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Scholars Selected for Research Fellowships at The Washington Library

MOUNT VERNON, VA – Mount Vernon announced that twenty scholars will receive fully funded research fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year. The members of this class of fellows will study on site at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington for one-, three-, and six-month terms beginning this fall.

Now in its third year, The Washington Library’s fellowship program has become a highly sought-after honor for academics researching topics related to George Washington, his life, and the founding era. While in residence, the fellows become an important part of the Mount Vernon community. They take part in day-to-day activities at the estate and library, and they are frequently called upon to share their findings in formal settings and casual gatherings for staff, other visiting scholars, and special guests.

“There is no better place to study George Washington and the era in which he lived than here at Mount Vernon,” said the library’s founding director, Dr. Doug Bradburn. “We can tell that word has clearly gotten out about our research fellowship program by the caliber of applicants we have attracted.”

The 2015-16 Mount Vernon Research Fellows include the following scholars, listed with their topic of study:

Thomas Agostini, Ph.D. – South Dakota State University

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

Recipient of The Society of Colonial Wars Fellowship

Steven C. Bullock, Ph.D. – Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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

Recipient of the M. Elaine Rand Fellowship

Joshua P. Canale, Ph.D. – Le Moyne College

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

Katlyn Carter – Princeton University

“Practicing Representative Politics in the Revolutionary Atlantic World:

Secrecy, Accountability, and the Making of Modern Democracy”


Lindsay M. Chervinsky – University of California, Davis

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

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

Matthew Costello – Marquette University

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


David G. Dalin, Ph.D. – Ave Maria University

“George Washington and America’s Jews”


Victor Enthoven, Ph.D. – Free University of Amsterdam

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


John Fea, Ph.D. – Messiah College

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

Nathaniel C. Green, Ph.D. – Independent Scholar

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

Richard G. Harless, Ph.D. – Independent Scholar

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

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

David Head, Ph.D. – Spring Hill College

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

Amy Hudson Henderson, Ph.D. – Independent Scholar

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

Erin M. Holmes – University of South Carolina

“Mount Vernon in the Georgian Atlantic World”

Chris Juergens – Florida State University

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

Kenneth Allen Lane – Binghamton University, State University of New York

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

Csaba Lévai, Ph.D. – University of Debrecen, Hungary

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

Philip Levy, Ph.D. – University of South Florida

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

Gates Thomas – Independent Scholar

"Songs on Words of Washington"

Lorena Seebach Walsh, Ph.D. – Independent Scholar

“Labor Management and Improving Agriculture at Mount Vernon”



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