News and Awards

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.

Keith Clark has won a grant from the Center of 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.

Joy Sales won a $3,000 SSRC-Mellon Predoctoral Research Development Grant, which will support her dissertation research on transnational Filipino activism.

Blake Smith recently published an article, "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

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.”

SUMMER 2016

Current Grads

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