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Research Fellowships

Research Fellowships

Researchers have used the Kentucky Historical Society’s rich archival holdings to shed light on a vast array of topics, from frontier land distribution and law, to Civil War medicine and from river-borne commerce in the 19th century to Kentucky’s nuclear energy industry.

To help facilitate your research, KHS offers short-term fellowships (one to four weeks) to promote scholarship on any facet of Kentucky’s history.

We offer fellowships in the spring.  Download Fellowships guidelines and learn more here.

Congratulations to our Spring 2022 KHS Research Fellows: 

  • Simon Buck, University of Edinburgh, “Old Age and Aging in Kentucky, 1865-1966.”
  • Pietra Diwan, Independent Scholar, “Caring for Tomorrow’s Children: Kentucky Eugenics and Birth Control, 1930-1950.” 
  • Sara Egge, Centre College, “The Nature of Naturalization: Exploring Citizenship by Consent in Kentucky.” 
  • Mary Fesak, University of Delaware, “Thoroughbred Landscapes, Racing Humans: How Equestrian Landscapes and Culture Remade Class, Race, and Masculinity at the Turn of the Century.” 
  • Jennifer Kopf, Independent Scholar, “Recovery from the Mulberry Street Fire in 1875 Lexington, Kentucky.” 
  • Patricia Lynne McCourt, Mississippi State University, “These Deleterious Drugs: A Gendered History of Addiction in the United States.” 
  • Kelly Mezurek, Walsh University, “‘I shall be glad to hear from all the enquiring friends both white & colored’: An Intimate Connection between a Black Soldier, Enslaved Kentuckians, and Gov. James F. Robinson.” 
  • Emily Muhich, Louisiana State University, “In the Beginning: Kentucky and the Failure of the Nation’s First Anti-Evolution Bills.” 
  • Jewel Parker, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, “The Intercultural Origins of Health Care in the Antebellum South.”  

Click here for a more complete list of our current and past fellows and here for a list of their publications.

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