Scholarship and Research

The McNeil Center Consortium

In the fall of 2017, Iona College and the ITPS joined the consortium of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. Based at the University of Pennsylvania, the McNeil Center is an interdisciplinary community that studies the histories and cultures of North America before 1850. It supports a wide range of scholarly endeavors, from seminars and conferences to fellowships, published works, and public history initiatives.

The McNeil Center Undergraduate Research Workshop (URW)

The McNeil Center URW extends the benefits of the McNeil Center to undergraduate students enrolled at consortium institutions by holding a workshop for advanced (junior or senior) undergraduates writing an honors thesis or research paper in early American studies. Each Spring semester, a select group of students are accepted to become a part of the McNeil Center’s intellectual community. Participating in the URW includes: touring Philadelphia’s archives, attending the prestigious Friday Seminars, presenting one’s research at a conference at the University of Pennsylvania, and support along the way by peers, graduate student mentors, and faculty from the participants’ colleges. “ Application information for the annual URW is available beginning in November of that academic year, with an application deadline of December.  If you have any questions, please contact Iona’s faculty advisor and McNeil Center research associate Dr. Slonimsky at For the 2020—2021 academic year, please contact Dr. Crowder at to apply