NARA Names First Recipient of Legislative Archives Fellowship






Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero has announced the appointment of Dr. Peter Shulman as the recipient of the 2011 Legislative Archives Research Fellowship.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Shulman to the National Archives as the first recipient of this generous fellowship funded by the Foundation for the National Archives. His appointment grows out of our commitment on many different levels to foster research and inquiry into the historical records of Congress housed in the National Archives Center for Legislative Archives. We look forward to having him share the results of his research with the community at large,” said Mr. Ferriero.

Dr. Shulman’s research will focus on a reinterpretation of 19th and early 20th century American foreign relations. He is exploring the complex interplay between technological change, the rise of fossil fuels, and the emergence of the United States as a global power. His research will expand on his 2007 dissertation, “Empire of Energy: War, Environment, and Geopolitics before the Age of Oil,” in which Dr. Shulman made extensive use of the collections at the National Archives.

Dr. Shulman studies technology, science, and American politics in the 19th and 20th centuries, with special interests in the history of energy, environmental history, communication and transportation, and the history of American foreign relations. As an Assistant Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University, he teaches courses in the history of technology, energy and the environment, historical methods, and contemporary history.

To qualify for the fellowship, applicants had be Ph.D. candidates with an approved dissertation proposal at the time of application or have received their Ph.D. within the last five years. The proposal had to include a publication plan that demonstrated the significance of the proposed research in the field.

As part of the fellowship, Dr. Shulman will make an initial presentation to National Archives staff and local historians concerning the proposed plan of work, and a second presentation on research findings in the first quarter of 2012.

The Legislative Archives Research Fellowship which carries a $10,000 stipend was made possible through a grant from the Foundation for the National Archives.



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