Recent Prizes, Fellowships, & Grants

Browse our recent student prizes, fellowships and grants.

Fall 2018 Prizes, Fellowships, & Grants

Fall 2017

Sara Awartani, PhD candidate, traveled to Chicago in November where she participated in two invited panels, both of which were based on her recently published article in Radical History Review. The first lecture, held at Batey Urbano in the heart of Chicago's Puerto Rican community, centered around discussions of Puerto Rican nationalism, identity, and resistance and was attended by a diverse crowd of scholars, activists, and community members. She was also invited to discuss her dissertation research with José López's undergraduate Puerto Rican history class and the Union for Puerto Rican Students at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Vyta Baselice presented “Making the Material Self: Beverly Buchanan’s Concrete Installations in Georgia. ” at the 2017 American Studies Association Conference. She also presented “The National Showroom: Marketing Concrete Construction in Washington, DC, 1950-70” at the Latrobe Chapter Society of Architectural Historians Conference in October 2017.

Thomas Dolan won an award from the Dr. Philip M Kayal Fund for Arab American Research. He presented a paper at the American Studies Association Conference titled “Empty Space: Unsettling Empire in Arab Detroit” as well as “Expertise and Authority: Contesting Journalistic Priorities in the Arab World” at the Arab German Young Academy of Science and Humanities conference in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute Kairo. Thomas is currently in residence at the Doha Institute.

Rebekah Turnmire presented a paper at the 4th annual African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference at the University of North Carolina Asheville in October.

Fall 2016

Sara Awartani At the 12th biennial Puerto Rican Studies Association's conference, Education, Gender, Equity, and Social Justice: Puerto Rican Alliances to Advance Change, I presented a paper titled, "'We Salute You and We Make Your Revolutionary Slogans Our Own': Puerto Rico, Palestine, and an Archive of Solidarity." I also presented the paper, "Two Occupied Nations, Two Diasporas, One Struggle: Palestine in the Puerto Rican Political Imaginary," at this years American Studies Association conference in Denver, Colorado. I also published a review of Paul Thomas Chamberlin's The Global Offensive: The United States, The Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order in the spring issue of Arab Studies Journal. Finally, I had an article manuscript accepted for publication in next year's (summer 2017) special issue of Radical History Review, "Puerto Rico: A US Colony in a Post-Colonial World?"

Ashley Brown is an Associate at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center in South Hadley, MA. Last spring, she was awarded a 1905 Fellowship from the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College.

Julie Chamberlain will be presenting a paper at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association, titled "Healing the Broken Body: Mother Teresa and the Transnational Politics of Compassion on Nov 17. 

Kimberly Probolus has been awarded an Honorable Mention by the The Cheiron Young Scholar prize committee for her paper  “Intentional Tests or Intelligence Tests? Legal Challenges to Racial Discrimination in Massachusetts Civil Service Officer Selection, 1967-1973.” Kimberly presented her paper at the the Barcelona joint conference of Cheiron and European Society for the History of the Human Sciences this past June.  She then submitted a revised version of the paper for consideration. The selection process was particularly competitive this year. The prize committee noted, "at one point the judges were deadlocked and even wanted to offer two prizes, but the publisher of Journal of History of Behavioral Science could not allow that, under the terms of the possible honorarium upon publication later in that journal. So, the tough decision was made."

Lauren Rever presented a paper at the 43rd Annual Conference on D.C. History hosted by the Historical Society of Washington D.C. ( on November 4th. 

My paper is titled "Barry Farm: The Landscape of Community" and is on a panel with the Historic Preservation Office titled "Land, Community, and Change: The Barry Farm Post-Civil War Community" moderated by city archaeologist Dr. Ruth Trocolli. Our focus on the Barry Farm neighborhood in D.C. is in anticipation of the 150th anniversary of the neighborhood in 2017, which was settled as a Freedman's Bureau. 

Spring 2016

Craig Allen published his paper "Spies Spying on Spies Spying," about the surveillance of post-World War II U.S. literary expatriates to Paris, in the July 2016 issue of the Australasian Journal of American Studies.

Sara Awartani traveled to Beirut, Lebanon to present her paper, "In Solidarity: Palestine in the Puerto Rican Political Imaginary," at the American University of Beirut's Center for American Studies and Research's 6th annual conference, Fragments of Empire After the American Century in January 2016.

