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Graduate News and Awards 2016-2017

YEAR-END 2016-2017

The History Department congratulates our 2017 departmental prize winners:

Gavin Fort, Harold Perkin Prize for Best Dissertation, for "The Vicarious Middle Ages: Penitents and Their Proxies in Medieval Europe."

Anisha Bhat (co-winner), George Romani Prize for Best First-Year Paper, for "Slavery, Gender, and the Politics of 'Love' in the Making of an Afro-Deccani Social Identity, c. 1500-1700."

Mitch Edwards (co-winner), George Romani Prize for Best First-Year Paper, for "A Troubling Presence: 'Sudanese Refugees' in Late Colonial and Early Colonial Uganda, 1955-1967."

Ruby Ray Daily, T. W. Heyck Prize for Graduate Research in British or Irish History, for "Anglo-World' Sex and Sex Culture: Transnational Modes of Fantasy, Community, Sexual Identity, and Sexology in the Twentieth Century."

Alvita Akiboh, 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:

Payson Croy, "Left Behind: The German National Minority in the Czech Lands, 1946-2004."

Takaaki Daitoku, "'Same Bed, Different Dreams': The G-5 and Emerging Interdependent World, 1971-76."

Gavin Fort, "The Vicarious Middle Ages: Penitents and Their Proxies in Medieval Europe."

Nathaniel Mathews, "The Zinjibari Diaspora, 1698-2014: Citizenship, Migration, and Revolution in Zanzibar, Oman, and the Postwar Indian Ocean."

Joel Penning, "The Crown of the City: Fortification and Identity in Early Modern Italy."

Blake Smith, "Myths of Stasis: South Asia, Global Commerce and Economic Orientalism in Late Eighteenth-Century France."

Nicholas Smith, "The Making of a Colonial Regime of Sovereignty in the Southern Red Sea: Three Entrepreneurs of Maritime Violence and their Networks, c. 1880-1930."

Karin Steinbrueck, "Aftershocks: Nicolae Ceausescu and the Romanian Regime’s Responses to the 1977 Earthquake."

Johnna Sturgeon, "Cares at the Curia: Andreas of Escobar and Ecclesiastical Controversies of the Fifteenth-Century Councils."

Yanqiu Zheng, "Reorienting Orientalism: The Making of Chinese Cultural Diplomacy in the United States, 1926-1974."


Current Grads

Kevin Baker accepted a Dissertation Fellowship from the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Philadelphia for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Michelle Bezark won a two-year Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being.

Ruby Daily won a dissertation fellowship from the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS).

Alexa De Leon won a Nippon Foundation Fellowship to study Japanese language in Japan next year.

Myisha Eatmon won an AHA Littleton-Griswold Research Grant in American legal history.

Gabrielle Guillerm has received a Cushwa Center of the University of Notre Dame Research Travel Grant.

Amanda Kleintop won a one-year American Bar Foundation/Northwestern University dissertation fellowship.

Youjia Li received the China and Inner Asia Council research fellowship from the Association of Asian Studies, which will support her research this summer. She also received a seven-month research fellowship from the Japan Foundation.

Katya Maslakowski was awarded a pre-dissertation grant from the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS).

Laura McCoy received a research grant from the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, which provides ten weeks of research support at various New England cultural institutions.

Joy Sales won a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Travel and Research Grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Aram Sarkisian received an NEH-funded dissertation completion fellowship from the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University.

Leigh Soares received a one-year National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation dissertation fellowship.

Guangshuo Yang and Gideon Cohn-Postar were accepted into the NU-SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development program. Guangshuo will also be attending this year’s Cologne University Interdisciplinary Summer Institute.

Yanqiu Zheng has accepted a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Northern Arizona University.

Alum News

Taka Daitoku (Ph.D. 2016) was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship with the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows Program in MIT’s Security Studies Program.

Melissa Vise (Ph.D. 2016) has received the Olivia Remie Constable Award from the Medieval Academy for research travel. She also received the Solmsen Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW-Madison.


Current Grads

Gavin Fort’s article, “Penitents and Their Proxies: Penance for Others in Early Medieval Europe,” won the American Society of Church History’s Sidney Mead Prize, given to the best unpublished essay by a doctoral candidate or recent graduate. His article will soon be published in the society’s journal, Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture.

Sean Harvey won the Huggins-Quarles award from the Organization of American Historians. Sean also won the American Society for Environmental History's inaugural Equity Graduate Student Fellowship to support his research on U.S./Mexican relations concerning labor and the environment in the 1980s. Finally, last spring he also won a Moody Travel Grant from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library.

