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2013
Congratulations to doctoral student Derek Bentley who has been awarded a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholarship for 2013-14 to conduct research in Mexico.
Undergraduate history major Chelsey Cain has been selected as a Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award Winner. The national competition recognizes fifteen colege senior history majors for their excellence and promise in the field. Award winners spend a weekend in New York City where they meet eminent scholars, take behind -the-scenes tours of historic archives, and are honored at a celebratory dinner hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute.
History of Capitalism featured in New York Times
Tore Olsson received the Mira Wilkins Prize for best article on international business history from the Business History Conference
Recent alum Tom Okie received the 2012 Gilbert C. Fite Award for the best dissertation from the Agricultural History Society
Ph.D. students Laura June Davis and David Thomson have recently won Wilson Center Graduate Research Awards.The Willson Center Graduate Research Award provides support of up to $1,250 to arts and humanities graduate students for relevant expenses related to completion of their degrees.
David Thomson received a research award from the Rothschild Archive of London.
UGA's Center for Virtual History has received a "Digital Innovation" grant from the American Council of Learned Societies.
Ph.D. Candidate Kylie Horney received a Graduate School Dean's Award in the Arts and Humanities.
Michael Winship's book Godly Republicanism was selected as a Choice Academic Title of the Year for 2012.
2012
Timothy Johnson received a grant from the Harvard History Project, which awards research funding to projects dealing with economic history, broadly construed.
Ph.D. student Kylie Horney won the Janell Padgett Knight Graduate Award for the top-ranking recipient of the Willson Center Graduate Research Award.
Ph.D. students Matthew Hulbert and Kylie Horney have recently won Wilson Center Graduate Research Awards.The Willson Center Graduate Research Award provides support of up to $1,250 to arts and humanities graduate students for relevant expenses related to completion of their degrees.
Christopher Lawton won the M.E. Bradford Award, given by the St. George Tucker Society for the best dissertation focused on the U.S. South
Andrew Epstein received the Best Student Paper Award from the 2012 Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.
Tore Olsson was selected as the 2012-2013 Ambrose Monell Fellow in Technology and Democracy at the Miller Center for Public Affairs, University of Virginia.
Timothy Johnson was recently awarded a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship in Ecological History from the Social Sciences Research Council.
Ari Levine, Akela Reason, and Jennifer Palmer received Willson Center Research Fellowships for academic year 2012-2013.
2011
LaShonda Mims was awarded this year's Prelinger Scholarship, from the Coordinating Council for Women in History, for her research on "Lesbian History in Charlotte and Atlanta" and activism on behalf of women.
Dr. Darren Grem was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University for 2011-2012.
Two UGA Ph.D.s were recently honored by the UGA Graduate School: Darren Grem received the Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award for outstanding dissertation in the Humanities, and Chris Manganiello received the Excellence in Graduate Research Award.
Tore Olsson received an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council.
Zachary Smith received a UGA Graduate School Dissertation Completion Award.
Tore Olsson received a Grant-in-Aid from the Rockefeller Archives Center.
Chris Manganiello received the 2010 Rachel Carson Prize for Best Dissertation in Environmental History from the American Society for Environmental History.
2010
Tom Okie, Kathi Nehls, Tore Olsson, and Sean Vanatta received 2011 Dean's Awards in Arts and Humanities from the UGA Graduate School.
Dr. Kathleen Clark has been chosen to serve as the Franklin College's representative for the inaugural Franklin International Faculty Exchange (FIFE) program. In spring 2011 she will spend a week at Liverpool University, and will also host Dr. Stephen Kenny of Liverpool in Athens. The visits will feature lectures, meetings with faculty and graduate students, and collaborative classroom projects on themes including slavery, Southern medicine, and historical memory.
Jim Gigantino received the 2008-2010 Alfred E. Driscoll Dissertation Prize for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in New Jersey History, from the New Jersey Historical Commission.
Congratulations to Daleah Goodwin, Jason Manthorne, Kathi Nehls, and Jennifer Wunn. These doctoral students are all recipients of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Graduate Student Research and Performance Grant in support of dissertation research for 2010-2011.
Tim Johnson received an award for "Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records" from the Secretary of State / Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board.
