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Graduate News and Awards 2012-2013

YEAR-END 2012-13

The History Department congratulates our 2013 departmental prize winners:

Andrew Warne, Harold Perkin Prize for Best Dissertation, for "Making a Judeo-Christian America: The Christian Right, Antisemitism, and the Politics of Religious Pluralism in the 20th Century United States"

Michael Falcone (co-winner), George Romani Prize for Best First-Year Paper, for "'For Everyman, Everywhere': Technology, Democracy, and Culture in the American Jet Age"

Emily Curtis Walters (co-winner), George Romani Prize for Best First-Year Paper, for "Selling the 'Peace International,' The London Commercial Theater, Cultural Diplomacy, and Hamlet, 1930"

Brian Druchniak and Emma Goldsmith (co-winners), T. W. Heyck Prize for Graduate Research in British or Irish History

Keith Rathbone, Lacey Baldwin Smith Prize for Seminar Teaching Excellence

Laila Ballout and Matthew June, Lacey Baldwin Smith Prize for Excellence as a Teaching Assistant

We salute of all our of recent Ph.D. graduates, listed here with the titles of their dissertations:

Stefanie Bator, "Toward Filipino Self-Rule: American Reform Organizations and American Colonialism in the Philippines, 1898-1946."

Molly MacKean Davis, "Greenbelt America: A New Deal Vision for Suburban Public Housing."

Celeste McNamara, "The Tragedy of Tridentine Reform in Late Seventeenth-Century Padua."

Howard Pashman, "Making Revolution Work: Law and Politics in New York, 1776-1783."

Meghann Pytka, "Policing Binary—Patrolling the Nation: Race and Gender in Polish Integral Nationalism, from Partitions to Parliament (1883-1926)."

Andrew Warne, "Making a Judeo-Christian America: The Christian Right, Antisemitism, and the Politics of Religious Pluralism in the 20th century United States."


Current Grads

Rebecca Marchiel has received a Weinberg College Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for 2012-13.

D'Weston Haywood (Ph.D. 2013) is joining the Department of History and Geography at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as a tenure-track assistant professor.

Celeste McNamara (Ph.D. 2013) has accepted a position as visiting assistant professor of History at the College of William and Mary.

Juri Bottura won a four-month research fellowship from the Réseau Français d’Etudes Brésiliennes.

Jamie Holeman has been accepted to Northwestern's Paris Program in Critical Theory.

Azeta Kola received a Gladys Delmas Krieble Foundation Grant for research in the Venetian State Archives.

Michael Martoccio won a pre-doctoral fellowship at Ohio State's Center for Historical Research.

Julia Miglets received a Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship from the Medieval Studies Program at NU.

Keith Rathbone was selected for a year-long fellowship at Sciences Po in Paris through NU's exchange program.

Johnna Sturgeon received a Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship from the Medieval Studies Program at NU.

James Zarsadiaz was awarded an Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellowship at the University of San Francisco.

Howard Pashman (Ph.D. 2013), the History Department's first joint JD/Ph.D. student, has won a Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellowship at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law.

Terri Keeley (Ph.D. 2013) has accepted a position at Georgetown University as Visiting Assistant Professor of U.S. International History/History of U.S. Foreign Relations with the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the History Department.

Payson Croy has won a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research in the Czech Republic next year.

Student publications

Zack Jacobson, "Parable on Ice: Hockey, Capitalism and American Decadence at the Lake Placid Olympics," was just published in the UCLA Historical Journal, 24 (2013), 61-75.

Charlie Keenan published an essay, "The Next Pope: What Happens Now?" on HNN last winter.

Charlie’s article, “Polish Religious Toleration and Its Opponents: The Catholic Church and the Warsaw Confederation of 1573,” will be published in Arts, Humanism and Philosophical Thought: Essays on the Polish Renaissance, forthcoming from Firenze University Press.

Nate Matthews, “Imagining Arab Communities: Colonialism, Islamic Reform and Arab Identity in Mombasa, Kenya, 1897-1933,” will soon be published in the journal Islamic Africa.

Stephanie Nadalo (Ph.D. 2013), “Populating a ‘Nest of Pirates, Murtherers, Etc.’: Tuscan Immigration Policy and Ragion di Stato in the Free Port of Livorno,” will be published in Religious Diaspora in Early Modern Europe: Strategies of Exile, Pickering and Chatto, 2014.

