The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington offers fellowships to support the growing community of scholars whose research focuses on the life and leadership of George Washington, and his place in the development of American civic life and culture.  Both long and short-term fellowships are available for trained scholars of all professional levels.

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Thomas Agostini, Ph.D.

“Imperial Dilemmas: Great Britain’s Costly Bid for Military Ascendency in America, 1745-1766”

Agostini is an assistant professor at South Dakota State University, where he teaches advanced courses on the American revolutionary era, early American history, and United States military history. His research project explores the causes and costly consequences of Great Britain’s transatlantic military campaign in North America during the Seven Years’ War.

Recipient of the Society of Colonial Wars Fellowship

Steven C. Bullock, Ph.D

“Weems's Washington: A Biography of Parson Weems's Life of George Washington

Bullock is Professor of History at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His publications include Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840, and the forthcoming The Politics of Politeness: Leadership and Authority in Colonial British America. He has commented on American history on ABC, CNN, and NPR, and appeared in documentaries aired on PBS, and the History Channel.

Recipient of the M. Elaine Rand Fellowship

Joshua P. Canale, Ph.D.

“American Dictators: Committees for Public Safety during the American Revolution, 1775-1784”

Canale earned his Ph.D. at Binghamton University. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Le Moyne College. His current research project examines committees for public safety and disaffection during the Revolutionary War.

Katlyn Carter

“Practicing Representative Politics in the Revolutionary Atlantic World: Secrecy, Accountability, and the Making of Modern Democracy”

Carter is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Princeton University whose research examines debates about state secrecy during the Age of Revolutions, circa 1770-1800. Her research explores how the ability to demarcate between visible and concealed, public and private, was integral to the conceptualization and practice of representative politics in both the United States and France.

Lindsay M. Chervinsky

“The First Presidential Cabinet: The British, State, and Military Origins, 1700-1800”

Chervinsky is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of California, Davis whose research explores how key government institutions evolved beyond the boundaries of the United States Constitution in the Early Republic. Her work examines how George Washington drew on American perceptions of the British cabinet, executive precedent established in the state governments, and his own military leadership experience to shape the first presidential cabinet.

Recipient of the James C. Rees Fellowship on the Leadership of George Washington.

Matthew Costello

"The Property of the Nation: Democracy and the Memory of George Washington, 1799-1865"

Costello is a Ph.D. candidate in early American history at Marquette University whose research explores how Americans personally experienced George Washington’s legacy in the nineteenth century through visits to his estate and tomb at Mount Vernon. The history of Washington’s tomb illuminates the origins of an American celebrity culture, one that elevated Washington in significance but also allowed individuals to shape his memory, a process that ultimately transformed him into a democratic figure.

David G. Dalin, Ph.D.

“George Washington and America’s Jews”

An ordained rabbi and a widely-published scholar of American Jewish history, Dalin is a Professor of History at Ave Maria University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University, and his Rabbinic ordination, and a second M.A., from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author, co-author or editor of eleven books, including The Presidents of the United States and the Jews and Religion and State in the American Jewish Experience.

Victor Enthoven, Ph.D.

“Andreas Everardus van Braam Houckgeest and the Early Republic, 1739-1801”

Enthoven is associate professor in history at the Free University of Amsterdam. In 2004 he co-edited in conjunction with Johannes Postma the award winning edited volume Riches from Atlantic Commerce: Dutch Transatlantic Trade and Shipping, 1585-1817. His research explores Dutch Atlantic connections in the eighteenth century, especially with North America.

John Fea, Ph.D.

“A Presbyterian Rebellion: The American Revolution in the Mid-Atlantic”

Fea is Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at Messiah College. He is the author of numerous books and articles including Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction, which was one of three finalists for the George Washington Book Prize in 2012. He is working on a book about religion and the American Revolution in the mid-Atlantic.

Nathaniel C. Green, Ph.D.

“The Man of the People: Political Dissent and the Making of the American Presidency”

Green received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. A scholar of early United States politics, his research focuses on the cultural power of political institutions and the relationship between political dissent and government authority. He has been awarded a research grant from The White House Historical Association and a fellowship from the International Center for Jefferson Studies.

