NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
FOR 2022–2023 FELLOWSHIPS
New Fellows Welcomed for the 2021–2022 Academic Year
New York, NY, December 1, 2021 – The New-York Historical Society is now accepting applications for its prestigious fellowship program for the 2022–2023 academic year. Leveraging its rich collections that detail American history through the lens of New York City, New-York Historical’s fellowships are open to scholars at various times during their academic careers and provides them with the resources and community to develop new research and publications that illuminate complex issues of the past.
Visit nyhistory.org/library/fellowships for instructions and application checklists for each fellowship. The application deadline for most fellowships is January 7, 2022. The available fellowships include:
2022-23 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellow at the Center for Women’s History
Hired for a two-year term, the Andrew W. Mellon Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellow works as a public historian for New-York Historical’sCenter for Women’s History. The ideal candidate will have a strong scholarly background in LGBTQ+ and gender history, and have an interest in public history. The Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellow will strengthen the interpretive and pedagogical aspects of LGBTQ+ programming, expanding interdisciplinary efforts to encompass the intersection of women’s history with gender studies and LGBTQ+ history, as New-York Historical prepares to engage fully with the new American LGBTQ+ Museum. Applicants for the Mellon Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellowship must have the PhD in hand by the time of appointment. This fellowship will last from January 4, 2022, through December 31, 2023, and will receive a stipend of $70,000 per year, with benefits.
2022-23 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Awards in Women’s History
The two recipients of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Awards in Women’s History should have a strong interest in women’s and public history and the applications of these fields outside the academy. Functioning as research associates and providing programmatic support for New-York Historical’s Center for Women’s History, predoctoral awardees will assist in the development of content for the Women's History exhibitions, associated educational curriculum, and on-site experiences for students, scholars, and visitors. They must be currently enrolled students in good standing in a relevant PhD program in the humanities. The predoctoral awardees, whose work at New-York Historical may not necessarily directly correspond with their dissertation research, will be in residence part time at New-York Historical for one academic year, between September 6, 2022, and August 31, 2023, and will receive a stipend of $20,000 per year. This position is not full time and will not receive full benefits.
2022-23 Helen and Robert Appel Fellowship in History and Technology
The fellowship will be awarded to a candidate who has earned their PhD no later than 2021. Research projects should be based on the collections of New-York Historical and explore the impact of technology on history. The fellowship will carry a stipend of $60,000, plus benefits; it begins September 6, 2022 and lasts through June 30, 2023.
2022-23 Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship
This fellowship will be awarded to a candidate who has earned their PhD no later than 2021. Research projects should expand public understanding of New York State history and should include research based on the collections and resources of New-York Historical. This ten-month residency will carry a stipend of $60,000, plus benefits; it begins September 6, 2022, and lasts through June 30, 2023.
2022-23 Short Term Fellowships
Several short-term fellowships will be awarded to scholars at any academic level working in the library collections of New-York Historical. Research is to be conducted for two to four weeks for a stipend of $2,000. The fellowship period will begin July 1, 2022 and end June 30, 2023.
Fellowships at New-York Historical are made possible through the generous endowments of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, and Helen and Robert Appel. Major support for fellowships is provided by Bernard L. Schwartz, the Lehrman Institute, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. All fellows receive research stipends while in residency. Short term fellowships are made possible by support from the Society of Colonial Wars, Helen and Robert Appel, Sid Lapidus, Pam Schafler, Society of Daughters of Holland Dames, Richard Brown and Mary Jo Otsea, Patricia D. Klingenstein, Causeries du Lundi, the Peck Stacpoole Foundation, and the Pine Tree Foundation of New York.
2021–2022 Fellows at the New-York Historical Society
New-York Historical is also pleased to announce fellows now in residence during the 2021–2022 academic year. This year’s fellows are:
Helen and Robert Appel Fellow in History and Technology: Alexander Wood
Dr. Wood recently received his PhD in the History of Architecture from Columbia University and is currently teaching at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His research project is nothing if not ambitious: a history of the building of New York, 1880-1935. The focus here is on the actual process of building: how buildings were conceived and designed, how they were built, by whom, and with what consequences. Instead of confining himself to architectural styles, Dr. Wood goes behind the scenes to document the actual working processes that informed the design and construction of the thousands of buildings that were erected during this period to meet both commercial and residential demands. Of particular interest to Dr. Wood are the new technologies and new materials that informed and shaped the evolution of construction projects. New-York Historical’s collections are rich in source material for Dr. Wood’s project. The records of major architectural firms such George Post, McKim, Mead & White, and Cass Gilbert are full of detailed project specifications, including renderings and plans. In addition, the photographic collections provide extensive documentation not only of finished projects but of the processes of construction.
