Past Fellowship Recipients

To encourage and support scholarship, The Strong awards research fellowships three times each year. The Strong provides research grants through three programs: The Strong Research Fellowships, the Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Research Fellowships, and the Frances M. Williams Research Fellowships. Researchers from around the world have used The Strong’s collections and archival materials to inform dissertations, books, and other scholarly works. Find out more about their research below:

August 2016

Elizabeth Badger

University of Minnesota

Topic: Origins of the "male-dominated" video game industry and culture.

The Strong Research Fellowship

Angela Cope

York University in Toronto

Topic: Rise of plastic use in children's toys from 1945 to 1970.

The Strong Research Fellowship

Lauren DeLaCruz

Northwestern University

Topic: The ways that children's toys share cultural ideas, values, and beliefs about gender.

The Strong Research Fellowship

July 2016

Benjamin Hoy

University of Saskatchewan (Canada)

Topic: The depiction of Native Americans in history and in board games.

Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Fellowship

Siobhan Carroll

University of Delaware

Topic: The influence of 19th-century playthings on the Victorian novel.

Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Fellowship

Chris Hanson

Syracuse University

Topic: The work and influence of video game designer Roberta Williams.

The Strong Research Fellowship

James Fleury

University of California at Los Angeles

Topic: The history of video game licensing and development.

The Strong Research Fellowship

Chris Dingwall

University of Toronto

Topic: The relationship of a popular 1915 black slave mechanical Christmas toy to contemporary views on race.

The Strong Research Fellowship

April 2016

Nancy Callahan

State University of New York at Oneonta

Topic: Educational toys from the late 1800s.

The Strong Research Fellowship

February 2016

Aria Halliday

Purdue University

Topic: Ways that pop culture icons use "girl play" to popularize their brands.

The Strong Research Fellowship

December 2015

Mattia Thibault

University of Turin (Turin, Italy)

Topic: How toys reflect and represent cultural values

The Strong Research Fellowship

Molly Duggins

National Art School (Sydney, Australia)

Topic: Victorian-era romance with the sea and its influence on the 19th-century marketplace

The Strong Research Fellowship

October 2015

Riccardo Fassone

University of Turin (Turin, Italy)

Topic: The history of early film-to-video game adaptations.

The Strong Research Fellowship

August 2015

Koral LaVorgna

University of Brunswick (Canada)

Topic: Connection between the cereal industry and children's history and culture.

The Strong Research Fellowship

Emily Aguilo-Perez

Pennsylvania State University

Topic: Puerto Rican women and their experiences with Barbie.
Blog: "Venturing into Barbie's World"

The Strong Research Fellowship

Benjamin Lindquist

Princeton University

Topic: Shifts in play and the concept of fun in American Christianity.

Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Fellowship

July 2015

Anastasia Salter

University of Central Florida

Topic: Life and work of video game designer Jane Jensen.

The Strong Research Fellowship

Alexander Bevier

New York University

Topic: The career of pioneering board game designer Sid Sackson.

Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Fellowship

Andrea Braithwaite

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Topic: How girls and women understand themselves as gamers.

The Strong Research Fellowship

May 2015

Robyn Holmes

Monmouth University in New Jersey

Topic: Connection between board games and cultural, social, moral, and religious messages.  

Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Fellowship

January 2015

Devin Monnen

Independent Games Historian

Topic: North American video game industry crash of 1983

The Strong Research Fellowship

Laine Nooney

Laine Nooney

New York University

Topic: Cultural history of computer game company Sierra On-Line

The Strong Research Fellowship

November 2014

Raiford Guins

Stony Brook University

Topic: History of coin-op arcade video game cabinet design

The Strong Research Fellowship

October 2014

Emily Flynn-Jones

Emily Flynn-Jones

York University in Toronto

Topic: How women and girls at play have been represented throughout history

The Strong Research Fellowship

September 2014

Jason Corace

Jason Corace

Maryland Institute of Art

Topic: Games that feature both analog and electronic elements

The Strong Research Fellowship

August 2014

Evan Lauteria

Evan Lauteria

University of California-Davis

Topic: Influence of culture on the global video game market in the late 1980s and early 1990s

