School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Scholar

Wed, 01/31/2018

Gabriel Raeburn (joint degree PhD candidate, History and Religious Studies) has been recognized by the School of Arts and Sciences as a Dean’s Scholar.  This honor recognizes outstanding students for their academic performance and intellectual promise. 

Junior Fellowship at the Harvard Society of Fellows

Tue, 12/12/2017

Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg has been awarded a Junior Fellowship at the Harvard Society of Fellows for 2018-2021.

Tamara is completing a dissertation entitled Reorganizing Halakhic Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: Rabbinic Response and Organizational Disruption in a Scholarly Culture.  She is scheduled to defend in Spring 2018.  Tamara’s committee is: Prof. David Ruderman (Advisor); Prof. Roger Chartier; and Prof. Elhanan Reiner...

Washington Post Op-Ed Piece

Mon, 12/04/2017

Penn History Major Parker Abt published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post on November 22nd.  In “There’s a Third-World America that no one Notices,” Parker draws on his honors thesis research to discuss “colonia” communities in the southwest US.

See the piece here.  Like it on the History department Facebook page...

Supreme Court Fellows Program

Thu, 06/29/2017

Smita Ghosh (JD/PhD candidate) has received a  fellowship at the Supreme Court fellows program, and will be a fellow from 2017-2018 at the U.S. Sentencing Commission.  

Smita is working on a dissertation project entitled “Losing Our Borders: The Long History of Immigration Detention.”  Her committee is: Prof. Sally Gordon (supervisor) and Prof. Sophia Lee (law school).


2017 Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History

Thu, 06/22/2017

Our colleague Sally Gordon will serve as the 2017 Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Congratulations to Sally for receiving this prestigious honor!

Kluge Fellow

Thu, 06/22/2017

Amy Offner was named Kluge Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress for the period September-December 2017.  She has chosen to decline this well-deserved award, but we offer our heartfelt congratulations!

FLAS Grant

Fri, 06/09/2017

Lacy Feigh has been awarded a FLAS grant for studying Arabic this summer as well as an academic year FLAS for Amharic for 2017-2018.

Lacy’s graduate committee is: Lee Cassanelli and Eve Troutt-Powell.  


Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Graduate Fellow for Teaching Excellence for 2017-18

Wed, 05/31/2017

Chelsea Chamberlain has been appointed a Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Graduate Fellow for Teaching Excellence for 2017-18.   She is one of only 12 fellows selected from across Penn this year.

As part of this appointment, over the next year Chelsea will be conducting various CTL programs, lunches, and talks in the Department.  I urge you all, faculty and grads, to be involved with these endeavors.  


University of Pennsylvania Libraries Fellowship for 2017-2018

Thu, 05/11/2017

Alexis Broderick Neumann has been awarded an extension on her University of Pennsylvania Libraries fellowship for 2017-2018!  This reappointment is a testament to how highly the Libraries have valued her contributions. 

In addition, Alexis will serve as the McNeil Center Brown Bag Coordinator for 2017-18. 

Alexis's dissertation is titled "American Incest: Kinship, Sex and Commerce in Southern Slavery and...

Quinn Fellowship

Wed, 05/10/2017

Emma Teitelman has been awarded the Quinn Fellowship for 2017-2018.

Emma’s dissertation is titled “Governing the Peripheries: Capitalism and State Formation in the Postbellum US Empire.”  Her committee is: Prof. Stephanie McCurry (Advisor); Prof. Steve Hahn; and Prof. Kathy Brown.