BETHANY, W.Va. – Dr. Aaron M. Honsowetz, Assistant Professor of Economics, in collaboration with Dr. Michael Weaver from the University of Chicago, was awarded a Collaborative Research Projects and Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow Grant by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago.
The grant, in the amount of $25,000, will be used to construct a GIS database of telegraph offices and railroad freight station locations in the late 19th and early 20th century, with the ultimate goal to have open scholarly research and collaboration on how the first information revolution transformed politics, society and the economy.
In order to achieve these ends, Honsowetz and Weaver plan to collect lists of rail stations and telegraph offices, create a web-based crowdsource transcription tool to digitize the lists, map the locations and provide scholars and the public access to the maps.
In order to be eligible for this grant, proposals must provide humanistic modes of inquiry central to the pursuit, as well as having a University of Chicago faculty member engaged in the principal research activities.
The Neubauer Collegium provides financial, strategic and administrative support for research projects that enable University of Chicago faculty to pursue complex questions that require collaboration and are informed by a humanistic perspective. The Neubauer Collegium encourages experimentation in the conceptualization and implementation of collaborative work.
Honsowetz joined the Bethany faculty in 2015. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, International Relations and Political Theory Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University. He completed his Doctorate in Economics at George Mason University.
Bethany College is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.