The Strong Research Fellowship

Reem Hilu

Reem Hilu

Northwestern University

Topic: Video games that focus on domestic settings and themes

Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Research Fellowship
 

Nina Huntemann

Nina Huntemann

Suffolk University in Boston

Topic: Strategic business practices of video game companies that failed to survive the seventh generation console launch

The Strong Research Fellowship

July 2014

Gillian Smith

Gillian Smith

Northeastern University

Topic: Role of procedural content generation in digital and nondigital games

Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Research Fellowship

Marc-Niclas Heckner

Marc-Niclas Heckner

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Topic: Impact of WWII-based first person shooter games on spatial perceptions of history

The Strong Research Fellowship

Carly Kocurek

Carly Kocurek

Illinois Institute of Technology

Topic: History of coin-operated video games

The Strong Research Fellowship

Brandi Venable

Brandi Venable

Rutgers University

Topic: Conceptions of childhood food preferences in popular American print advertising

The Strong Research Fellowship

April 2014

Marilyn Solvay

Marilyn Solvay

Husson University (Maine)

Topic: Depictions of women in the Old Maid card game

The Strong Research Fellowship

March 2014

Robert Guyker

Robert Guyker

Pacifica Graduate Institute (California)

Topic: Convergence of myth, play, and video games

The Strong Research Fellowship

January 2014

Douglas Guerra

Douglas Guerra

State University of New York at Oswego

Topic: Game play and representations of agency and practices of social belonging in the 19th century

The Strong Research Fellowship

Rebecca Hernandez-Gerber

Rebecca Hernandez-Gerber

New York University

Topic: Issue of "versions" in video game preservation

The Strong Research Fellowship

December 2013

Joshua Unikel

Joshua Unikel

University of Buffalo

Topic: History of Sesame Street

The Strong Research Fellowship

Christopher Darby

Christopher Darby

Seton Hall University

Topic: Video game industry from 1972 to 1987

The Strong Research Fellowship

August 2013

Sarah Scripps

Sarah Scripps

University of South Carolina

Topic: Formation of youth scientific communities from 1915 to 1960

The Strong Research Fellowship

Jonathan Clemens

Jonathan Clemens

University of Minnesota

Topic: Impact of producers, users, and mediators on technological innovation

The Strong Research Fellowship

S. Lynneth Solis

S. Lynneth Solis

Harvard University

Topic: Role of play in children's development

The Strong Research Fellowship

July 2013

Mirah Kirchner

York University in Toronto

Topic: Dolls and societal norms surrounding childhood

The Strong Research Fellowship

Samuel Tobin

Fitchburg State University (Massachusetts)

Topic: Transformation of the arcade in contemporary culture

The Strong Research Fellowship

June 2013

Brian Beaton

University of Pittsburgh

Topic: Popular attitudes toward the sciences

The Strong Research Fellowship

Frederika Eilers

Frederika Eilers

McGill University (Montreal)

Topic: Dollhouses as architectural toys

The Strong Research Fellowship

May 2013

Kendall Garton

Kendall Garton

Queens University

Topic: Influence of dolls on Canadian identity

The Strong Research Fellowship

February 2013

Jason Begy

Jason Begy

Concordia University (Portland)

Topic: Evolution of train-based games and video games

The Strong Research Fellowship

January 2013

Drew Chappell

Drew Chappell

California State University at Fullerton

Topic: How board games and roleplaying games define notions of "victory" over time

The Strong Research Fellowship

December 2012

Kristana Textor

Kristana Textor

Topic: Impact of  toys and electronic on the evolution of traditional gender roles

The Strong Research Fellowship