Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library Awards More than $85,000 for Research Projects on History of Women in America

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October 8, 2013

Karla Strobel

Cambridge, Mass.—The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has announced 38 recipients of the 2013 Schlesinger Library Grants. More than $85,000 has been awarded to fund projects that explore the library’s vast holdings on women’s rights and feminism, health and sexuality, work and family life, education, and culinary history.

“The Schlesinger Library grant winners are scholars and students from across Harvard and around the world whose work will advance knowledge about the lives and work of women in America,” said Marilyn Dunn, executive director of the library and librarian of the Radcliffe Institute. “With access to our collections, these researchers will add to and change the historical record of women’s contributions to the world.”

The grant recipients will research topics that date from the founding of the United States to the present. Researchers will examine new scholarship on topics including Chicano networks in Los Angeles, the influence of minorities in pro-life politics, women in advertising, the history of child care policy, children’s literature, author and citizen-diplomat Anna Chennault, and artist and author Judy Chicago.

Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships

This year the Schlesinger Library awarded nine Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships to support Harvard College undergraduate study.

Pearl Bhatnagar ’14
“Future Forecasts for Technology and International Development”

Caroline Grace Cox ’14
“Connecting the Emergence of Home Economics and Early 20th-Century Feminist Political Activism”
Also received an Elizabeth A. Nicholson Award

Andrew Lea ’14
“Sex Reassignment Surgery in Practice and in Press”

Blake Rosenthal ’14
“Tracing the Evolution of the Natural Childbirth Movement as a Form of Knowledge in Transit”

(Jane) Dongeun Seo ’14
“The New Kid on the Block: How Food Trucks Evolved from Roach Coaches to Cultural Phenomena”

(Kate) Jea-Sun Sim ’14
“Affect and Action in Feminist Activism”

Carrie Tian ’14
“‘Good Books for Bad Children’: Ursula Nordstrom and the Renaissance of Children's Literature, 1936–1979”

Katie Wilcox ’14
“Cutting Out the Radical Mastectomy: Rose Kushner and Medical Feminism in the 1970s”

Julie Yen ’14
“The History of Child Care in New York City during and after World War II”

Research Support Grants

The 13 Schlesinger Library Research Support Grant recipients are independent scholars and college and university faculty from around the world.

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“Believe the Children: The Day-Care Sex Abuse and Satanic Ritual Worship Panic of the 1980s”

Karen Keifer-Boyd, Pennsylvania State University
“Bridging Feminist Archives: Judy Chicago’s Teaching and Collaborative Artworks”

Kate Dossett, University of Leeds (United Kingdom)
“Making Women’s History in the New Deal”

Elizabeth Fraterrigo, Loyola University
“The Battle for the Airwaves: Feminism, Media Reform, and American Popular Culture”

Helena Grice, University of Wales
“Anna Chennault: Pioneer Chinese American Autobiographer”

Jonathan Hagood, Hope College
“A Profession without Borders: The Discourse and the Reality of International Nursing in the Early 20th Century”

Zakiya Luna, University of California, Berkeley
“The Color of Life: The Influence of Minorities in Pro-life Politics”

Claire Bond Potter, The New School
“Sex in Public: Feminism, the Reagan Revolution, and the Politics of Pornography, 1968–2000”

Lisa Ramos, Texas A&M University
“Women on the Verge of a Political Breakthrough: The Inter-American Commission of Women (IACW) and Transnational Feminisms”

Willa Silverman, Pennsylvania State University
“Dining, Sociability, and Gender in Fin de Siècle France: The Notebooks of Henri Vever”

Sharon Spaulding, Independent Scholar
“In Her Own Words: The Personal Papers of Mary Ware Dennett”

Etusuko Taketani, University of Tsukuba (Japan)
“Edith Sampson, the United Nations, and the Cold War in Asia”

Jean Wills, University of Saskatchewan (Canada)
“Women in Advertising: The Silenced Voices”

Dissertation Grants

The Schlesinger Library awarded 11 dissertation grants to scholars enrolled in a doctoral program.

Mayra Avitia, University of California, San Diego
“Political Compadrazgo: Chicana Networks, Gender Politics, and Ethnic Identity in 20th-Century Los Angeles”

Emily Elizabeth Goodman, University of California, San Diego
“Feeding Feminism: Food and Gender Ideology in American Women’s Art, 1960–1979”

Diana Greenwold, University of California, Berkeley
“Crafting New Citizens: Art and Handicraft in American Settlement Houses, 1884–1945”

Anna Danziger Halperin, Columbia University
“British and American Child-Care Policy, 1945–1997”

Adrienne Rose Johnson, Stanford University
“The Literature of Loss: Dieting, Gender, and Culinary Nostalgia”

Kelly Marino, Binghamton University
“Creating Revolution in Educated Opinion: College Students and Woman-Suffrage Organizing, 1890–1920”

Sara Matthiesen, Brown University
“Reconceived: Women’s Reproduction after Roe v. Wade
Also received an Alice Stone Blackwell Award

Kelly O'Donnell, Yale University
“‘Dear Injurious Physician’: Barbara Seaman, Feminism, and the Politics of Women’s Health in America”

Kristy Slominski, University of California, Santa Barbara
“An American Religious History of Sex Education”

Stacy Williams, University of California, San Diego
“‘Don't Assume I Don't Cook’: How Social Movements Affect Feminist Discourse about Cooking”

Anna Lane Windham, University of Maryland
“Blue-Collar Battle: Union Organizing as a Hidden Terrain of 1970s Class Conflict”

Oral History Grants

This year five Oral History Grants were awarded to scholars conducting oral history interviews.

Li Yun Alvarado, Fordham University
“Latina New York: Poetic (Re)Constructions of the Empire City”

Sarah Bishop, University of Pittsburgh
“‘It’s Just What We Saw in the Movie’: An Oral History of Female Refugees’ Interpretations of American Media”

Nancy Walbridge Collins, Columbia University
“Women’s Right to Fight: From Exception to Routine in U.S. Federal Policy, 1994–2013”

Christian Man, Memphis Center for Food and Faith
“Sisters on the Same Land: Agricultural Transformation in the Mississippi Delta”

Andrea Merrett, Columbia University
“Feminisms in American Architecture: 1968–2001”

For more information about the Schlesinger Library’s research grants and deadlines please visit www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/schlesinger-library/grants.

About the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars. Academic Ventures fosters collaborative research projects and sponsors lectures and conferences that engage scholars with the public. The Schlesinger Library documents the lives of American women of the past and present for the future, furthering the Institute’s commitment to women, gender, and society. Learn more about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.

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