The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation awards the Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies

Feb 21, 2006

(Austin) The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation announces that Brendan J. Doherty, currently a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Centennial Center Visiting Scholar at the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C., has been awarded the Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies. Doherty will receive a $5,000 fellowship and will begin his archival research in spring 2006. His project title is: An Electoral Connection? The Geography of Presidential Attention.

I am particularly honored to receive a fellowship named after Harry Middleton, both because of his contributions to the Johnson administration and because of his leadership at the LBJ Library, which has helped generations of scholars and citizens to better understand the American presidency, says Doherty.

Doherty's interest in studying the presidency was sparked in 1980, when he was a six-year-old boy living in New Hampshire. I was fascinated that presidential candidates came to visit our little town to campaign in the primary on one particularly busy day, Ronald Reagan spoke at the high school, and Jerry Brown spoke at the church down the street, explains Doherty.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Doherty was Class President from 1993-1996 and received a cum laude degree in geography. While in college, Doherty studied in Mexico, and that experience inspired him to join the Peace Corps, where he was a Municipal Development Volunteer in Honduras from 1999-2000.

This is the second honor associated with a presidential library Doherty has received. In 2005, he was awarded the O'Donnell Research Grant from the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

The Harry Middleton Fellowship was created to support scholarly work in presidential studies and to recognize Harry Middleton's contributions to the presidential library system. Middleton was a speechwriter for President Johnson and was the Director of the LBJ Library and Museum for thirty years. In addition, he assisted President Johnson in preparing his memoirs and has published several of his own books.

While Middleton Fellows are able to study at any presidential library in the National Archives system, they will develop a portion of their work from original research done at the LBJ Library.

Grant applications for the 2006 Fall term must be received by March 15; applications for the 2007 Spring term must be received by September 15, 2006.