Distinguished Senior Fellow: Kenneth T. Jackson
Kenneth T. Jackson was the Director of the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History and the Jacques Barzun Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University, where he has also chaired the department of history. A graduate of the University of Memphis (BA, magna cum laude, 1961) and the University of Chicago (MA, 1963; PhD, 1966), he served for three years as an officer in the United States Air Force before joining the Columbia faculty as an assistant professor in 1968. Promoted to associate professor in 1971, to full professor in 1976, and to the Andrew W. Mellon professorship in 1987, he assumed the Barzun professorship, which honors one of the nation's most distinguished men of letters, in 1990. He has served as president of the Urban History Association (1994-1995), the Society of American Historians (1990-2000), the Organization of American Historians (2000-2001), the New-York Historical Society (2001-2004), and the New York Academy of History (2015- present). He has been a Fulbright Lecturer in Germany, Australia, and Japan and a visiting professor at Princeton, UCLA, and the George Washington University. He has lectured at hundreds of colleges, universities, civic groups, and historical societies around the world, and he has been a featured guest on various news outlets
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow: Carolyn Eastman
With a PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University, Carolyn Eastman is currently an associate professor in the department of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the author of two important books on the place of rhetoric and oratory in 19th-century society and culture: A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public after the Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The World of the United States’ First Forgotten Celebrity (University of North Carolina Press, 2021). Her first book won the James Broussard Best First Book Prize awarded by the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic in 2010. The same year, her book was a finalist for the Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historian’s Best Book Prize. She will be researching the two epidemics of yellow fever that beset New York in 1795 and 1798, when New York was the nation’s first capital. Central to her work is the diary of Alexander Anderson, a young physician at Bellevue Hospital, whose diary provides a remarkable lens through which to view the epidemic and its impact not only on the hospital, but on the city as a whole. Dr. Eastman will focus on the story of health and medicine in the Early Republic―and in particular on the experiences of doctors and nurses whose jobs it was to care for the ill―the fragility of youth during the epidemics, and the enduring characteristic of New York: its amazing resilience. Dr. Eastman received her BA in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1988, and her MA in history from the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Eastman earned her PhD in history in 2001 at Johns Hopkins University.
Robert David Lion Gardiner Fellow: Alice Kelly
Dr. Kelly received her PhD in English and American Literature from the University of Cambridge and is currently with the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford. She is the author of Commemorative Modernisms: Women Writers, Death, and the First World War (2020) and a critical edition of an Edith Wharton manuscript she came across at the Beinecke Library at Yale, Fighting France (2021). For her research at New-York Historical, Dr. Kelly will focus on New York in 1924, the year, she contends, when New York came into its own as a modern urban center that would very soon become the social, economic, and cultural capital of the world. Dr. Kelly’s accent is on the multiple “modernisms” that developed in New York and made it into a metropolis unlike any other major western city of the time. Her reach will extend to literature and the fine and performing arts, transportation, architecture, media and mass culture, and politics.
Center for Women’s History
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoc in Women’s History and Public History: Allison Robinson
Dr. Robinson completed her PhD in history at the University of Chicago in 2021. Her dissertation, “A New Deal Craft Revival: Race, Gender, and Cultural Nationalism in the Work Project Administration,” examined WPA handicraft programs that responded to the gendered labor crisis of the Great Depression and the New Deal push to define American identity through cultural nationalism. It argued that new understandings of race, nationality, and gendered labor unfolded in both the Arts and Crafts movement and the WPA as a result of their juxtaposition. She is revising a portion of the dissertation into an article. Robinson also received a BA in history from Yale University, an MA in history from the University of Chicago, and a MA from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture.
Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Awardee in Women’s History: Keren Ben-Horin
A PhD student in US history at New York University. She holds a BA in fashion design from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and an MA in fashion and textile museum studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Keren is the co-creator of the documentary film Mrs. G., which was shown in more than 25 film festivals worldwide. She is also the co-author of the fashion history survey books She’s Got Legs: A History of Hemlines and Fashion and The Sweater: A History. Her current research focuses on political, social, and government organizations that used fashion shows for fundraising throughout the 20th century.
Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Awardee in Women’s History: Karintha Lowe
A doctoral candidate in American Studies at Harvard University, Lowe’s dissertation, “Media Alchemy: Race, Gender, and Experiment in Asian American Cultural Productions” explores how Asian American women-artists worked across multiple media forms in order to produce and respond to discourses around race and gender during the long 20th century. Lowe also holds a BA in English literature from Macalester College.
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