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Dec. 12, 2005
Contact: Mary Jane Dunlap, University Relations, (785) 864-8853.

KU doctoral history student wins national Gilder Lehrman Fellowship

LAWRENCE -- Maddalena Marinari, a University of Kansas doctoral candidate in 20th century U.S. and European history from Montella, Italy, has received a prestigious research fellowship from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City supporting her study of migrations of Italians and East European Jews from 1924 to 1965.

Marinari is among 21 doctoral candidates nationwide to receive a Gilder Lehrman Fellowship for research in one of the five archives in New York where the Gilder Lehrman Institute supports research. She also recently received a William T. Belt Dissertation Research Scholarship from KU's Graduate School to help fund her work.

Her dissertation is titled "Liberty, Restriction, and the Remaking of Italians and Eastern European Jews (1924-1965)." Marinari's interest in the topic grew from her undergraduate study of an Italian community in Norristown, Pa., while she was a student at the Instituto Universitario Orientale in Naples, Italy. Many Norristown residents had emigrated from Marinari's hometown of Montella.

As a result of her undergraduate study, Marinari became interested in migration issues. After attending the 2004 Social Science Research Council Summer Institute on International Migration at the University of California at Los Angeles, she decided to focus her graduate research on Italian-Americans and restriction policies for migration.

Jeffrey Moran, chair of KU's history department and dissertation adviser for Marinari, said, "Maddalena's work promises to be pathbreaking in her ambitious use of a wide range of sources in several languages and in her determination to draw connections between the two very different migrations of Italians and Jews during the period of American immigration restriction."

In addition to conducting research at the New York Public Library, Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Marinari is also using resources in the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis; the Center for Migration Studies in New York City; the National Archives in Washington, D.C.; and the Archivio di Stato in Rome, Italy.

Earlier awards supporting Marinari's research include a Marcus Rader Center Fellowship; a Cultural and Heritage Award for Graduate Research from the National Italian American Foundation; a Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship from KU; and an Arthur and Judith McClure Memorial Award for Graduate Research at KU. She was selected as a predoctoral fellow at the 2005 10th Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University.

She plans to complete her dissertation and graduate in 2007. Marinari has a bachelor's in English literature and language and French literature and language from the Instituto Universitario Orientale. She is the daughter of Raffaela Dell'Angelo and Fulvio Marinari in Montella, Italy.

To support outstanding scholarship, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History awards short-term fellowships in several categories: Research Fellowships for post-doctoral scholars at every faculty rank, Dissertation Fellowships for doctoral candidates who have completed exams and begun dissertation reading and writing and Research Fellowships for journalists and independent scholars. For more information, visit


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