that, the changing role of the militia/National Guard in the 19th century.

Nicole Mahoney (Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellow, History, 4 months)
Ph.D. Candidate, History, University of Maryland, College Park

“Liberty, Gentility, and Dangerous Liaisons: French Culture and Polite Society in Eighteenth-Century America”
Mahoney’s dissertation argues that elite eighteenth-century Americans eagerly embraced and imitated aristocratic French culture and aesthetics to assert their claims to social and political legitimacy in a New World of vast insecurities and undecided character. Not content to be passive consumers of British goods on the fringes of empire, many Americans used the values and vestiges of French courtly culture to proclaim that they were instead dynamic cosmopolitan actors capable of competing in transatlantic communication, economic, and intellectual networks. Tokens of British polite society could be found scattered throughout all levels of the nascent American society, but it was the highly complex standards of etiquette, performance, and exquisite pleasure of French gentility that more acutely discriminated between members of high society and the middling ranks. The intricacy of French courtly culture raised standards and expectations of polite society out of the reach of ordinary Americans and distinguished a permanent American elite on the world stage.

Short-Term Fellows

Julia Abramson
Associate Professor, French Studies
University of Oklahoma
Finance and Culture:  Perspectives from Enlightenment France

Philip D. Byers
Ph.D. Candidate, History
University of Notre Dame
Understanding of Philantrophy in Twentieth-Century America

Marion Casey
Assistant Professor, History
New York University
The Irish Image in American Popular Culture

Steven Conn
Professor, History
Miami University
The Education of Business                                            

Jonathan Coopersmith
Professor, History 
Texas A&M University
Creative Construction:   The Importance of Fraud and Froth in Emerging Technologies

Taylor A. Currie
Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural Studies
Queen's University
As American as Apple Pie:  DuPont Public Relation Campaigns as Dominant Cultural Order in Twentieth- Century America

Jonathan Dentler
Ph.D. Candidate, History
University of Southern California
Picture Telegraphy and the Globalization of Sight, 1925-1940

Spring Greeney
Ph.D. Candidate, History
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Line Dry:  An Environmental History of Doing the Wash, 1845-1992

Alexandra Hyard
Associate Professor, History
University of Lille
Politics of Physiocracy

David Jones
Ph.D. Candidate, History
York University
Our Common Colonial Dependence:  Making Postcolonial States in Argentina and the US until 1828

Andrew Jungclaus
Ph.D. Candidate, Religious Studies
Columbia University
True Philantropy:  A Study of the Birth of the Modern Non-Profit Foundation

Jameson Karns
Ph.D. Candidate, History of Science
University of California, Berkeley
A Citizen and a Soldier:  The Birth of the Federalized Militia

Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler
Assistant Professor, Art History
Columbus College of Art & Design
American Open Plan Office

David Kinkela
Associate Professor, History
SUNY Fredonia
Making Islands of Plastic:  A History of Waste, Water, and Petrochemicals

Davor Mondom
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Syracuse
Apostles for Capitalism:  Amway, Movement Conservatism, and the Remaking of the American Economy, 1959-2009

Kevin Murphy
Professor, Art History
Vanderbilt University
Women in Modern Architecture:   The Homsey Architects, Inc. Archives

Nicholas Osborne
Lecturer, History
Ohio University
Little Capitalists: The Social Economy of Savings in the United States

Ana Maria Otero-Cleves
Assistant Professor, History
Universidad de los Andes
Pioneers of the Latin American Trade:  Selling Pills, Toiletries, and Foreign Patent Medicines to the Colombian Market, 1850-1920

Victoria Pass
Assistant Professor, Art History
Salisbury University
Primary Sources in the History of Fashion Culture:  A Reader

Laura Perry
Ph.D. Candidate, Literary Studies
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Animal Surfaces and Containment in Sylvia Plath

Joseph W. Pfender
Ph.D. Candidate, Musicology
New York University
Abundant Emergence in New York Tape Music, 1947-1960

Jesús Ruiz
Ph.D. Candidate, Latin American Studies
Tulane University
Subjects of the King:  Bourbon Royalism and the Origins of the Haitian Revolution, 1763-1804

Andrew T. Simpson
Assistant Professor, History
Duquesne University
Old Money:  The Transformation of Aging in the Postwar United States

Kara Swanson
Professor, Law
Northeastern University
A Passion for Patents:  Inventiveness, Citizenship and American Nationhood

Paul Taillon
Senior Lecturer, History
University of Auckland
Railroad Labor Relations, Labor Movement Activism, and Railroad Labor Policy in the US from World War I through the 1920s

