Research Fellows

Mount Vernon continues to foster academic research in George Washington and the founding era. Now in its 7th year, the Research Fellowships program offers long and short-term fellowships for scholars. This program provides funding and living space at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

Fellows gain access to the Library's entire archives and interact with Mount Vernon staff to advance their academic pursuits. This year, in particular, a record number of books were published by those who have held fellowships through this program. Those authors included: Mark Edward Lender, Matthew Costello, Lindsay Chervinsky, Trenton Cole Jones, and Colin Calloway. Calloway won the 2019 George Washington Prize for his work: The Indian World of George Washington.

2018–2019 Research Fellows

Rachel Banke, Ph.D.
Bute's Empire: Reform, Reaction, and the Roots of Imperial Crisis
Recipient of the Society of Colonial Wars Fellowship

Mark Boonshoft, Ph.D.
Education and the Fight over Who Should Rule at Home in the Early Republic
Recipient of the Amanda and Greg Gregory Fellowship

Kristen Brill, Ph.D.
The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association and the Politics of Neutrality in the Civil War Era (1861–1874)

Justin Cherry
The Impact of George Washington's Mount Vernon in 18th-Century Foodways

Sara Collini
Birthing A Nation: Enslaved Women and Midwifery in Early America, 1750–1820

Iris de Rode
The “soldier-philosopher”, marquis François-Jean de Chastellux (1734–1788) and American Independence
Recipient of the Chastellux Research Fellowship funded by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation

George Goodwin, FRHistS, FRSA
George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and the Propaganda and Intelligence War in the British Isles and Europe During the American Revolution
Recipient of the Dr. William M. and Betty H. Busey Family Fellowship

Sean P. Harvey, Ph.D.
Albert Gallatin, the Early Republic, and the Atlantic World
Recipient of the James C. Rees Entrepreneurship Fellowship funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

James F. Hrdlicka, Ph.D.
Federal Empire: Constitution-Making in Revolutionary America

Elizabeth Jamieson
A Carriage for the President? The Powel Coach and its Place in the Story of George Washington's Mount Vernon

Joyce Zankel Lindorff, D.M.A.
A Harpsichord as Cultural Narrator: Eleanor Parke Custis and Music-Making at Mount Vernon

Daniel Livesay, Ph.D.
Endless Bondage: Slavery in Old Age and the Origins of Paternalism

William D. Rieley, P.L.A.
The Guiding Geometry of George Washington's Mount Vernon Landscape

Brian Douglas Steele, Ph.D.
"A Man to Whom the Whole World is Offering Incense": The Founders Remember George Washington
Recipient of the James C. Rees Fellowship on the Leadership of George Washington

David O. Stewart
America's Master Politician

Mark A. Tabbert
"A Deserving Brother": George Washington & Freemasonry

Karin Wulf, Ph.D.
Founders on Founding: Genealogy and Political Legacies in Washington's America

Hubert Zapf, Ph.D.
George Washington, Frederick the Great, and the Emergence of National Literary Cultures: A Transatlantic Comparison

2019–2020 Research Fellows
Sheila Arnold
New York Presidency: Slaves, Servants and the Washington Family

George W. Boudreau, Ph.D.
"Telling the Story:" Material Culture, Surviving Spaces, and the Presentation of Early America's History

Lydia Mattice Brandt, Ph.D.
John Gadsby Chapman's America
Recipient of the Dr. William M. and Betty H. Busey Family Fellowship

Valérie Capdeville, Ph.D.
George Washington, Clubbable Gentleman: The Role of Colonial Clubs in the Building of Social and Political Identities and Networks

Dusty Dye
"A Decent External Sorrow": Death, Mourning, and the American Revolution
Recipient of the Amanda and Greg Gregory Fellowship

Ronald Fuchs II
George Washington, his Coat of Arms, and the Cincinnati Service

Alexi Garrett
Martha Washington and the Business of Slavery at Mount Vernon
Recipient of the James C. Rees Entrepreneurship Fellowship funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

Ann Bay Goddin
Coming to the Rescue: Ann Pamela Cunningham and the Beginning of America's Historic Preservation Movement

Cassandra Good, Ph.D.
Children of Washington: The Custis Grandchildren and the Politics of Family in America, 1776–1865

Odai Johnson, Ph.D.
Staging the Revolution: Washington and the Theatre of War
Recipient of the Society of Colonial Wars Fellowship

Martha J. King, Ph.D.
A Revolutionary Army at Play: Catharine Littlefield Greene and Her Coterie in the Carolina Lowcountry

Gerard N. Magliocca
Washington's Heir: The Life of Justice Bushrod Washington

Marcus P. Nevius, Ph.D.
"city of refuge": Dismal Plantation in the Revolutionary War Era

Patrick O'Donnell
The Indispensables: A Band of Brothers and their Crucial Role Fighting the Revolution

Derek Kane O'Leary
Writing Washington for an Atlantic Audience before the Civil War

Franklin Sammons
Yazoo's Settlement: Law, Finance, and Dispossession in the Southeastern Borderlands

Laura Sandy, Ph.D.
A Tale of Two Masters: Managing Free and Enslaved Labour at Mount Vernon and Monticello

Nora Slonimsky, Ph.D.
The Engine of Free Expression: Copyrighting The State in Early America

Jillian B. Vaum
Washington's Body Servant: Freedom and Memory in Antebellum America

John C. Winters
The Peace Medal's Glare: Red Jacket, the Washington Administration, and the Origins of Iroquois Exceptionalism

If you would like to sponsor a fellowship at the Washington Library, contact the Development Department at 703.799.8647.