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Fall 2023 Research Grants Announced | December 2, 2023

The Truman Library Institute is pleased to announce the awardees of its Fall 2023 Research Grants. Grants of up to $2,500 are awarded twice annually to offset the cost of conducting research at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum.

This grant cycle will assist scholars advancing research on such topics as American intelligence, the U.S. Armed Forces, the history of humanitarian aid, foreign policy, national security and our American political system.

Together, these grants will ultimately help deepen the public understanding of our critical past and serve to illuminate issues of national and global significance today and in the years to come.

Fall 2023 Research Grant Awardees

Carrissa Anderson, University of Leeds (UK): “The FBI’s Stay-Behind Agent Program and U.S. Intelligence During the 1950s”

Robert Barnes, York St. John University (UK): “The South Africa before Apartheid, 1946-1952”

Evan Couch, independent scholar: “The One Man Army”

Jennifer Erickson, Boston College: “Norms at War: New Weapons Technology in International Security”

Robert Ferguson, University of Georgia: “Demeter’s Horizon: Cotton Farmers and American Foreign Relations, 1945-1954”

Kaitlin Findlay, Cornell University: “A Humanitarian Vision Lost: North American Practices of Forced Displacement, Detention, and Humanitarian Oversight in the 1940s”

Ben Hammond, Flinders University (AUS): “Weaponizing Popular Music: How U.S. Funded Radio Stations Utilized Popular Music During the Cold War”

Kimberly Katz, Towson University: “Between Jordanian and International Law: UNRWA’s Involvement in Jordanian Legal Issues in the Papers of John B. Blandford”

Paul Lettow, American Enterprise Institute: “The Strategists: Presidents and the Making of U.S. National Security Strategy from Truman to Today”

Zaynab Quadri, Ohio State University: “Empire by Contract: The Political Economy of the Post-1945 U.S. Security State”

Brandon Willadsen, Texas A&M University: “Neoconservatives and Taiwan: Adherents of Conservative Precedent of Advocates for Liberal Interventionism”

Since it first opened its Research Room in 1959, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum has welcomed nearly 15,000 historians, writers and scholars, representing more than 40 nations. From the beginning, the Truman Library Institute has provided grants-in-aid for researchers; the total granted now stands at more than $3.3 million.

Grant applications for the Spring 2024 cycle must be submitted by April 1.

Learn more about the Truman Library Institute’s research grants, awards and fellowships created to assist emerging and established scholars whose contributions illuminate the critical issues of Truman’s presidency and legacy.