Faculty Award and Prizes

Research Awards, 2015-16

Prof. Sarah Maza has received Northwestern University's Dorothy Ann and Clarence L. Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellowship Award. She is the first historian to be honored with this prize.

Prof. Helen Tilley has been awarded a Buffett "Big Ideas" grant for her co-led project on Global Medical Cultures and Law, to run 2016-19. She has also been given a concurrent position as a Buffett faculty fellow.

Prof. Ji-Yeon Yuh has received a grant from Humanities Without Walls Global Midwest to work with colleagues at U Wisconsin-Madison on a project to collect oral histories from Asian-Americans in the Midwest.

Prof. Joel Mokyr has won the 2015 International Balzan Prize for his groundbreaking work on the economic history of Europe and roots of technological change.

Research Fellowships, 2015-16

Prof. Jonathan Glassman has been awarded a fellowship for 2016-17 from the Alice B. Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Prof. Dyan Elliott, has been awarded an ACLS Fellowship for 2016-17 for her project: "Sexual Scandal and the Medieval Clergy"

Prof. Paul Ramírez has won two prestigious residential awards for his new project "Salt of God: A Religious History of Mexico." He will be spending the Fall at Notre Dame's Institute for Advance Study, and the Spring at the Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies.

Prof. Keith Woodhouse has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Huntington Library for 2016-17.

Prof. Lina Britto has been awarded a fellowship for 2016-17 from Harvard University's Academy for International and Area Studies.

Prof. Forrest Hylton has been a fellowship for 2016-17 at the Charles Warren Center for American Studies at Harvard University.

Prof. Ipek Yosmaoglu has won a Lise Meitner Fellowship which will enable her to spend 2016-17 on academic leave at the University of Graz in Austria.

Publication Prizes, 2015-16

Daniel Immerwahr won two prizes for his new book, Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development (Harvard University Press, 2015). The book won the Merle Curti Prize from the Organization of American Historians for the best book in intellectual history. It also won the best book prize from the Society for U.S. Intellectual History.

Prof. David Shyovitz has won the 2016 Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize of the Medieval Academy of America, granted to the author of the best first article in medieval studies. The winning article is "Christian and Jews in the Twelfth-Century Werewolf Renaissance," Journal of the History of Ideas 75 (2014):521-43.

Teaching

In 2015 Deborah Cohen was awarded a Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, the highest teaching honor bestowed on Northwestern faculty. She was also the recipient of a Clarence ver Steeg Faculty Award by Northwestern for her work with graduate students as an advisor and mentor.

In 2015 Henri Lauzière was one of three college-wide winners of the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Prize. It was given in recognition of his brilliant and comprehensive courses in the history of the modern Middle East.

Research Grants

Michael Allen will be a faculty fellow with the Alice B. Kaplan Institute for the Humanities in 2015-16. While there he will be working on his new book project entitled "Tug of War: Confronting the Imperial Presidency, 1966-1992."

Kevin Boyle won two prestigious grants for research and writing in 2015 and 2016. The first was the Andrew Carnegie fellowship in this, the inaugural year of a new fellowship from the Carnegie Foundation devoted to the study of social sciences and humanities. Boyle was also the recipient of a newly created Public Scholar fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The two fellowships will allow him to work on his project on early 20th-century anarchism in the U.S.

Peter Carroll will be in residence in 2015-16 as a fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, where he working on his forthcoming book, This Time of Suicide: Modernity, Society, and Self in China, 1900-1957.

Daniel Immerwahr was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for 2015-16 at the Huntington Library in San Marino California where he will be working on his new book project, How to Hide an Empire.

Kate Masur was awarded the Wayne V. Jones Research Professor in History for 2015-19. She was also awarded—along with her co-PI Gregory Downs—a research grant from the National Parks Service to study how to best commemorate the era of Reconstruction in American history.

Amy Stanley won a fellowship for 2015-16 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her project, “Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her Worlds, 1821-1862.”

Helen Tilley was awarded a prestigious Scholar’s Award Grant from the National Science Foundation for 2015-16, which will allow her to continue her research into indigenous knowledge and medical practice in Africa during decolonization.

Book Prizes

Deborah Cohen has (again!) won the two top book prizes in modern British history. This time she won for her book Family Secrets: Living with Shame from the Victorians to the Present Day(Oxford University Press, 2013). It won the 2014 Stansky Book Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies and the 2014 Morris D. Forkosch Prize from the American Historical Association.

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, the Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies, has received the Jewish Book Council’s 2014 National Jewish Book Award in History for his recent release, The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe, a book the New York Times Book Review called “[a] moving feat of cultural reclamation and even, in its way, an act of quiet heroism.” It is now out in paperback.

