Event: Fellowship Lecture Series: Shay O'Brien

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Friday, Jul. 19, 2019. 2:00pm to 3:00pm


Digital Libraries

About this Event

Please join us when 2018 Fellow Shay O’Brien discusses her project, Cotton Rich, Rotten Rich: New Money in Dallas High Society, 1925-1942.

Using social registers supplemented by the Portal to Texas History and other archival sources, Ms. O’Brien is building a comprehensive longitudinal dataset of members of Dallas high society from 1896-1956. She is compiling information on each person’s basic biographical data, family relationships, close friendships, home addresses, and organizational memberships, such as churches and synagogues, workplaces, schools, and social clubs. When the dataset is complete, Ms. O’Brien will use it as the basis of numerous studies, including the one detailed in this talk.

Shay O’Brien is a second-year Sociology student at Princeton studying elites and conservatives in the United States. Her areas of interest include economic sociology, elite sociology, race & ethnicity, and religion. Before beginning graduate school, Shay worked on a large-scale randomized control trial at the social policy research firm MDRC. She graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Anthropology, where she was a research assistant in the Anthropology department and won the prizes for Best Honors Thesis and Highest Achievement in Linguistic Anthropology.

The Portal to Texas History Research Fellowships recognize and support outstanding scholarship or creative work which incorporates unique digital collections. Fellows are invited to present a brief overview of their work with the Portal through an informal lecture on their research or an exhibit of their creative output.