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David Ruderman was presented with a festschrift by colleagues and former students at a dinner in honor of his retirement as director of the Katz Center on April 30, 2014: Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of David B. Ruderman, eds. Richard Cohen, Natalie Dohrmann, Adam Shear, and Elhanan Reiner (Pittsburgh, 2014)

David Ruderman was a fellow in a research group on Theology as Wissenschaft at the Department of Theology, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, for May-June, 2014

David Ruderman will be a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study of Central European University,  Budapest, Hungary, for the spring semester, 2015.

The Council for European Studies awarded its European Studies First Article Prize in the Humanities to Vanessa Ogle, for her American Historical Review piece, "Whose Time Is It? The Pluralization of Time and the Global Condition," published in December 2013.

Alan Charles Kors received the 2014 James Q. Wilson Award for Distinguished Scholarship on the Nature of a Free Society, awarded by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University.

Stephanie McCurry was selected by the History Undergraduate Advisory Board to receive the 2014 Richard S. Dunn Award for Distinguished Teaching. HUAB created this award in 1997 "to recognize the faculty member who has shown the most active commitment to the department's undergraduates."

Antonio Feros received the 2014 Dean's Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Research.

Mary Frances Berry won the Organization of American Historians Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award.

Thomas Max Safley will be a Visiting Professor of History at the Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium, in March 2014

Congratulations to Professor Roger Chartier, whose new book, The Author's Hand and the Printer's Mind, was published.

Professor Cheikh Babou won a fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute of Advanced Study) in Berlin for the 2013-2014 academic year, where he will is conducting research on religion and immigration from the France’s former French West African colonies in Europe and North America.

Graduate Student News

Kevin Waite published a piece on slavery and the Civil War in California in two separate outlets: the History News Network and the Huffington Post. The HNN piece is available here and a slightly modified version of the piece that appeared in the Huffington Post is available here. Kevin also has a scholarly article coming out in the September issue of Cultural and Social History (Volume 11, Issue 3), entitled "Beating Napoleon at Eton: Violence, Sport and Manliness in England's Public Schools, 1783-1815."

Anthony Pratcher was awarded a GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation to support research for his dissertation, "The Consumption of Community: Space, Race, and Society in Suburban Phoenix, 1950-1995."

Elizabeth Dyer was awarded the Bernadotte Schmitt Research Grant from the American Historical Association and a New Media Grant from Penn. The AHA funds are supporting a visit to London and Oxford to research film and theatre in colonial Kenya; the Penn funds are to enable Elizabeth to work in Nairobi to recover film and video coverage of historic dramatic performances, and to convert them to digital formats for viewing and preservation.  All this in connection with her dissertation, "Play on Words: Masked Politics and Misdirection in the History of Kenyan Theatre, 1940-1992."

Rasul Miller was awarded a FLAS fellowship to study Arabic in Jordan this summer.

Hope McGrath was awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from Penn's School of Arts and Sciences. The fellowship will allow her to spend next year finishing her dissertation, entitled “Working for the Army: American Soldiers and the Making of Capital’s Empire.” 

Sam Lacy was awarded two fellowships, from the AnBryce Scholarship Program and the Furman Academic Scholars Program, which will cover full tuition and fees at NYU Law School.  Sam plans to get his J.D. from NYU as part of his training in legal history.  He will return to Penn to complete his dissertation, tentatively titled, "A Pious Punishment: White Southern Protestants and the Legality of Lynching in the Jim Crow South, 1877-1935."

Nikki Kalbing's article, "A Matter of Life and Death: Criminal Law and the Death Penalty in South West Africa (SWA) under South African Rule, 1915–1939," appeared in the South African Historical Journal (April, 2014).

The History Undergraduate Advisory Board (HUAB) selected Roberto Saba to receive the 2014 Teaching Assistant of the Year Award. The presentation will take place at HUAB's annual Undergraduate Graduation Reception on Sunday, May 18 at 3:00 in College Hall 200.

Holly Stephens was awarded an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council.  The IDRF will support Holly during AY 2014-15 as she conducts research in Harvard's Yenching Library and in various archives and other repositories in South Korea.  Her dissertation is entitled "Agriculture and Development in an Age of Empire: Institutions, Associations and Market Networks in Modern Korea, 1876-1945." 

Adam Goodman was awarded a 2014 Samuel and Marion Merrill Graduate Student Travel Grant from the Organization of American Historians.  The grant allowed Adam to give an invited talk to the Immigration and Ethnic History Society at this year’s OAH Annual Meeting.  His talk was entitled “Nations of Migrants, Historians of Migration,” and will be published in a special issue of the Journal of American Ethnic History in 2015.

