Notice: The Autry will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 24.

Past Research Fellows

2020/2021

Visiting Scholar Fellow  

  • Maura Lucking, "American Artisan: Design and Race-Making in Industrial Education, 1866-1924," Ph.D. Candidate in Architecture Department of Architecture & Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles   

Los Angeles Corral of Westerners Fellow  

  • Antonina Griecci Woodsum, Fiesta Immemorial: Settler and Native Political Economies in Southern California PhD Candidate in History at Columbia University

2019

Visiting Scholar Fellows

  • Malcolm Elbright, Visiting Scholar Fellow, Pablo Abeita, Isleta Advocate
    Biography on Pablo Abeita
  • Theresa Kaminski; Department of History and International Studies, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Visiting Scholar Fellow
    “Queen of the West: Dale Evans, Music, Movies, Television and the Creation of Modern Celebrity”

Los Angeles Corral of Westerners Fellow

  • Alyssa Kreikemeier, Ph.D candidate in American Studies, Boston University, Los Angeles
    “Corral of Westerners Fellow, “Western Eyes, Western Skies: A Cultural and Environmental History of Air in the Modern American West”

2018

Visiting Scholar Fellows

  • Michel Lee, Ph.D. Candidate in Religious Studies University of Texas at Austin     
    “Contesting the Sabbath: A History of Weekly Sacred Times in America, 1848-1920”
  • James Snead, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology Cal State University Northridge
    “Unknown Women of the Arroyo Seco: Gender, Art, and Anthropology at El Alisal, 1890-1920”

Autry Summer Fellow

  • Christopher T. Aplin, Visiting Scholar, American Indian Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles
    “That’s the Only Time It Was Good: Apache Prisoner of War Music and Liberation on the Roads to Fort Sill”

Los Angeles Corral of Westerners Fellow

  • Patrick Burtt, Masters Student, Washoe Tribe of Nevada, UCLA American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program (AIS IDP)
    “The Waší∙šiw World Under Fire: State Sanctioned Genocide & the Washoe Tribe of NV & CA in the California Gold Rush- Nevada Silver Rush, 1848-1868”

VIVA Foundation Fellow

  • Andrew Fisher, Margaret Hamilton Associate Professor of History, Director, Environmental Science and Policy Program, College of William & Mary
    “Strongheart: The Absolutely (Almost) True Story of an Indian Showman”

2017

Visiting Scholar Fellows

  • Robyn Fishman, Professor of History and Ethnic Studies, Glendale Community College
    “Go West Young Lady, and Grow Up With the Country: Women, the West, and Professional Opportunity”
  • Dr. Kristine K. Ronan, Independent Scholar
    “Indian Pop: A Primer”

Los Angeles Corral of Westerners Fellow

  • Hadley Jensen, PhD Candidate, Anthropology and Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center
    “Shaped by the Camera: Navajo Weavers and the Photography of Making in the American Southwest, 1880–1945”

2015

Visiting Scholar Fellows

  • Emanuele Piccardo, architect, photographer, filmmaker, and curator and founder of the non-profit publisher Archphoto
    “Living the Frontier: the Construction of Vision”
  • Melissa Poll, PhD Candidate, Drama & Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London
    “Beyond Beads and Buckskin: Indigeneity and Globalization on the Contemporary Stage”

Autry Summer Fellow

  • Kristina Borrman, PhD student, Art History, UCLA
    “Utopia at Topolobampo: Communitarian Ideals Situated at the Nexus of International Trade”

Los Angeles Corral of Westerners Fellow

  • Dr. Michael Brescia, Associate Director, Head of Public Programs, and Associate Curator of Ethnohistory, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona; Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Arizona
    “Water Rights and Ranching in Hispanic California and Arizona”

VIVA Foundation Fellow

  • Dr. Alison Goodrum, Research Professor, Department of Apparel, Manchester Metropolitan University
    “Buckskin and Ballgowns: Dressing for the Dude Ranch in Interwar America”

