Ward Receives Wolfsonian-FIU Fellowship

October 3, 2014

Josi Ward, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Architecture's History of Architecture and Urban Development program, was awarded a research fellowship from the Wolfsonian-Florida International University (FIU) in Miami Beach. She was in residence at the Wolfsonian in January 2014, during which time she worked with the museum's object collection and library holdings. At the conclusion of her three-week residency, Ward delivered a lecture on her findings to the Wolfsonian staff, and also led a discussion about her dissertation work with museum staff and FIU faculty from the history and English departments.

The fellowship was awarded in support of Ward's dissertation, which is tentatively titled "A Place for Our Landless Farmers: Recovery and Reform in FSA Migratory Labor Camps." Her research focuses on the design and inhabitation of camps built for migrant workers during the Great Depression, and draws upon histories of labor politics and environmental reform to understand the import of these built spaces. At the Wolfsonian, she consulted the extensive collection of New Deal ephemera, mural studies, and 1930s artwork; as well as the library's Christopher DeNoon Collection for the Study of New Deal Culture. Since returning from Miami, Ward has received additional funding from the John Nolen Research Fund for the final stages of her research. She is now focused on completing her dissertation.

Wolfsonian fellowships are awarded to approximately four scholars a year, and include accommodation, travel, and a stipend.

By Rebecca Bowes

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