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Graduate News and Awards 2013-2014

YEAR-END 2013-14

The History Department congratulates our 2014 departmental prize winners:

Anne Morgan Koenig (co-winner), Harold Perkin Prize for Best Dissertation, for "Robbed of their Minds: Madness, Medicine and Society in Southeastern Germany from 1350 to 1500"

Teri Chettiar (co-winner), Harold Perkin Prize for Best Dissertation, for "The Psychiatric Family: Citizenship, Private Life, and Emotional Health in Welfare-State Britain, 1945-1979"

Marcos Abreu Leitão de Almeida, George Romani Prize for Best First-Year Paper, for "The Language of Slavery among Kongo-Yaka Speakers: Vulnerability, Exclusion and Enslavement in the Lower Congo Region (Early Times to C.1665)"

Ryan Burns, T. W. Heyck Prize for Graduate Research in British or Irish History

Jesse Nasta, Lacey Baldwin Smith Prize for Seminar Teaching Excellence

Samuel Kling, 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:

Shannon G. Blaha, "Mutual Interest: A Study of Cultural Cross-Border Cooperation in Ireland, 1938-1968."

Teri Chettiar, "The Psychiatric Family: Citizenship, Private Life, and Emotional Health in Welfare-State Britain, 1945-1979."

D’Weston L. Haywood, "Let Us Make Man: Black Newspapers and a Gendered Vision of Racial Advancement, 1915-1960s."

Theresa M. Keeley, "Reagan's Gun-Toting Nuns: Catholicism and U.S.-Central American Relations."

Anne M. Koenig, "'Robbed of their Minds': Madness, Medicine and Society in Southeastern Germany from 1350 to 1500."

Stephanie L. Nadalo, "Constructing Pluralism in Seventeenth Century Livorno: Managing Religious Minorities in a Mediterranean Free Port (1537-1737)."

Laurence H. Robbins, "The Foundations of Education: Charity and the Educational Revolution in Tudor and Stuart England, 1560-1640."

James Zarsadiaz, "Where the Wild Things Are: "Country Living," Asian American Suburbanization, and the Politics of Space in Los Angeles' East San Gabriel Valley, 1945-2005."


Current Grads

Matthew June has received a Weinberg College Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2013-14.

Kyle Burke won a nine-month dissertation completion fellowship from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Joy Sales won a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which will help subsidize her coursework in Tagalog this summer.

Nick Smith won an SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) that will enable him to pursue research on the history of Somali pirates next year.

Marlous van Waijenburg won a dissertation fellowship from the Economic History Association. In addition, her article (co-written with Ewout Frankema), "Metropolitan Blueprints of Colonial Taxation? Lessons from Fiscal Capacity Building in British and French Africa, c. 1880-1940," was accepted for publication in the Journal of African History.

James Zarsadiaz has accepted a tenure-track job in the History Department at University of San Francisco, where he will also be affiliated with the Critical Diversity Studies Program.

Alex Lindgren-Gibson and Melissa Vise have both won Charlotte Newcombe fellowships to pursue dissertation research. Alex also won a Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship (which she declined) and a research fellowship from the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS).

Valerie Almendarez-Jiménez won a Five College Fellowship and will be at Hampshire College for the 2014 - 2015 academic year.

Kyle Burke's article, "Radio Free Enterprise: Clarence Manion and the Making of the Transnational Right in the 1960s," has been accepted for publication in Diplomatic History.

Matt Kahn was awarded Gerald R. Ford Foundation Research Travel Grant for travel to the Ford Library.

Don Johnson has won a Newport Historical Society Post-Graduate Fellowship in Historical Interpretation.

Matt June was awarded the Moody Research Grant from the LBJ Foundation, which will fund his research at the LBJ Presidential Library.

Rebecca Marchiel has accepted a position as visiting assistant professor of History at Franklin and Marshall College.

Joel Penning has been awarded at Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Italy. Joel was also accepted to the Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography at the Getty Library.

Ian Saxine's article, "The Performance of Peace: Indians, Speculators, and the Politics of Property on the Maine Frontier, 1735-1737," won the Whitehill Prize in Early American History. The essay will be published this fall in the New England Quarterly.

Andrea Seligman has accepted a two-year position as a visiting assistant professor of African History at Allegheny College.

Neal Dugre accepted a tenure-line position as assistant professor of colonial American history at the University of Houston - Clear Lake.

Abby Trollinger will join the History Department at St. Norbert College next year as a tenure-line assistant professor.

The Huntington Library awarded Don Johnson a short-term fellowship.

Teng Li won a Predissertation Summer Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation/ ACLS Program in China Studies.

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation granted Charlotte Cover a fellowship for research in Venice.

