2019-2020 Fellowship Recipients
Dove is a Master's student at George Washington University studying Political Management and Global Politics. Originally from Havre de Grace, MD, she currently resides in Washington, DC, where she works for Congressman Paul Cook, CA-08. She has been interested in foreign affairs for many years, focusing on international studies during her undergraduate education and travelling abroad to study culture, language, and history. She has also previously worked in state level government, in a non profit, and in the private sector. She likes to read, especially anything by Charles Dickens, and loves to write. She is currently working on her second book. Winston Churchill is one of her political heroes, and she is thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to study his massive influence on diplomacy.
Frank Fazio is a second-year MA student in history at George Washington University, with a concentration in imperial and colonial studies. His chief area of study is the 20th century British Empire. Frank graduated from Villanova University in 2018, cum laude, with a BA in history. He is based in Arlington, VA, and enjoys following New York sports in his spare time.
Mayer is a graduate student studying Diplomacy and Military Studies at Hawai’i Pacific University in downtown Honolulu. In Fall 2017, he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in the same field and completed his capstone research project on Winston Churchill’s leadership during the Second World War. Titled A Churchillian Crusade: Bounded by Predestination and Freewill, this paper examined Churchill’s worldview and why he failed to broadcast his “We Shall Fight” speech on the evening of June 4th, 1940. Upon starting his master’s program, he continued to research Churchill and investigated different eras of his life to establish a well-balanced understanding of him and his leadership. This included a historiography of the Dardanelles Disaster, his role in the destabilization of Iraq, and the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. With this fellowship grant, he intends to conduct research for his master’s thesis regarding Churchill’s historical inspirations including his father, Napoleon, Admiral Nelson, Georges Clemenceau, Marcus Tullius Cicero, and the Duke of Marlborough. He wants to further investigate how these men inspired Churchill’s leadership upon becoming Prime Minister in May 1940. Most importantly, he intends to take these Churchillian principles and investigate how they apply to the world’s most pressing crises in the 21st century. He firmly believes it is critical to study the leadership of Winston Churchill and that the lessons learned are timeless for future leaders.
Oliver studied History at the University of Sheffield, where his undergraduate dissertation was on the contemporary reputation of Paul von Hindenburg. After a period of working in Higher Education policy and for charities, he returned to studying History with an MA at the University of Exeter, where his research is primarily on Churchill's years as Leader of the Opposition from 1945-1951. The research he particularly wants to develop is on Churchill's role in retirement, his continued impact on domestic and global politics, and the network of international connections he maintained in the last ten years of his life, from 1955-1965. Oliver is based in the UK and looks forward to developing transatlantic links with US scholars also working on what Churchill would have grandly called 'The History of English Speaking Peoples'.