Leopold Fellows

The Center supports an undergraduate program honoring Professor Richard Leopold, a long-time member of the NU Department of History. The Leopold Fellowship program provides a small group of able Northwestern undergraduate students with an opportunity to engage in genuine historical research. The fellowship entails an hourly wage and possible travel expenses, but no academic credit. Leopold Fellows work on current faculty research projects, learning how to interpret complex archival and documentary materials.

2016-17 Leopold Fellows at their archival research session

Archival session 2016

2017-2018 LEOPOLD FELLOWS (17)

  • Mariana ALFARO (Medill senior) working with Prof. Paul GILLINGHAM on “Spies and Censorship in Mexico” (The Mexican Intelligence Digital Archives (MIDAS) Project (summer 2017, F/W/S)
  • Adam CHANES (WCAS junior) working with Prof. Ipek YOSMAOGLU on “Turkish Jews between Aliyah and Assimilation” (W/S 2018)
  • Ivy CHEN (WCAS sophomore) working with Prof. Susan PEARSON on “Registering Birth: Populations and Personhood in the United States of America” (F/W/S)
  • Sean CONWAY (WCAS senior) working with Prof. Ajay MEHROTRA on “The VAT Laggards: A Comparative History of Japanese and U.S. Resistance to the Value-Added Tax” (summer 2017, F/W/S)
  • Daniel FERNANDEZ (Medill junior) working with Prof. Michael SHERRY on “Go Directly to Jail: The Punitive Turn in American Life” (summer/Fall 2017, W 2018)
  • Ailyn GONZALEZ (WCAS junior) working with prof. Joanna GRISINGER on “New Voices in Closed Spaces: The Administrative State and the Right to Participate” (summer 2017, W/S 2018)
  • Drew JOHNSON (WCAS junior) working with Prof. Doug KIEL on “Unsettling Territory: Oneida Indian Resurgence and Anti-Sovereignty Backlash” (summer 2017, F/W/S)
  • Frank JORANKO (WCAS junior) working with Prof. Scott SOWERBY on “States of Exclusion: Religious Diversity and Military power in Britain, France, and the Holy Roman Empire, 1550-1800” (F/W/S)
  • Jun Tae (Walter) KO (Medill senior) working with Prof. Ji-Yeon YUH on “The Midwestern Asian American Experience” (F/W/S)
  • Callie LEONE (WCAS senior) working with Prof. Daniel IMMERWAHR on “How to Hide an Empire: Geography and Power in the Greater U.S.” (summer 2017)
  • Fiona MAXWELL (School of Communication senior) working with Prof. Susan PEARSON on “Registering Birth: Populations and Personhood in the United States of America” (F/W/S)
  • Victor SAAVEDRA (WCAS junior) working with Prof. Paul GILLINGHAM on “Spies and Censorship in Mexico” (The Mexican Intelligence Digital Archives (MIDAS) Project (summer 2017, F/W/S)
  • Michaela SHAPIRO (WCAS senior) working with Prof. Deborah COHEN on “American Journalists and Europe” (F/W/S)
  • Zachary STARK (WCAS junior) working with Prof. Henry BINFORD on “Small Business in Poor Urban Communities” (F/W/S)
  • Alicia ZHENG (Communication senior) working with Prof. JI-Yeon YUH on “The Midwestern Asian American Experience” (F/W/S)
  • Shira ZILBERSTEIN* (WCAS senior) working with Prof. Henry BINFORD on “Small Business in Poor Urban Communities”  (F/W/S)
  • Aidan ZILIAK (WCAS junior) working with Prof. Lauren STOKES on “Bisexual History” (F/W/S)

 *An asterisk denotes a returning Leopold Fellow*

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2016-2017 FELLOWS (14)
  • Kristin CAMPBELL (WCAS senior) working with Prof. Benjamin on “The Ghetto without Walls: The Holocaust in Bohemia and Moravia” (Fall/winter 2016)
  • Callahan CORCORAN (WCAS senior) working with Prof. Scott SOWERBY on “States of Exclusion: Britain, Ireland, and France, 1640–1720” (three quarters)
  • Will CORVIN (WCAS senior) working with prof. Michael SHERRY on “Go Directly to Jail: The Punitive Turn in American Life” (F/W/S)
  • Shara FEIT* (School of Communication junior) working with Prof. Benjamin FROMMER on “The Ghetto without Walls: The Holocaust in Bohemia and Moravia” (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
  • Adina GOLDMAN (WCAS junior) working with Prof. David SHYOVITZ on “’Oh Beastly Jew!’ Jews, Animals, and Jewish Animals in the Middle Ages” (Winter/spring 2017)
  • Justine KIM (WCAS sophomore) working with Prof. Ji-Yeon YUH on “Midwestern Asian American Experiences” (summer 2016, Fall 2016 and winter 2017)
  • Parker KOBAYASHI (WCAS senior) working with Prof. Henry BINFORD on “Small Business in Poor Urban Communities” (F/W/S)
  • Hayley LANDMAN* (WCAS senior) working with Prof. Henry BINFORD on “Small Business in Poor Urban Communities” (F/W/S)
  • Alex J. MOISA (WCAS sophomore) working with Prof. Keith WOODHOUSE on “Environmental Activism and the ‘Choice of Evils’ Defense” (summer 2016)
  • Jessica LEWIS (WCAS senior)  working with Prof. Susan PEARSON on “Registering Birth: Populations and Personhood in the United States of America” (summer 2016)
  • Colin REPETTI (WCAS senior) working with Prof. Susan PEARSON on “Registering Birth: Populations and Personhood in the United States of America” (F/W/S)
  • Samantha SCHMIDT (WCAS junior) working with Prof. Rajeev KINRA on “An Age of Splendor and Civility: A Cultural History of the Mughal Empire” (W/S 2017)
  • Edward H. STEIN II (WCAS junior) working with Prof. Daniel IMMERWAHR on “How to Hide an Empire: Geography and Power in the Greater United States” (F/W/S)
  • Shira ZILBERSTEIN* (WCAS junior) working with Prof. Deborah COHEN on “Women with Money” (summer 2016, winter/spring 2017)

 *An asterisk denotes a returning Leopold Fellow*

Archival Librarian Janet Olson talks to Leopold Fellows about working in archives

Olson and LFs

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