Fellowship in Aerospace History Recipients

The Fellowships in Aerospace History, supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), annually fund research projects for six to nine months. Proposals for advanced research in history related to all aspects of aerospace, from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, are eligible, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of science, engineering, and management. The fellowships are open to applicants who already hold a doctoral degree in history or a closely related field, as well as those who have completed all course work for a doctoral degree-granting program. Preference is given to scholars in early stages of their careers. NASA provides funds to the American Historical Association, the History of Science Society (HSS), and the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) to allow each association to award a fellowship. Previous AHA fellowship recipients are listed below.  Previous recipients of the HSS and SHOT fellowships can be viewed on their respective websites.

2018
Lisa Ruth Rand, Space Junk: A History of Waste in Orbit

2017
Emily Margolis, Space Travel at 1G: Space Tourism in Cold War America

2016
Greg Eghigian, After the Flying Saucers Arrived: A History of the Rise and Fall of the UFO and Alien Contact Phenomenon

2015
Colleen Anderson, 'Two Kinds of Infinity': East Germany, West Germany, and the Cold War Cosmos

2014
Brian Jirout, One Space Age Development for the World: The American Landsat Civil Remote Sensing Program in Use, 1964-2014

2013
Andrew Jenks, Stepping Back from the Brink: Transnational Encounters in Space

2012
Marcia Holmes, Mid-20th-Century Technologies of Air Warfare and Psychological Theories of Human-Machine Interaction

2011
Monique Laney, Transnational Migration and National Memory: How German Rocket Engineers Became Americans in Huntsville, Alabama

2010
Mihir Pandya, Stealth and Disappearance: Aerospace and Cold War Southern California

2009
Aaron Alcorn, Culture of Modernity in the First Half of the 20th Century

2008
Jenifer Van Vleck, No Distant Places: Commercial Aviation and American Globalism, 1915-1968

2007
Slava Gerovitch, Designing a Cosmonaut: The Technopolitics of Automation in the Soviet Human Space Program

2006
Victoria Vantoch, Ambassadors of the Air: The Airline Stewardess, Glamour, and Technology in the Cold War, 1945-1969

2005
Alexander Brown, Accidents, Engineering and History at NASA, 1967-2003

2004
Amy Foster, Sex in Space: The First Class of Women Astronauts

2003
Asif Siddiqi, Interrelationship between Technology, Modernization, and the State in Post-Revolutionary Russia

2002
Yasushi Sato, Nature and Structure of Engineering Communities and Practices: Comparative Study of NASA's Four Major Centers in the 1960s

2001
David Courtwright, Frontiers

2000
Ryan McMillen, Putting the Angels Back in Heaven: NASA’s Resacralization of Outer Space, 1963-86

1999
David Onkst, The Triumph of the 'Squares': Grumman Engineers and Production Workers in the Space Race of the 1960s

1998
Hugh Slotten, Communications, Satellites, Broadcasting, and Policy Decision-Making in the United States

1997
Margaret Weitekamp, The Right Stuff, the Wrong Sex: The Science,Politics and Culture of the Lady Astronaut Trainees, 1959-1963

1996
Jill Snider, Race, Aviation, and Foreign Policy: An Analysis of the Rhetoric of Three Latin American Goodwill Flights

1995
Stephen Waring, The Space Shuttle Challenger Accident and Investigation

1994
Erik Rau, From the Endless Frontier to the Final Frontier: The Promise and Practice of Systems Management through the Age of Apollo, 1958-1969

1993
Chris Gray, Cyborgs in Space: Space Research and the Spread of Cybernetic Organisms

1992
Suzanne Kolm, The Cultural History of Flight Attendants in the United States, 1930-1978

1991
Roger Bilstein, A History of the American Aerospace Industry
Timothy Mahaney, American Beatles: From Popular Culture to Counterculture

1989
David Hay, Bomber Businessmen: The Army Air Forces and the Ascendancy of Quantitative Management Control

1988
Michael Dennis, A Change of State: University Laboratories, Technical Knowledge, and the Shape of the American Polity, 1935-55
Eric Schatzberg, Technical Choice in American Transport Airplanes between the World Wars

1987
Glenn Bugos, Testing the F-4 Phantom II: Engineering Practice in the Development of American Military Aircraft, 1954-72

1986
Norriss Hetherington, The Ames Research Center: Intellectual, Political, and Military Origins