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Graduate News and Awards 2022-2023


Current Graduate Students


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

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