New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, a collaboration of eighteen major cultural agencies, will offer at least twelve awards in 2012-2013. Each grant will provide a stipend of $5,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of research at participating institutions. Applications are welcome from anyone with a serious need to use the collections and facilities of the organizations. The Consortium’s grants are designed to encourage projects that draw on the resources of several agencies. Each award will be for research at a minimum of three different institutions. Fellows must work at each of these organizations for at least two weeks. Grants in this cycle are for the year June 1, 2012 – May 31, 2013. More information is available at

Participants include:

NERFC scholars who have used RIHS collections:


  • John Dixon
    Harvard University
    “Found at Sea: Mapping Ships’ Locations on the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic”
  • Benjamin Hicklin
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    “”Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be”?: The Experience of Credit and Debt in the English Atlantic World, 1660-1750″
  • Jason Newton
    Syracuse University
    “Forging Titans: Myth and Masculinity in the Working Forests of the American Northeast, 1880-1920”
  • Anna Stevenson
    University of Queensland, Australia
    “The Woman-Slave Anthology: Rhetorical Foundations in American Culture, 1830-1900”
  • Gloria Whiting
    Harvard University
    “‘Endearing Ties’: Black Family Life in Early New England”


  • Lisa Brooks
    Harvard University
    “Turning the Looking Glass on King Philip’s War”
  • Hannah Farber
    University of California, Berkeley
    “The Insurance Industry in the Early Republic”
  • Sarah Kirshen
    Columbia University
    “The Family’s Values: Marriage, Statistics and the State, 1800-1900”


  • Christine DeLucia
    Yale University
    “The Memory Frontier: Making Past and Place in the Northeast after King Philip’s War”
  • Hayley Glaholt
    Northwestern University
    “Reversing the Chivalry of Christ: Quaker Women Challenge the ‘Species Line’ of Pacifist Ethics”
  • Jane Fiegen Green
    Washington University
    The Boundary of Youth: Adulthood and Civil Society in Early America, 1780-1850
  • Nicholas Osborne
    Columbia University
    Little Capitalists: Savings Institutions in United States History, 1816-1941
  • Christopher Pastore
    University of New Hampshire
    From Sweetwater to Seawater: An Environmental and Atlantic History of Narragansett Bay, 1636-1836


  • Elizabeth Blackmar
    Columbia University
    Land, Capital, and the Ethos of Preserving Family Property
  • Michael Block
    University of Southern California
    New England Merchants, the China Trade, and the Origins of California
  • Sean Harvey
    College of William and Mary
    American Languages: Indians, Ethnology, and the Empire for Liberty
  • Alea Henle
    University of Connecticut
    Preserving the Past, Making History: Historical Societies, Editors and Collectors in the Early Republic
  • Whitney Martinko
    University of Virginia
    Progress through Preservation: History on the American Landscape in an Age of Improvement, 1790-1860
  • Helen York
    University of Maine
    Regional Radio: Voices from the Edge
  • John Wong
    Harvard University
    Global Positioning: China Trade and the Hong Merchants of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries


  • Kevin Butterfield
    Washington University at St. Louis
    Unbound by Law: Association and Autonomy in the Early American Republic
  • Megan Kate Nelson
    California State University at Fullerton
    Flesh and Stone: Ruins and the Civil War


  • Peter Messer
    Assistant Professor of History, Mississippi State University
    “Revolution By Committee: Law, Language and Ritual in Revolutionary America”
  • Sasha Nichols-Geerdes
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of California at Los Angeles
    “’Ancient Customs’ of Trade: Markets and Market-places in Colonial Boston, New York, and Philadelphia”
  • James Roberts
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University
    “New England’s Greater Caribbean ’Adventures’: Maritime Merchants, Work, and Slavery to the Early 1800s”


  • Elise Madeleine Ciregna
    University of Delaware
    “Ornamental Stonework in America, 1780-1850”
  • Gautham Rao
    University of Chicago
    “Visible Hands: Customhouses and the National Political Economy of Federal Economic Regulation in Antebellum America”
  • Kimberly Sambol-Tosco
    University of Pennsylvania
    “Relational Politics: Gender, the Household, and African-American Public Culture in the North, 1780-1860”
  • Lisa M. Tetrault
    Carnegie Mellon University
    “Memory of a Movement: Re-Imagining Woman Suffrage in Reconstruction America, 1865-1890”