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Hagley Alumni

The Hagley Program News

is an occasional communication from the coordinator to alumni, prospective students, and current students.

Alumni Placement and Accomplishments

David Hounshell presents fellow alum, Angella Lakwete, with the Edelstein Prize

More than two hundred UD-Hagley Fellows have received advanced degrees from the University of Delaware.  The following is a small sampling of some of their career paths and accomplishments.

Recent Graduates

  • Doug Jerolimov (2006), Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
  • Gabriella Petrick (2006), Assistant Professor of Food Studies, New York University
  • Kathleen Kvortek Kelly (2005), The Field Museum
  • Christian Koot (2005), Assistant Professor of History, Towson University
  • Patrick Shea (2004), Archivist, Rockefeller Archives

Recent BooksMass Destruction

  • Tim LeCain, Mass Destruction: The Men and Giant Mines that Wired America and Scarred the Planet (Rutgers University Press, 2009). Tim's book recently received the prestigious George Perkins Marsh Prize for the best new book in environmental history from the American Society for Environmental History. He is an associate professor at Montana State University.

  • Kevin Borg, Auto Mechanics: Technology and Expertise in Twentieth Century America (Johns Hopkins University Press, Spring 2007) Studies in Industry and Society series. Kevin is an assistant professor of history at James Madison University.

  • William Thiesen, Industrializing American Shipbuilding: The Transformation of Ship Design And Construction, 1820-1920 (New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology) (University Press of Florida, 2006).  Bill is an historian for the United States Coast Guard.

  • Angela Lakwete, Inventing the Cotton Gin: Machine and Myth in Antebellum America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).  Winner of the Society for the History of Technology’s Edelstein Prize.  Angela is an associate professor of history at Auburn University.

  • Stephen Usselman, Regulating Railroad Innovation: Business, Technology, and Politics in America (Cambridge University Press, 2002).  Winner of 2003 Ellis Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians.  Steve is an associate professor at the School of History, Technology, and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • udRegina Lee Blaszczyk, Imagining Consumers: Design and Innovation from Wedgewood to Corning (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002). Reggie is also co-author of Major Problems in American Business History (Houghton Mifflin, 2005).

  • Bruce Sinclair (Editor), Technology and the African American Experience: Needs and Opportunities for Study (MIT Press, 2005).  Bruce is a professor emeritus at Georgia Institute of Technology where he held the Kranzberg Chair.

  • Carroll Pursell, A Hammer in their Hands: A Documentary History of Technology and the African American Experience (MIT Press, 2005) and A Companion to American Technology (Blackwell Publishers, 2005).  Carroll is professor emeritus from Case Western Reserve University.

  • Carlene E. Stephens, On Time: How Americans Learned to Live by the Clock  (2002).  This is the companion volume to the exhibit On Time at the National Museum of American History.  Maggie Dennis (1998) also worked on the exhibit and is currently writing a book on the history of the digital watch with Carlene.

Examples of Alumni in Academic and Museum Positions

  • Kevin Borg (2000), Assistant Professor of History, James Madison University.
  • Jim Edmonson (1978), Chief Curator at the Dittrick Medical History Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Jessica Elfenbein (1993), Associate Professor of History, University of Baltimore.
  • David Hounshell (1976), Luce Professor of Technology and Social Change, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Christian Koot (2005) Assistant Professor of History, Towson University.
  • Tim LeCain (1998), Associate Professor of History, Montana State University.
  • Bill Leslie (1978), Professor of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Nic Maffei (1996), Centre Leader, Department of Critical Studies, Norwich School of Art and Design.
  • Alan Meyer (2009) Assistant Professor, Auburn University.
  • Karl Niederer (1978)  Director, New Jersey State Archives.
  • John Rumm (1982), Director of Exhibits, National Constitution Center.
  • Emily Ruby (2006), Assistant Curator, Senator John Heinz History Center.
  • Darwin Stapleton (1975), Director, Rockefeller Archives.
  • Kathy Steen (1995), Associate Professor, Drexel University.