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 and the History of Science Society (HSS) 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.

2023 AHA Fellowship in Aerospace History
Andrew Ross, Ranges of Empire: US Missile Ranges, Planetary Infrastructure Building, and Global Militarism, 1945–65

2023 AHA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology
Haris Durrani, A Satellite for All: Law, Technology, and Empire in the Global Cold War, 1959–68

2022 AHA Fellowship in Aerospace History
Caitlin Kossmann, The Myth of Gaia: Gender, Ecology, and Community in the Making of Earth System Science

2022 AHA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology
Jorden Pitt, The Traumatic Blue Sky: The Psychological Consequences of Aerial Combat in the 20th Century

2021 AHA Fellowship in Aerospace History
Alyssa Kreikemeier, Aerial Enclosures: From Commons to Conflict in the American West

2021 AHA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology
Benjamin Goossen, The Year of the Earth (1957-58): Cold War Science and the Making of Planetary Consciousness

2020 AHA Fellowship in Aerospace History
Taylor Elliott Rose, Wasteland, Rangeland, Homeland: Weapons Testing, Restricted Airspace, and Atomic-Age Ecology at the Nevada Test Site

2020 AHA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology
Jeffrey Mathias, ‘Pathologies of Boredom’: Isolation and the Cold War Human Sciences

Stephen Buono, The Province of All Mankind: Outer Space and the Promise of Peace, 1957–1970

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Courtwright, Frontiers

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

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

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

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

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

Stephen Waring, The Space Shuttle Challenger Accident and Investigation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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