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June 12, 2013

Vanessa Ogle was awarded a Kluge fellowship for 2013-2014. Kluge fellowships are funded by the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, and applications are reviewed by the NEH. Up to ten fellowships are awarded yearly.

May 24, 2013

Stephanie McCurry was elected to the Society of American Historians, one of the highest honors in the field.

April 30, 2013

Michael Katz has been elected a member of the American Philosophical Society, one of the highest intellectual honors in the United States.

April 26, 2013

Warren Breckman has been selected as a Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin for Fall 2013

April 12, 2013

Eve Troutt Powell has been appointed as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences (both effective July 1, 2013). In this role Eve will oversee the School's doctoral programs, which take place in 33 graduate groups and enroll approximately 1400 students.

April 8, 2013

Kathy Peiss won the Ira H. Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching in the School of Arts and Sciences. Her courses include modern American culture, the history of sexuality, and the history honors seminar. This is the highest honor for teaching in SAS.

April 7, 2013

Amy Offner won an inaugural course development grant from the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum, for "Thinking about Capitalism: A Social and Global History of Ideas." The selection committee singled out Offner's proposed course for its connection to this year's SSPF theme, the Global Economic Crisis.

April 5, 2013

Peter Holquist has been named a 2013 fellow of New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He will be the Center's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow.  Holquist will be working on his forthcoming book, “By Right of War”: The Discipline and Practice of International Law in Imperial Russia, 1868-1917, exploring the codification and extension of the laws of war in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

April 4, 2013

Bruce Kuklick and Dan Richter have been named Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturers. They join five other Penn history faculty members who are currently OAH Distinguished Lecturers: Sally Gordon, Steve Hahn, Stephanie McCurry, Tom Sugrue, and Beth Wenger. The OAH Distinguished Lecturer program brings prominent American historians to colleges and universities, historical associations, secondary schools, and museums in the US and abroad.

January 16, 2013

Eve Troutt Powell was appointed as a 2013 Penn Fellow

January 13, 2013

Stephanie McCurry, was appointed Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History

December 4, 2012

Steve Hahn received  a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for his project, "A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World, 1830-1910."

November 18, 2012

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet was awarded the 2012 Book Award from the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies for outstanding scholarship in the field of Middle East gender studies for her book Conceiving Citizens: Women and the Politics of Motherhood in Iran (Oxford University Press, 2011).

August 14, 2012

Cheikh Babou has accepted a fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin for the 2013-2014 academic year.

July 26, 2012

Kathy Peiss wasawarded the 2012 Millia Davenport Publication Award of the Costume Society of America, whose purpose is "to recognize excellence in scholarship in the study of costume and to promote research and publication on costume."

July 1, 2012

Stephanie McCurry will be leading a Civil War summer seminar for 30 public educators. The participants earned their coveted spot in the seminar through a competition sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Graduate Student News

Matthew Kruer won the American Historical Association's Michael Kraus Research Grant for his dissertation “The Susquehannock War: Native Americans, Bacon’s Rebellion, and the Forging of the Covenant Chain.”

Kathryn Taylor was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship for 2013-14. The fellowship will support research for her dissertation, provisionally titled "Orbis and Urbis: Cosmopolitanism and Religious Conversion in Early Modern Venice."

Wendy Doyon was awarded an IHR Mellon Doctoral Fellowship at the University of London School of Advanced Study, for preliminary dissertation research.

Noria Litaker received a fellowship from the Fondazione Lemmerman to extend her dissertation research to the Vatican Archives. She spent the last year as a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service, studying "catacomb saints" in early modern Bavaria. She can now pursue her quarry to their native habitat, the catacombs of Rome.

Xu Lu’s research paper, Good Women for Empire: Educating Overseas Female Emigrants in Imperial Japan, 1900-1945, won the 2013 Asian American Studies Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Research.

Zain Lakhani was awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. She is writing a dissertation on "Bodily Harms: Rape and the Political Meaning of Violence in the Age of Human Rights."

Sarah Rodriguez was awarded a Marguerite B. Hamer Editorial Fellowship at the McNeil Center.

Noor Zaidi was awarded a Doris Quinn Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

Xu "Sidney" Lu has been awarded a GAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for Fall 2013, and will then be joining the History Department at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga in January 2014.

Peter Pihos won a School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Peter is currently the Berger-Howe Legal History Fellow at Harvard Law School.

Rachel Guberman won a Penn Urban Studies dissertation completion fellowship. Rachel is finishing her dissertation on “The Real Silent Majority: The New Metropolitan Politics in the Rocky Mountain West."  She is currently a visiting scholar at Cambridge University.

Emily Merrill and James Ryan were selected as Penn Humanities Forum Graduate Fellows for the 2013-14 Academic Year. The theme is "Violence" and will be under the direction of Professor Karen Beckman (Art History).

Nina Cohen and Jessie Regunberg were awarded the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students.

Jeremy Dell received an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Maryan Soliman has been awarded a Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism Graduate Fellowship for 2013-14. Maryan is working on a dissertation titled "Inciting Free Speech and Racial Equality: The Communist Party and Georgia's Insurrection Statute in the 1930s."

Jennifer Rodgers has recently received two separate fellowships for research towards her dissertation.  She has received a fellowship for Advanced German and European Studies from the Freie Universitat in Berlin and will be participating in a special Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar at the Historisches Kolleg in Munich this May-June.  Jennifer's dissertation is titled "From the 'Archive of Horrors' to the 'Shop Window of Democracy': The International Tracing Service and the Politics of the Paste."

Clem Harris won a postdoctoral fellowship in Penn's Africana Studies Department. Clem is finishing his dissertation on "Race, Leadership, and the Local Machine: the Origins of the African American Struggle for Political Recognition and the Politics of Community Control in Philadelphia, 1915 to 1968"

Anne Fleming won the Business History Conference Kerr Prize, for the best first paper delivered at the conference by a junior scholar.

Anton Matytsin has accepted a 2013-2015 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities at Stanford University. Starting September 1, he will be housed in the French and Italian Department and at the Stanford Humanities Center.

Abby Cooper has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of History at Brandeis University. She is finishing her dissertation "Lord, Until I Reach My Home: Inside the Refugee Camps of the American Civil War"

Merlin Chowkwanyun has been named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar. He will take up his RWJ postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Merlin is finishing his dissertation on “The Dilemmas of ‘Community Health."

Adam Goodman won the 2013 John Higham Travel Award from the Organization of American Historians and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.

Daniel Cheely has been awarded the best paper by a graduate student given at the annual MACBS Meeting. His paper was entiled "Tyndale's Liturgizing Pirates and the Reading Market for Early English Bibles"

Anne Fleming has been chosen to receive a Hopkinson Fellowship for the upcoming academic year (2012-13). This is the second year of the Hopkinson Fellowships, which SAS has been able to establish with a generous endowment to the SAS Graduate Division from the Mellon Foundation in 2008. This endowment specifically targets support of graduate programs in the Humanities and Humanistic social sciences. This year the endowment has allowed SAS to award 5 Hopkinson Fellowships to the best graduate students. The Hopkinson fellowship will help Anne to conduct research on her dissertation, provisionally entitled "City of Debtors: Law, Loansharks, and the Shadow Economy of Urban Poverty, 1900-1970."

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