2017 George and Ann Richards Prize

Thu, 03/22/2018


Sarah Gronningsater was awarded the 2017 George and Ann Richards Prize for her article, “‘On Behalf of His Race and the Lemmon Slaves’: Louis Napoleon, Northern Black Legal Culture, and the Politics of Sectional Crisis.”  The prize is awarded annually for the best article published in The Journal of the Civil War Era.


Ph.D. Candidate Awarded Postdoctoral Fellowship

Wed, 03/14/2018

Robert Hegwood, a PhD candidate in our program, who has been awarded a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies!

In his time there, Robert will be working to develop his dissertation, entitled "The Social Foundations for Growth: Nikkei Brokers and Japan in the Global Imaginary, 1930-1965," into a book manuscript.  Robert’s committee is: Prof. Fred Dickinson (supervisor); Prof. Eiichiro Azuma; Prof. Siyen Fei; and Prof. Eugene Park.


Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies fellowship

Thu, 02/22/2018

Sam Stark has received a ten-month fellowship from the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies through the Freie Universität Berlin.  

Sam will be conducting research on his dissertation project, "The Eighteenth Brumaire in the United States and Europe, 1852-1940."  His committee is: Prof. Warren Breckman (advisor); Professor Roger Chartier; and Prof. Vanessa Ogle.

Ph.D. Candidate Accepts Tenure-Track Position

Mon, 02/05/2018

Beeta Baghoolizadeh, a PhD candidate in our department!  Beeta has accepted a position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at Bucknell University. 

Beeta’s dissertation is titled Seeing Race and Erasing Slavery: Media and the Construction of Blackness in Iran, 1840-1960.   Her dissertation committee is: Prof. Eve Troutt Powell (supervisor); Prof. Kathleen Brown; and Prof. Jamal Elias (Religious Studies). 

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!