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Rockefeller Archive Center Grant Awards, 2009
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The Rockefeller Archive Center received 107 applications for research grants for its 2015 program. In February, 47 applicants from 14 countries were awarded Grants-in-Aid to conduct research in the Center's archival collections. The 2015 grant recipients, their institutions, and research topics follow.  


Cristina Alarcon
Research Assistant and Lecturer, History of Education department, Humboldt University, Berlin
"Circulation of psychometric knowledge in Latin America: The making of an inter-American network of experts (1961-75)"

Edward-John Bottomley
Phd Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
"Moral empires and imperial anxieties: Transnational 'poor whites' in the making of the modern world"

Nicole Bourbannais
Assistant Professor of International History, International History Department, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
"The Struggle for Reproductive Rights: A Global History from the Bottom Up"

Philippe Bourmaud
Assistant professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Department of History, Université Jean Moulin - Lyon 3
Constructing Health and Social Problems in the Colonial Middle East, from the Ottoman Empire to the Mandates (1911-1939)

Todd Carmody
Lecturer, History and Literature Department, Harvard University
Racial Handicap: Uplift and Rehabilitation in Postbellum America

Julio Cattai
Ph.D. Candidate in Social History. Universidade de São Paulo/University of São Paulo (Brazil)
The International Commission of Jurists and Brazil (1952-1985)

Donald Critchlow
Director, Center for Political Thought; Professor of History, Arizona State University
"Strange BedFellows: Reagan, Goldwater, Nixon, and Rockefeller Presidential Politics and Character"

Helen Ann Curry
University Lecturer, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, UK
Endangered Genes: Agricultural Modernization and Biodiversity Conservation, 1940-1980

Kristina Darling
Ph.D. Student in Poetics, State University of New York at Buffalo
Brink: Poems

Azra Dawood
PhD Student (4th year) Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Beginning the World Again: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. & the Architecture of an American Internationalism (1919-1946)

Bart De Sutter
PhD Student at the Department of History, University of Antwerp (Belgium)
Competing utopias: the relationship between human rights and peace in the policy of the Ford Foundation (1975-2000)

Guarav Desai
Professor, Department of English/Program in African and African Diaspora Studies, Tulane University
Funding and the Foundation of African Studies

Aaron Eddens
Ph.D. Candidate, Dept of American Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
"Climate-Smart" Seeds: Science, Property, and the Changing Landscape of International Agriculture

Ogechukwa Ezekwem
Doctoral Student, University of Texas at Austin, Department of History
Medicine, the Reproductive Body and the Colonial State: The Politics of Midwifery and Reproduction in Southeastern Nigeria

Edward Gitre
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Virginia Tech; Associate Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia
"One Nation, Under Adjustment: World War II, Groupthink, and the Crisis of American Individualism, 1940-1973"

Mark Honigsbaum
Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, School of History, Queen Mary University of London
"The Road Taken": René Dubos's transition from microbiologist to ecologist

Joshua Hubbard
PhD Candidate, joint PhD program in history and women's studies, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
Corporeal Colonization: The Kuomintang in the Chinese Interior, 1927-37

Lijing Jiang
Postdoc, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University; (From Dec 2014) Postdoc, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Of Goldfish and Scientists: Experimental Biology in Twentieth-Century China

Arun Kumar
PhD Candidate, Department of Organisation, Work and Technology, Lancaster University
Management, Modernity, and Nation-Building: The Contested Histories of Management in India

Matthew Linton
Doctoral Candidate, History Department, Brandeis University
Understanding the Mighty Empire: China Studies and Liberal Politics, 1930-1980

Yexin Liu
Assistant Professor, in the Department of History of Science and Technology in the West, Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
The role of the International Health Board/Division in the development of State Medicine in China, 1920-1937

Kira Lussier
PhD Candidate, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto
Motivating the Self: Corporate Psychological Testing, 1960-90

Mauritz Meerwijk
PhD Candidate; Department of History; University of Hong Kong
Dengue fever in modern Asia

