2020-2021 Wilson Library Research Fellows Announced

April 3, 2020

The Wilson Special Collections Library is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 cohort of Wilson Library Research Fellows. We once again congratulate awardees for our established Southern Studies Doctoral Fellowship, our Summer Visiting Fellowship, and our Audiovisual Fellow ship, and we welcome for the first time, three Rare Book Collection Fellows. All 24 of this year’s fellows have crafted exciting and innovating research proposals that demonstrate a deep and compelling need for sustained engagement with our collections.

Due to current campus conditions in response to COVID-19, the fellowship timeline will be adjusted, and we will share those adjustments as decisions are made. We look forward to supporting our fellows’ scholarly work and discussing their research needs. At the close of their research residency, fellows will discuss their research visit and their discoveries in the Wilson Library Research Forum. The University community and the broader public are welcome 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.

Rare Book Collection Fellowships

The Marjorie Bond Research Fellowship

Nicole Bauer, University of Tulsa (History)
Article: “Not-so-clandestine Conspirators: Secrecy and Transparency in the late French Revolution”

The Hanes Graduate Fellowship

Eric Bontempo, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (English & Comparative Literature)
Dissertation: Tracing Wordsworth’s Influence on Nineteenth-Century Religious Culture

Sarah Farkas, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Art and Art History)
Dissertation: The Self-Fashioning of Anne of Cleves, Her Portraits and Objects

Audiovisual Research Fellowship

Noah Angell, Goldsmiths, University of London (Visual Cultures)
Dissertation/Artwork: If I was a Lizard in the Spring: Performing a Renunciation of Plantation Culture in Song

Summer Visiting Research Fellowships

The John Eugene & Barbara Hilton Cay Research Fund

Gina Caison, Georgia State University (English)
Monograph: Erosion: American Literature & the Anxiety of Disappearance

Scott Huffard, Lees-McRae College (History)
Monograph: Casey Jones, America’s Engineer

The Hugh L. McColl Library Fund

Bart Elmore, The Ohio State University (History)
Monograph: ‘The Environmental History of Bank of America,’ chapter in forthcoming book Country Capitalism: The American South and Planetary Ecological Change (under contract with UNC Press)

Conrad Jacober, Johns Hopkins University (Sociology)
Dissertation Prospectus: Debt Prophets: American Bankers and the Origins of Financialization, 1956-2008

The Parker-Dooley Research Fund

Derrick White, University of Kentucky (History and African American and Africana Studies)
Monograph: A Million Klansmen on a Negro’s Trail: The Escape of Matthew Bullock and American Lynching on Trial

The J. Carlyle Sitterson Research Fund

Heather Nathans, Tufts University (Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies)
Monograph: Playing the Land of Milk and Honey:  Performing Southern, Jewish, and African Diasporic Identities, 1776-1915

The Joel Williamson Research Fund

 R. Volney Riser, University of West Alabama (History and Social Sciences)
Monograph: Politics, Anti-democracy, and Jim Crow Constitutionalism, 1890-1915

Morgan Vickers, University of California, Berkeley (Geography)
Article: “Pushing Back the Darkness”:  Excavating Black Dispossession and White Progress in the Santee Cooper Project

The Lucinda Holderness Wilcox and Benson R. Wilcox Research Fund

Andrew Gardner, Florida State University (Religion)
Monograph: A History of The Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church

Southern Studies Pre-Dissertation Prospectus Fellowship

Rebekah Aycock, University of Kansas (American Studies)
Dissertation: Invention and Violation in the Ideological Southern Home

Huntley Hughes, Vanderbilt University (English)
Dissertation: The Fertile Submarginal: Land, Labor, and Industrialization in the Southern Gothic Literary Tradition

Amber Neal, University of Georgia (Education)
Dissertation: Education for Liberation: Exploring the Teaching and Learning of Black Women Abolitionist Schoolteachers in the South

Margaret Norman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (American Studies)
Dissertation: Everyday Expressions of Zionism in the American South

Sierra Roark, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Anthropology)
Dissertation: Green Gold: Plant Use, Profit, and Exchange in the Colonial South

Southern Studies Dissertation Research Fellowship

Katherine Burns, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (History)
Dissertation: “Keep this Unwritten History”: Mapping African American Family Histories in “Information Wanted” Advertisements, 1880-1902

Sophia Enriquez, The Ohio State University, (Ethnomusicology)
Dissertation: Canciones de Mexilachia: Latinx Migration, Music, and Identity in Appalachia

Shane Makowicki, Texas A & M University (History)
Dissertation: ‘Savage Warfare’: Soldiers, Citizens, and Guerrillas in Eastern North Carolina, 1861-1864

Holly Riley, State University (Musicology Florida)
Dissertation: Safe and Sound: 21st Century Country Music and Changing Perceptions of Violence

Andrew Seber, University of Chicago (History)
Dissertation: Neither Farm nor Factory: The Fallout of Late-Industrial Animal Agriculture in America

Latoya Teague, University of Texas, Austin (African and African Diaspora Studies)
Dissertation: Resistance Literacy: Enslaved women, Imagination, and Self Identity