Hagley Center/Grants/Fellowships Awarded

The Center for the History of Business, Technology and Society, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware is pleased to announce the recipients of grants and fellowships awarded thus far in 2020 (both long and short-term). Please note that the next deadline for applications for our exploratory grant and the H.B. du Pont Fellowship is October 31st and the H. B. du Pont Dissertation Fellowship deadline is November 15th, 2020.  More information and to apply online on these and the NEH-Hagley and Galambos Fellowships at https://www.hagley.org/research/grants-fellowships.  Thanks!  C.



Carol Ressler Lockman

Manager, Hagley Center

PO Box 3630

Wilmington, DE  19807

302-658-2400, ext. 243



Long-Term Fellows

Regina Lee Blaszczyk (NEH-Hagley Fellow, Business History, 4 months)

Professor, History of Business and Society, University of Leeds


“Synthetics and the Senses: How DuPont and Other Fiber Marketers Revolutionized American Style and

Transformed the Global Fashion System”

Blaszczyk’s project examines the artificial fibers and their impact on everyday life in the twentieth century, starting with the British and French inventors of the first man-made fibers in the late Victorian period and ending in our own global era with concerns about the impact of plastics on the environment. It explores the history of textile fibers through the experiences of the chemical companies that produced rayon, nylon, and polyester; the textile mills that generated fabrics from these miracle materials; and the designers, decorators, and architects who specified them for automobiles ,airplanes, clothing, furnishings, and interior design. The geographic emphasis is the United States with comparisons to the UK, continental Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.


Sven Kube (NEH-Hagley Fellow, Atlantic History, 4 months)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, Florida International University


“Evolution of Deutsche Schallplatten (German Records) from a Small Private Firm into the Flagship

Enterprise on the German Democratic Republic Cultural Circuit”

Kube’s project Compares the work and thought of two captains of industry on opposite sides of the Iron Curtain. Scrutinizing the David Sarnoff papers and select parts of the RCA collection to enable drawing comparisons between the entrepreneurial principles and managerial strategies of America’s media mogul and Harri Költzsch, the most influential company director on the German Democratic Republic’s entertainment circuit. Contributes to efforts of expanding the focus of business history beyond Western economic environments by scrutinizing similarities and differences in the responsibilities and approaches of capitalist and communist manager.


Nicole Welk-Joerger (NEH-Hagley Fellow, Business, Science, and Environmental History, 4 months) Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania


“Rumen Nation: An Environmental History of Feeding Cattle in the United States”

Welk-Joerger’s project engages with historical documents and ethnographic narratives on dairy and beef farms to tell the story of the U.S. animal feed industry. Focused specifically on ruminants, the project


highlights the scientific work that went into using feed as a technology to manipulate bovine guts. This manipulation affected humans, non-humans, soil, waterways, and the atmosphere, shaping the idea of “sustainability” in the U.S. which continues to anchor debates today.


Kelly Goodman (Galambos/ Hagley Library Fellow, History, 9 months)

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Yale University


“Taxing Limits: The Political Economy of American School Finance”

Goodman’s project asks how organized people tried to change the way we fund K-12 publication

education over the course of the twentieth century. “Taxing Limits” tells the political, intellectual, and fiscal history of organizations and organizers from labor and business history who shaped twentieth century American school finance.


Short Term Fellows

Yassin Abou El Fadil

Ph.D. Candidate, Economics

University of Goettingen

Inheritance Practices in Family Businesses–Germany and the United States in the Twentieth-Century


Kevin Bunch

Independent Scholar, History

International Joint Commission, Washington DC

A History of Joe Weisbecker, FRED and the 1802 in Video Games


Patricia Curtin

Professor, Communication

University of Oregon

Working Relationships:  A Labor-Centric History of the US Public Relations Profession


Deirdre Evans-Pritchard

Adjunct Professor, Art History

University of Maryland, Global

RCA, Television and the Origins of Media Literacy


Michael Golec

Associate Professor, Art Design

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Icons of Expertise:  A History of Technical Images and Thoughtful Consumption


Jack Grobe

Ph.D. Candidate, American History

SUNY Albany

The American Campaign to Acquire German Military Technology, 1917-1929


Karen Henson

Associate Professor, Musicology

Queens College and Graduate Center, CUNY

Singing Machine:  Opera and Early Sound Recording


Alexandra Hyard

Associate Professor, Economics

Universite Lille

Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, Writings on the United States of America


Brian Johnston

Independent Scholar, Architecture

Italian Pavilion at Expo 67:  Terre des Hommes/Man and His World


Trish Kahle

Postdoctoral Fellow, History

University of Chicago

The Graveyard Shift:  Energy Citizenship in the American Century


Scott Kushner

Assistant Professor, Communications

University of Rhode Island

Crowd Control:  Organizing Audiences around Spectacle in the Industrial Era


Joseph Larnerd

Assistant Professor, Art History

Drexel University

Undercut:  Cut Glass in Working-Class Life during the Gilded Age


Mark Markov

Ph.D. Candidate, History

Durham University

Wars Not Fought:Neutrality and European Navies in American Waters during the US Civil War


Clive Muir

Independent Scholar, Communication

Exploring the Technology of Watermelon Postcards


Hannah Pivo

Ph.D. Candidate, Art History

Columbia University

Seeing the “Social”:  Data Visualization and Information Graphics in US Business, Industry, and Social Sciences


Stefan Rabitsch

Assistant Professor, American Studies

University of Graz

A Cultural History of Western Hats


Ranjodh Singh

Ph.D. Candidate, English Language/Literature

University of California, Davis

Rendering:  A Political Diagrammatology of Computation Project


Brian Sarginger

Ph.D. Candidate, Business History

University of Maryland

The Shareholder Movement:  Shareholder Activists in the Twentieth-Century


Benjamin Schneider

Ph.D. Candidate, Economics

University of Oxford

Technological Change and Work Economics


Maia Silber

Ph.D. Candidate, History

Princeton University

Work of Any Kind:  Casual and Informal Labor during the Second Industrial Revolution


Lloyd Tomlinson

Ph.D. Candidate, History

West Virginia University

Stonega Coke & Coal Company Towns Since the New Deal


Emily Wells

Ph.D. Candidate,  History

College of William and Mary

“Keep Within Compass”: The Geographical Perspectives of American Girls, 1742-1836