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History Major elected Co-President of Campus Y

Alexander Peeples, a History major, was elected co-president of the Campus Y. Professor Emily Burrill says, “he’s truly one of the most remarkable students I’ve had at UNC.” The Campus Y’s mission is to engage students, the UNC campus, and communities in the pursuit of social justice. Peeples said social justice is an important part of UNC’s campus. “UNC, I think, needs social justice … more now than ever,” he said. “I think that’s a little cliche, and the Campus Y has done a good job this year, and we can continue to do a better job.” Click here to read more about the Campus Y and it’s efforts.

History Department Fall 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Initiates

Congratulations to the outstanding history majors who became members of Phi Beta Kappa Fall 2016!

  • Lea Efird
  • George Johnson
  • Adrienne Marlo Kronovet
  • Meredith Gracen Miller
  • Austin Michael Mueller
  • Lauren Trushin

History Department Spring 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Initiates

Congratulations to the outstanding history majors who became members of Phi Beta Kappa Spring 2016!

  • Shannon Brien
  • Elizabeth Mary Carbone
  • Griffin Bennett Creech
  • Tali Rose de Groot
  • Zack Austin Powers
  • Sarah Estelle Schauber

Traces, the UNC Undergraduate Journal of History, has won another prize from Phi Alpha Theta

Traces, our Undergraduate History journal that is now in its fourth year, has won another prize from Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. The journal won the award for being the best national journal in its first year, and has won the second prize the past two years.  Outstanding work by the staff of Traces, which for the most recent issue included Dr. Max Owre (chief faculty advisor), Mark Hornburg (editor), Maggie Howell, Eric Medlin, Augusta Dell’Omo, Peter Vogel, Burt Westermeier, Joel Hebert, Scott Krause, and Jeanine Navarette.(Fall 2015)

History Department Fall 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Initiates

Congratulations to the outstanding history majors who became members of Phi Beta Kappa Fall 2015!

  • Augusta Lynn Dell’Omo
  • Griffin Frederick Lerner
  • Joshua William Ohaus

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. (Fall 2015)

History Department Boasts Twenty-two 2014–2015 Phi Beta Kappa Initiates

Congratulations to the outstanding history majors who became members of Phi Beta Kappa in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015!

  • William Perry Almquist
  • Katharine Wood Batchelor
  • Morgan Eileen Burke
  • Lonnie Wayne Carraway Jr.
  • Elizabeth Crenshaw Chase
  • Abigail Cooksey
  • Andrew Alan Dinwiddie
  • Kate E. Griffin
  • Meghan Victoria Herwig
  • Alexander Keith
  • Harold B. McKnight
  • Graham B. Morgan
  • Luke William Neenan
  • Anna Noone
  • Miles J. Owens
  • Megan Elizabeth Przybyla
  • Carson E. Rouse
  • David Russell
  • Matthew W. Spangler
  • Katherine T. Spencer
  • Coco Nell Wilder
  • Brenna Renee Yellin



 Ttraceshird Issue of Department of History Student Journal Published

The 2015 issue of history student journal, Traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History, has been published. Volume three contains a roundtable about the North Carolina Politics, articles and essays by both undergraduates and graduate students, as well as reviews of books, films, and exhibitions. The journal’s success reflects the hard and effective work by many students. They include Executive and Founding Editor Mark W. Hornburg, Editor-in-Chief Maggie Howell, Senior Editors Augusta Dell’Omo, Peter Vogel and Burt Westermeier Graduate Editors Joel Hebert, Scott Krause and Jeanine Navarrete, and members of the Editorial Board Turner Albernaz, Emily Cathey, Griffin Creech, Chiraayu Gosrani, Grace Tatter, Martha Upton. (Spring 2015)

Scott Nelson Course Paper Accepted for Publication by West Point

Scott Nelson, a senior UNC History major, is being published in West Point’s Undergraduate Historical Review Journal the “Report”. His paper is titled, “Snatching Bodies, Making Doctors: Stealing black corpses for medical education in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American South.” His paper was written in a History 398 course under the instruction of Dr. John Kasson. (3/23/15)