John Meloy
Professor, Department of History and Archaeology, American University of Beirut
Area Studies in the Area: The Arab Studies Program at the American University of Beirut

Juan Jesus Morales
Postdoctoral Researcher, Human, Social and Environmental Sciences Institute, CONICET CCT-Mendoza, Argentina
Interinstitutional cooperation in authoritarian times: the Ford Foundation and the development of autonomous research centers in Argentina, Brazil and Chile (1969-1990)

Rachel Newman
Ph.D. Student, Department of History, Columbia University
Mexican Students in the United States and the Making of Transnational Networks, 1910-1955

Kelly O'Reilly
Ph.D. candidate (3rd year, ABD) in the history department at Vanderbilt University
Medicine on the Margins: Experiments in Comprehensive Health Care, 1921-1975

Eva Payne
PhD Candidate, Program in American Studies, Harvard University
Purifying the World: Americans and International Sexual Reform, 1865-1933

Daniel Platt
PhD Student, Department of American Studies, Brown University
"The Origins of Financial Citizenship in the United States, 1896-1944"

Daniel Prosterman
Assistant Professor of History and Director of General Education, Department of History and Political Science, Salem College
"Atomic Dreams: Creating a Nuclear World in the Decades before the Cold War"

Margarita Rayzberg
PhD Candidate, Sociology Dept., Northwestern University
The Population Control Origins of Field Experiments in International Economic Development

Sarah Robey
Doctoral Candidate, History Department, Temple University, Visiting Instructor, University of Tuebingen, Germany
The Atomic American: Citizenship in a Nuclear State, 1945-1963 (dissertation), "Nuclear Federalism in the Modern Metropolis" (chapter and article title)

Susanne Schmidt
Ph.D. candidate, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
The Making of the Midlife Crisis, 1950-1985

David Schuyler
Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of the Humanities and American Studies, Franklin & Marshall College
The Environmental River: The Hudson in American Environmental Law and Policy in the Twentieth Century

Andrew Scull
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Science Studies, Sociology Department, University of California, San Diego
American Psychiatry in the Twentieth Century

Kit Smemo
Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
A New Deal-ized Republican Party: Labor, Civil Rights, and the Remaking of American Liberalism, 1935-1973

Matthew Smith
Senior Lecturer, Director of Research, and Deputy Head of School; History (School of Humanities), University of Strathclyde
More than a Pound of Cure: Preventing Mental Illness in United States during the Twentieth Century

Kylie Smith
Lecturer, Level B. School of Nursing, University of Wollongong, Australia
This anxiety riddled age: philanthropy, psychiatry and nursing in the Cold War

Kapil Subramanian
Ph.D. student, Department of History, King's College, London
The adoption of high yielding wheat varieties in India

Andrej Svorenčík
Researcher, Department of Economics, University of Mannheim
The Divergence of Experimental and Behavioral Economics

Jesse Tarbert
Ph.D. Candidate, History, Case Western Reserve University
When Good Government Meant Big Government: Elite Reformers and the American State in the "New Era," 1920-1933.

Stephen Taylor
Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London
Disease Eradication: A Critical History

Pavel Tribunskiy
Senior research associate, House of Russian Diaspora Abroad named after A. Solzhenitsyn
Ford Foundation, the Cultural Cold War, and the Russian Diaspora in the USA: A Case Study of the Free Russia Fund / East European Fund (1951-1961)

Michael Uy
PhD Candidate, Music Department, Harvard University
Public and Private Patronage of Music in the United States, 1953-1976: The National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The Ford Foundation

Janek Wasserman
Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Alabama, Fellow, Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies
From Kaffeehaus to Tea Party: The History of Austrian Economics, 1918 to the Present

Ben Zdencanovic
PhD Student in History, Yale University
The New Exceptionalism: American Social Politics at the Dawn of the Welfare State, 1941-1955

Lawrence Zeidman
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation
Book: "Brain Science under the Swastika" Ethical Violations, Resistance, and Victimization of Neuroscientists in Nazi Europe

2014 Rockefeller Archive Center Grant Awards

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