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Mary Catherine Mooney Fellowship

A Mary Catherine Mooney Fellowship, courtesy of a long-time teacher in the Boston Public School system, offers a stipend of $1,500 for a residency of twenty days (four weeks) and includes a year’s membership to the Boston Athenæum. Scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, teaching faculty, creatives, and professionals in the humanities as well as teachers and librarians in secondary public, private, and parochial schools are eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals holding the appropriate U.S. government documents.

Applicants should use this online formto be considered for the Athenæum's Mary Catherine Mooney Fellowship. Applications are due April 15, and Candidates will be notified by June 15.

Past Recipients of a Mary Catherine Mooney Fellowship


Michael H. Feinberg, Ph.D. candidate, University of Wisconsin, Madison, "Caribbean Landscapes, Colonial Landscaping, and Agencies beyond the Human in British Print Culture surrounding the Haitian Revolution” 


Cynthia Smith, Ph.D. candidate, Miami University Ohio, “Sentimental Sailors: Rescue and Conversion in Antebellum U.S. Literature”


  • Katie Hickerson, Instructor of Modern African History, University of Chicago, “All Emin’s Men: Contested Loyalties, Competing Empires, and Mutiny in Egypt’s Equatoria Province, 1881-1889.”
  • Robert B. Riter, Assistant Professor, “The University of Alabama, The Archival Sensitivities of Daniel Berkeley Updike”


  • Gabrielle Dean, William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, “Portrait of the Artist: Photography, Publication, and American Authorship, 1839-1946”
  • Leon Kogan, Ph.D. candidate, Brown University, “Allan Rohan Crite and Alexandre Jacovleff: Beyond Realism”


Anna Wager, Ph.D. candidate, University of Washington, Seattle, "Kindred Spirits, Progressive Practices: Religious Revival and Communal Making in Arts and Crafts Movements (1880-1920)"


Timothy Maguire, Ph.D. candidate, Boston University, "Connecting 19th Century Decisions to 21st Century Conditions in Boston Harbor"


  • Joshua Brown, Professor, City University of New York, "Studies in the Visual Culture of the American Civil War"
  • Rachel Walker, Ph.D. candidate, University of Maryland, College Park, "A Beautiful Mind: Physiognomy and Female Intellect, 1750-1860"


Jeffrey Einboden, Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University, "Islamic Intimacy in Early America"


  • Sam Haselby, Visiting Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut, “Anglo-American Religion and China Missions”
  • Gretchen Henderson, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, MIT, “Galerie de Difformité and artists’ books”


Kim Beil, Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Irvine, "Illustrating Contingency: Photographic Reproductions of Art and Film"


Michaelene Cox, professor, Illinois State University, “John Lawson Stoddard”


Wei Kang Tchou, Ph.D student, University of Cambridge, “Robert Morrison’s Chinese English Dictionary (1815-23)"


  • Damien Boutillon, Ph.D. candidate at Durham University (U.K.), for conducting research in the library of Gypsy (Roma) scholar Francis Hindes Groome
  • Philip Edward Phillips (Associate Professor, Middle Tennessee State University), for a book project, Poe and Boston
  • Tom F. Wright, Ph.D. candidate at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge (dissertation, “The Travel Lecture in the Mid-Nineteenth Century United States”)


  • Edward E. Andrews, Ph.D. candidate at the University of New Hampshire (dissertation, “Prodigal Sons:  Indigenous Missionaries in the British Atlantic, 1640-1790”)
  • Patricia Roeser, Ph.D. candidate at Arizona State University (dissertation, “Towards Democratization:  Boston’s Cultural Landscapes, 1820-2000”)
  • Aaron Winter, Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Irvine (dissertation, “The Laughing Dove:  Satire in 19th Century U.S. Anti-War Rhetoric”)


  • Gabriel Abend (Northwestern University), "A Social History of 'Business Ethics' and 'Social Responsibility' (1865-1934)
  • Ousmane Power-Greene (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), "Against Wind and Tide: African Americans' Response to the Colonization Movement and Emigration, 1780-1865"
  • Billy Sothern (Capital Appeals Project, New Orleans)