Amanda Kleintop won The Graduate School’s 2017 graduate student award for service.

Marcos Leitão De Almeida won a Northwestern University Presidential Fellowship, the highest honor the university bestows on its graduate students.

Laura McCoy won a research fellowship from the Virginia Historical Society.

Joel Penning was awarded a fellowship from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for research at the Archivio di Stato in Venice.

Blake Smith has accepted a Max Weber Fellowship at the European University in Florence.

Marlous van Waijenburg's 2012 co-authored article, “Structural Impediments to African Growth? New Evidence from Real Wages in British Africa, 1880–1965,” is the most cited paper published in the Journal of Economic History in the past 5 years.

Alum News

Ashley Johnson Bavery (Ph.D. 2015) accepted a position as assistant professor of United States History at Eastern Michigan University.

Alex Lindgren-Gibson (Ph.D. 2016) was hired as assistant professor of History at the University of Mississippi.

Keith Rathbone (Ph.D. 2015) accepted a position as Lecturer (equivalent of an Assistant Professor) in the Department of Modern History, Politics, and International Relations, at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

FALL 2016

Current Grads

Alvita Akiboh was awarded a $5,000 research travel grant from the Buffett Institute. She’ll use it to offset the costs of her travel this winter to U.S. overseas territories in the Pacific and the Caribbean. She has also been awarded the Stuart L. Bernath Dissertation Research Grant from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations; this will help fund her dissertation research in U.S. overseas territories this winter. She also had a version of her 580 paper accepted for publication in Diplomatic History. Her article’s title is “Pocket-Sized Imperialism: U.S. Designs on Colonial Currency.”

Keith Clark has won a grant from the Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies in the Republic of China (Taiwan) to support four months of research there in 2017. He also had a version of his 570 paper accepted for publication in the Journal of American-East Asian Relations. The article’s title is “Imagined Territory: The Republic of China's 1955 Veto of Mongolian Membership in the United Nations.”

Carl Creason is the recipient of the George C. Herring Graduate Student Writing Award from the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History. His paper, which he wrote as an M.A. student at University of Louisville, is titled, “'The Whole World Seemed to be Getting Out of Joint’: The Roman Catholic Response to the Election of 1860, the Secession Movement and the Start of the Civil War in the Border South.” The article will soon be published in U.S. Catholic Historian in a special issue on “the Reformation in America.”

Laura McCoy has won a short-term residential fellowship at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, which will support her research on families and capitalism in the early American republic.

Moritz Nagel won the graduate student paper prize from the African Studies Association. His winning paper was titled, “Precolonial Segmentation Revisited: Initiation Societies, Talking Drums and the Ngondo Festival in the Cameroons.”

Joy Sales won an SSRC-Mellon Predoctoral Research Development Grant, which will support her dissertation research on transnational Filipino activism.

Blake Smith recently published “Myths of South Asian Stasis: Trade with India in Late Eighteenth-century French Thought” in the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient. Also, his article, “Colonial Emulation: Sinophobia, Ethnic Stereotypes and Imperial Anxieties in Late-Eighteenth Century Economic Thought,” has been accepted by the journal, History of European Ideas.

Yanqiu Zheng has published “(Un)Signifying Ethnicity in Republican China: The Elusive Ethnic Other in State-Sponsored Ethnographic Photos from the 1930s and 1940s” in Trans-Asia Photography Review, an online scholarly journal.

Alum News

Don Johnson (Ph.D. 2015) won the 2016 Book Manuscript Prize given by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. His dissertation was titled “Occupied America: Everyday Experience and the Failure of Imperial Authority in Revolutionary Cities under British Rule, 1775-1783.” His book is now under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press.

Peter Thilly (Ph.D. 2016) has an forthcoming article in the journal Late Imperial China. Its title is “Opium and the Origins of Treason in Modern China: The View from Fujian.”

James Zarsadiaz, a 2014 graduate of the program, won the Arnold Hirsch Award for best article (2015) in the Journal of Urban History. James is an assistant professor of History at University of San Francisco. The article, which he co-authored with historian Becky Nicolaides, is titled “Design Assimilation in Suburbia: Asian Americans, Built Landscapes, and Suburban Advantage in Los Angeles' San Gabriel Valley since 1970.”


Current Grads

Johnna Sturgeon (ABD) has won a summer research grant from the American Catholic Historical Association.

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