Amrys Williams is the recipient of the 2011 Dean’s Fellowship in the History of Home Economics from the Cornell College of Human Ecology. This fellowship includes a $6,000 stipend to support a six-week summer residency 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.
Williams is pursuing a dissertation entitled “Cultivating Modern America: 4-H Clubs and Rural Development in the Twentieth Century” that explores these ideas in the context of the youth agricultural and domestic science clubs known as 4-H. Her advisor is Prof. Gregg Mitman.
Update: On November 14, 2011, Amrys presented a talk on the results of her Cornell research viewable at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU4bIUaLZsc.