Jameson and NASA Fellows Selected

Maddalena Marinari, September 2010

The American Historical Association is pleased to announce the names of the recipients of the J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Fellowship for 2010-2011.

The J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship, awarded annually to support significant scholarly research for one semester at the Library of Congress by scholars at an early stage in their careers, has been awarded to Ibram H. Rogers.

Rogers received his PhD in African American Studies from Temple University and is currently an Assistant Professor of African American History in the Departments of History and Africana and Latino Studies at SUNY College at Oneonta. An expert on African American social movements, Black Power Studies, and the history of African American intellectual thought, Rogers will use his research tenure at the Library of Congress to conduct additional research for his manuscript, entitled Diversity Demanded: A Narrative of the Black Campus Movement, 1965–1972. The book traces the history of the Black Campus Movement, a national social movement that centered on African American students who demanded a more relevant education and mobilized for the diversification of higher education. Supported by non-Black students and Black faculty and communities, African American students organized strikes, building takeovers, and sit-ins; peopled marches, rallies, and mass-meetings; and withdrew from campuses in protest.

During his stay at the Library of Congress, Rogers will primarily peruse local newspapers in areas where African Americans were attending colleges to look for reports on the Black Campus Movement. Rogers also plans to review a few crucial sets of collections relevant to his study, namely the records of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Urban League as well as the personal papers of prominent African American leaders to investigate their role in the Black Power Movement and their position towards its strategies and accomplishments. Finally, Rogers will look through the oral histories in the Voices of Civil Rights Project and the Library of Congress’s holdings of United States Government Legislative Documents, as Congress passed a series of laws during the movement to curb student activism.

The NASA Fellowship, awarded annually to support advanced research in all aspects of the history of aerospace, has been awarded to Mihir Pandya.

Pandya is currently completing a PhD in cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago with a specialization in historical and political anthropology. His dissertation, titled Stealth and Disappearance: Aerospace and Cold War Southern California, explores the intersection of military secrecy and civilian life through an ethnographic account of a set of Stealth Airplane projects from the 1970s to the mid 1990s. In his work, Pandya follows these projects through a series of sites, populations, and landscapes to uncover portions of the biography of the aerospace industry in postwar Southern California and decipher how the Cold War serves as an archive for the present.

Pandya will use his NASA fellowship to research personal papers, governmental reports, congressional reports and hearings, newspaper articles, and court cases to supplement the over 50 in-depth interviews he has already conducted with engineers, managers, factory workers, journalists, academics, management consultants, and Air Force personnel on the Stealth Airplane projects. Pandya will also examine recently declassified documents pertaining to the projects, including selected Air Force memos and internal technical and budgetary studies, in local archives (University of California, Los Angeles; California State University, Northridge; and California State Archives, Sacramento, among others) and national archives (National Archives in College Park, Maryland; NASA, Washington, D.C.; and US AIR Force Aeronautical Systems Center History Office, Dayton, Ohio). Finally, Pandya will spend two months at the NASA Dryden Research Center in California to conduct research on his project and benefit from the expertise of the in-residence scholars.

Maddalena Marinari was a member of the AHA’s staff until recently. She is now a visiting professor at American University.