Williams Scholar in Residence, 2013–14

Erin G. Sapp, Tulane University, “Gridiron Crossroads: The Impact of American Football Culture on the Racial Climate of New Orleans, 1955–1970”


Former Woest Fellows

Marise Bachand, University of Western Ontario, “Plantation Women and the Urban South, 1790–1860”

Patricia Behre, Fairfield University, “Citizens of the World: Sephardic Jews in Early Louisiana”

Mark Burford, Reed College, “Mahalia Jackson’s Gospel, According to Bill Russell”

Jessica Calvanico, University of California, Santa Cruz, “New Orleans’ Girl Problems: The House of the Good Shepherd and Juvenile Justice”

Emily Clark, Tulane University, “The Strange History of the American Quadroon”

Alexander Cors, Emory University, “Belonging in the Borderlands: Anglo-American Newcomers and the Making of ‘Undesirable Immigrants’ in Spanish Louisiana, 1783–1803”

Nathalie Dessens, University of Toulouse–Le Mirail, “Jean Boze, Chronicler of New Orleans”

Jay Edwards, Louisiana State University, “A History of the Shotgun House in New Orleans”

Eberhard L. “Lo” Faber, Princeton University, “Building the Land of Dreams: The American Transformation of New Orleans, 1795–1820”

Rien Fertel, Bard Early College, New Orleans, “A Culinary Adventure!: A History of Food and Drink in New Orleans”

Sarah E. Gardner, Mercer University, “Reading Under Occupation”

Petra Hendry, Louisiana State University, “‘A Nursery for Revolution’: Franco-Afro-Creole-Catholic Education in New Orleans, 1803–1867”

Victor George Hobson, University of East Anglia, “The Frederic Ramsey Jr. Papers”

Ella Howard, Wentworth Institute of Technology, “Neighborhoods, Buildings, and the Historic Preservation Movement in America”

Andreas Hübner, University of Kassel, Weimar, Germany, “German Services Will Be Held: Revisiting the German-American  Community of New Orleans during World War I”

John M. Huffman, Harvard University, “Americans on Paper: Documents and Identity in the Early United States”

Andrew Lang, Rice University, “Monotony, Misery, and Mutiny: The Culture of Garrison Service during the Civil War”

Jessica Lepler, Brandeis University, “1837: Anatomy of a Panic”

Alecia Long, Louisiana State University, “‘There is an Abiding Air of Fantasy Here’: New Orleans Culture in the 1960s”

Alicia C. Maggard, Brown University, “Technology, Society, and the State in the Steamboat Era”

Brian Craig Miller, Emporia State University, “The United Confederate Veterans in History and Memory” (subsequently declined)

Vanessa Mongey, University of Pennsylvania, “Cosmopolitan Republics: The Gulf South between 1783 and 1836”

Greg O’Brien, University of Southern Mississippi, “The Man Who Saved New Orleans: George Towers Dunbar and the New Orleans Flood of 1849”

Nina Öhman, University of Pennsylvania, “Mahalia Jackson’s Vocal Craft and the Fashioning of Gospel Music Mastery”

Nicholas Paskert, Harvard University, “ The Synecdoche of Slavery: The Elision of Slave Labor in the Building of New Orleans, 1770–1852”

K. Steven Prince, University of South Florida, “The Ballad of Robert Charles: Race, Violence, and Memory in the Jim Crow South”

Gautham Rao, University of Chicago, “Visible Hands: Customhouses, the National Market and Federal Power in Antebellum America”

Courtney Rivard, University of California at Santa Cruz, “Contested Memories and New Terrains: A Comparative Study of the Production of Cultural Memories Surrounding September 11 and Hurricane Katrina”

Suzanne Rivecca, Independent Scholar, “‘The Habitants’: A Novel of Walt Whitman in New Orleans”

Greg Robinson, Université du Québec À Montréal, “Japanese Louisiana"

Gillian Rodger, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “The Stage and the City: Exploring New Orleans through its Theatrical World, 1840–1860”

Joshua D. Rothman, University of Alabama, “The Ledger and the Chain: The Men Who Made America’s Domestic Slave Trade into Big Business”

Shelene Roumillat, Tulane University, “The Battle of New Orleans: New Perspectives on an Epic”

David Morrill Schlitt, University of Michigan, “Under the Dome: Enclosed Multi-Use Stadiums and the Metropolitan Landscape, 1965–2005”

Walter Stern, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Education for Imprisonment: School Desegregation and the Roots of Mass Incarceration in the World’s Prison Capital”

Cameron B. Strang, University of Texas at Austin, “Entangled Knowledge, Expanding Nation: Local Science and the United States Empire in the Southeast Borderlands”