Wilson Special Collections Library Doctoral Fellows Announced

April 26, 2019

The Wilson Special Collections Library is pleased to announce the inaugural class of our Doctoral Fellowships Program. All twenty-one of this year’s fellows have crafted innovative research proposals that demonstrate a deep and compelling need for sustained on-site engagement with our historic collections.  

We look forward to partnering with these emerging scholars to support their work and discuss their academic goals and research needs. At the close of their research residency, fellows will discuss their research visit and their discoveries. The University community and the broader public are welcome and invited to attend these presentations. 

For more information about Wilson Library’s Fellowship Programs, its generous supporters, and other available funding opportunities that support research in our Library, please visit our Grants and Fellowships page. 

2019 Pre-Dissertation Prospectus Fellows

Tracy L. Barnett
History
University of Georgia
“Armed, Drunk, and Dangerous: White Paramilitary Violence in the Civil War Era South”

Michael Bramwell
American Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Pottery by Any Means Necessary: Resistance in the Art of David Drake”

Camden Elliott
History
Harvard University
“New Cities of the South: The Environment of Army Camps”

Michael Feinberg [Award is funded by the Marjorie Bond Library Fund]
Art History
University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Caribbean Landscapes, De/coloniality, and the Transatlantic Redistribution of the Enlightenment Sensible”

Jessica Fletcher
History
Vanderbilt University
“The Borders of Slavery and Statehood: Atlantic Litigants, Maritime Regulatory Legal Conflict, and the Illicit Slave Trade in the Antebellum US South”

Jonathan Gomez [Award is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation] 
Music
Harvard University
“Hearing the First Great Migration: The Sound and Place of Black Music in North Carolina and the American South “

Chase Tomlin
History
Louisiana State University
“Eyes West: Nicholas P. Trist, the Jefferson-Jackson Cohort, and the Politics of Expansion

Derek Wood
History
Tulane University
“Looking Outward: New South Perspectives from Plantation Diaries”

2019-2020 Dissertation Research Fellows

Abena Boakyewa-Ansah
History
Vanderbilt University
“The Currency of Freedom: Black Women and the Crafting of Freedom During the American Civil War”

Simon Buck
History
Northumbria University
“Old age and aging in musical culture of the US South, 1900-1945”

Esther Cyna
History and Education at Teachers College
Columbia University
“Contesting Educational Inequality: School Finance Litigation in North Carolina, 1971-1997”

Ina Dixon
American Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Textiles & the Making of a Segregated South”

Aldona Dye
Music
University of Virginia
“White Womanhood and Folk-Song Collection in Early Twentieth Century America”

Yoav Hamdani
History
Columbia University
“Uncle Sam’s Slaves: Slavery in the United States Regular Army 1797-1865”

Dana Landress
History
University of California, Berkeley
“Diagnosing the South: Pellagra, Public Health, and the Political Economy of the Cotton South”

Amanda Martinez
History
University of California, Los Angeles
“Gone Country: White, Urban, and Affluent America’s Appropriation of Southern Rural Identity, 1964-1996

Mitchell Oxford
History
The College of William and Mary
“The French Revolution and the Making of an American Catholicism, 1789-1870”

Emily Sackett
History
University of Virginia
“Women Wanted: Gender, Race, and the Origins of American Plantation Societies, 1607-1720”

Nicole Viglini
History
University of California, Berkeley
“Flora, Fauna, and the Economic Networks of Enslaved and Free Women in Nineteenth-Century Louisiana and Mississippi”

Lizabeth Wardzinski
College of Design
North Carolina State University
“A Model for the World: Tennessee Valley Authority and Postwar Development”

Atlas Tian Xu
History
Catholic University of America
“Navigating Worthiness in America: White Attorneys, Chinese Immigrants, and Black Pensioners, 1873-1910”