News and Awards

YEAR-END 2015-16

The History Department congratulates our 2016 departmental prize winners:

Michael P. Martoccio, Harold Perkin Prize for Best Dissertation, for "Trust Thy Neighbor: International Cooperation and the Renaissance State."

Ana Rosado, George Romani Prize for Best First-Year Paper, for "From Slavery to Freedom, 'From Boyhood to Death': Tracing a Stable Black Community, 1850-1920."

Alexandra S. Lindgren-Gibson, T. W. Heyck Prize for Graduate Research in British or Irish History, for "Working-Class Raj: Renegotiating Class, Sexuality, and Race in Victorian India."

Kyle Burke and Wen-Qing Ngoei (co-winners), Lacey Baldwin Smith Prize for Seminar Teaching Excellence

Andrea Christmas, 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:

Andrew S. Baer, "From Law and Order to Torture: Race and Policing in De-Industrial Chicago."

Kyle B. Burke, "A Global Brotherhood of Paramilitaries: American Conservatives, Anticommunist Internationalism, and Covert Warfare in the Cold War."

Ashley C. Johnson, "Deported from Detroit: Illegal Europeans, Nativism, and the Rise of Immigration Restrictions in Interwar America."

Matthew K. Kahn, "Detente with Nature: The Politics of Energy Extraction and Environmental Protection, 1969–1980."

Charles R. Keenan, "The Lesser Evil: Papal Diplomacy and the Politics of Toleration in Early Modern Europe."

Azeta Kola, "Ottoman Albania?: A Venetian History of a Former Colony Post-1479."

Alexandra S. Lindgren-Gibson, "Working-Class Raj: Renegotiating Class, Sexuality, and Race in Victorian India."

Michael P. Martoccio, "Trust Thy Neighbor: International Cooperation and the Renaissance State."

Austin C. Parks, "Picturing War in the Postwar Era: Japanese Photographic Coverage of the Vietnam War, 1963–1975."

Jason S. Ralph, "Universities and Their Stakeholders in Late Medieval Germany."

Keith A. Rathbone, "A Nation in Play: Physical Culture, the State, and Society during France's Dark Years, 1932–1948."

Ian T. Saxine, "Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, and Land Speculators on the Maine Frontier, 1713–1763."

Peter D. Thilly, "Treacherous Waters: Drug Smuggling in Coastal Fujian, 1832–1946."

Melissa E. Vise, "The Threat of the Tongue: Illicit Speech in Late Medieval Italy, 1250–1450."

Rita De Cassia Wilkenfeld, "Voices in Discord: Popular Constructions of Race, Nation and Citizenship in Bahia, Brazil, 1850–1899."

SPRING 2016

Current Grads

Alvita Akiboh has received the Bordin/Gillette Fellowship from the Bentley Library at the University of Michigan to do research in their American-Philippine Collections.

Andy Baer has accepted an offer for a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of American History (African American and Urban specialization) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Andrea Christmas has won the Marandon Fellowship from the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d'Amérique to support her research in France next year.

Keith Clark has received a Fulbright to support his research in China next year.

Emily Curtis Walters is one of four inaugural Franke Graduate Fellows at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. This fellowship will support her work in the 2016-17 academic year. She also recently published an article in the Journal of British Studies entitled "Between Entertainment and Elegy: The Unexpected Success of R. C. Sherriff's 'Journey's End' (1928)."

Marcos Leitão de Almeida has won an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council to support his research in Belgium, Angola, and Congo next year.

Yuri Doolan has won a Korea Foundation Grant to support his dissertation writing in the 2016-7 academic year.

William FitzSimons has won an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council to support his research in Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya in 2016-17.

Beth Healey has received the Crown Fellowship for 2016-17, awarded by the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies at Northwestern.

Amanda Kleintop has won the AHA's Littleton-Griswold Research Grant for U.S. legal history, the Governor Thomas Gordon McLeod and First Lady Elizabeth Alford McLeod Research Fellowship to University of South Carolina's special collections library, the Texas State Historical Association's Lawrence T. Jones III research grant for research on Texas in the Civil War Era, the Briscoe Center for American History's Smith Travel Award, and the Archie K. Davis Fellowship from the North Caroliniana Society for research in North Carolina.

Nate Mathews has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship at SUNY-Binghamton in the Department of Africana Studies.

Jesse Nasta has been awarded an Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the Western Hemisphere by the American Historical Association.

Laura Noboa has received a Fulbright Research Fellowship to support her dissertation research in Italy next year.

Vanda Rajcan has received a Fulbright Research Fellowship to support her dissertation research in Slovakia next year.

Joy Sales has has received a Fulbright Research Fellowship that will take her to the Philippines in 2016-17. She has also been awarded an SEASSI Scholarship by the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to support her study of Tagalog this summer.

Blake Smith has been awarded a fellowship by the French Interdisciplinary Group at Northwestern to spend a year at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris in 2016-17.

Rachel Wallner has received a Huayu Enrichment Scholarship from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to support a summer of intensive Chinese language study at National Taiwan University.

Alum News

Kyle Burke (Ph.D. 2015), currently a postdoctoral fellow at NYU, has accepted an offer as a post-doctoral fellow at Temple University's Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD) for 2016-17.

Charles Keenan (Ph.D. 2015), currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College, has accepted a position as Assistant Director of the Core Curriculum at Boston College.

WINTER 2016

Current Grads

Alvita Akiboh has been awarded a Graduate Student Fellowship from the Smithsonian Insititute.

Kevin Baker has received the Adelle and Erwin Tomash Fellowship in the History of Information Technology from the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Ruby Daily has won a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council and the John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University.

Yuri Doolan has won the AKS Research Paper Contest for Korean Studies, for the best paper written by a graduate student in any field of Korean Studies. The contest is sponsored by the Graduate School of Korean Studies at the Academy of Korean Studies in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Yuri's paper was entitled "The Korean Children of American GIs and the Origins of Intercountry Adoption."

Gavin Fort has received the Schallek Award, granted by the Medieval Academy of America, and Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, granted by the American Historical Association.

Sam Kling has been awarded a Bordin/Gillette Fellowship for research at the Bentley Library at the University of Michigan.

Alum News

Richard Lutjens (Ph.D. 2012), currently a visiting assistant professor at Texas Tech University, has accepted a promotion to assistant professor (tenure-track) at Texas Tech, effective September 2016.

Wen-Qing Ngoei (Ph.D. 2015) has been awarded the Henry Chauncey '57 Postdoctoral fellowship in the Brady-Johnson Grand Strategy Program under the auspices of Yale's International Security Studies program.

FALL 2015

Current Grads

Emily Curtis Walters has been awarded a Dissertation Year Travel Grant from the North American Conference on British Studies.

Julia Miglets has accepted a full-time position at the Thoma Art Foundation in Chicago as their Communications and Grants Manager.

Yanqiu Zheng has been awarded a Young Scholarship Award from the China Times Cultural Foundation in support of his dissertation writing. He also won the Percy Buchanan Graduate Prize for the best paper written by a graduate student on China and Inner Asia from the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs.