The Dean's Fellowship in the History of Home Economics is currently on hold and will not be awarded for 2021. Please check back in the future for updates.

Fellowship overview

This opportunity is open to faculty members, research scholars and advanced graduate students (must be eligible to work in the United States) with demonstrated background and experience in historical studies. Fellowship recipients receive an award of $7,500 for a summer or sabbatical residency of approximately six weeks to use the unique resources available from the College and the Cornell University Library system in pursuit of scholarly research in the history of Home Economics and its impact on American society.

Relevant historical subject areas may include, but are not limited to: the role of women in the family and society, the history of women in higher education, the history of food, nutrition, housing, consumer economics, the family, child development, design, clothing and textiles among other key topics in American social history. We welcome applications in which the historical subject area may inform the investigation of contemporary societal issues.

At the conclusion of the residency the fellowship recipient provides a final report to the dean, including a bibliography of research pursued, and preservation recommendations for pertinent library and archival holdings. In addition, the recipient is invited to give a public presentation on their research at a later date. Research projects should be intended for publication.

Applicant must submit the following documents:

  • A cover sheet indicating your Name, Address, E-Mail, Phone and FAX, Organization / University, Research Title, Research Abstract.
  • A 3-5 page proposal of the research planned. Specify both published and manuscript materials to be used from the Cornell University Library holdings.
  • A vita
  • A writing sample or previous publication
  • Three letters of recommendation sent separately by those referring you.

At the conclusion of the residency the fellowship recipient will provide a final report to the dean, including a bibliography of research pursued, and preservation recommendations for pertinent library and archival holdings. In addition, the recipient will be invited to give a public presentation on their research at a later date. Research projects should be intended for publication. Preference will be given to scholars in more advanced stages of a research project, but younger scholars are encouraged to apply. Applicants need not be residents of New York State, but must be eligible to work in the United States.

Mann Library has a proud heritage among the land-grant libraries of the United States with a collection of over 700,000 volumes, including more than 6,500 journal subscriptions. The combined strengths of Mann's printed books and journals and its state-of-the-art electronic library make it one of the nation's premier information resources for researchers, educators and students in human ecology and nutrition.

Mann's holdings are especially strong in the areas of nutrition, family studies and early childhood education. Other areas important to home economics study throughout the century are also well represented. The library is the host for HEARTH (Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition and History), a national initiative to preserve the core historical literature of home economics.

For information about Mann Library's holdings, contact Michael Cook, Head of Collection Development, 607-255-7959,

Archival records, rare books and photographic images about the evolution of studies associated with home economics and human ecology at Cornell, especially human nutrition, family relationships and consumer economics, are available in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library.

This major repository, located in the Carl A. Kroch Library, contains over 7,000 collections including the records of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), formerly the American Home Economics Association (AHEA) and the records of Cornell's New York State College of Human Ecology and the earlier records of the College of Home Economics (1900-1968)

These include:

  • administrative records and correspondence tracing the creation and history of the college, including faculty papers and oral histories;
  • records of research and consultation done throughout the world, such as research on emergency and disaster feeding during the World Wars and international exchange programs for scholars;
  • student scrapbooks and records of the Practice Apartment and other undergraduate activities; and
  • letters written by farmers' wives describing their lives and work, in response to the Cornell Reading Courses, together with other information on extension and outreach.

Additionally, thousands of photographs of students and faculty, buildings and scenes portray the college from its founding through the present. Fourteen hundred selected photographs are available online: NYS College of Human Ecology - Historical Photographs .

For information about the strengths and holdings of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, contact:
Eileen Keating, College of Human Ecology Archivist, 607-255-3530,
Evan Earle, University Archivist, 607-255-3530,
Elaine Engst, University Archivist Emerita, 607255-3530,

Previous Fellowship Recipients

Year Recipient Title
1992 Kathleen Babbitt "Social Reform in the Countryside: Rural Women and Cooperative Extension Home Economists in New York State, 1870-1940"
1992 Julia Grant "Modernizing Motherhood: Child Study Clubs and the Parent Education Movement, 1915-1940"
1993 Nancy Berlage "Professions and Agricultural Change: Home Economists and Home Demonstration Work in Rural New York, 1910-1930"
1993 Mary Summers "Rethinking Interest Group Politics: The Making of the United States Department of Agriculture"
1994 Carolyn Goldstein "Mediating Consumption: Home Economics and American Consumers, 1900-1940"
1995 Janet Hutchinson "Home Economists and Better Homes during the Interwar Period"
1995 Helen Veit "Food and the First World War: American Food Aid and Home Economics"
1996 Karen Stupski "The Role of the Laboratory in the Home Economics Movement, 1900-1930"
1997 Bruce Pietrykowski "Home Economics and Homo Economicus: The Creation and Diffusion of Diverse Sources of Economic Knowledge in the 20th Century"
1998 Amy Bentley "Behind the Gerber Baby: A Cultural History of Solid Infant Food and Feeding Practices"
2000 Kathy Cooke "Non-Sense and Anti-Sentimentality: Home Economics, Euthenics, and the 'Threat' to Race Betterment Efforts in America"
2001 Megan Elias "Stir it Up: The Home Economics Movement in Higher Education, 1900-1950"
2002 Jan Scholl "Click, Flash, and Flicker: Educational Technology Used by Home Economists in the Twentieth Century"
2003 Charlotte Biltekoff "The Problem of Changing Food Habits: National Well Being, Nutritional Health, and Food Reform, 1937-1946"
2004 Gabriella Petrick "Putting Home Economics to Work: Using Home Economics Research to Tell the Story of the American Diet"
2006 Mary Anne Beecher "To Make Space Most Useful: The Impact of Home Economics Education and Outreach on Domestic Storage Improvements (1900-1950)"
2007 Karen Dunn-Haley "The College of Wheels and Post-World War II Extreme Home Makeovers"
2008 Gwen Kay "Taking the Home out of Economics: From Home Economics to Human Ecology"
2009 Anna Flaming "The Homemaker and the Home Economist: Definitions and Identities in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century"
2010 Rachel Moran "Weighing: Physique as Pedagogy and Propaganda, 1920-1950"
2011 Amrys Williams "Cultivating the Country's Best Crop: Developing Youth Through 4-H in the Early 20th Century"
2012 Anna Schatz "Fixing Family Problems Around the World: Home Economics at the Cornell School for Missionaries"
2013 Allison Horrocks "To Encircle the World: Flemmie Kittrell and the International Politics of Home Economics"
2014 Barbara Penner "Ergonomics in the Postwar Home: Collaborations between Cornell's College of Home Economics and the Center for Housing and Environmental Studies"
2015 Anna Myjak-Pycia "Another Modernism: Home Economics and the Conception of Domestic Space in the United States, 1900-1960"
2016 Jonathan C.Robins "As Good as Butter: Home Economics and the New Fats, 1890-1990"
2017 Juliana Barton "Exhibiting Domesticity: Modernism and Reform in the American Kitchen at Mid-Century"
2018 Alison Bazylinski "Being 'Better Buyers': Home Economists, Rural Women, and the Politics of Textile Knowledge"

Undergraduate Award

Year Recipient Title
2006 Corey Early '07 "Blanche Hazard: An Overlooked Pioneer"
2009 Tamar Weinstock '09 "Let Us Hang Up the Dishpan and the Broom: The Pursuit of Culture in the Farmers Wives' Reading Course and the Cornell Study Clubs"