New Research Grants to Use the Schlesinger’s Collections

Photo by Kevin Grady, Radcliffe Staff PhotographerPhoto by Kevin Grady, Radcliffe Staff Photographer
October 5, 2015

Cambridge, Mass.—The Schlesinger Library, part of the Harvard Library, has awarded more than $67,000 to fund research that explores the library’s collections on women in American life.

“The Schlesinger Library grant recipients are undergraduate students and seasoned scholars who will travel from around the world to use the library’s materials on the lives of remarkable and everyday women,” said Marilyn Dunn, executive director of the Schlesinger Library and librarian of the Radcliffe Institute. “Their work will lead to new knowledge of our past and present and illuminate new ideas for the future.”

Grant recipients will delve into collections that span the 17th to 21st centuries and find inspiration in the library’s more than 3,200 manuscript collections, 100,000 volumes of books and periodicals, and films, photos, and audiovisual materials. They will research topics that cover women’s activism in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, the American labor movement, immigration reform, women oyster shuckers, and notable women including the suffragist Alice Paul and the environmental and occupational health doctor Harriet Hardy.

Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships

The Schlesinger Library awarded Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships to support these Harvard College students in their undergraduate study.

Megan Jones ’16
“Dually Oppressed: Black Women Writers and Intersectionality in the History of American Feminism”

Brianna Suslovic ’16
“Productive Tensions: Historicized Interactions between Abortion Activists and Medical Professionals”

Magdalene Zier ’16
“Privatizing and Protesting the Spectacle: Lynching Plays by African American Women, 1900–1930”

Research Support Grants

Recipients of these grants are independent scholars and college and university faculty members from around the world.

Diana Anselmo-Sequeira, University of Pittsburgh
“Paper Voices: A History of Female Adolescence Told by Girls’ Scrapbooks, Letters, and Diaries, 1880–1920”

Sarah Bridger, California Polytechnic State University
“Organizing Principles: Women’s Activism in STEM Fields in the 1960s and 1970s”

Lynda Dodd, City College City University of New York
“Sisterhood of Struggle: Alice Paul, the National Woman’s Party, and the Radical Campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment”

Joseph Hower, University Texas at Austin, and Southwestern University
“You’ve Come a Long Way—Maybe: Pay Equity, Public Workers, and the Transformation of the American Labor Movement, 1972–1985”

John Hyland, Haverford College
"In the Groove: Sounding out Radical Black Feminism"

Joyce M. Latham, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
“ 'Harassed and Intimidated': The Sexually Explicit in the Public Sphere"

Connie Shemo, State University of New York at Plattsburgh
“ ‘An Honorable Profession for Women’: American Missionary Medical Education for Chinese Women in China, 1879–1949”

Koichiro Shigaki, Tohoku University
“Reevaluating the Philosophy of Frieda Hennock on Promoting Educational Broadcasting: Implications for Media’s Role in a Society with Diverse Cultures”

Marianne Sullivan, William Paterson University
“Harriet Hardy and the Science, Policy, and Politics of Occupational and Environmental Health”

Katherine Turk, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Toward True Equality Now: The National Organization for Women and the Fate of the American Left”

M. Genevieve West, Texas Woman’s University
“Reassessing Marita Bonner’s Legacy”

Dissertation Grants

The Schlesinger Library awards Dissertation Grants to scholars enrolled in a doctoral program and researching their dissertation topic.

Jesse Bayker, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
“Before Transsexuality: Crossing the Borders of Gender in the United States, 1850–1960”

Meaghan Beadle, University of Virginia
“This Is What a Feminist Looks Like! Photography and Feminism, 1968–1987”

Christa Anne Bentley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Modern Day Troubadours: The Politics of the Singer-Songwriter Movement in Los Angeles, 1968–1975”

Julia Bowes, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
“The Government of the Family: The Child, the Growth of the State, and the Remaking of Patriarchal Authority, 1850–1930”

Adam Hilton, York University (Canada)
“Democratizing Pluralism: The New Politics Movement and the Reform of the Democratic Party, 1968–1978”

Mookie Kideckel, Columbia University
“When Food Became Natural: Industrial Food Culture and the Marketing of Reform”

Lauren Meyer, Yale University
“Defending Black Womanhood: African American Women Lawyers from Reconstruction to Civil Rights”

Wangui Muigai, Princeton University
“An Awful Gladness: Race and Infant Mortality from Slavery to the Great Migration”

Jessica Parr, University of New South Wales (Australia)
“Obesity and the Emergence of a Self Help–Styled Group Movement for Weight Loss in the Postwar United States of America”

Anne Röhl, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
“Text and Texture: Gendered Discourses of Textiles in Art Since 1965”

Oral History Grants

The Schlesinger Library awards Oral History Grants to scholars conducting oral-history interviews relevant to the history of women or gender in the United States.

Aaron Byungjoo Bae, Arizona State University
“The Ideological Impetus and Struggle in Praxis for Multiracial Radical Alliances in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1967–1980”

Jennifer Carcamo, UCLA Center for Oral History Research
“The Eternally Undocumented: Youth and Women in the Los Angeles Immigrant Rights Movement”

Sarah Kristin Loose and Adriana Lopez, Independent Scholars
“Amamantar y Migrar: The Impacts of Migration on Infant Feeding Practices”

Christine Reiser Robbins, Texas A&M University–Kingsville, and Mark Robbins, Del Mar College
“Recording the Voices of Women in South Texas Hispanic Farm Labor Communities, 1930–2000”

Rachel F. Seidman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Speaking Up, Speaking Out, Talking Back: An Oral History of Feminism in the Digital Age”

Sara Wood and John T. Edge, the University of Mississippi
“Cut It Clean: Women Oyster Shuckers of Chesapeake Bay”

For more information about the Schlesinger Library’s research grants and deadlines, please visit

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