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UNC History Student Wins American Historical Association Undergraduate Writing Prize

Michael Welker (BA 2014, adviser James L. Leloudis) won the AHA’s prize for Best Undergraduate Essay. His essay is titled, “Nothing without a Demand: Black Power and Student Activism on North Carolina College Campuses, 1967–1973,” and was printed in Traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History (Spring 2014). The American Historical Association offers annual prizes honoring exceptional books, distinguished teaching and mentoring in the classroom, public history, and other historical projects. The names, publications, and projects of those who received these awards are a catalogue of the best work produced in the historical discipline.

Recent PhD Graduate Wins the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies Graduate Student Essay Prize

Adrianne Jacobs (PhD 2015, adviser Donald J. Raleigh) won the ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize for an outstanding essay by a Graduate Student for her essay “An Edible Empire: Soviet National Cuisines between Tradition and Modernity, 1965-85.” The prize is awarded by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for the best paper by a graduate student written in the past year in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences.

Kenneth Janken Selected for the R.D.W. Connor AwardJanken-199x3001-199x300

Kenneth Janken, Director of CSAS and our colleague, has won the R.D.W. Connor Award, which is given by the Historical Society of North Carolina for the year’s best article to appear in the North Carolina Historical Review. Kenneth’s winning article is entitled “Remembering the Wilmington Ten: African American Politics and Judicial Corruption in the 1970s.”


Carolina Chronicle Names Theda Perdue, Professor Emerita, an Academic Superhero


Theda Perdue has amassed many accolades and achievements during her career of 30-plus years. She says her most rewarding role can be summed up in three words: graduate student mentor. She reflects, specifically, on her 13 years at Carolina: “I came to UNC at the height of my career, and graduate students were my top priority. Mentoring a graduate student is a creative enterprise and a collaborative process. I have enjoyed it so much, and my graduate students have been very gifted and hard working.” Click here to read the full article by the Carolina Chronicle.

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