Wen-Qing Ngoei won a Diversity and International grant to travel to the conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).

Ian Saxine has accepted a one-year visiting assistant professorship at Bates College, where he will teach Early and Native American history.

Wen-Qing Ngoei won the Frank Gibney award in American-East Asian Relations for his article, "The Domino Logic of the Darkest Moment: the fall of Singapore, the Atlantic echo chamber and ‘Chinese penetration’ in U.S. Cold War policy toward Southeast Asia." The article will be published in the Journal of American-East Asian Relations.

Alum News

Ronnie Grinberg (Ph.D. 2010) has accepted a tenure-track job at the University of Oklahoma, where she will wear two hats: Assistant Professor of History in Arts and Sciences and Assistant Professor of American Jewish History in the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israeli Studies.

Dana Weiner’s (Ph.D. 2007) recent book, Race and Rights: Fighting Slavery and Prejudice in the Old Northwest, 1830-1870, was named best history in the 24th Annual Midwest Book Awards.

James Burkee (Ph.D. 2003) recently won the Biglerville Prize in American Lutheran History for his book entitled Power, Politics, and the Missouri Synod: A Conflict that Changed American Christianity (Fortress Press, 2013).

Will Cavert (Ph.D. 2011) has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of History at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Current Grads

The Graduate School has announced that Marlous van Waijenburg is one of eight winners of the Presidential Fellowship, the highest honor the university bestows on graduate students.

Andrew Baer has won the American Bar Foundation's Law and Social Science Dissertation Fellowship. The fellowship will provide Andy with two years of support while he finishes his dissertation.

Emma Goldsmith has won the Curran Fellowship, awarded by the RSVP—the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals.

Ian Saxine has won a summer research fellowship at the Library of the Society of the Cincinnati, located in Washington, D.C. The full title of his award is The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland Fellowship.

Student publications

Nathaniel Mathews has just published an article in the journal Islamic Africa; its title is "Imagining Arab Communities: Colonialism, Islamic Reform, and Arab Identity in Mombasa, Kenya, 1897-1933."

Blake Smith has published his 570 paper as "Diplomacy and its Forms of Knowledge: Anquetil-Duperron, the Balance of Power, and India in the French Global Imaginary, 1778-1803," in L'Inde des Lumières: entre l'orientalisme et les sciences sociales (XVI-XIXe s.)/Indian Enlightenment, between Orientalism and Social Sciences (16th-19th c), eds. Marie Fourcade and Ines Zupanov. Éditions de l'École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Collection Purushartha, v. 31.

Another piece by Blake, "Starch Wars: Rice, Bread, and Empire in French Enlightenment Views of India," will be published in a special issue of French Cultural Studies devoted to "Food and the French Empire."

FALL 2013

Current Grads

Emily Curtis Walters is co-winner of the Beiling Wu Prize in Writing from TGS. This prize is awarded to a doctoral student who wrote the best essay on literature or literary culture in the first year of his/her program. Emily's winning paper is, "Selling the 'Peace International,' The London Commercial Theater, Cultural Diplomacy, and Hamlet, 1930"

Marlous van Waijenberg, together with co-author Ewout Frankema, has won the Arthur Cole prize for best article in the Journal of Economic History in 2012. Their prize-winning article is titled, "Structural Impediments to African Growth? New Evidence from Real Wages in British Africa."

Wen-Qing Ngoei has had a paper accepted by the London School of Economics Cold War Research Seminar, chaired by Arne Westad and Piers Ludlow. The title of his paper is, "Darkest Moment: The Fall of Singapore in 1942, the Atlantic Echo Chamber and 'Chinese Penetration' in the Domino Logic of U.S. Policy toward Southeast Asia."

Emily Curtis Walters will present her research on the history of British theater at the meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies and at the International War Memories Conference in Rennes, France. Emily writes a blog on the website GradHacker. She recently wrote about having a sense of humor in graduate school and about "being interdisciplinary."

Ian Saxine gave a public lecture at the Maine Historical Society in July. His talk was titled, "A Land Without Peace: Indians, Colonists, Speculators, and the Struggle for Maine, 1688-1763."

Alum News

James Brennan (Ph.D. 2002), won the 2013 Bethwell A. Ogot Book Prize, awarded annually by the African Studies Association to the author of the best book on East African Studies published in the previous calendar year, for his book Taifa: Making Nation and Race in Urban Tanzania (Ohio University Press).

Gergely Baics (Ph.D. 2009), an assistant professor of History and Urban Studies at Barnard College, is one of two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellows at the New-York Historical Society this year. Baics will be completing a book manuscript based on his NU dissertation. The book's title is Feeding Gotham: Urban Provisioning in Early New York, 1780-1860.

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