Job Placements and Post-Doctoral Positions
O. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight (adviser Jacquelyn D. Hall) has accepted a position as assistant professor in the Division of Business, Social Sciences and Public Services at Tidewater Community College in Virginia to begin in Fall 2013.
Jonathan Hancock (adviser Kathleen DuVal) has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship at Hendrix College in Arkansas. Jonathan successfully defended his dissertation in March 2013.
Jen Lynn (adviser Karen Hagemann) successfully defended her dissertation in the fall of 2012, and received her PhD degree in May 2013. She has a tenure-track assistant Professorship in the department of history at Montana State University Billings and will become the director of the university’s new program in Women’s and Gender Studies.
Steve Milder (adviser Konrad Jarausch) successfully defended his dissertation in Fall 2012. He is currently teaching at Duke University.
Richards Plavnieks (adviser Christopher Browning) successfully defended his dissertation in Fall 2012. He has accepted adjunct professorships at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.
Laura Premack (advisers John C. Chasteen and Lisa A. Lindsay) will continue her two-year position as Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies and Latin American Studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Laura successfully defended her dissertation in March 2013.
Research Fellowships and Grants
Brooke Bauer (adviser Kathleen DuVal) was awarded the Graduate School Sequoyah Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2013–2014. In addition, she received the American Philosophical Society Phillips Fund grant for Native American Research.
Amanda Bellows (advisers Louise McReynolds and W. Fitzhugh Brundage) has accepted an Advanced Research Fellowship, American Councils Title VIII Research Scholar Grant to conduct dissertation research in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia.
Justin Blanton (adviser Cynthia Radding) was awarded a Graduate School Off-Campus dissertation Fellowship to conduct research in Bolivia and Brazil during spring semester 2013, in addition to the MEMS research grant to support his dissertation research, 2012–2013.
Christina Carroll (adviser Lloyd S. Kramer)received a Jeanne Marandon Fellowship from the SPFFA [Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique] and a Farrar Memorial Award from the Society for French Historical Studies to support dissertation research in France in the summer and fall of 2013.
Rachel Hynson (adviser Kathryn Burns) received the UNC Program in Sexuality Studies Graduate Research Fellowship for 2013, and a Mellon Dissertation Research Award from the UNC Institute for the Study of the Americas.
Jason B. Kauffman (adviser Cynthia Radding) was awarded two research grants to support his dissertation from the Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science for research in archival collections at the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Science and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology during the 2013–2014 academic year.
Jennifer Kosmin (adviser Melissa M. Bullard) was awarded a dissertation completion fellowship by the Association of American University Women and a Graduate School Royster Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2013–2014.
Anndal Narayanan (adviser Donald M. Reid) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to support his dissertation research in France, 2013–2014. In addition he was awarded the Graduate School Georges Lurcy Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship.
Stephen Riegg (advisers Louise McReynolds and Donald J. Raleigh) has accepted a fellowship from American Councils for International Education for a year of dissertation research in Russia and Armenia. Prior to going abroad in the fall, he is spending part of the summer as a Short Term Scholar at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Alex Ruble (adviser Karen Hagemann) has received a Fulbright Fellowship to support her dissertation research in Germany during 2013–2014.
Mishio Yamanaka (adviser Heather Williams) was selected to participate in the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative Graduate fellows Program for 2013–2014, and received a summer research Grant from the Center for the Study of the American South.
History Department Awards
University and Other Departmental Awards
The Center for the Study of the American South and the Southern Oral History Program have selected the following History graduate students as Research Fellows for 2013–2014:
Daphne Fruchtman (adviser Heather Williams)
Prizes and Distinctions
Gary Guadagnolo (adviser Donald J.Raleigh) published an article: “‘Who am I?’: Revolutionary Narratives and the Production of the Minority Self in the Early Soviet Era,” REGION: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia 2, no. 1 (2013): 69–93.
Ricky W. Law (PhD 2012; advisers Christopher R. Browning and W. Miles Fletcher) received the Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation completed in 2012 on “Knowledge Is Power: The Interwar German and Japanese Mass Media in the Making of the Axis.”
Xaris Martínez (adviser W. Fitzhugh Brundage) was selected by the Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards (SUTASA) Committee as one of this year’s recipients of an undergraduate teaching award (2012–2013).
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.
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.
J. Franklin Williamson‘s (adviser Konrad Jarausch) “Between Submission and Subversion: Mourning for the War Dead in East Germany, 1945–1975” has been selected for the Otis Simpson Prize of the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association for the best paper presented at the 2011 or 2012 annual meeting.