The 2010 release of the Regina Blaszczyk (Ph.D., 1995) edited volume, Producing Fashion: Commerce, Culture, and Consumers (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), as an audio book reflects the cross-format demand for this prolific scholar. A 2007 recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for research on the color revolution, the Business History Conference recently honored Dr. Blaszczyk for “significant contributions to the teaching and writing of business history” at mid-career with the Harold F. Williamson Prize in 2008.
Jennifer J. Armiger recently completed her dissertation, entitled "The Gender of Industrial Decline: Reconsidering Sex Discrimination and Class-Action Litigation at Western Electric, 1965-1985." She has held the American Association of University Women's American Dissertation Fellowship; the Rovensky Fellowship in American Business and Economic History; the Smith Dissertation Fellowship from the New Jersey Historical Commission; the Little-Griswold Research Grant in American Legal History from the Organization of American Historians; and the University of Delaware Women's Studies Dissertation Fellowship. Jennifer's specialized areas of interest include industrial decline; women and work; women's history; legal history; business and economic history; New Jersey history; and modern Chinese history. Jennifer has given papers at the Organization of American Historians' annual conference; the North American Labor History Conference; and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. She is a regular attendee of the Business History Conference and will be participating in the "Business History as Critique" workshop at the Hagley Museum and Library in May of 2009. Jennifer holds a B.A. in History, with departmental honors, from The College of New Jersey, and an M.A in American History and the History of Technology and Industrialization from the University of Delaware. Jennifer has just received her Doctorate degree in May 2010, for which she won the Sypherd Prize for Best Dissertation in the College of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations, Jennifer!
HISTORY DOCTORAL ALUMNUS WINS BOOK PRIZE
Professor Timothy J. LeCain, who received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Delaware in 1999, has won a national book prize for his study, Mass Destruction: The Men and Giant Mines that Wired America and Scarred the Planet.
The American Society for Environmental History recognized this book with its George Perkins Marsh Prize as the best new book in environmental history. Rutgers University Press published Mass Destruction in 2009. Marsh is considered a pioneer in the movement to protect and restore the environment.
Dr. LeCain is an associate professor in the Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University in Bozeman. At Delaware he worked with History professors David Hounshell, who relocated, and Reed Geiger, who retired in 1998. His book treats copper mines at Butte, Montana, and near Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Fellows Abroad: The Department of History, and the Hagley Program, were well represented at the 2009 Joint Annual Meeting of the Business History Conference and the European Business History Association. This special conference was held at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy from June 11-13, 2009. With a theme befitting the host location, the meeting, entitled "Fashions: Business Practices in Historical Perspective", offered the students a unique opportunity to interact with, present, and receive feedback from an international group of scholars. The meeting was by far one of the largest BHC gatherings ever held with over 500 conference attendees. The organizers put together an impressive program that highlighted the many interpretations of “fashions” in the field of business history. Two Hagley fellows were fortunate to be a part of this year’s program. Doctoral candidate Andy Bozanic showcased a portion of his work on acoustic guitars with a paper entitled “Fashioning the Sounds of Hawaii: Roy Smeck and the Business of Hawaiian-Style Guitars”, while 2009 Hagley graduate Dr. Benjamin Schwantes offered “Regulating the Telegraph: Train Dispatching, Telephony, and the 1907 Hours of Service Act.” In addition, doctoral candidates Stephanie Holyfield, Emily Martz, and Janneken Smucker also presented at the conference as well as two UD faculty members, Dr. Jonathan Russ and Dr. William Scott. To help offset the high travel costs of the conference, the students were generously supported by the UD Department of History, the UD Office of Graduate and Professional Education, the UD Alumni Association and the Business History Conference Alfred D. Chandler Fund.
|From left to right (Jonathan Russ, Emily Martz, Janneken Smucker, Will Scott, Stephanie Holyfield, Andy Bozanic), Not pictured: Ben Schwantes
Hagley Fellow, Andy Bozanic, wins Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellowship, 2009-2010, to the National Museum of American History.
Alan Meyer has accepted a tenure track position at Auburn University. Alan Meyer joined the Hagley Program in 1998, completed his dissertation: "Why Fly? A Social and Cultural History of Private Aviation in Post-WWII America," in May 2009. Alan has received a Guggenheim Fellowship at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (2004-2005), a Smithsonian Pre-doctoral Fellowship at the National Museum of American History (2005), and a University of Delaware Competitive Graduate Fellowship (2005-2006) to support his project. He is also the recipient of the 2005 Kranzberg Dissertation Prize from the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). Alan has presented numerous papers related to his topic, including two at annual SHOT meetings: "A New Air Age of Women? AOPA's 'Pinch-Hitter Course,' Masculinity, and Private Aviation in post-WWII America" (San Jose, 2002); and "Hangar Flying and Hundred Dollar Hamburgers: Flying for Pleasure after World War II" (Amsterdam, 2004). He has also presented papers and organized panels outside the SHOT community, including "Libérations et Limites: Aviation and Gender in France and the United States from the Interwar Era through the Cold War" for American Historical Association (Philadelphia, 2006); and "Not Just Another Airplane Talk: Popular Culture, Gender Norms, and the Creation of a 'Community of Pilots' in interwar and post-WWII America" for the Organization of American Historians (Washington, D.C., 2006). Most recently, he co-organized a historiographical panel for SHOT’s 50th anniversary meeting (Washington, D.C., 2007) entitled "'Aviation History in the Wider View' Revisited: An Assessment of the Field." Publications include updating the bibliography and co-editing the revised edition of Deborah Douglas's book American Women and Flight Since 1940 (University Press of Kentucky, 2003). Alan lives in the Washington, D.C. area where, in addition to finishing his dissertation, he works as a historian for the federal government. Alan has accepted a tenure-track position at Auburn University.