Richard G. Harless, Ph.D.

“Learn Our Arts and Ways of Life”: George Washington & the Civilization of Native Americans

Harless is an Adjunct Professor at Saint Mary's Honors College of Maryland. He holds Master’s degrees from the George Washington University, Virginia Tech, and George Mason University. He also received his Ph.D. from George Mason University. His research focuses on the evolution of the attitudes and policies of George Washington as they relate to Native Americans.

Recipient of the James C. Rees Entrepreneurship Fellowship funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

David Head, Ph.D.

"George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the Continental Army"

Head is an assistant professor of history at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, where he teaches courses on early America. His first book, Privateers of the Americas: Spanish American Privateering from the United States in the Early Republic, will be published by the University of Georgia Press in October 2015.

Recipient of the Amanda and Greg Gregory Family Fellowship 

Amy Hudson Henderson, Ph.D.

“George and Martha Washington’s Material World: Chinese Porcelain, French Chairs, and the Creation of Historical Memory”

Henderson is an art historian and museum consultant whose work focuses on gender, politics, and material culture in the early republic. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware and is currently revising her dissertation, “Furnishing the Republican Court: Building and Decorating Philadelphia Homes, 1790-1800,” for publication.

Erin M. Holmes

“Mount Vernon in the Georgian Atlantic World”

Holmes is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of South Carolina whose work explores how architectural space and the senses shaped relationships between masters and slaves on colonial plantations in South Carolina, Barbados, and Virginia. At Mount Vernon, she will be studying George Washington’s mid-eighteenth century transformation of the Mansion.

Chris Juergens

“Chasing Fabius: the Revolutionary Army of Hessen-Kassel and its Mission in America, 1776-84”

Juergens is a Ph.D. candidate at Florida State University whose research explores the German auxiliaries of the Holy Roman Empire which served dual masters during the American War of Independence. He is particularly interested in military professionalism and innovation in the Age of Revolution.

Kenneth Allen Lane

"An Empire of Interests: The Ohio Company and the Expansion of the 18th Century British Empire"

Lane is a Ph.D. candidate at Binghamton University, State University of New York whose research analyzes the development of the British Empire in the Ohio territory in the early 18th century. He is focusing on the informal means by which the empire utilized local patronage networks and economic interests to expand its sovereign control of contested territories, and the central role George Washington played in those designs.

Csaba Lévai, Ph.D.

“Two Heroes of Two Distant Worlds: The Comparison of the Cults of George Washington and Lajos Kossuth”

Lévai is Associate Professor of History at the University of Debrecen in Hungary. He is interested in the lives and political philosophies of leaders of the American Revolution, especially Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, and he studies the impact of European Revolutions of 1848-1849 in the United States. He is the author of The Republicanism Debate: a Study of the Historiography of the American Revolution (2003, in Hungarian).

Philip Levy, Ph.D.

“Building X: Unearthing George Washington’s Birth in an Age of Change.”

Levy is a Professor of History at the University of South Florida. In 2008 he won international attention for co-leading the team that found the remains of George Washington’s childhood home at Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia—the saga of which he recounted in his 2013 book, Where the Cherry Tree Grew: The Story of Ferry Farm, George Washington’s Boyhood Home. His forthcoming book, George Washington Written Upon the Land explores the many retellings of Washington’s much-fabled childhood and covers themes ranging from biography to archaeology and environmental history to rabbinic thought.

Gates Thomas

"Songs on Words of Washington"

Thomas is a New York-based composer, conductor, recording producer and performer, and Associate Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music in Boston. His research project is the creation of a modern musical work for orchestra and choir, with texts chosen from Washington's letters during the Revolutionary period.

Lorena Seebach Walsh, Ph.D.

“Labor Management and Improving Agriculture at Mount Vernon”

Walsh was for twenty-five years an historian at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. She is the author of several publications on slavery and plantation management, including Motives of Honor, Pleasure, and Profit: Plantation Management in the Colonial Chesapeake, 1607-1763. Her research project investigates Washington’s strategies for managing enslaved labor on Mount Vernon in the post-Revolutionary era.

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