Graduate Student Honors, News, and Achievements, 2011–2012

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Justin Blanton (Latin America) and Sarah Bush (Asian History), were awarded Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowships by the Graduate School. Each department is allowed to nominate only two students, so it is a tribute to their talent that both of our nominees were awarded fellowships.


Jennifer Kosmin was awarded a Fulbright for research in Italy, 2011–2012, a MEMS Dissertation award, 2012–2013, and a fellowship grant from the Gladys Delmas Foundation for research in Venetian archives.


Marvin (Marty) Richardson received three research awards: the Archie K. Davis Fellowship from the North Caroliniana Society, the Center for the Study of the American South Summer Research Grant, and the Newberry Consortium on American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellowship.


Zaheer Abbas was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship from the American Institute for Indian Studies to support his dissertation research in India during the next academic year.


Graeme A. Ward accepted a Visiting Assistant Professorship at McMaster University, Ontario.


Rachel Martin accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Fall 2011.


Rob Shapard received a 2012 Archie K. Davis Fellowship from the North Caroliniana Society for research on the longleaf pine forests in North Carolina, along with a Global South Fellowship from Tulane University for researching the longleaf in the Gulf South, and a Parker-Dooley research grant from the Southern Historical Collection.


Shannon Eaves was awarded a 2012 Center for the Study of the American South Summer Research Grand and a research fellowship from the Virginia Historical Society.


Joey Fink was awarded a Southern Oral History Program research assistantship.


Jennifer Kosmin was awarded a Fulbright for research in Italy, 2011–2012, a MEMS Dissertation award, 2012–2013, and a fellowship grant from the Gladys Delmas Foundation for research in Venetian archives.


Sarah McNamara has received a Patrick Riordan Fellowship from the University of South Florida to do research in their Special Collections on a Florida related scholarship, and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Fellowship from the University of Florida to support oral history research.


John Rockland (“Rocky”) Rhodes has received a General Omar Bradley Research Fellowship in Military History for Fiscal Year 2012.


Brooke Bauer got two awards for this summer: Newberry Consortium on American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellowship and the Smithsonian Institution’s Institute in Museum Anthropology (accepted to be a fully-funded participant). In addition, she was awarded the UNC North Carolina Native American Incentive Grant.


Ricky Law has been offered a one-year position at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.


Aaron Hale-Dorrell received a Mellon-Fulbright Fellowship for 2011–2012 to support his doctoral research in Russia.


Jeffrey A. Erbig, Jr. received Mellon-Fulbright awards for 2011–2012 to support his dissertation research on mapping and articulations of space in the interior borderlands of late colonial South America.


Jason B. Kauffman received a Mellon-Fulbright Fellowship for 2011–2012 to support his doctoral research in the environmental history of the Bolivian and Brazilian borderlands; in addition, he was awarded the Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the History of the Western Hemisphere by the American Historical Association.


Julia Ault was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, DAAD research grant, and a dissertation research fellowship from the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Free University in Berlin. She chose the Berlin Program Fellowship for the upcoming academic year.


Angelica Castillo has won a pre-dissertation James R. Scobie award from the Conference on Latin American History to support her summer research on the nascent film industry in Mexico.


Eric Steinhart’s dissertation, entitled, “Creating Killers: The Nazification of the Black Sea Germans and the Holocaust in Southern Ukraine, 1941–1944,” was awarded co-winner of the Fritz Stern Prize, given by the American Friends of the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C., to the two best dissertations on German history produced at a North American university each year.


Ben Reed has received a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania McNeil Center for Early American Studies, for his work on the religious congregation of the Oratorians of San Felipe Neri in colonial Mexico. In addition, he was awarded one of the first dissertation research grants to be offered by the UNC-CH Program in Sexuality Studies Studies and a James & Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Fellowship at the University of California-Los Angeles.


Nora Doyle was awarded a dissertation completion fellowship by the Association of American University Women.


