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Winter 2020

Congratulations to our latest PhD recipient, Michael Brownrigg, whose dissertation is titled “‘The Morphine Man’: The Emotional Politics of the Early War against Drugs, 1870s-1920s.”

Current Grads

Marcos Leitão de Almeida has been offered a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mahindra Center at Harvard University for 2020-21.

Anisha Bhat has received a Fulbright IIE award for her dissertation research.

Gideon Cohn-Postar has been offered a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy.

Felipe Cole has been offered the Sharswood Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. This is a two-year residential fellowship that paves the way for the legal academic market.

Ruby Daily has had her article, “‘Dear Dr K’: Mobility, Sex and Selfhood in Alfred Kinsey's British World Correspondence, 1948-1958,” accepted for publication in Twentieth-Century British History where it is forthcoming.

Matthew Foreman won a Rockefeller Archive Center Research Award to visit the Rockefeller Archives.

Gabrielle Guillerm has received a McNeil Center Dissertation Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Bright Gyamfi has received an SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship to support his work on the networks of transnational radical thought inspired by Kwame Nkrumah.

Sean Parulian Harvey has accepted the Bill and Rita Clements Fellowship at SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. This fellowship will allow Sean time to revise his dissertation and work alongside three other scholars writing books on topics related to the U.S. Southwest, U.S.-Mexico borderlands,  Spanish borderlands, or Texas.

Jayson Porter was interviewed by The Guardian to provide expert contextual information for this article on the representation of Afro-Mexicans in Mexico's ongoing new census. He was also the spotlighted student in the April 2020 issue of TGS's Office of Diversity and Inclusion's newsletter, The Inclusive Voice.

Charlotte Rosen will be a Franke Graduate Fellow at Northwestern’s Kaplan Humanities Institute for 2020-21.

Melody Shum has had her panel, Zones of Conflict and Co-existence: Redefining Governance Strategies and Transnational Connections in Asian Borderlands, accepted by the Academic Committee of the Asian Borderlands Research Network for the international conference Borderland Futures: Technologies, Zones, Co-existences. The conference will be held from 25-27 June 2020 at Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea. Melody has also been selected to attend the Graduate Student Workshop at the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities Annual Meeting held at Quinnipiac Law School on March 6, 2020. The workshop is designed for graduate students who are undertaking research that cuts across law, cultural studies, literature, philosophy, legal studies, anthropology, political science, and history, among others. The workshop is designed to afford graduate students the opportunity to experience the LCH community in a smaller venue with more sustained contact with one another and some faculty. The workshop also provides graduate students with an opportunity to discuss their research projects in a small group setting in anticipation of such things as job talks and publication.

Alana Toulin’s article, “‘Old Methods Not Up to New Ways’: The Strategic Use of Advertising in the Fight for Pure Food after 1906,” which was published by the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in October 2019, is the recipient of the SHGAPE Best Article Prize for 2020. The prize will be given at the annual luncheon of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era at the OAH in April.

Guangshuo Yang is a finalist for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

Alum News

Raevin Jimenez (Ph.D. 2017) has accepted the offer of an assistant professorship in the Department of History at the University of Michigan, where she has been in the Society of Fellows.

Teng Li (Ph.D. 2019) has accepted a position as the Post-Doctoral Global Fellow at the NYU University School of Law for 2020-21.

Emilie Takayama (Ph.D. 2018) has been offered a second postdoctoral fellowship year at the Harvard Business School.

Fall 2019

Current Grads

Michelle Bezark received an American Society for Legal History Fellowship to support her dissertation research and writing.

Dexter Fergie published “The Strange Career of ‘National Security’” in the 29 Sep 2019 issue of The Atlantic.

Summer 2019

Congratulations to our Summer Quarter PhD recipients, listed here with the titles of their dissertations:

Kevin Baker, “World Processor: Computer Modeling, The Limits to Growth, and the Birth of Sustainable Development.”

Jessica Biddlestone, “Empire of Ruins: France in Roman Africa, 1830-1900.”

Teng Li, “Judiciary at the Crossroad: Property Laws and Courts in Post-World War II Taiwan and Manchuria, 1945–1953.”

Current Grads

Gil Engelstein has a magazine article forthcoming with the Israeli newspaper, Ha'aretz, about one of the historical actors he’s writing about for his dissertation. He has also had an abstract accepted for a special issue of Contemporary British History.

Dexter Fergie published “Geopolitics Turned Inwards: The Princeton Military Studies Group and the National Security Imagination” in Diplomatic History.

Jayson Porter was featured on a podcast in September on his research and the use of social media as a graduate student. Jayson also had his 570 paper picked up by University Pittsburgh Press to become a chapter in an edited volume on engineering in modern Mexico that will be forthcoming shortly.

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