  • Jeffrey A. Fortin (University of New Hampshire), "'Little short of national Murder:' Removal, Exile and the Making of the Diasporas in the Atlantic World, 1745-1865"
  • Katherine Hijar (Johns Hopkins University), "Sexuality, Print, and Popular Visual Culture in the United States, 1830-1870"
  • Daniel C. Wewers (Harvard University), "Cradle of Secession: Religion, Politics, and the Idea of Disunion in the Early Republic, 1787-1820"


  • Thomas Augst (Assistant Professor of English at the University of Minnesota), to work on a book project , “The Sobriety Test:  Temperance and the Melodramas of Modern Citizenship”
  • Heather S. Nathans (Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, University of Maryland), to support her research for “Lifting the Veil of Black:  Sentiment and Slavery on the American Stage, 1787-1861”


  • John Donoghue (Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pittsburgh and teacher at Mt. Lebanon High School), for his dissertation “’the Very State of Action, the Market Place of the World’:  Republicanism in the Atlantic World of Militant Protestantism, 1630-1690”
  • Eric Plaag (Ph.D. candidate at the University of South Carolina), to conduct research on “Travel, Time, and Sensory Experience, and Sectional Difference in the Antebellum South”


  • Glenn MacLeod (Professor, University of Connecticut, Waterbury), “Authenticity in American Art and Literature:  From Casts and Copies to the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”
  • Michael J. Rawson (Ph.D. candidate, University of Wisconsin, Madison), “Nature and the City:  Class, Power, and the Creation of Metropolitan Boston, 1820-1920”
  • William Van Arragon (Ph.D. candidate, Indiana University), “Cotton Mather in American Cultural Memory, 1778-1892”
  • Diana Irene Williams (Ph.D. candidate, Harvard University) “’They Call it a Marriage’:  Interracial Families in Post –Emancipation Louisiana"


  • Kate Culkin (Ph.D. candidate, New York University) "Slight a Girl as She Was: Gentility, Reform, and Harriet Hosmer"
  • Colin McCoy (Ph.D. candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) "Democracy in Print: The Literature of Persuasian in Jacksonian America, 1815-1845"
  • Jill McDonough (poet) A project to write a series of sonnets based on executions in United States History
  • Irene Smalls (storyteller, author, performance artist)


No fellowships offered due to renovation


  • Gretchen A. Adams (Doctoral candidate, University of New Hampshire), “The Specter of Salem in American Culture, 1692-1999”
  • Kate Clifford (University of New Hampshire), to produce a scholarly biography of Harriet Tubman
  • Julie Levin (Ph.D. candidate, University of Texas, Austin), to analyze the work of artist Allan Rohan Crite
  • Andrea McCarthy and Carol Siriani (Team-teachers, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School), to develop an American literature and social studies curriculum for the period 1870 to 1920


  • Laura Baring-Gould, artist, [studied boat-building techniques for inspiration]
  • Scott Hancock, University of New Hampshire, "Free, Black, and American: Identity Formation in Boston"
  • William B. Hart, Assistant Professor, Middlebury College, [Mohawk converts to Christianity and the Schoolcraft Collection]
  • Michelle Mancini, Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Berkeley, [Groome Gypsy Collection and English Literature]


  • Mary T. Adams (Third-Grade Teacher, the Blackstone School, Boston) to prepare a curriculum unit on Boston’s colonial history
  • Elizabeth Call (Librarian, Mountain West College, Salt Lake City), to study the life and work of Boston artist and designer Sarah Wyman Whitman
  • Irina Khrouleva (Post-doctoral student, Moscow State University, Russia), to revise for publication her dissertation on New England radical Puritanism
  • Eileen Rebmen (American Studies teacher, Bullis School, Potomac, Maryland) to research the New England slave trade


  • Laura Davidson (book artist) to develop an original work based on the Athenæum copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle
  • Wilfred E. Holton (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University), to investigate aspects of Boston’s cultural life in 1900 for a book project
  • Anthony Mann (doctoral candidate in America Studies, Keele University, England) whose dissertation explores the influence of Great on Britain on the Boston “aristocracy” during the nineteenth century
  • John Saillant (visiting Assistant Professor of History, M.I.T.), to write a history of the migration of African American sot Sierra Leone and Liberia
  • Alexander Djordjadze (doctoral candidate, Moscow State University, Russia), to research the evangelical church in the socio-political structure of the Confederacy