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Antonio Feros has received the 2014 Dean's Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Research. The recipients of the 2014 awards for distinguished teaching in the School of Arts and Sciences will be honored at a School-wide reception on Thursday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m. in 200 College Hall.

Mary Frances Berry has 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, has just been published.

Professor Cheikh Babou has 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

Holly Stephens has been 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 has been 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 has just 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 has been 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 has been awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for intensive study of Japanese at U. C. Berkeley this summer (2014).

Emily Merrill has been 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 has been 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 has been 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 has 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 has been 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 has been 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 has 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 has been 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 has been 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 has been 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 have 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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