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Meet Vineeta Singh, OI-W&M Lemon Project Postdoctoral Fellow

· August 15th, 2018 · No Comments

Vineeta Singh began a two-year term at the Omohundro Institute on July 1, 2018, as the OI-W&M Lemon Project Postdoctoral Fellow. The fellowship was created to study the history of institutions and economies of oppression with a preference for higher education and slavery in connection with the Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation at William & Mary.… Read More »

OI Books: Fertile Thoughts About Fertility

· August 13th, 2018 · 4 Comments

Today’s post is part of our series marking the 75th anniversary of the Omohundro Institute by exploring the OI books that have had an impact on a scholar’s life. by Rebecca Brannon I first picked up Susan Klepp’s Revolutionary Conceptions: Women, Fertility, and Family Limitation in America, 1760-1820 (2009) when I was at loose ends… Read More »

Meet Laurel Daen, OI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellow

· August 9th, 2018 · No Comments

Laurel Daen started her two-year term at the Omohundro Institute on July 1, 2018, as the OI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellow. You can read more about the fellowship, including how to apply, on our website. by Laurel Daen Hello! I started last month as the 2018-20 OI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellow. I’m happy to be here! I’m actually not… Read More »

Short answer: what to do with 5,000 more words

· August 8th, 2018 · No Comments

Today’s post, by July 2018 WMQ authors Matthew Mulcahy and Stuart Schwartz, authors of “Nature’s Battalions,” comes in response to the following question: “WMQ articles are capped at 10,000 words (plus notes). If you had 5,000 more words to play with, how would the article be different?” by Matthew Mulcahy and Stuart Schwartz Our article “Nature’s Battalions” was… Read More »

Continuing the Conversation: “Poor Relief”

· August 1st, 2018 · No Comments

The following post is the result of questions raised during a panel (#33) at the OI’s 24th annual conference, June 14–17, 2018. If you have a conversation you would like to continue post-conference, or materials to share (such as a bibliography), please send them to the OI at And be sure to join us… Read More »

Meet the 2018 Scholars’ Workshop

· July 25th, 2018 · No Comments

The 2018 Scholars’ Workshop convened at the Omohundro Institute on July 2. Each summer up to eight untenured scholars gather for two weeks to work both as a group and individually with OI editors and staff on either a manuscript chapter or a journal article in progress. The weeks include seminar-style meetings on conceptual development,… Read More »