Ashley Brown was inducted into the National Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society in April 2016. The ceremony was held at Yale University, where Bouchet became the first African American to earn a Ph.D., in 1876

Julie Chamberlain was a 2016 recipiention of the Cosmos Scholars Award from the Cosmos Club Foundation. Chamberlain also received a 2016 O’Donnell Research Grant (George H.W. Bush Library) from the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs and a research travel grant from Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame. She presented her paper “A Saint for Our Times": Mother Teresa, U.S. Foreign Relations, and the American Moral Imagination” at  the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, in San Diego, CA in June. 

Amanda Figueroa was the CCAS Distinguished Student Speaker, addressing doctoral and masters students in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences graduate program commencement on May 13, 2016

Amber Flinton presented her paper, “Performative Gendered Biographies in Social Media Food Images,” at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference in Seattle, Washington in March 2016. 

Brady Forrest presented at the English Graduate Student Symposium at GW in February 2016 and will be entering the English PhD program at GW in the Fall.

Kim Pendleton received the 2016 Lake Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at Indiana University.  In Jan 2016, Pendleton presented “Incarnational: The Politics and Promise of InterVarsity’s Global Urban Trek,” at the American Society of Church Historians in Atlanta, Georgia. She presented “Evangelicals Abroad: Abolition, Absolution, and the Economics of Fighting Sex Trafficking" at the English Graduate Student Association at George Washington University in February 2016. 


Fall 2015


Student Presentations

Ashley Brown presented her paper “A Sportive Solution to America’s Global Problems: Tennis as Counterpunch to Communist Propaganda.” at the 7th Annual Conference of the Society for United States Intellectual History on October 16, 2015.

Brady Forrest presented his paper “‘They Don’t Know About Us’”: A Queer Epistemology of One Direction” at the 2015 American Studies Association Annual Meeting.

Scott Larson's essay entitled “From Cod to Codpieces: Benjamin Franklin’s Guide to Food and Sex” was published in Notches, a peer-reviewed international history of sexuality blog. Read the full article here.

Shannon Davies Mancus' article “Mother Earth Tied to the Train Tracks: The Scriptive Implications of Melodrama in Climate Change in Global Warming Discourse” is being published this month in a special issue of the journal Performing Ethos.

Jason Michálek's essay entitled “Feminizing the Iron: Tony Stark’s Rescue” was published in the collection The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times by McFarland in July 2015. The essay uses feminist discourse analysis to explore the plural presentations of gender identities in the modern age of Marvel’s Iron Man comics.

Patrick Nugent published a four piece blog series for the American Historical Association's AHA Today, entitled “Ecological Explorations of Staten Island.” His posts can be found here. In October, he presented his paper “‘Ol’ Dirty Bastard’ Environmentalism: Staten Island Secession and Wu-Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers, 1990-1993,” at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Toronto. Nugent also presented his paper “Preserving the Staten Island Greenbelt: Ian McHarg, Ecological Design, and the Rise of ‘Natural Area Zoning,’ in New York City” at the Conference of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History in Los Angeles in November 2015.

Spring 2015

Craig Allen


2015 Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award

This spring, Craig was awarded France’s Chateaubriand Fellowship for 2016 as well as a Loughran Foundation Endowment Dissertation Research Grant for research at Oxford University in 2015, where he will researching the archives of the spy novelist John Le Carré (aka David Cornwall).

Megan Black


Two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Global American Studies at Harvard University


American Studies Association Students’ Committee, co-chair, Nov. 2014

American Studies Association “Anatomy of a Syllabus” chair, Nov. 2014

Ashley Brown


Graduate Student Essay Award from the North American Society for Sport History for her essay “Swinging for the State Department: American Women Tennis Players and the Politics of Gender in Goodwill Tours, 1941-1959.

Jacqueline Drayer


Fulbright Study Research Grant, 2015-16. Drayer plans on researching adaptively reused art museum architecture in Belgium.

Katie Kein


Moderator, “Author Meets Critics: The Black Body in Ecstasy,” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting, Nov. 15, 2014.

Scott Larson


‘Indescribable Being’: Theological Performances of Genderlessness in the Society of the Publick Universal Friend, 1776-1819,” Journal of Early American Studies, October 2014.

Joe Malherek


National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral fellowship with the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Philadelphia for the 2015-16 academic year.


“From the Ringstraße to Madison Avenue: Commercial Market Research and the Viennese Origins of the Mass Culture Debate, 1941-1961." Canadian Review of American Studies, article forthcoming.

Rahima Schwenkbeck


“Doused in Faygo and Scorn: Insane Clown Posse’s Paradox of Cool and the Culture Industry,” Black Sun: Undercurrents of (Un)popular Music. Ed. Scott Wilson. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, November 2014.