Graduate Student News & Awards 2016–2017

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Prizes, Awards, and Fellowships

  •  Jeffrey Erbig was awarded the Dean’s Dissertation Award for best dissertation in the Humanities and Fine Arts.

Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Graduate School Off-Campus Dissertation research fellowships

Graduate School Summer Research Awards

UNC-KCL Workshop

Clein Internship Awards

Quinn Dissertation Completion Fellowships

FLAS fellowships

  • Max Lazar to study Yiddish
  • Alyssa Skarbek to study Mayan
  • Daniel Velásquez to study Portuguese
  • Daniela Weiner to study German (& recieved the Christopher Browning Holocaust Studies research and travel grant from the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies for this summer)
  • Justin Wu to study Japanese

Other Fellowships

  • Nicole Bauer won 2nd place in the Graduate School’s “Three Minute Thesis” competition.
  • Alyssa Bowen and Mark Reeves received SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowships.
  • Maikel Fariñas Borrego received the following:
    • Eliana Rivero Research Scholarship in Cuban Studies, Florida International University, spring 2016
    • Chancellor’s Doctoral Candidacy Award, summer 2015
    • Mellon Conference Travel Award, summer 2015
    • IME Travel Award, summer 2015
  • Kirsten Cooper has received a doctoral fellowship from the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel; an Austria Fulbright, a five-month DAAD research fellowship, and the American Friends of the Herzog August Bibliothek Travel Stipend.
  • Brian Drohan received honorable mention for the Coffman First-Manuscript Prize from the Society for Military History.
  • Corey Ellithorpe received the following:
    • UNC Graduate School, year-long Dissertation Completion Fellowship
    • International Numismatics Council Travel Grant
    • Institut für Klassische Archäologie Travel Grant
    • Associazione Italiana di Cultura Classica, Anna Carbé Grant (finalist)
  • Trevor Erlacher received the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies award for best graduate student essay.
  • Joel Hebert was awarded a Fulbright to conduct research in Canada next year.
  • Dakota Irvin has received a Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship, administered by ASEEES.
  • Max Lazar received a summer research grant from the Center for Jewish Studies.
  • Sarah McNamara received the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Carol Prince was offered a position as a field scholar at the SOHP for the 2016-2017 academic year through the Archie Davis Fellowship.
  • Samee Sidiqui received a Phillips Ambassador grant for summer research in Asia.
  • Robert S. Richard received the Archie K. Davis Fellowship from the North Carolinian Society to support his dissertation research at the State Archive in Raleigh.
  • Alyssa Skarbek received a 2016 Tinker Field Research Grant from the Institute for the Study of the Americas.
  • Allison Somgyi received a one-year renewal on her Claims Conference dissertation research grant.
  • Daniel Velásquez received a Tinker Pre-Dissertation grant from the Institute for the Study of the Americas and a James R. Scobie Award from the Conference for Latin American History.
  • Mary Elizabeth Walters received an ABC-CLIO Research Grant from the Society for Military History and an Allen R. Millet Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Society for Military History.
  • Jessica Wilkerson received the Herbert G. Gutman Prize from the Labor and Working-Class History Association.
  • Garrett Wright received a Small Research Grant from the UNC Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program as well as the Sallie Markham Michie U.S. History Award from the Daughters of the Revolution’s Davie Poplar Chapter.


  • Amanda Bellows has published “Selling Servitude, Captivating Consumers: Images of Bondsmen in Russian and American Advertisements, 1880-1915,” in the Journal of Global Slavery (March, 2016).
  • Dakota Irvin has an article forthcoming in Revolutionary Russia.
  • Corey Ellithorpe
    • “Striking a Dissonant Chord: The Geographical Targeting of Trajan’s ‘debellator’ Coinage in Dacia.” in Proceedings of the XVth International Numismatic Congress.
    • Book Chapter: “Reverse Type Preferencing for Ritualistic Consumption?  A New Examination of Roman Imperial Coinage Found in Sacred Contexts.” in Money and Ritual in the Greco-Roman World.
  • Mark Reeves has published article entitled “Teaching Decolonization beyond the Nation: The Case of West Africa.” World History Connected (June, 2016).