2014

Visiting Scholar Fellows

  • Mabel Rosenheck, PhD candidate, Screen Cultures, Northwestern University
    “Where the Reel West Meets the Real West: Popular Media and the Historiography of the West at the Autry National Center”
  • Catherine Newell, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies and English Composition, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida
    “The Significance of the Frontier in American Space History: Manifest Destiny, the American West, and the Final Frontier”

Archaeological Collections Research Fellow

  • Monica Corpuz, MA Student, Anthropology, California State University, Northridge
    “Unearthing the Mysteries of the Frank Palmer Archaeology Collection”

Los Angeles Corral of Westerners Fellow

  • Kiara Maria Vigil, Assistant Professor, American Studies, Amherst College
    “Natives in Transit: Indian Entertainment, Urban Life, and Activism”

VIVA Foundation Fellow

  • Elizabeth Oliphant, PhD Candidate, English Department, University of Pittsburgh
    “Charles Lummis, Seeing America First”

2013

Visiting Scholar Fellows

  • Klint Ericson, Ph.D. candidate, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
    “Sumptuous and Beautiful, As They Were: Architectural Mission, Form, Everyday Life, and Cultural Encounter in a Seventeenth-Century New Mexico”
  • Rebecca Scofield, Ph.D. candidate in American Studies, Harvard University.
    “Riding Bareback: Gender, Sexuality, and the Performance of Danger in American Rodeo”
  • Dr. Natale Zappia, Assist. Professor of History, Whittier College.
    “Food Frontiers: How Native Consumers and Pathways Forged the Early American West”
    Funds provided by the Viva Foundation

Los Angeles Corral of Westerners Fellow

  • Dr. Gabriel Gutierrez, Director for the Study of Peoples of the Americas and Professor, Chicano/a Studies, Cal State University Northridge.
    “California Indians on Rancho Azusa: Labor, Consumption, and Historical Agency”

2012

Visiting Scholar Fellows

  • Daniel Polk, PhD candidate, Princeton University, Department of Anthropology
    “Conquering Nature: Irrigation Development in the Borderlands, 1892-1910”
  • Sonya Abrego, PhD. Candidate, The Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History
    "Westernwear and the Postwar American Lifestyle 1945 -1975"
  • Amy Tofte, playwright,
    "WhiteDevil-LovingMother" (full length play)

Autry Summer Fellow

  • Lawrence W. Mojado II, Masters student, UCLA, American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program
    "Cupeno Historical Memory: Self, Place, and Story"

Los Angeles Westerners Fellow

  • Dr. Karen Jones, Senior Lecturer in US and Environmental History, University of Kent, Canterbury
    “Horsepower and Heroism on the Equine Frontier: Warhorse and the Winning of the West, 1860-1890”

Jonathan Heritage Foundation Fellow

  • Sarah McCormick Seekatz, PhD Candidate, UC Riverside
    "Blind Date–The creation of an Arabian Fantasy in the Deserts of Southern California"

2011

Visiting Scholar Fellowships

  • Brett Myhren, PhD Candidate, English, University of Southern California
    “The Place Without a Past: Literature, History, and Culture in California, 1510–1846”
  • Martha Ann Francisca Vallejo-McGettigan, Independent Scholar and Vallejo Family Member
    “Francisca Vallejo-McGettigan and the Suysun Tribe”
  • David Walker, PhD Candidate, Department of Religious, Yale University
    “Contested Geographies: Religion and Land in the American West, 1863–1905”

Autry Summer Fellowship

  • Jean-Paul R. deGuzman, Doctoral Candidate, American History, UCLA
    “‘Makin’ New Friends Where the West Begins’: Constructing Histories and Images of the San Fernando Valley”

Los Angeles Westerners Fellowship

  • Emily McEwen, PhD Candidate, Public History, University of California, Riverside
    “Dramatize What You Do: Historical Pageantry, Transnational Trade, and the Mission Inn’s Role in Reimagining a Region’s Identity”

