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Jeffrey Lamson Awarded SHAFR Dissertation Fellowship

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Fourth year PhD Student, Jeffrey Lamson was recently awarded a dissertation fellowship from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).

In the Spring of 2024, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) awarded the Gelfand Rappaport-LaFeber Dissertation Fellowship which supports his overall dissertation work.  This dissertation fellowship is named after Lawrence Gelfand, Armin Rappaport, and Walter LaFeber, some of which served as President of SHAFR and contributed to the overall field.

Jeff Lamson was recently awarded the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)  Gelfand Rappaport-LaFeber Dissertation Fellowship. The award will support research for Jeffrey’s dissertation,“Engines of Authority: Patrol Cars and Police Modernization in the United States and the World, 1930-1980.”

Last summer, Jeffrey presented at the 2023 SHAFR conference on the panel, “Corporate-State Entanglements: Exploring the Role of Private Actors in Policing and Empire.” His presentation, “ Corporate-State Entanglements: Exploring the Role of Private Actors in Policing and Empire,” looked at the complicity and cooperation of Ford Argentina (a subsidiary of Ford Motor Co.) in detaining and torturing a group of Ford Workers in the 1970s as part of Argentina’s “dirty war.”

1953. Courtesy of Lt. Michael Logghe, the Ann Arbor Police Department and the City of Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor Police Department and the City of Ann Arbor. Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike

The award offsets expenses related to archival visits like those he has taken to the National Archives on several occasions to explore documents related to the material aid the United States provided to police in Latin America. Jeffrey is both surprised and honored to receive this fellowship award, after having an energizing and intellectually stimulating experience attending and presenting at SHAFR. To read more, visit the SHAFR announcement Here .

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