The Library Company of Philadelphia 2019-2020 Research Fellows

Long-Term Fellows

National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Michael D’Alessandro, English Department, Duke University, Plagues, Players, Playhouses: A History of Philadelphia Theatre, 1793-1865

Dr. Marie Stango, Department of History, Idaho State University. Vine and Palm Tree: Afterlives of American Slavery in Liberia

Dr. Nathaniel Windon, Department of English, Loyola University Maryland, Superannuated: Race and the Making of Old Age in Nineteenth-Century America

Mellon Scholars Program in African American History Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Tara Bynum, Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies Department, Hampshire College, Reading Pleasures

Program in Early American Economy and Society Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Julien Mauduit, History Department, McMaster University, Money in North American Thought: The Democracy-Capitalism Relation (1770s-1840s)

Mellon Scholars Program in African American History Dissertation Fellow

Brandi Waters, PhD Candidate in History and African American History, Yale University, Debating ‘defects’: Slavery, Disability, and Legal Medicine in Late Colonial Caribbean Colombia

Program in Early American Economy and Society Dissertation Fellows

Kyle Repella, PhD Candidate in History, University of Pennsylvania, Human Capital: Strategies of Slaving in the Greater Delaware Valley, 1620-1760

Nicole Schroeder, PhD Candidate in History, University of Virginia, Incurable Defects: Medical Practice, Subsidized Welfare, and the Disabled Body in Philadelphia, 1760-1840

Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Dissertation Fellows

Jessie Vander Heide, PhD Candidate in History, Lehigh University, Schooling Intimacy: Lessons in Love, Romance, and Sexuality at American Female Academies, 1780-1870

Cory Young, PhD Candidate in History, Georgetown University, For Life or Otherwise: Abolition and Slavery in South Central Pennsylvania

Elisabeth Yang, PhD Candidate in Childhood Studies, Rutgers University, Producing Moral Agents: Infant Personhood in Medical and Educational Discourse, 1811-1920

Library Company Short-Term Fellows

Mellon Scholars Program in African American History

Dr. Faith Barrett, Department of English, Duquesne University, Let Music Rise from Every Tongue: Reading and Writing Poetry in Antebellum African American Communities

Bianca Dang, PhD Candidate in History, Yale University, “This country is exceedingly fertile”: Women’s Landholding, Political Contestations, and Haitian and African American Visions of Rural Autonomy, 1818-1868

Dr. Susan Goodier, Department of History, SUNY Oneonta, The St. Thomas Sanitary Committee Fair of 1864 and Louisa Jacobs

Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott, Department of History, University of Mississippi, Domesticating Racial Capitalism: Freedwomen and Industrial Sewing Schools, 1863-1872

Program in Early American Economy and Society Short-Term Fellows

Patrick T. Barker, PhD Candidate in History, Yale University, Slavery and Its Shadow, Race, Labor, and Environment in the Transformation of the Southern Caribbean, 1776-1876.

Lance Boos, PhD Candidate in History, Stony Brook University, Print and Performance: The Development of a British Atlantic Musical Marketplace in the Eighteenth Century

Andy Cabot, PhD Candidate in Anglophone Studies, Paris Diderot University, Slavery, Empires and Diplomacy: Britain, France and the United States, c.1794-c.1825

Dr. Whitney Martinko, Department of History, Villanova University, The Corporate Origins of Cultural Property in the Early United States

Laura Michel, PhD Candidate in History, Rutgers University – New Brunswick, Benevolent Republicans: Philanthropy, Identity, and Foreign Relations in the Early United States

Dr. Stephen Shapiro, Department of English, University of Warwick, Redefining Liberalism: Early National Transformations of Political Economy, Imperial Geography, and the Evangelical Front

Simon Sun, PhD Candidate in American Studies, Harvard University, Thomas Jefferson’s Hau Kiou Choaan: China and Early America (1497-1784)

Evelyn Strope, PhD Candidate in History, University of Cambridge, ‘Voting’ Consumers and Cultures of Consumer Activism, 1775-1815

Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center / Library Company of Philadelphia Fellow in the History of Women and Medicine

Xiao Li, PhD Candidate in History, Southern Illinois University, Yamei Kin(1864-1934): A New Woman of China and America

McLean Contributionship Fellow

Dr. Diego Pirillo, Department of Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, The Atlantic Republic of Letters: Isaac Norris’s Library and Learned Culture in Early America

Reese Fellow in American Bibliography

Dr. Eric Lamore, Department of English, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Abigail Field Mott’s 1829 Abridged Edition of Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative: A Critical Edition

Anthony N.B. and Beatrice Garvan Fellow in American Material Culture

Madeline Zehnder, PhD Candidate in English, University of Virginia, Pocket-Sized Nation: Cultures of Portability in America, 1790-1840

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellow

Christopher Baldwin, PhD Candidate in History, University of Toronto, An Empire of Plunder: Slavery and the Prize Economy in the British Caribbean, 1739-1763