Stephanie also published “Negotiating Slavery in a Tolerant Frontier: Livorno’s Turkish Bagno (1547-1747),” in Mediaevalia, 32 (2011), 275-324.

Howard Pashman (Ph.D. 2013), "The People's Property Law: A Step Toward Building a New Legal Order in Revolutionary New York," will be published in Law and History Review this August.

Keith Rathbone, "Dressing the Colonial Body: The Senegalese Rifleman in Uniform and the Changing Discourse of the French Colonial Mission," was published in African Dress: Fashion, Agency, Performance, Bloomsbury, 2013.

Incoming students

Marcos Abreu, who will study precolonial African history, has won an M.A. thesis prize from the Palmares Foundation, an organ of the Brazilian government that promotes the study of Afro-Brazilian culture.

Timothy Noddings, who will study U.S. religion and will be a Gender/Sexuality Studies cluster fellow, has won a three-year doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Alum news

Pamela Khanakwa (PhD 2011) has been named an ACLS African Humanities Fellow for 2013-2014. The competition draws applicants from all over Africa, and the fellowship is an enormous honor for Pamela, who is currently a Research Affiliate at the Makerere Institute of Social Research in Kampala, Uganda.

The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee Project, edited by Amanda Seligman (PhD 1999), just won a $250,000 grant from the NEH. Amanda is associate professor of History and Urban Studies at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. When completed, the encyclopedia will be published online by UW-M and in print by Northern Illinois University Press. You'll find the project's Facebook page here.


Ashley Johnson has won a Clark Travel-to-Collections Research Grant from The Henry Ford Research Center and the Mark C. Stevens Fellowship from the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan.

Donald Johnson has won a 9-month dissertation fellowship at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies in Philadelphia.

Jesse Nasta has been selected as a participant in the 2013 J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jason Johnson (Ph.D. 2011) is joining the history faculty at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, as a tenure-track assistant professor.

Sam Kling has published an article, "Wide Boulevards, Narrow Visions: Burnham’s Street System and the Chicago Plan Commission, 1909–1930," in the Journal of Planning History.

Anne Koenig (Ph.D. 2013) has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of South Florida.

Teri Chettiar (Ph.D. 2013) has accepted a two-year Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence.

James Coltrain (Ph.D. 2011) has accepted a position at University of Nebraska as assistant professor of History and a faculty fellow in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.

FALL 2012

Wen-Qing Ngoei has won the W. Stull Holt Dissertation Fellowship from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). This fellowship will help fund Wen-Qing's research on U.S-Southeast Asia relations after World War II.

James Zarsadiaz, a fifth-year graduate student, has published an article in The Atlantic Cities, a web-based offshoot of The Atlantic magazine that focuses on urbanism and globalization. You can read it here.

Andrew Warne (Ph.D. 2012) has accepted a position as Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Research at Loyola University's Center for Experiential Learning.

Crystal Sanders (Ph.D. 2011), currently an assistant professor of History at Penn State University, has won two major dissertation prizes: the C. Vann Woodward Prize, given for best dissertation in southern U.S. history by the Southern Historical Association and the Claude Eggersten Prize, given by the History of Education Society for the best dissertation in that field.


Sam Kling has won the Richard Scharchburg Award for the best graduate student paper submitted to the Society of Automotive Historians. Sam's winning paper was titled, "Boulevards and Broken Dreams: Burnham's Plan, The Automobile, and Changing Ideas of Chicago's Streets, 1909-1929."

Darcy Hughes Heuring (Ph.D. 2011) has been appointed the Earl S. Johnson Instructor in the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. This is a full-time one-year position, renewable for two further years, and Darcy will be teaching Master's level courses and advising students on their MA thesis projects.

Marlous van Waijenburg has had a paper, "Structural Impediments to African Growth? New Evidence from Real Wages in British Africa," accepted by The Journal of Economic History. The paper is co-authored with Ewout Frankema, Utrecht University, and will probably appear in December 2012.

Alex Gourse has published an article, "Such Power Spells Tyranny: Business Opposition to Administrative Governance and the Transformation of Fair Employment Policy in Illinois, 1945-1964," in The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination (Penn Press, 2012).

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