The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that it has awarded the 2012 E. M. (Peter) Bakwin Fellowship to Dr. Tina Trent, an independent scholar, living in Ruskin, Florida.  Dr. Trent received her Ph.D. in 2005 from Emory University, where she studied under Elizabeth Fox-Genovese.  As a free-lance author, she has published articles in Accuracy in Media, Real Clear Politics, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Tampa Tribune, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

2012 Bakwin Fellow Dr. Tina Trent

Dr. Trent will spend her residence at the AHI investigating the Ruskinite Community, a curious utopian experiment that emerged on 12,000 insalubrious acres of coastal West Florida in 1906.  The Ruskin community survived, unlike many other utopian experiments in non-religious cooperative living.  Dr. Trent is trying to explain why.  Her preliminary findings would seem to “challenge assumptions made by some scholars about women being released from the ‘slavery of marriage’ through social engineering in communal, socialist settlements.” While at the AHI, she intends to explore the records of the Oneida Community Collection at Syracuse University and of the Communal Societies Collection at Hamilton College in order to compare “records relating to women’s personal experiences of marriage and communal life.”

The Bakwin Fellowship awards a stipend of $1,600 for advanced research in regional archives and libraries on subjects that comport with the central concerns of the AHI as defined in its charter.  The fellowship honors E. M. Bakwin, a graduate of Hamilton College (1950) and of the University of Chicago (1961) who served as Chairman of the Board of MB Financial Bank in Chicago. Mr. Bakwin has had a long-standing interest in the history, literature, and art of Western culture.  His generosity has touched Hamilton College, the University of Chicago, Shimer College, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and many other institutions.