First Dennison Doctoral Fellowship Awarded

The 2014 spring semester was just coming to a close when Patrick O’Connor received the news: the Department of History doctoral candidate would be the first George M. and Jane I. Dennison Doctoral Fellow.
Patrick O'Connor“The Dennison Fellowship will support my work in a number of ways,” said O’Connor, whose research focuses primarily on the social, political and intellectual histories of late 19th-century America. “Immediately, it relieves me of some teaching duties. With that time I can travel to archives, attend conferences and devote myself more fully to my project.”
UM alumni, trustees of the UM Foundation and members of the community established the fellowship to honor former UM President George Dennison and his wife, Jane, for the many contributions they have made to the University. The endowment supports graduate students in the history department, where Dennison earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“Patrick’s important research agenda explores the problem of urban public health in the United States at the turn of the 20th century,” UM history professor Kyle Volk said of O’Connor’s work. “The Dennison Fellowship will transform Pat’s career as a graduate student by providing him the critical resources needed to engage in deeper — and likely more distant — research and to craft a more significant doctoral dissertation.”