Alumni News & Awards 2014–2015

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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.


Wilkerson-JessicaRecent History PhD Recipient Receives Herbert G. Gutman Prize

Jessica Wilkerson (Adviser: Jacquelyn D. Hall), one of our recent PhD recipients and now Assistant Professor at Ole Miss, received the Herbert G. Gutman Prize from the Labor and Working-Class History Association for her dissertation, “Where Movements Meet: From the War on Poverty to Grassroots Feminism in the Appalachian South” (UNC-Chapel Hill, 2014). You can read more about the prize here.

Rachel Hynson, UNC History Alumna, Recently Published anLALACS photo Article

Rachel Hynson (PhD 2014, adviser Kathryn J. Burns) recently published an article: “‘Count, Capture, and Reeducate’: The Campaign to Rehabilitate Cuba’s Female Sex Workers, 1959-1966,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 24, no. 1 (January 2015): 125-153.


Barbara Allen, UNC History Alumna, Publishes Book

60410Barbara Allen received her BA in Modern European History from UNC-CH in 1989 and went on to earn a PhD in Russian & Soviet History from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2001. She is currently Associate Professor of History at La Salle University in Philadelphia. This month her book has been published: Alexander Shlyapnikov, 1885-1937: Life of an Old Bolshevik (Brill, 2015).



UNC History Alumna Wins the Julia Cherry Spruill Prizebook

At this year’s meeting of the Southern Historical Association, the Southern Association for Women Historians announced that recent UNC PhD Katy Simpson Smith won its annual Julia Cherry Spruill Prize for the best published book of the year in Southern women’s history. We Have Raised All of You (LSU Press, 2013) compares the mothering practices, beliefs, and experiences of white, black, and Native American women in the early South.


UNC History Graduate wins Historical Society of North Carolina’s 2013-14 R. D. W. Connor Award

nchr0414-2Warren Milteer has won the Historical Society of North Carolina’s 2013-14 R. D. W. Connor Award for best article in the North Carolina Historical Review for his April 2014 article “Life in the Great Dismal Swamp: Free People of Color in Pre-Civil War Gates County, North Carolina.” Warren received his PhD from our department last spring under the direction of Kathleen DuVal.


Katy Simpson Smith, UNC History Alumna, Debuts First Novel

UNC Chapel Hill history alumna Katy Simpson Smith (PhD 2011, Advisers Jacquelyn Hall and Kathleen DuVal) is featured on NPR’s All Things Considered where she discusses her debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea (HarperCollins, 2014), with NPR host Audie Kornish. Her novel is receiving rave reviews. North Carolina’s Indyweek reports, Smith’s novel “had major houses tripping over themselves to publish it after the Frankfurt Book Fair, 28-year-old Katy Simpson Smith, makes a persuasive bid to join the ranks of Hilary Mantel and Marilynne Robinson—people who have informed visions of history and the writing gifts to make them sing.” (Read full Indyweek article here)

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