Jonathan Heritage Foundation Fellowships

  • Heather Shannon, PhD student, Art History, Rutgers
    “Primitive Camera: Adam Clark Vroman and the American Southwest, 1895–1904”
  • Adam Arenson, Assistant Professor, History, University of Texas, El Paso
    “Privately Sponsored Public History: Howard Ahmanson, the Millard Sheets Studio, and the Art and Architecture of the Home Savings Banks”

2010

Visiting Scholar Fellowship

  • Laura Isabel Serna, PhD, Assistant Professor of History Department, Florida State University
    “The Photo-Play Made Mexican”
  • Jason Ruiz, PhD, Assistant Professor of American Studies, University of Notre Dame
    “Americans in the Treasure House: Travel to Mexico in the American Imagination, 1876-1920”
  • Kirby Pringle, PhD candidate, Loyola University, Chicago
    “Developing the West: Country Music and Western Film in the San Fernando Valley”

Autry Summer Fellowship

  • Matthew Luckett, PhD candidate, History Department, UCLA
    “Trails of Violence, Memories of Yesterday: John Bratt, Vigilantism and the Imagining of the Wild West”
  • Michael Richardson, PhD candidate, History Department, UCLA
    “Bound in Battle: Richard, Pratt, American Indians, and the US Army on the Southern Plains, 1867-1875”
  • Nicole Goude, PhD candidate, World Arts and Cultures, UCLA
    “Native American Photography: Personal Memories, Public Records”

Los Angeles Westerners Fellowship

  • Sarah Keyes, PhD candidate, University of Southern California
    “Circling Back: Migration to the Pacific and the Reconfiguration of American, 1820-1900”

Jonathan Heritage Foundation Fellowship

  • Jennifer Vanore, PhD candidate, University of Chicago
    “The Call to Care: Religion and the Making of the Modern Healthcare Industry, 1930-1980”

2009

Visiting Scholar Fellowship

  • Lawrence Culver, Associate Professor, Department of History,
    Utah State University
    “Manifest Disaster: Climate, Catastrophe and the Making of America”
  • Robert Oppenheim, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin
    “Stewart Culin, Frank H. Cushing, and the Asian Frontier of Early American Anthropology”
  • Sir Christopher Frayling, Cultural historian, author and independent scholar
    “Entering our House Justified – the American Western Film Since John Ford”

Autry Summer Fellowship

  • Laura Redford, PhD candidate, American History, UCLA
    “Separate Spaces: Residential Segregation in Los Angeles 1890s-1920”

Los Angeles Westerners Fellowship

  • Dr. John Koegel, Associate Professor of Music, CSU Fullerton
    “Mexican-American Music in the Lummis Cylinder Collection”

Jonathan Heritage Foundation Fellowship

  • John Macias, PhD candidate in History, Claremont Graduate University
    “Mission Memories: Romance and Historical Interpretation in San Gabriel, 1900-1930”

2008

Autry Summer Fellowship

  • Erika Perez, Fellow, American Cultures, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
    “Religious practices of sponsorship for Catholic sacraments in early California”

Visiting Scholar Fellowship

  • Vera Parham, Assistant Professor, History, University of Hawaii, Hilo
    “Fishing in the West: Taming an Economy”
  • Catherine Cocks, PhD, Independent Scholar
    “Tropical Whiteness: Tourism, Culture, and the Modern Self, 1880-1940”
    “The Pleasures of Degeneration: Climate, Race, and the Origins of the Global Tourist South in the Americas,” Discourse (June 2009): 215-235.
  • Mary Zundo, PhD candidate, Art History, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
    “Mapping Destiny: Cartography and 19th Century American Art of the Frontier”

Westerners Fellowship

  • Albert Fu, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Kutztown University, Pennsylvania
    “Landscapes of Spanish-Colonial Revival: Popular Culture and Urban Development in Southern California”

2007

Autry Summer Fellowship

  • Paul Schwinn, PhD candidate, History Department, UCLA
    Representations of race and gender in the popular culture of the U.S. West.

