Peter Shulman, assistant professor of history, received the 2011 Legislative Archives Research Fellowship. Shulman’s research will expand on his 2007 dissertation, “Empire of Energy: War, Environment and Geopolitics before the Age of Oil,” and will focus on a reinterpretation of 19th and early 20th century American foreign relations. He is exploring the complex interplay between technological change, the rise of fossil fuels and the emergency of the U.S. as a global power.
As part of the fellowship, Shulman will make an initial presentation to National Archives staff and local historians concerning the proposed plan of work, and a second presentation on research findings in the first quarter of 2012. The Legislative Archives Research Fellowship, which carries a $10,000 stipend, was made possible through a generous grant from the Foundation for the National Archives. For more information, read the full release online.