  • Amanda Bellows accepted a Bernard and Irene Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellowship at the New York Historical Society for the 2016-2017 year. This position will also allow me to teach one course per semester at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts of the New School in Manhattan.
  • Christina Carroll accepted a job as an assistant professor at Kalamazoo College.
  • Liz Ellis has accepted a tenure-track position at NYU.
  • Evan Falkenbury accepted a tenure-track position at SUNY Cortland.
  • Joey Fink will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at High Point University next year.
  • Gary Guadagnolo accepted a positions as senior analyst in the Strategic Research division of Education Advisory Board, a higher-education consulting company based in Washington, DC.
  • Derek Holmgren accepted a position as visiting assistant professor in the Wake Forest University Department of history for 2016-17.
  • Joshua Lynn has accepted a position as Post-Doctoral Associate and Lecturer at the Center for the Study of Representative Institutions at Yale.
  • Sarah McNamara has accepted a tenure-track position at Texas A&M University.
  • Warren Milteer (who has been an assistant professor at Virginia Tech since graduating in 2014) has accepted a tenure-track position at University of South Carolina.
  • Jeanine Navarette accepted a positions as senior analyst in the Strategic Research division of Education Advisory Board, a higher-education consulting company based in Washington, DC.
  • Jon Powell has accepted an adjunct position at William Peace University.
  • Stephen Riegg has accepted a tenure-track position at Texas A&M University.
  • Laura Sims has a one-year teaching and research position at the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale (in France).
  • Kristen Twardowski accepted a position at Duke University Press as a Sales and Marketing Research Assistant.

DAAD Awarded Graduate Study Scholarships To Two History Department Graduate Students

The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst/German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Graduate Study Scholarships are open to all disciplines and allow recipients to study in Germany as part of a postgraduate or master’s degree program. Caroline Nilsen and Alexandria Ruble earned two out of a total 159 Graduate Study Scholarships awarded this year.

NILSEN_CarolineNilsen ’18 is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in modern European history and is using the award to conduct research for her dissertation. Her research interests include World War II, occupation, eugenics, gender, sexuality and memory. This fall, she has been conducting research in the national archives located in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany. Her next research stop will be Norway.

RUBLE_AlexandriaRuble ’16 is currently a visiting scholar at the Institut fuer Geschichtswissenschaft at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Her academic interests include modern European and German history, post-1945 history, global history, and women’s and gender history. Building on a master’s in history she earned from UNC in 2012, Ruble is pursuing a doctoral degree in European and gender history. (Fall 2015)

Heritage Arts Initiative Spotlights Haliwa-Saponi drummer and singer Marty Richardson


In 2010 and 2011, the North Carolina Folklife Institute—with partners including the Warren County Library and Arts Council, members of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe, and the Concerned Citizens of Tillery—conducted research on the living and historical traditions of Warren, Vance, and Halifax Counties. The project is a chapter of NCFI’s Statewide Heritage Initiative, which has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Resourceful Communities Program of the Conservation Fund. NCFI folklorists Michael Taylor and Sarah Bryan interviewed dozens of tradition bearers in the three-county region, Taylor working primarily with musicians, and Bryan documenting non-musical traditions. Marty Richardson, a History PhD Candidate, was spotlighted as a Haliwa-Saponi drummer and singer. He is a founding member of the Stoney Creek Singers and a leader in the Tutelo-Saponi language revitalization movement. Click here to read more. (Fall 2015)

The American Historical Association Announces Inaugural Career Diversity for Historians Departmental Grants

Congratulations to one of the inaugural recipients Anna Krome-Lukens, Project Director, working with Chad Bryant, Director of Graduate1383055132-bpfull Study; and John Sweet, Director of Graduate Placement. The History Department plans to create infrastructure to expand their alumni network; design and administer a survey of graduate students about their career goals at key moments in their graduate career; and support a student-organized conference. Grant funds will be used to fund graduate students to collect and make available the alumni and graduate student survey data. They will also use grant funds to host a graduate student organized regional conference on via “Professional Lives of Historians,” a new graduate course in professional development. Click here to read AHA’s full announcement. (Fall 2015)
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