Christopher Lawton received the 2010 Award for Excellence in Documenting Georgia's History from the Secretary of State / Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board.
Assistant Professor Bethany Moreton was named a "Top Young Historian" by the History News Network.
Drew Swanson has been awarded the 2009 Theodore C. Blegen Award from the Forest History Society, for the best article on environmental or conservation history.
Tom Okie received the Everett E. Edwards Award for Best Graduate Student Essay from the Agricultural History Society.
Christina Davis was awarded the Phelps-Stokes Graduate Fellowship for the 2010-11 academic year for her work on the role of African Americans in U.S. History.
Recent alum Alberty Way was awarded a Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2010-2011.
Christopher Lawton was awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship by the UGA Graduate School for 2010-2011.
James C. Cobb was awarded the Albert Christ-Janer Award for Creative Research in the Humanities by the UGA Research Foundation.
The Honors Program has awarded John Inscoe the Lothar Tresp Award for Outstanding Honors Professor, and Laura Mason the J. Hatton Howard III Award for exhibiting special promise in teaching honors courses.
Darren Grem has been appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow by the Yale Center for Faith and Culture for 2010-2011.
Bethany Moreton received the 2010 Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians.
Professors Pamela Voekel and Bethany Moreton received fellowships in Women's Studies in Religion from the Harvard Divinity School for 2010-2011.
Congratulations to Chase Hagood and Jennifer Malto, recipients of the UGA Graduate School Dean's Award for Arts and Humanities in support of their research.
Former graduate student Robert Luckett, now of Jackson State University, received the Franklin Riley prize for the best dissertation on a topic of Mississippi history.
Montgomery Wolf received a Junior Faculty grant from the Willson Center in support of her project "Personality Crisis: Punk Rock and the 1970s Revolution of the Self."
2009
Drew Swanson was awarded the Janelle Padgett Knight Graduate Award and a Graduate Student Research and Performance Grant by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.
Former UGA head football coach Vince Dooley recently made an extraordinarily generous donation to the History Department. Thanks, Coach Dooley!
Claudio Saunt received the 2009 Bolton-Cutter Award from the Western History Association for the best article on borderlands history.
The Georgia Historical Society gave the 2009 James C. Bonner Master's Thesis Award to Keri Leigh Merritt, for her work "'A Vile, Immoral, and Profligate Course of Life': Poor Whites and the Enforcement of Vagrancy Law in Antebellum Georgia."
Bethany Moreton, Reinaldo Román, and Pamela Voekel recently received Willson Center Research Fellowships for 2009-2010.
Ari Levine was recently awarded an ACLS Fellowship for American Research in the Humanities in China, as well as a Fullbright-IIE Senior Scholarship in Chinese Studies.
Stephen Mihm was recently awarded an ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship.
The Agricultural History Society presented two prestigious awards to members of the department in 2009. Assistant professor Shane Hamilton received the Theodore Saloutos Award for Best Book in Agricultural History. Graduate student Jason Manthorne received the Edward Everetts Award for Best Graduate Student Essay.
Ph.D. students Darren Grem and Chris Manganiello received Dissertation Completion Fellowships from the UGA Graduate School for 2009-10.
Jim Gigantino was awarded the Phelps-Stokes Graduate Fellowship for the 2009-10 academic year.
Jen Malto was one of a handful of advanced doctoral students selected to participate in the German Historical Institute's 2009 Archival Summer Seminar in Germany.
Graduate student Jenny Schwartzberg has been awarded a summer internship with the United States Holocaust Museum.
Assistant Professor Bethany Moreton received the 2009 Emerging Scholar's Prize from the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan.
Barton Myers' forthcoming book, Executing Daniel Bright, won the Frances and Jules Landry Award for the best book in southern studies published this year by LSU Press.
Ph.D. student Tom Okie was awarded a Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) for summer 2009 in Critical Agrarian Studies.
Bert Way won the 2009 Graduate Student Excellence in Research Award in the Humanities, which recognizes the best dissertation in the Humanities produced during the last year at the University of Georgia. This is the second year in a row that the History Department has taken this award. John Hayes won in 2008.