Aya Tanaka
Independent Scholar, French Literature
P.S. du Pont de Nemours Original Business Plan to Raise Funds for an American Enterprise

Ryan Driskell Tate
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Rutgers University
America's Persian Gulf: The 1970s Energy Crisis and the American West

Sebastian Teupe
Professor, History
The Transformation of Money: A History of "Money Illusion" in Great Britain, Germany, and the United States during the Gold Standard Era

Jacques Vest
Ph.D. Candidate, History
University of Michigan
Vox Machinae:  Phonographs and the Birth of Sonic Modernity, 1877-1929

Nicole Welk-Joerger 
Ph.D. Candidate, STS
University of Pennsylvania
Feeding Others to Feed Ourselves: The Politics of Health between Humans and their Food Animals, 1896-1996

Philip Wight
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Brandeis University
Refueling the Dream: The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and the Quest for American Energy Independence  

Jeff Yastine
Independent Scholar, Journalism
Familial Interactions of the Extended Sperry Family

 

2015

Long-Term Fellows

Jonathon Free (Miller Center/Hagley Library Fellow, History, 9 months)
Ph.D. Candidate, History, Duke University

“Redistributing Risk: The Political Ecology of Coal in Late Twentieth-Century Appalachia”
My dissertation makes sense of the changing culture of coal communities by examining the transformation of the coal industry during the tumultuous years between the late 1960s and early 1980s. During that period, the burgeoning environmental movement and a series of highly publicized mine disasters helped sour public opinion of coal, leading Congress to pass eight new laws that sought to mitigate its human consts between 1969 and 1977. Meanwhile, hundreds of miners participated in a wave of wildcat strikes that culminated in the longest coal strike in U.S. history during 1977–78. Simultaneously, industry leaders lobbied to argue that, in light of the 1973 oil crisis, coal was the U.S.’s best choice for a cheap, dependable, domestic energy source.
Coal companies invested in surface mines, which were not only safer for miners but required fewer workers. The mining jobs that remained became more precious, as did the few mountains left untouched by surface mining. I explain both the redistribution of the risks of coal mining and its resulting divisiveness as the result of this particular moment in the history of American capitalism.

A.J. Murphy (Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellow, History, 4 months)
Ph.D. Candidate, History, Columbia University

“How Management Expertise Changed the U.S. Defense Establishment, 1953–1991”
This dissertation examines how defense officials in the Cold War period applied business management expertise in the military. Recognizing the new permanence of the expanded national security state after the Korean War, defense leaders turned to the private sector for insight in how to manage it more efficiently.
Their reforms included making some military activities operate off of their own revenues, setting up “buyer- seller” and competitive relationships between units in production and supply, designing incentives to attract a labor force in the absence of conscription, and outsourcing not just the materiel but the services that used to be produced in-house. The history of the defense establishment’s changing management practices is crucial for understanding the new kinds of military conflicts and dismantling of public services that took shape in the last third of the twentieth century.

Kate Wersan (Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellow, History, 4 months)
Ph.D. Candidate, History, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Between the Calendar and the Clock: An Environmental History of American Timekeeping, 1680–1920”
This dissertation examines the interrelationship between American perceptions of nature and timekeeping technologies during the long nineteenth century. Since most histories of timekeeping focus on the history of the clock, my research deliberately looks beyond the mechanical clock to understand how Americans attempted to know time in more supple and subtle ways than the clock allowed. By juxtaposing the environmental and cultural history of long nineteenth-century timekeeping practices, amplifying the history of nonmechanical timekeepers to make non-clock timekeeping technologies more visible, my research exposes a far more nuanced history of timekeeping, environmental perception, and American culture. These timekeeping technologies influenced the ways that Euro-Americans though about the nature of time, but they also reflected major trends in the way nineteenth-century Americans perceived the natural world and human nature.

Short-Term Fellows

Julia Luisa Abramson
Associate Professor, French Studies
University of Oklahoma
Finance and Culture: Perspectives from Enlightenment France

Stephen Adams
Professor, Business
Salisbury University
Before the Garage: The Beginnings of Silicon Valley, 1909-1960

Adrienne Ambrose
Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
University of the Incarnate Word
Chromolithography, Collectible Cards, and the Visual Culture of American Catholics, 1873-1938

James Barber
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Texas Tech University
What are they going to do to us now?  Fear, Uncertainty and American Business at the End of Bretton Woods

Cynthia Bouton
Professor, History     
Texas A&M University
Subsistence, Society, Commerce, and Culture in the Atlantic World in the Age of Revolution

Cari Casteel
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Auburn University
The Odor of Things:  Deodorant, Gender, and Olfaction in the United States