Visiting Scholar Fellowship

  • Anna Bánhegyi, PhD candidate, History, Southern Methodist University
    “Where Marx Meets Osceola: Ideology and Mythology in the Eastern Bloc Western”
  • James Kessenides, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, University of South Florida
    “Natural Possessions: Landscape Visions of Los Angeles, 1876-1911”
  • Dr. Martin Padget, PhD, Department of English, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
    “Travel Writing and the American Southwest, 1540 – present day”
  • Michelle Kleehammer, doctoral candidate, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    “Chasing the Climate Cure in the American West: Geographies of Health and Nation in Late Nineteenth- and early Twentieth-Century American Culture”

Los Angeles Westerners Fellowship

  • Laura Barraclough, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Kalamazoo College
    “Rural Urbanism: Land Use Visions and Policies in Suburban Los Angeles.”

2006

Autry Summer Fellowship

  • Joshua Paddison, PhD, ACLS Post-Doctoral Fellow,Indiana University
    "American Heathens: Religion, Race, and Reconstruction in California"

Visiting Scholar Fellowship

  • Jason Pierce, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas
    "Making the White Man's West: Whiteness and the Promotion, Development, and Settlement of the American West"
  • Stacy Camp, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Justice Studies, University of Idaho
    "Consuming Citizenship: Early 20th Century Anglo American Consumer Reform Movements in Mexican American Los Angeles,"

Los Angeles Westerners Fellowship

  • Thomas G. Andrews, PhD, Professor of History, University of Colorado, Boulder
    "Ludlow: The Nature of Industrial Struggle in the Colorado Coalfields"

2005

Autry Summer Fellowship

  • Karen Wilson, PhD, Occidental College-Autry Fellow and Autry Guest Curator
    "Mrs. H. Newmark's European Travel Diaries"

Visiting Scholar Fellowship

  • Elizabeth Kalbfleisch, PhD, Art History, Concordia University, Montreal
    "Gladys Knight Harris: Home Economics, Ethnography and the Politics of Sentiment in Women's Friendship"
  • Elizabeth Lykken, School of Design and Fashion, Stephens College
    "Western Fringe in Context: Parsing Out the Dimensions of an American Icon"

2004

Autry Summer Fellowship

  • Citlali Sosa-Riddel, PhD candidate, UCLA
    "Empire, Local Engagement, and Gender"

Visiting Scholar Fellowship

  • Adrianne Santina, PhD, University of North Texas, Art History
    "Visible Icons, Invisible People: Tipis in American Popular and Visual Culture,"
  • Ruth Ellen Gruber
    "Sauerkraut Cowboys"

2003

Autry Summer Fellowship

  • Marne Campbell, PhD, Lecturer, African American Studies, UCLA
    "Race and Revival: A Social History of African American Migration and the Construction of Race in Los Angeles from 1870 through 1920"
  • Geneva Gano, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, American Studies and Latino Studies Programs, Indiana University
    "At the Frontier of Precision and Persuasion: John C. Frémont's 1842, 1843-44 Report and Map"
  • Cynthia Culver Prescott, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota
    "Gender and Generation on the Pacific Slope Frontier, 1845-1900"

Visiting Scholar Fellowship

  • Susan Sessions Rugh, PhD, Professor of History at Brigham Young University
    Children's Television Westerns and the Family Vacation

2002

Autry Summer Fellowship

  • Nicolas G. Rosenthal, PhD, Assistant Professor of History,
    Loyola Marymount University
    "Exploring the Hollywood Frontier: American Indian Actors in Early Motion Pictures"

Visiting Scholar Fellowship

  • Debra Buchholtz, Ph.D
    "Re-presenting Custer: Cultural Politics on the Little Bighorn"

2001

Autry Summer Fellowship

  • Lawrence Culver, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of History, Utah State University 
    "Exploring the Frontiers of Leisure: Tourism in the American West"

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo.
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DINING
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The cafe is temporarily closed until further notice.