Department of History News
Dr. Audra Jennings receives NSF Award
- Author: Monday, February 17th, 2020
Our colleague, Audra Jennings, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Science, Technology, and Society Scholars Award for her latest project, “Insecurity: Disability, the Great Depression, and the New Deal State.”
Dr. Jennings’ research examines how thinking about citizens' bodies, abled or disabled, shaped New Dealers' efforts to relieve the suffering wrought by the Great Depression and effect long-term economic security. The New Deal propelled momentous state growth and transformed Americans' expectations of the federal government. The project seeks to uncover how perceptions of ability, inability, and disability guided that growth.
The grant will fund a year of research leave and travel to the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. In addition to working on a book manuscript, Audra will develop teaching materials on disability during the Great Depression and New Deal. The content will be made available to a wide audience through a collaboration with the Harvey Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching at The Ohio State University and the center’s two affiliated websites, the History Teaching Institute and eHistory.