Learn about our previous and current research fellows.

Class of 2013-2014

Class of 2014-2015

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Class of 2016-2017

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Class of 2018-2019

Class of 2019-2020

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Class of 2021-2022

Class of 2022-2023


Podcast Episodes with Our Fellows

Intertwined Stories: Finding Hercules Posey

February 2022
Ramin Ganeshram (Class of 2022-23)

Hercules Posey, a man enslaved by the Washingtons, worked as their chef, and self-emancipated from Mount Vernon in February 1797. For over 200 years, we had little idea of Posey’s whereabouts after he left the plantation. But thanks to recent research, now we do.

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Seeking a City of Refuge in the Great Dismal Swamp

November 2020
Marcus Nevius (Class of 2019-2020)

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, planters and businessmen sought to transform Great Dismal Swamp into a plantation enterprise of rice, timber, and other commodities. 

Hear how the enslaved people resisted their bondage, and even self-emancipated into the Swamp’s rugged interior.

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The Return of the Harpsichord

February 2019
Joyce Lindorff (Class of 2018-2019 and 2021-2022)

In this episode, Joyce Lindorff shares her research on Nelly Parke Custis and the restored harpsichord that was brought back to Mount Vernon

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