My time as an Eccles Centre Postgraduate Fellow has proven fruitful for my research on war-related trauma and American medical personnel who served in the Vietnam War, writes Nicole Cassie. Accessing British Library psychology records has supported my theory that the trauma of medical personnel in Vietnam does not easily fit into existing categories of trauma.
The Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship in North American Studies has given me an excellent foundation from which to expand my project on the origins of the philanthropic organisation Near East Foundation, writes Ben Offiler. My research at the British Library has shown that the connections between philanthropic NGOs and official US foreign policy during the Cold War were complex, dynamic and in a constant state of negotiation.
“His friendships were deep, but freely shared”: Ian Ralston and Philip Davies submit an appreciation of Christopher Brookeman as a scholar and friend in the wake of his passing.
The Eccles Centre Postgraduate Fellowship enabled me to access the library’s extensive collection of U.S. women’s magazines vital to my project, writes Rachael Alexander. The British Library’s well-preserved copies of Ladies’ Home Journal has undoubtedly facilitated the completion of my PhD project on consumerism, nationalism, and gender in 1920s periodicals.
The Barringer Fellowship allowed me to not only create a set of three fully-resourced lessons on Jefferson’s Empire of Liberty, but to share ideas and experiences with great teachers from across the US, writes Adam Burns. I would very much urge other school teachers who focus on US history or politics to apply for this fellowship in 2017.
Sophie Roberts and Megan Hunt report on the HOTCUS Annual Postgraduate Conference ‘Winning minds and hearts: constructing national identity in US history’ that took place on the 9th September 2016 at Northumbria University. The conference was supported by the BAAS Small Conference Support Grant.
The Eccles Centre Postgraduate Fellowship provided me with the opportunity to reconstruct the history of “the family” in American politics from the 1960s to the present, writes Howell Williams. The British Library’s collections were essential for documenting transitions in rhetoric, such as how conservative anti-gay rhetoric has shifted from a public moral crusade to a matter of individual personal conscience in recent years.
The John D. Lees Award has contributed to my research on the political life of Senator Bob Dole whose career I use as a lens to view changes in the GOP during the last quarter of the twentieth century, writes Jonathan Bartho. The award funded a month stay at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence, Kansas where I was also able to interview the Institute’s director, Bill Lacy which gave me a better understanding of the political character of a man who has often been viewed as enigmatic.
In August 2016 Katie McGettigan attended a workshop on ‘Academics in the Classroom’ at the University of Oxford. In this report Katie summarises the main outcomes of the workshop, including some insight into the most effective ways to work with teachers and support the teaching of American texts in schools.
Report from Sonja Molnar, Eccles Centre European Postgraduate Award recipient in North American Studies 2015
The Eccles Centre Visiting European Postgraduate Award 2015 allowed me to delve into the Library’s collection on American print culture, which proved invaluable for my study on the textual evolution of advertisements, writes Sonja Molnar. Accessing the Library’s rich periodical collections and wealth of advertising literature enabled me to expand and complete my corpus of primary sources on the early years of American advertising.