The James P. Danky Fellowship  

2014 Danky Fellow: Ashley Farmer

Ashley Farmer is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute of Gender Research at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. in African American Studies from Harvard University in 2013. She is a historian of African American women’s intellectual history, and is preparing her manuscript, What You’ve Got is a Revolution: Black Women’s Movements for Black Power, for publication.

What You’ve Got is a Revolution is a study of African American women’s political and intellectual contributions to the black power movement. Through close examinations of the political speeches, pamphlets, and drawings of women in organizations like the Black Panther Party and the Congress of African People, she argues that African American women developed gender-specific political identity models that connected their gendered interests to black power ideology. Her book shows that print culture was a primary medium through which women radicals debated, contested, and transformed the meaning of black womanhood during the movement. Ultimately, she argues female black power radicals’ theorizing pushed the black power movement to promote gender equality to greater extent that has been previously appreciated.

The Danky Fellowship will help Ashley use a vast array of resources at the Wisconsin Historical Society related to black power and black radicalism. These include the papers of black power organizations including SoulBook, The Black Panther, and the The Inner City Voice. She will also make use of the Society’s extensive collections on Freedom Summer and the Congress of Racial Equality to support her work on the role of women in developing black power ideology and practice. These diverse holdings are indispensible to the project and will help make her manuscript a critical study of black power, print culture, and radicalism in America.

Past Danky Fellows

About the Fellowship

In honor of James P. Danky's long service to print culture scholarship, the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Historical Society, is offering an annual short-term research fellowship.

The Danky Fellowship provides $1000 in funds for one individual planning a trip to carry out research using the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society (please see details of the collections at Grant money may be used for travel to the WHS, costs of copying pertinent archival resources, and living expenses while pursuing research here. If in residence during the semester, the recipient will be expected to give a presentation as part of the colloquium series of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture.

Preference will be given to:

  • proposals undertaking research in print culture history
  • research likely to lead to publication 
  • researchers early in their career
  • researchers from outside Madison

We strongly encourage applicants to speak with Lee Grady, Reference Archivist at the WHS ( or 608-264-6459) before applying for a grant. Lee may be able to identify potential collections of which you may not otherwise be aware.

There is no application form.  Applicants must submit:

1)  A cover sheet with name, telephone, permanent address and e-mail, current employer/affiliation, title of project, and proposed dates of residency.

2)  A letter of two single-spaced pages maximum describing the project and its relation to specifically cited collections at the society and to  previous work on the same theme, and describing the projected outcome of the work, including publication plans. If residents of the Madison area are applying, they must explain their financial need for the stipend.

3)  Curriculum vitae.

4) Two confidential letters of reference. Graduate students must include their thesis advisor.

Applications are due on May 1. We are currently accepting applications.

Please email applications to: 

Anna Palmer
Coordinator, Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture


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