Thanks to generous funding from the Dowd Foundation, the Capitalism Studies program is able to offer several grant opportunities for faculty and students at UNC Charlotte.  If you have questions about these opportunities, please contact Dr. Mark Wilson at

Faculty Research Grant ($7,500).  The program has been making an annual award of one grant, to support a UNC Charlotte faculty research project focused on capitalism. The first awardee, named in 2020, was Sociology professor Dr. Yang Cao, for his project entitled "Market Transition and Cultural Change in 21st Century China: An Empirical Examination through the Lens of Work Values."  The second awardee, in 2021, was Dr. Sonya Ramsey, of the History department, for her project, on African American women industrial workers in the Carolinas, 1960s-2000s. The third awardee, in 2022, is Dr. Matthew Rowney, an English professor, who is working on a project about industrial tourism in nineteenth-century Britain.

Course Development Grants ($2,000).  The program has been making an annual award of up to two grants, to support the development of new courses, which will enrich students' understanding of capitalism, past, present, and future.  In 2020, the awardees were Dr. Justin Grandinetti, Department of Communication Studies, for his proposed course, "Examining Digital and Technological Capitalism," and the two-person team of Dr. Jason Giersch and Dr. Zach Mohr, from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, for their course, "Personal Finance and Political Economy."  In 2021, the course development grant went to Dr. Christopher Cameron, of the Department of History, focar a new course on "The Market Revolution." The latest grants, in 2022, went to Dr. Jill Yavorsky, in the Department of Sociology, and Dr. Dan Du, in the Department of History. Dr. Yavorsky is designing a course on class inequality and economic elites. Dr. Du is creating a course on the history of capitalism in China, over the last 750 years.

Student Research Grant ($6,500).  This summer research grant opportunity is open to all undergraduate students of any major or minor; Capitalism Studies minors are especially encouraged to apply.  A $750 stipend is available for a faculty advisor to the student using the grant. The first recipients of this grant, for research to be conducted in summer 2022, were Ana Urrutia, a Latin American Studies major, and Andrew Arthur, a history major. Ms. Urrutia's research is concerned with transformation of the Chilean health care industry in the 1970s and 1980s; Mr. Arthur is studying Bank of England monetary policy and currency reform in the Irish Free State, in the early twentieth century. The program expects to make at least one new student award in spring 2023.