Fellow in the Program in Early American Medicine, Science, and Society

Dr. Jessica Linker, Visiting Assistant Professor (History) at Haverford College and Visiting Assistant Professor at Bryn Mawr College (Emily Balch Seminar Program), The Fruits of Their Labor: The Work of Early American Scientific Women, 1750-1860

Fellow in the Visual Culture Program

Rebecca Szantyr, PhD Candidate in the History of Art and Architecture, Brown University, Nicolino Calyo: A Wider View of American Art, 1833-1835

The Davida T. Deutsch Fellow in Women History

Madelaine Schurch, PhD Candidate in English, University of York, Anne Hampton Brewster: Emigration, belonging, and geographical imagination, 1850-1875 (fellowship declined due to Covid-19 pandemic)

Short-term Fellows Jointly Sponsored by the Library Company and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellows

Abena Boakyewa-Ansah, PhD Candidate in History, Vanderbilt University, The Currency of Freedom: Black Women and the Making of Freedom During the American Civil War

Caroline Gillaspie, PhD Candidate in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY, ‘Delicious Libations’: Representing the Nineteenth-Century Brazil-U.S. Coffee Trade

Dr. Freya Gowrley, History of Art Department, University of Edinburgh, Collage before Modernism: Art and Identity in Britain and North America, 1680-1912

Dr. Stephen Hausmann, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, Inventing Indian Country: Race and Environment in the Black Hills, 1851-1981

Carolyn Levy, PhD candidate in History and Women’s Studies, the Pennsylvania State University, Prisoners and Their Matrons: Incarceration and Reform in the United States

Dr. Jessica Linker, Visiting Assistant Professor (History) at Haverford College and Visiting Assistant Professor at Bryn Mawr College (Emily Balch Seminar Program), The Fruits of Their Labor: The Work of Early American Scientific Women, 1750-1860

Paul Mitchell, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, University of PennsylvaniaAmerican Golgotha: Objectivity, Abolition, and Ethical Ambivalence in Cranial Race Science, 1790-1860

Dina Murokh, PhD Candidate in Art History, University of Southern California, “A Sort of Picture Gallery”: The Visual Culture of Antebellum America

Mitchell Oxford, PhD candidate in History, William & Mary, The French Revolution and the Making of an American Catholicism (fellowship declined due to Covid-19 pandemic)

Dr. Alan Rauch, Department of English, UNC Charlotte, The Making of British Private Subscription Libraries

Dr. Olaf Recktenwald, Department of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidad Científica del Perú, The Pop-Up Diagram: Thomas Malton’s A Compleat Treatise on Perspective (fellowship declined due to Covid-19 pandemic)

Dorin Smith, PhD Candidate in History, Brown University, Fictional Brains: Reflecting on the Neural Subject in the Nineteenth-Century American Novel

Claire Urbanski, PhD Candidate in Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, Genocidal Intimacies: Grave Theft and Spiritual Afterlife in the Making of United States Settler Empire

Dr. Beth Uzwiak, Ethnologica, Between River, Rail and Row Home: Public Health and the Industrial Development of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers from 1840 to 1940

Charnan Williams, PhD Candidate in History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, The History of Slavery, Freedom, and Labor in California from Mexican Independence to the U.S. Civil War, 1821-1865

Dr. Christine Yao, Department of English Language and Literature, University College London, Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth-Century America

Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Fellows

Dr. Adam Jortner, Department of History, Auburn University, The Patriot Torah: American Judaism and Religious Freedom in the Age of Revolution

Lauren Michalak, PhD Candidate in History, University of Maryland, College Park, “The Mobs All Cryd Peace with America”: The Gordon Riots and Revolution in England and America

Barra Foundation International Fellows

Cameron Seglias, PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, The Published Self and the Emergence of an Eighteenth Century Abolitionist Public Sphere

Historical Society of Pennsylvania Short-term Fellows

McFarland Fellow 

Dr. Jonathan Schroeder, Department of English, University of Warwick, The United States Governed by Six Hundred Thousand Despots: A True Story of Slavery

McNeil Fellows

Dr. Michael Accinno, Department of Music, University of California, Riverside, Toward a History of Tactile Notation: Blindness, Music, and Print Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century

Dr. Adam Laats, Department of Teaching, Binghamton University, The System: Joseph Lancaster and the Roots of America’s Public Schools, 1800-1838

Dr. Elise Leal, Department of History, Whitworth University, Reforming Manners, Redeeming Souls: Sunday Schools, Childhood, and the Formation of Nineteenth-Century American Religious Culture

Jennifer E. Morgan, Department of History, Emory University, American Concubines: Gender, Race, Law, and Power in the British American and U.S. South

Dilworth Fellow

Jess Libow, Department of English, Emory University, Political Movement: Ability, Sex, and Reform in the Nineteenth Century U.S.