Lillian Wilson Szlaga

Lillian Wilson Szlaga

Doctoral Candidate
American Historical Association Career Diversity Fellow

Lillian Wilson Szlaga

Lillian Wilson Szlaga is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Wayne State University, and an American Historical Association Career Diversity Fellow. Her dissertation examines the network of women administrators, philanthropists, and artists who helped found the Freer Gallery of Art during the first half of the twentieth century. She has taught history and art history courses at Wayne State, the College for Creative Studies, Oakland Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, and Henry Ford College; her professional experience includes work for the Smithsonian Institution, the Phillips Collection, the Detroit Historical Museum, and participation in two National Endowment for the Humanities teaching workshops.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • ¬†Modern U.S. History; Gender, Sexuality and Women; World History


"The Women Who Founded the Freer: Women Administrators, Philanthropists, and Artists, 1880-1930"


  • M.A., American University, 2009
  • B.A., Syracuse University, 2005

Awards and grants

  • American Historical Association Career Diversity Fellowship, 2018-2020
    Thomas H. Bonner Award, 2017
    Alfred H. Kelly Memorial Research Award, 2016
    Joe L. Norris Endowed Award for Graduate Research Paper in American History, 2016
    Rumble Fellowship, Wayne State University, History Department, 2014-2015
    Jeffrey L. Reider & Charles F. Otis Endowed Scholarship, 2014
    Richard D. Miles Endowed Award, 2014
    Smithsonian Institution Cash Award for Outstanding Service, 2009

Courses taught

HIS 2605/GSW 2600 History of Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Modern World

HIS 1700/ ASN 1700 History of Pre-Modern East Asia