Katherine Chandler
Assistant Professor, Rhetoric
Georgetown University
Drone Flight and Failure:  Secret Trials, Experiments, and Operations, 1936-1991

William Chou
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Ohio State University
Constructing Quality and Appeal:  Technology and Japanese Export Promotion, 1952-1982

Heather Davis
Postdoctoral Fellow, Communication
Pennsylvania State University
An Ethology of Plastic

Barbara Day-Hickman
Associate Professor, History
Temple University
Why the du Ponts left France for America:  Economic, political, and personal factors that may have influenced the family's emigration to the New World in 1800

Mary Draper
Ph.D. Candidate, History 
University of Virginia
The Urban World of the Early Modern British Caribbean

Linda Frey
Professor, History   
University of Montana
Marsha Frey
Professor, History
Kansas State University
Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours' View of International Law

Adams Givens
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Ohio University
On the Wing:  Army Aviation from the Cold War to Present Day

David Hochfelder    
Professor, History 
University at Albany
Thrift in America:  From Franklin to the Great Recession

Sebastian Huempfer
Ph.D. Candidate, History
University of Oxford
Influence of Business Elites on US Trade Policy in the Twentieth-Century

Ben Hurwitz
Ph.D. Candidate, History              
George Mason University
The Science of Sheep:  Wool Farming on the Edges of the Nineteenth-Century Global Economy

Yongwoo Jeung
Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science                    
University of Oregon
The National Chamber’s Role in the Job Corps Program in the 1960s

Rachel Lance
Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering   
Duke University
The Sinking of the Confederate Submarine H. L. Hunley

Jessica Levy                      
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Johns Hopkins University
From Black Power to Black Empowerment:  Transnational Capital and Racial Integration in the United States and South Africa, 1969-1994

Christopher Magra
Associate Professor, History
University of Tennessee
The Transnational Dimensions of Colonial American Business

Katherine Magrader
Ph.D. Candidate, Food Studies
New York University
From Ear to Mouth:  National Radio and Culinary Heritages of the US, France, and French-Canada, 1924-1999

Luke Manget              
Ph.D. Candidate, History
University of Georgia
Root Diggers and Herb Gatherers:  An Environmental History of the Botanical Drug Industry in Southern Appalachia  

Micah McElroy
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Columbia University
The Foundations of Freedom

Jason Resnikoff              
Ph.D. Candidate, History    
Columbia University
The Misanthropic Sublime:  Automation in the Postwar United States

Colin Reynolds
Ph.D. candidate, History
Emory University
Vanguard of the Counterrevolution:   The Politics of the American Radical Right, 1940-1991

Kendra Smith-Howard
Associate Professor, History          
University at Albany
Green Clean:  Health, Nature and the Twentieth-Century Pursuit of Cleanliness

Hannah Spaulding
Ph.D. Candidate, Screen Cultures
Northwestern University
Magnetic Familes and Electronic Futures:  Technology, Domesticity, and the Second-Generation Television Moment

Alison Staudinger
Assistant Professor, Political Science & Women/Gender Studies 
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The Political Economy of Repeal

Kathryn Steen
Associate Professor, History
Drexel University
Patent Wars in Electronics, 1920-1960:  RCA and its Rivals

Paul Taillon        
Senior Lecturer, History 
Auckland University
Railroad Labor Relations, Labor Movement Activism, and Railroad Labor Policy in the US from World War I through the 1920s           

Helen Tangires 
Independent Scholar, National Gallery Art
Shelter for the Middleman: The Wholesale Produce Market in the Twentieth-Century City

Jesse Tarbert
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Case Western Reserve University
When Good Government Meant Big Government:  Elite Reformers, Racial Politics, and the American State in the "New Era,"  1920-1933

Stephanie Vasko
Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Science
Michigan State University
Weaving a History of Innovation:  An Examination of Fiber Development and Responsible Innovation

Troy Vettese
Ph.D. Candidate, History
New York University
Non-conventional Capitalism:  The Political Economy of Synthetic Fuel in South Africa, Canada, the US and Germany in the Twentieth-Century

Michael Weeks
Ph.D. Candidate, History 
University of Colorado, Boulder
Industrializing a Landscape:  Northern Colorado and the Making of Agriculture in the Twentieth-Century

Juliette Wells
Associate Professor, English
Goucher College
Austen in America:  Readers, Reception, Reinvention

E. James West
Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies
University of Manchester
Distilling of a Sense of Self:  The Seagram Company, African American History and Corporate Responsibility in the 1970s

Holly Stevens White
Ph.D. Candidate, History
College of William and Mary
Adolescence in the Early Republican Mid-Atlantic:  Conception of Age, Communities, of Knowledge, and Youth Cultures