 Phi Alpha Theta Hosts History Quiz Bowl

On March 1, UNC’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, hosted a history-themed quiz bowl tournament for high school students from surrounding counties. UNC senior and Phi Alpha Theta member Katie Harper organized the event with help of fellow members Burt Westermeier, Cate Hutson, Meredith Pate, Lauren Overby, and Maggie Howell, among others. Prof. Lisa Lindsay, as the adviser of UNC’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, also helped make the quiz bowl a success. Prof. W. Fitzhugh Brundage, History Department Chair, adjudicated the final round and during lunch high school students visited with two of the History Department’s professors, Prof. Miles Fletcher and Prof. Lloyd Kramer. The following high schools brought one or more teams: from Durham County, Northern High School, Trinity School, and Durham School of the Arts; from Wake County, Millbrook High School, Wakefield High School, and Cary High School; and North Carolina School of Science and Math. Millbrook High School’s team won first place against the Durham School of the Arts team in the final round. Phi Alpha Theta members enjoyed the event and hope that UNC’s chapter can annually organize such a quiz bowl to engage North Carolina youth, inspire a passion for history, and provide prospective students with an opportunity to learn about Carolina.

 Second Issue of Department of History Student Journal Shares Top Honors

tracesThe Department of History is proud to announce that in 2013 its student journal, Traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History, tied for first prize in the 2013 Gerald D. Nash History Journal Award competition sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. In 2012, the inaugural issue of Traces earned second prize in this competition. Volume two contained a roundtable about the Civil War, articles by undergraduates based on original research and essays by both undergraduates and graduate students, as well as reviews of books, films, and exhibitions by graduate students. The journal’s success reflects the hard and effective work by many students. They include Executive and Founding Editors G. Lawson Kuehnert and Mark W. Hornburg, Senior Editors Maggie Howell and Michael Welker, Graduate Editors Gary Guadagnolo and Jeanine Navarrete, Director of Finance Chase Haislip, and members of the Editorial Board Augusta Dell’Omo, Anna Langley, Bo Stump, Grace Tatter, Peter Vogel, Burt Westermeier, and Tom Wolf. (2013)

History Department Boasts Twenty-one 2013–2014 Phi Beta Kappa Initiates

Congratulations to the outstanding history majors who became members of Phi Beta Kappa in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014!

  • Erin Elizabeth Brown
  • Colleen Elizabeth Fisher
  • Richard Meyer Frost
  • Haley Ann Gfeller
  • Adam Douglas Glasser
  • Reid Justus Hamilton
  • Richard Turner Henderson
  • Erica Morgan Hicks
  • Scott Hiers
  • Matthew Kerns Humphries
  • Aislinn Rose Klos
  • William Gray Lindsey
  • Scott Parker Nelson
  • Anderson Herman Phillips
  • Oliver Brennan Rose
  • Kristopher Michael Sandifer
  • Atar Stav
  • Jessica Lynn Stone
  • Grace Tatter
  • Michael David Welker
  • Thomas Ingram Wolf



Sarah Bufkin, History and Cultural Studies Major, Is 2013 Mitchell Scholarship RecipientBufkin

Sarah Bufkin, a senior History and Cultural Studies major, has been selected for a Mitchell Scholarship, which supports graduate studies in Ireland. Sarah was one of 12 Americans selected for this prestigious award, which provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend for one year. She will pursue a master’s degree in moral, legal and political philosophy at Queens University in Belfast. “It’s such a surprise, and it really is an incredible honor to represent UNC over in Northern Ireland,” Bufkin said. “It’s also the crowning achievement of my four years in Chapel Hill. And it will allow me to do more, to learn more—to get a Master’s, which is something I never thought I would be looking to do this soon after graduating. I’m quite ecstatic.”  “Sarah is an extraordinary scholar, a deep thinker and an accomplished poet,’’ said Linda Dykstra, director of UNC’s Office of Distinguished Scholarships. “The opportunity to pursue a Master of Arts degree at Queens University Belfast is a perfect match for this exceptional woman.”