Sean Dempsey accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship in U.S. religious history at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He will take up the position in January 2015, after completing his dissertation, "The Politics of Dignity: Religion and the Making of Global Los Angeles," under the supervision of Professors Tom Sugrue (chair), Sally Gordon, and Amy Offner. 

Kelsey Rice was awarded an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council.  Supported by the IDRF, she will conduct 12 months of archival research in Azerbaijan and Turkey for her dissertation "Crossroads Intellectuals: Enlightenment Societies and Music Assemblies in Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century Azerbaijan."

Thaya Saxby has been awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for intensive study of Korean at the University of Seoul this summer (2014).

Gregory Loh was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for intensive study of Japanese at U. C. Berkeley this summer (2014).

Emily Merrill was awarded a Marguerite Bartlett Hamer Dissertation Fellowship at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies for the 2014-2015 academic year. She will be researching and writing her doctoral thesis, entitled “Judging Empire: British Military Courts and the Politics of the Body.”

Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship at the Center for Jewish History in New York City for 2014-2015.  The fellowship will support her research on the topic "Telling Dangers: Sakana as a Window into Early Modern Halakha."

Lori Daggar was awarded a 2014-15 Critical Writing Graduate Teaching Fellowship from Penn's Critical Writing Program, for which she will teach one writing seminar per semester during the 2014-2015 year.

The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia awarded Adam Goodman a National Fellowship (portable) for the 2014-2015 academic year. The fellowship will allow him to complete his dissertation, “Mexican Migrants and the Rise of the Deportation Regime, 1942-2012.”

Ceyda Karamursel was awarded a Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship in support of her dissertation, entitled "The Worlds of Slave Women in the Late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic, 1858-1933."

Matthew Kruer was awarded a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2014-2015, to finish "The Susquehannock War: Native Americans, Bacon's Rebellion, and the Forging of the Covenant Chain."

Robert Hegwood received research fellowships from both the Fulbright Program and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (the latter administered on the US side by the Social Science Research Council).  Robert will be conducting research in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto for his dissertation on "The Social Foundations for Growth: Nikkei Brokers and Japan in the Global Imaginary, 1930-1967."

Dani Holtz was awarded a Bradley Fellowship for Spring 2014.  Dani served as the Assistant Editor for the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History, which came out last year and was just named a Best Reference 2013 by the Library Journal.

Sam Casper was awarded an Advanced Research Fellowship from the American Councils for International Education Title VIII Research Scholar Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State.  During 2014 Sam will conduct research in Russia for his dissertation, "The Bolshevik Afterlife: Rehabilitation in the Post-Stalin Soviet Union, 1953-1970."

Kelsey Rice was awarded a Research and Language Training Fellowship from the American Councils for International Education Title VIII Research Scholar Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State. Kelsey will use the fellowship in Azerbaijan for research on her dissertation, "Crossroads Intellectuals: Enlightenment Societies and Music Assemblies in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Azerbaijan." 

Sidney Xu Lu's article, "Good Women for Empire: Educating Overseas Female Emigrants in Imperial Japan, 1900-45," has just been published in the Journal of Global History

PhD candidate, Adam Goodman, won a Social Science History Association Tilly Grant for his paper at this year's SSHA conference.

Adam Goodman, was recently interviewed on Mexican TV about issues of migration and deportation, whether the "American dream" is still alive for Mexicans, and the competing narratives of Mexico as an economic success story vs. the experience of the vast majority struggling to get by.

Alex Ponsen and Yakov Feygin were awarded Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Abroad grants for 2013-2014 from the U.S. Department of Education. Alex is working on a dissertation entitled "Conflict and Coexistence on the Periphery of Empire: The Limits of Sovereignty in the Iberian Imperial World, 1570-1650." Yakov is working on a dissertation entitled " Accounting for Ruins: The International Political-Economy of the Soviet Collapse 1965-1993."

Alexandra Montgomery was awarded first prize in the Colonial Essay Award competition sponsored by the Colonial Society of Pennsylvania for her essay entitled "In Search of Empire: Historians, Colonies, and the Seventeenth Century." The Colonial Essay Award is a biennial monetary prize recognizing excellence in historical research and writing. The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students of colleges and universities affiliated with the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.

Yakov Feygin, Anthony Pratcher, and Salar Mohandesi founded the Graduate Social Science and Policy Forum (affiliated with Penn Social Science and Policy Forum). For more information, including a call for papers for workshops this year, visit their website.

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