Daleah Goodwin and Steve Nash, graduate students in History, have been awarded the highly competitive 2009 Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Congratulations to Catherine Holmes, who won the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America American History Regional Scholarship, worth $3000, and John Paul Hill, who won the NSCDA American History District Scholarship, worth $2000.
Assistant Professor Shane Hamilton was recently profiled as a "Top Young Historian" by the History News Network.
2008
Ph.D. student Christina Davis received one of thirty Dissertation Fellowships for Research Related to Education from the Spencer Foundation for her dissertation, "Reconstruction Era Pedagogies: A Blueprint for Reconceptualizing Black Learners."
Ph.D. student James Gigantino was recently awarded the Samuel Smith Fellowship from the New Jersey Historical Commission.
Dong Yu, 2008-2009 Visiting Fulbright Scholar, received the 2008 Wan Xin-hui Prize from the American Historical Association in China for the Best M.A. Thesis in American History.
Doctoral candidate Robby Luckett won the William F. Holmes Award given annually at the Southern Historical Association for "the best paper presented by a graduate student or junior faculty member" for his paper "Ole Miss and Racial Reconciliation: From James Silver to the Meredith Monument."
Paul Sutter won the 2008 Envirotech Prize, awarded to the best article examining the historical relationships between technology and the environment published over the previous three years (2005-07), for "Nature's Agents or Agents of Empire? Entomological Workers and Environmental Change during the Construction of the Panama Canal," Isis 98 (2007): 724-54.
The J.C. Bonner Award was presented to alum Edward A. Hatfield for his 2007 UGA Masters thesis, "MARTA and the Making of Suburban Conservatism." This award is presented by the Georgia Historical Society in conjunction with Georgia College & State University for the best Master's thesis on Georgia history in the previous year. James C. Cobb supervised the thesis.
Graduate student Long Di was recently informed that her undergraduate thesis on Phillys Schlafly has won the first prize during a national thesis competition among 98 essays submitted.
Ph.D. student Barton Myers won a Henry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Award for 2009. The $15,000 fellowship funds research on violence, aggression, and dominance.
Albert Way successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, "Burned to Be Wild: Science, Society, and Ecological Conservation in the Southern Longleaf Pine." Dr. Way accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in southern studies at The Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina for 2008-2009.
Ph.D. student Christopher Lawton was selected as an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at the American Philosophical Society.
Ph.D. student Christopher J. Manganiello received several awards recently, including a Smithsonian Institution Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, National Museum of American History; a Graduate Student Research and Performance Grant, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts; and a Thomas Pleasant Vincent, Sr. Scholarship Award for research in Georgia History.
Ph.D. student Min Song won a dissertation travel grant from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, as well as a a dissertation improvement grant from SHAFR.
John Hayes recently won the university-wide Excellence in Research by Graduate Students Award. He furthermore successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, "Hard, Hard Religion: Faith and Class in the New South," which was the runner-up for the C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize given by the Southern Historical Association. Dr. Hayes accepted a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Wake Forest University for 2008-2009.
History faculty members Stephen Berry, Shane Hamilton, and Claudio Saunt were all recently awarded 2008-2009 Willson Center Research Fellowships.
Stephen Mihm's book, A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States, was recently published by Harvard University Press and has been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, on National Public Radio, on the "Freakonomics" blog, and other media outlets throughout the nation.
2007
Bethany Moreton, assistant professor of history, recently received the 2007 C. Vann Woodward Prize for Best Dissertation from the Southern History Association, as well as the 2007 Herman E. Krooss Prize from the Business History Conference, and Yale University's Theron Rockwell Field Prize. A book based on her dissertation, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise, has been published by Harvard University Press.
Allan Kulikoff, Abraham Baldwin Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, was awarded a 2006-2007 Fulbright Award to study at Nankai University, Tianjin, China. Kulikoff taught three courses on American economic history, the American Revolution, and American political history for undergraduates. Before arriving, he received a grant from the UGA President's Challenge Fund to send more than 700 books to the Nankai University Library. While at Nankai, Kulikoff helped organize the first international conference on early American history to be held in China. He also compiled a list of free, internet-based sources for American history and culture (1600-1877) to help Chinese students and colleagues find primary sources. That list will be published in the future in the on-line journal Common-place.
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