University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Danky Fellowships

The James P. Danky Fellowships

In honor of Jim Danky’s long service to print culture scholarship, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Historical Society, offers two annual short-term research fellowship awards.

The Danky Fellowships provide $1000 per individual for their expenses while conducting research using the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society (please see details of the collections). Grant money may be used for travel to the WHS, costs of copying pertinent archival resources, and living expenses while pursuing research. If in residence during the semester, the recipient will be expected to give a presentation as part of the colloquium series of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture.

Preference will be given to:

  • proposals undertaking research in print culture history
  • research likely to lead to publication
  • researchers early in their career
  • researchers from outside Madison

Prior to applying it is strongly suggested that applicants contact Lee Grady at the Wisconsin Historical Society (lee.grady@wisconsinhistory.org or 608-264-6459) to discuss the relevancy of WHS collections to their projects. Wisconsin Historical Society staff may be able to identify potential collections of which you may not otherwise be aware.

There is no application form. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. A cover sheet with name, telephone, permanent address and e-mail, current employer/affiliation, title of project, and proposed dates of residency.
  2. A letter of two single-spaced pages maximum describing the project and its relation to specifically cited collections at the society and to previous work on the same theme, and describing the projected outcome of the work, including publication plans. If residents of the Madison area are applying, they must explain their financial need for the stipend.
  3. Curriculum vitae.
  4. Two confidential letters of reference. Graduate students must include their thesis adviser.

Applications are due by May 1 of each year for fellowships to be taken up the following year. The recipient will be notified by June 1. Please use your last name as the first word of all file names (for example: Name CV.doc) and email materials to:

Anna Palmer, Coordinator, Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture chpdc@ischool.wisc.edu

Previous Danky Fellows

2017: Joshua Mitchell, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California
Print Culture in Prisons: Promoting Entertainment in the Penal Press

2016: Mark Hauser, PhD Candidate in History at Carnegie Mellon University
All the Comforts of Hell: Doughboys and American Mass Culture in the First World War

2015: Kera Lovell (PhD, Purdue University) Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Hawai’i
Radical Manifest Destiny: Urban Renewal, Colonialism, and Transnational American Identity in the Urban Spatial Politics of the Postwar Left

2014: Ashley Farmer (PhD, Harvard University) Assistant Professor at University of Texas-Austin. What You’ve Got is a Revolution: Black Women’s Movements for Black Power

2013: Ian Blechschmidt (PhD, Northwestern University) Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Comix and the Middle-Class Family: Underground Comix as Cultural Resistance in Cold War America

 

2012: Sarita Alami (PhD, Emory University)
Life Sentences: The Rise and Fall of Prison Journalism in the United States, 1912-1980

2011: Josh Mound (PhD, University of Michigan) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia
Inflated Hopes, Taxing Times: The Politics of Economic Crisis in the Long 1970s

2010: William Sturkey, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
The Shadows of Modern America: The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow in the New South

2009: Julia Guarneri (PhD, Yale University), University Lecturer in American History at Cambridge University
Urban Culture and Print Community in U.S. Newspapers, 1880-1930

2008: Derek Seidman (PhD, Brown University), Research Analyst at the Public Accountability Initiative
The Unquiet Americans: GI Dissent During the Vietnam War