 History Majors Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Fall 2013

The History Department would like to offer hearty congratulations to the history majors and history double majors who were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this fall!
Congratulations to:

Reid Justus Hamilton
Matthew Kerns Humphries
Aislinn Rose Klos
William Gray Lindsey
Scott Parker Nelson
Anderson Herman Phillips
Thomas Ingram Wolf

Lawson Kuehnert’s “Grace and Gasoline” Wins Elie Wiesel Prize

George “Lawson” Kuehnert (BA 2013, adviser James L. Leloudis) has won Second Prize in the 2013 Elie Wiesel Ethics Essay Contest. In his essay, “Grace and Gasoline: Self-Immolations in Modern Tibet and the Ethical Limits of Nonviolent Protest,” he questions the ethical limits of nonviolent protest and if self-immolation is a moral good or simply the cause of unnecessary human suffering. Raised in Morganton, NC, Lawson graduated from UNC with Honors. He served as an Executive and Founding Editor of traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History. Before graduating, he received the Eugene Jackson Award for his leadership and contributions to the University.

History Student Honored at Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony

Lawson Kuehnert ’13 garnered the E. Eugene Jackson Award, given annually to the member of the graduating class whose leadership and selfless dedication have strengthened class pride and University loyalty, enriched the lives of seniors, and made a significant contribution to the University. Kuehnert was the inaugural managing editor of the award-winning traces, a student journal of history.

Five History Majors Win SURFS Fellowships to Pursue 2013 Summer Research

Congratulations to Aislinn Klos, Grace Tatter, Elizabeth Tolleson, Eric Walston, and Michael Welker, who will spend will spend the summer engaged in research, thanks to 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) awarded by the Office for Undergraduate Research. SURF award recipients receive at least $3,000. Funding for the SURF program comes from many sources including Honors Carolina, the Cancer Center, Carolina First campaign, and the Carolina Parents Council. Successful applicants are also expected to present their research at UNC’s annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research held in April. (2013)

Fitz Brundage and History Students Create Digital “Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina”

Brundage_Fitz_3_edited-300x200A new UNC digital collection, Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina (CommLand), is creating a portrait of the state’s history through monuments, shrines and public art. W. Fitzhugh Brundage, pictured at left in front of the Thomas Wolfe Monument on the Carolina campus, is featured in the College of Arts & Sciences web site piece by Kim Weaver Spurr. Read it here: “Mapping Historical Memory: New digital collection documents the state’s history through monuments, shrines, public art” (2013)


Hillary Hollowood Named Gilder Lehrman History Scholar

History major Hillary Hollowood is one of fifteen students in the nation selected this year for the prestigious Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Award. She will travel to New York City in June for special programs and tours with her fellow Scholars. She was advised by Joseph Glatthaar.

In her own words, Hillary explained her path to this exceptional honor: “I became interested in what I refer to broadly as Confederate civilian history when I took Dr. Glatthaar’s 390 seminar on the American Civil War. I stumbled upon Rowan County because it was one of the few areas with a consistent newspaper publication before, during, and after the Civil War and turned up wonderfully interesting information. Dr. Glatthaar urged me to continue my work by writing an honors thesis and helped me find grants that allowed me to travel to the National Archives in D.C. twice for research. There I found fascinating primary sources that both significantly contributed to my project and left me with even more questions. Eventually this resulted in completing my thesis entitled ‘A Blessing and a Curse: The North Carolina Railroad and the American Civil War in Rowan County, North Carolina, 1850–1870.’

“Dr. Glatthaar encouraged me to apply for the Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award, for which I submitted a sample from my thesis and a personal statement about my internship at Historic Stagville in Durham, working as a bartender at Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill, and the way that the National Archives and my thesis made me realize I want to be a historian. After graduating in May I am going to Europe for a month and will participate in the scholar’s weekend in New York City in June. As of right now, the plan is to take a year off and do further research on topics I did not get to fully explore as I was writing my thesis. I hope to begin a history Ph.D. program in the fall of 2014.” (2013)

History Honors Symposium April 23

Honors 2013History Honors students gathered for their annual presentation of research results. Friends, professors, and families came to Hamilton 569 on April 23 to hear some of the best in UNC undergraduate research and to enjoy end-of-year refreshments. Click here to read more about the projects.(2013)





UNC History Graduate Wins American Historical Association Undergraduate Writing Prize

T. Fielder Valone ’11 received the American Historical Association’s Raymond J. Cunningham Prize for the best article published in a history department journal written by an undergraduate student. Valone, currently a doctoral student at Indiana University, was honored for “Destroying the Ties that Bind: Rituals of Humiliation and the Holocaust in Provincial Lithuania,” which appeared in the inaugural issue of traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History (spring 2012). Christopher Browning was his faculty adviser.

