Past Recipients

We receive an enormous variety of applications for each of our Visiting Scholar grants. Below are brief descriptions of the work past grant recipients conducted in the Southern Historical Collection, presented both to celebrate their accomplishments and to help guide future applicants.

Names, titles, and affiliations below reflect the scholar’s status at the time of the award, and may not reflect their current status.

The John Eugene and Barbara Hilton Cay Visiting Scholar Grant

2016 | Emilie Raymer, Johns Hopkins University: Research on Howard Odum’s combined studies of Southern black poetry and music with ecological, biological, and geographic theories.
Examining the relationship between social thought and ecological and geographical sciences in the early to mid-20th century.

2016 | Sarah Gardner, Mercer University: “Reading During Wartime.”
Examining reading during the American Civil War, asking not just what Unionists and Confederates read, but how and why they read.

2015 | Sarah Boyer, University of Denver: “Chrillis.”
A lyric documentary that dwells in the silence, questions, and difficulties of race relations not only in antebellum America but also in the controversies of now – police brutality, divergent legal systems, and affirmative action.

2014 | Monica Jacobe, The College of New Jersey: “Looking Back Home: Southern Identity, Geographic Shift, and the American Imaginal.”
Asking how contemporary Southern writers respond to the twin threads of their Southern legacy: the region itself and the literary history already established for it.

The Guion Griffis Johnson Visiting Scholar Grant

2016 | Jessica Malitoris, Duke University: “Negotiating Consent: Gender, Race, and Consent for Marriage in the U.N., 1947-1967.”
Exploring the ways that Cold War women’s rights became entangled with Cold War civil rights through consent.

2015 | Daniel Huebner, UNC-Greensboro: “Creating Normal Schools” Institutional Factors in the Development of Teacher Education.”
Evaluating the social and cultural factors that influenced the development of teacher education and to investigate the role of gender, racial, and regional divisions in structuring these new educational opportunities and outcomes.

2014 | Lindsay Keiter, College of William and Mary: “Uniting Interests: Marriage and Money in America, 1750-1860.”
Examining how property and financial advantage were distributed through marriages and how
women in particular pursued personal and familial interests.

The Parker-Dooley Visiting Scholar Grant

2016 | Matthew Carr, Columbia University: State-level political party platforms.
Exploring the evolution of the two party system over time, the emergence and overall life cycle of political issues, the differences among the North Carolina political parties and the parties of the several states, [and] the extent to which state parties differ from their copartisan national party.

2015 | Hayden McDaniel, University of Southern Mississippi: “From Carver to Carter: The Political Economy of Peanut Cultivation in the Souther, 1920-1976.”
Charting the peanut’s expansion via studies of agro-industry that trace the interactions of farmers, politicians, and consumers at the local and national level.

2014 | Anna Sohpia Agbe-Davis, UNC-Chapel Hill.
Examining the consumer experiences of African Americans prior to Emancipation.

The Carlyle Sitterson Visiting Scholar Grant

2016 | Maria Angela Diaz, Texas Tech University: “Saving the Southern Empire: Territorial Expansion in the Gulf South and Latin America, 1845-1865.”
Exploring the efforts of southern expansionists to create a safety net for the southern slave society by conquering Latin American territory around the Gulf of Mexico.

2015 | Maria Montalvo, Rice University: “Of Body, Law, and Trade: Guaranteeing Slaves in the Antebellum South.”
Investigating the relationship between Louisiana’s legal system and those who participated in the state’s booming slave market.

2014 | Leah Richier, University of Georgia: “Domestic Tragedy: Family Violence in the Postwar South”
Exploring the mental health problems experienced by southerners from 1865 to 1885 … [encountering] substance abuse, infanticide, disturbed mental health, and in extreme cases interfamilial murder and even mass murder-suicides.

The Joel Williamson Visiting Scholar Grant

2016 | Joseph Thompson, University of Virginia: “Sounding Southern: Music, Militarization, and the Making of the Sunbelt South.”
Examining how popular music functions as a lens into the ways southerners negotiated their racial and political identities in response to the South’s economic reliance on the military-industrial complex in the postwar era.

2015 | Elaine LaFay, University of Pennsylvania: “Atmospheric Bodies: Medicine, Meterology, and the cultivation of Place in the Antebellum Gulf South.”
Examining the curious relationship between health and place along the United States Gulf coast in the antebellum era.

2014 | Ivy Farr McIntyre, Saint Louis University: “Families in Extremis: South Carolina in the Early Republic.”
Exploring South Carolina families in times of personal crisis with thematic chapters on migration, violence, alcoholism, financial insolvency, sickness, and death.