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Graduate News and Awards 2022-2023


Current Graduate Students


Maria Katsulos received funding from the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) for archival research in the UK this summer. Maria will visit archives in London and Edinburgh to continue my research on transmasculine experiences in the 17th century. Maria was also invited to participate on a panel, "Monarchy, the Public and Gender in Stuart England,” that has been accepted to the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS)! At the panel, Maria will present her paper "Queer Masculinities and Gender Performance in Jacobean Portraiture.” 

Charlotte Rosen won the Graduate Student Paper Prize from the Law and Society Association for her paper, "Harris v. Philadelphia and the Dilemma of Mass Imprisonment in Law and Order Philadelphia, 1986-2000." 

Anqi Pan has won a Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) dissertation fellowship for 2023-2024. 

Mian Chen received the Florence Tan Moeson Research Fellowship from the Library of Congress and presented a paper at the 2023 AHA conference, “Farewell to Revolution: Radical Leftist Cultures and the Colonial Government’s Responses in Hong Kong (1949-1952).” 

Lois Hao will serve as postdoctoral fellow in History at Agnes Scott College in 2023-2024. 

Aisha Valiulla won the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award from Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

Heather Menefee was selected a Presidential Fellow by TGS — this is the third Presidential Fellowship in a row for the HIstory Department! 

Madelyn Lugli has been selected as the Henry A. Kissinger Visiting Scholar Predoctoral Fellowship with International Security Studies (ISS) at the Jackson School of Global Affairs at Yale University for 2023-2024. 

Ming-hsi Chu has been awarded a Buffett Institute's Global Impacts Graduate Fellowship for 2023-2024, has been admitted to the Max Planck Institute's Chinese Legal Tradition Workshop, and has been accepted to the 17th Annual Conference of the European China Law Studies Association (ECLS) to present from a dissertation chapter, "From Tax Farming to Fiscal Miracles: The CCP's Legal Strategies for Tax Collection in China, 1931-1952.” 

Elizabeth Barahona was awarded a MMUF Dissertation Grant from the Mellon Foundation to fund her dissertation writing in 2023-2024.

Hope McCaffrey has been selected as the Mellon Predoctoral Fellow at the New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History.

John Sullivan has won a one-month fellowship from UCLA's Clark Memorial Library to work with the manuscripts of the eighteenth-century French geologist Fleuriau de Bellevue. 

Conrad Hirano co-authored a book chapter "Air Pollution Lawsuit and Community Development for Environmental Regeneration: The Case of Mizushima District in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture" to be included in Environmental Pollution and Community Rebuilding in Modern Japan (Springer, forthcoming in 2023). With his co-authors, Conrad did a presentation on the chapter topic at the Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies 27th Annual Conference (October 1, 2022). Also, Conrad will present his research on 1930s Dalian's anti-air pollution campaign at the Seventh Conference of East Asian Environmental History to be held from June 28 to July 2 this year in Daejeon, South Korea.


Xi Ming Li received a Social Science Research Council Graduate Research Fellowship from the Singapore SSRC.

Lauren Cole has been very busy! Lauren published a book chapter, "Reorienting Disorientation: Hildegard von Bingen’s Depiction of the Female Body as Erotic, Fertile, and Holy," in Medieval Mobilities: Gendered Bodies, Spaces, and Movements (2023); Lauren also successfully bid to host the Vagantes Conference at Northwestern in March 2024, the largest medieval studies graduate conference in the world. Finally, Lauren received a research grant from the Medieval Society of America and had a paper accepted at the upcoming British Academy & Leverhulme Trust workshop on pre-modern medical recipes.

Elsa de la Rosa has published an article entitled "La comunidad china en el noroeste de México y los líderes posrevolucionarios sonorenses,” in issue no. 98 of Boletín, the journal of the Fideicomiso Archivos Plutaco Elías Calles y Fernando Torreblanca (FAPECFT).

Melody Shum received an honorable mention in the Graduate Essay Prize Competition from the Vietnam Studies Group, for her essay, “Engendering the Revolution: Trần Thị Trâm and the Native Place in Nghệ An (1860-1930).” 

Holly Dayton received the Dorothy W. Collin Fellowship in the History of the Book to support her dissertation research. Holly and her research and featured in a short video, here. 

Madelyn Lugli recently published a piece, "Small Nations, Big Feelings" was published in Public Books, which you can find here: In addition, Madlelyn’s essay was selected by Arts & Letters Daily as a featured piece!

Fall 2022

Melody Shum won a year-long dissertation fellowship from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. 

Holly Dayton won a National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Society Scholarship to support her dissertation research. Holly also received Honorable Mention for the Midwest Victorian Studies Association's 2022 Walter L. Arnstein Prize for Dissertation Research in Victorian Studies.

Savoy Curry was selected for the Leo Baeck Fellowship Program. The fellowship supports a year of research in Germany. 

Aoi Saito won a SPAN (Sexualities Project at Northwestern) Graduate Student Fellowship for Academic Year 2022-23. Aoi also received funding from the Tokai Foundation for Gender Studies to do fieldwork in Japan this year. 

Norman Joshua received an Emerging Scholars Award from the Guggenheim Foundation to support his dissertation writing. 

Eunike Sediatarma won a travel grant from American Indonesian Cultural and Educational Foundation (AICEF) for her dissertation research.

Marquis Taylor was a curator for the exhibit “Freedom for Everyone: Slavery and Abolition in 19th Century America,” at Deering Library at Northwestern. 

Hazal Ozdemir won a Armenian Studies Scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation for the academic year. 

Esther Ginestet received a yearlong grant from the Martine Aublet Foundation to support her dissertation research.

Bright Gyamfi has accepted a tenure-track job at the University of California, San Diego. Bright has also published "The Africa-Diaspora Orbit: Anani Dzidzienyo’s Contributions to African/Black Studies and Black Liberation” in African Studies Review (October 2022).

Erica Gilbert Levin published a review, "Erasing Race from the Urban Terrain: The “Colorblind” Path to Place-Based Inequality,” which assess several recent books, in the April 2022 edition of the Journal of Urban History