Inaugural Issue of History Department Student Journal Honored

Traces: the UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History, has received second prize in the 2012 competition for the Gerald D. Nash History Journal Award, presented annually by Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society Inc. The executive student editors, Mark Hornburg and Lawson Kuehnert, deserve hearty congratulations for this accomplishment. Their faculty adviser is W. Miles Fletcher.

2012 History Graduate Awarded First Prize in the Elie Wiesel Foundation’s 2012 Ethics Essay Contest

Sarah Ransohoff ’12 traveled to New York City to accept first prize in the Elie Wiesel Foundation’s 2012 Ethics Essay Contest on September 20. Full-time juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges and universities are eligible to apply. The Foundation supplies suggested topics, but students are free to write about any topic as long as it pertains to ethics. You can read Sarah’s essay, “The Ethical Issues of Energy Dependence: Slavery in 1850s America and Oil Today” here. Her faculty adviser on the project was Joe Glatthaar. (2012)

Walker Elliott’s UNC Honors Thesis Recognized

Walker Elliott’s 2011 honors thesis, “Slipping in the Back Door: Lumbee Indian Access to Higher Education in the Jim Crow South,” was the award committee’s unanimous choice for this year’s Hugh T. Lefler Undergraduate Award from the Historical Society of North Carolina. He was advised by Theda Perdue. Walker graduated in 2011 with highest honors and a double major in German and History, and is pursuing a PhD in History at the University of Michigan. (2011)


Sarah Ransohoff Wins Elie Wiesel Prize

Senior History major Sarah Ransohoff has won the Elie Wiesel Prize for Ethics for her essay on oil and slavery. The prize includes a trip to New York to meet Elie Wiesel, an award, and $5,000. Her thesis adviser was Joseph Glatthaar.(2011-2012)


Kristen Maye Named Gilder Lehrman History Scholar

History and African American Studies major Kristen Maye, a rising senior, is one of ten students in the nation selected this year for the prestigious Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program. Maye will participate in a five-week intensive history research program in New York City this summer.

“Kristen has an infectious enthusiasm for learning,” says Professor Jerma Jackson. “In my course on the history of African American women, she consistently posed thoughtful, scintillating questions. Kristen has a passion for history that stretches back to her high school years when she volunteered at the Museum of the American South in Charlotte. While at Chapel Hill, Kristen has interned at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. I am thrilled that she will have an opportunity to pursue hands-on research this summer and also gain exposure to different facets of doing history.”

The Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program identifies and supports the top undergraduate majors in American history across the country. Recipients of the five-week scholarship develop primary source research projects using rare, unpublished historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection on the founding era, slavery and abolition, or the Civil War. History Scholars meet and study in small seminars led by distinguished historians. In past years, seminars have been led by renowned professors such as David Blight, Eric Foner, and Carol Berkin. The students also receive behind-the-scenes tours of rare archives at such iconic New York institutions as the New-York Historical Society, the New York Public Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To find out more, visit http://www.gilderlehrman.org/education/hs_overview.php. (2011)

Carolina Parents Council Awards UNCCH History Department $6,000 for Undergraduate Journal

On Sunday, April 10, 2011, the Carolina Parents Council was pleased to announce the awarding of a $6,000 grant to the UNC–CH Department of History for the purpose of funding the University’s first undergraduate journal of history. It will provide an important venue for undergraduates at Carolina to publish the results of their historical research. As the founders of the journal, UNC–CH sophomore G. Lawson Kuehnert, a history and economics major, and UNC–CH graduate student in history, Mark Hornburg, have spent the 2010–2011 school year soliciting support and developing the framework forTraces: the UNC-Chapel Hill Undergraduate Journal of History. As part of that process, in February 2011, Kuehnert and Hornburg applied for funding through the Carolina Parents Council grant program, which awards funds for new and innovative initiatives that contribute to the quality of undergraduate student life and learning at Carolina. The funds will be used to create a website for the journal and to print two issues during the academic year, 2011–2012. Professor W. Miles Fletcher is serving as the faculty adviser. (2011)


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