Three Honored By ASG

The Associated Student Government has named Henry Binford and Deborah Cohen to the 2013-14 ASG Faculty and Administrator Honor Roll.

Tilley Wins Book Award

Helen Tilley has won the 2014 Ludwik Fleck Prize of the Society for the Social Studies of Science for her book, Africa as a Living Laboratory: Empire, Development, and the Problem of Scientific Knowledge (University of Chicago Press).

Sowerby Book Wins Prize

Scott Sowerby's book, Making Toleration: The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution (Harvard University Press), was awarded the Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize for the best first book on British history.

Sowerby Wins Teaching Award

Scott Sowerby has won a Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award for 2013-14.

Glassman Receives Fellowship

Jonathon Glassman has been selected as a National Humanities Center Fellow for 2014-15. Read more

Muir Elected To Academy

Edward Muir has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Cadava Wins Book Award

Geraldo Cadava has won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians for his book, Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland(Harvard University Press). Read more

Macauley Awarded Fellowship

Melissa Macauley has been named a 2014-15 Fellow for the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Shyovitz Wins Fellowship

David Shyovitz has won a Yad Hanadiv/Beracha Foundation Fellowship in Jewish Studies for work in Israel in 2014-15.

Biondi Wins Book Prize

Martha Biondi has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Wesley-Logan Prize for her bookBlack Revolution on Campus (University of California Press, 2012). The Wesley-Logan Prize, awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA), honors the most distinguished book in African diaspora history.

Immerwahr Wins Advising Award

Daniel Immerwahr has received a Weinberg College Award for Outstanding Freshman Advising for 2012-13.

Owen Wins Teaching Award

Alex Owen has received the E. LeRoy Hall Award for Teaching Excellence for 2012-2013 from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

Frommer Awarded For Teaching Excellence

Ben Frommer has been named a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence for 2013-16. Read more

Tilley Awarded Fellowship

Helen Tilley has been named a 2013-14 Fellow for the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Maza Elected To Academy

Sarah Maza has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Undergraduate Wins Research Grant

Andrew Jarrell, '13, has been awarded an Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grant for his project entitled "Reconstruction Politics: South Carolina Sea Islands." (Advisor: Kate Masur)

Undergraduate's Prize-winning Essay To Be Published

The essay by Logan Koepke, '13, that won the History Department's Josef Barton Prize for the best paper in a 395 research seminar during 2011-12 has been accepted for publication by theYale Historical Review.

Penningroth Awarded MacArthur Fellowship

Dylan Penningroth has been named a MacArthur Fellow for 2012. Read more

Five Honored By ASG

The Associated Student Government has named Peter Hayes, Henri Lauzière, Dylan Penningroth, Jeff Rice, and Abigail Trollinger to the 2011-12 ASG Faculty and Administrator Honor Roll.

Frommer Awarded Fellowship

Ben Frommer has been named a Senior Fellow of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities in 2012-13.

Stanley Wins Teaching Award

Amy Stanley has won the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award for 2011-12.

Pearson Book Wins Award

Susan J. Pearson's book, The Rights of the Defenseless: Protecting Animals and Children in Gilded Age America, has won the 2012 Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians for the best book published in American intellectual and history.

Glassman Book Wins Prize

Jonathan Glassman's book, War of Words, War of Stones: Racial Thought and Violence in Colonial Zanzibar, has won the 2011 Martin A. Klein Prize in African History from the American Historical Association for the most distinguished work of scholarship on African history published in English during that year.

Two Faculty Members Win NEH Fellowships

Melissa Macauley and Susan J. Pearson have each won National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2012-13, Macauley for her project titled "Chaozhou Sojourners: Violence, Migration, and Power in the South China Seas, 1844-1927," and Pearson for "A History of Birth Registration in America." Congratulations!

Graduate Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Sarah Smierciak, a 2011 WCAS graduate with a major in History, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Read more

Masur Article Wins Prize

Kate Masur has won the John T. Hubbell Prize for the best article published in Civil War Historyduring 2010. Read more

Alder Wins Teaching Award

Ken Alder has received the E. LeRoy Hall Award for Teaching Excellence for 2010-2011 from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

Penningroth Awarded For Teaching Excellence

Dylan Penningroth has been awarded a Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence for 2011 by the Office of the Provost. Read more

Graduate Wins Fulbright Scholarship

William Kalema, a 2010 WCAS graduate with a major in History, has been awarded a UK Fulbright to study at Cambridge University.