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Alexandra Montgomery Awarded First Prize in Essay Contest

Thu, 09/12/2013

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.

Professor Emeritus and Former Penn President, Sheldon Hackney, Passes Away at age 79

Thu, 09/12/2013

In memoriam Sheldon Hackney. Professor emeritus and former Penn president, he died this morning at age 79. He was a great teacher and mentor to many of us, and a consummate good citizen and leader. We will post a full obituary and information about his memorial service soon.

Graduate Social Science and Policy Forum

Fri, 09/06/2013

Yakov FeyginAnthony 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 ...

Matthew Kruer wins Michael Kraus Research Grant

Thu, 07/18/2013

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 wins Doctoral Fellowship

Thu, 07/11/2013

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."

Kluge Fellowship

Wed, 06/12/2013

Professor 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.

Edited Transcript of Interview with Assistant Professor Amy C. Offner about her new course, “Thinking about Capitalism: A Social and Global History of Ideas”.

Tue, 06/04/2013

In this new series the History Department will be highlighting some of the new and innovative courses being offered by our faculty over the next year.  In this edition one of the Department’s newest members, Assistant Professor Amy C. Offner, talks with us about her new course that addresses the different ways we conceive of economics and capitalism throughout history and in the present day.  This course was funded by an inaugural course development grant from Penn’s Social Science and Policy Forum.  The undergraduate seminar will meet on Thursdays from 1:30-4:30 this...

Noria Litaker receives fellowship

Wed, 05/22/2013

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 wins Graduate Student Prize of Excellence in Research

Mon, 05/20/2013

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.