Jonathan Hancock received the Graduate School Royster Dissertation Completion Fellowship.


Warren Milteer also received a Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship.


Jennifer Donnally was awarded the Department Quinn Fellowship for dissertation completion.


Liz Lundeen came to UNC-CH with a Truman Scholarship to support her graduate career, which she will begin to use this coming academic year.


Anndal Narayanan was selected for a pre-dissertation fellowship by the Columbia University Center for European Studies, which will advance his research considerably this summer.


Sarah McNamaraDaphne Fruchtman, and Rob Shapard have been awarded research assistantships by the Southern Oral History Program.


Graduate students Peter GenglerAmanda Brickell BellowsJustin BlantonTrevor Erlacher, and Mark Hornburg, received FLAS fellowships for summer or academic year advanced work in language proficiency in Polish, Russian, and Portuguese. Justin Blanton has won a MEMS research grant.


Brittany Lehman was awarded a dissertation fellowship by the German-American committee of the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies.


Alexandria Ruble won a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) from the Social Science Research Council. This fellowship enables her to participate in the 2012 DPDF program within the field of Gender Justice in the Era of Human Rights, led by Professors Dorothy Hodgson and Pamela Scully, and participate in two dissertation proposal development workshops in June and September 2012.


Friederike Bruehoefener received a three-month summer fellowship from the Graduate School in History and Sociology at Bielefeld University (Germany).


Edward Geist has received an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) dissertation fellowship.


Steve Milder and Audra Yoder were awarded Graduate School Off-Campus dissertation fellowships.


Greg Mole was awarded the Graduate School George Lurcy Off-Campus Dissertation Fellowship.


Scott Krause received a research grant from the German DAAD.


Anna Krome-Lukens has been awarded the Center for the Study of the American South McColl Fellowship.


Laura Brade has received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct her dissertation research in the Czech Republic.


The New York Times printed Amanda Brickell Bellows‘s article, “Author, Author” (3/16/2012), comparing autobiographical and fictional slave narratives. She also received a grant to attend the Robert Bosch Foundation Archival Seminar for Young Historians 2012: American History in Transatlantic Perspective sponsored by the Robert Bosch Foundation, the German Historical Institute, the University of Chicago’s Department of History, and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies.


Laura Premack has accepted a position as Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies and Latin American Studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. This year she received a Ph.D. Scholarship from the Gerda Henkel Foundation.


Mikaëla Adams has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Mississippi, and Zsolt Nagy and David Williard have accepted tenure-track positions at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Elizabeth Ellis has been been selected to attend a Summer Institute at the Newberry Library in Chicago.The Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies will pay her expenses to attend this selective month-long program on the theme of Territory, Commemoration, and Monument: Indigenous and Settler Histories of Place and Power.


Gary Guadagnolo won second place recognition for the Snell Prize in European History awarded by the Southern Historical Association for his essay, “Revolutionary Narrative, Revolutionary Defense: Reading Stalin’s ‘First Victim’.” He also was awarded a short-term fellowship from the New York Public Library for summer 2012.


Adrianne Jacobs and Daniel Giblin each received Mellon Foundation Fellowships to support their dissertation research.


Stephen B. Riegg has been elected Student Director of the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus.


Amanda Brickell Bellows‘s op-ed “No Language Like Song” appeared in the September 16, 2011 issue of the New York Times.


Jessie Wilkerson‘s paper, “Where Movements Meet: Generations of Women’s Activism in the Appalachian South,” won the Gender & History Graduate Student Paper Prize at the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. She received a cash prize and an invitation to revise the paper for publication in Gender & History. In addition, Jessie received the Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship from Berea College for the Summer 2012, where she will be in residence for a month this summer.


Randy Browne has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Black Atlantic and African Diaspora History at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, beginning in fall 2012. Randy’s article, “The ‘Bad Business’ of Obeah: Power, Authority, and the Politics of Slave Culture in the British Caribbean,” was published in the July 2011 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly.


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