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Read the Department's 2010-2011 newsletter.

Distinguished Historian in Residence Anna Nelson was quoted in a Washington Post article on the release of The Public Papers of the President 2009.

On January 15, 2011, the Fourth Annual Black Entertainment Television (BET) Honors ceremony will recognize six individuals, including AU history alum Lonnie G. Bunch III, who is the founding director of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

David Dancis (BA, '08) is pursuing an MA in Masters in Corporate Communications/Public Relations at Georgetown University.

The National Archives has released a report by Richard Breitman and University of Florida Professor Norman J. Gouda that reveals how, far more than historians has previously realized,  American counterintelligence agents recruited former Gestapo officers, SS veterans and Nazi collaborators at the beginning of the Cold War.  For details, see the story in the December 12 edition of the New York Times. Dr. Breitman also spoke with the Associated Press, and more than 315 news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle,,, and republished the AP article.

Congratulations to Mustafa Aksakal on his receipt of a highly competitive fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The fellowship will allow him to spend AY2011-12 researching his new book, Ottoman Society at War, 1914-1918, both here and in the Turkish archives in Istanbul.

Congratulations to Distinguished Historian in Residence Albert Beveridge on his nomination to the National Council on Humanities. Dr. Beveridge is a founding member and Senior Counsel of the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C and has served as General Counsel of the American Historical Association for more than 15 years.  He was a founding member of the National Trust for the Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  In addition, Mr. Beveridge serves as a lecturer in history at Johns Hopkins University.

The History Department is pleased to announce that Kurt Karandy is the 2010 recipient of the History Department's Dorothy Gondos Beers award. This $5000 award, made possible by the generosity of Dorothy Gondos Beers, is awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate history student. Mr. Karandy is a senior whose academic interests and extracurricular activities intertwine. His service on the Board of Directors for the United Methodist Church's General Board of Church and Society has led him to explore religion's multifaceted impact on American culture and social life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is currently working on a senior thesis that examines the reaction of white Protestant churches to the emergence of Jim Crow between 1880 and 1920 and plans to pursue a masters' degree in theology, and eventually, pursue a PhD in history.

Alan Kraut contrasts last year's H1N1 flu virus scare with the far more deadly influenza epidemic of 1918.

Robert Kagan (PhD, '05) joined the Brookings Institution in September as a senior fellow. His dissertation broadly looked at U.S. foreign policy history; now he specializes in US-European relations.

Congratulations to Alexandra Lohse, Allen Mikaelian, Eric Singer and Sarah Thelen, who have been awarded Dissertation Fellowships for Spring 2011 by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies.  Each award carries a stipend of $10,000 and one credit of tuition remission.

Congratulations to Louie Milojevic, who received a research grant from the Harry S. Truman Library Institute.

Congratulations to Peter Kuznick on the publication of his new book, Rethinking the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Japanese and American Perspectives (Kyoto: Horitsu Bunkasha, 2010), co-authored with Akira Kimura.

Melvin Urofksy continues to garner awards for his magisterial Louis D. Brandeis: A Life (Pantheon, 2009), which has already won the
English-Speaking Union’s biography award, the Jewish Book Council’s Everett Family Foundation Book of the Year Award, and the 2010 Brandeis Medal from the University of Louisville Law School. He has just been named the recipeint of the Erwin Griswold Book Prize. Named in honor of long-serving Harvard Law School Dean Erwin N. Griswald, the prize is awarded on an occasional basis by The Supreme Court Historical Society when an especially meritorious book on the history of the Court is published.

Smithsonian historian Pamela Henson (and Public Historian In Residence) talks about "ghost sightings" at the Smithsonian Institution.

Read Frankie Martin's (BA, '06) article on anti-Muslim attitudes in the US in the Washington Post online.

Read the latest about Professor Peter Kuznick's collaboration with Oliver Stone, Untold History of the United States

PhD student Allen Mikaelian spends his semester researching an early 20th century international student movement.

Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly has published a paper by David Waltrop (PhD candidate), "Critical Issues in the History and Historiography of National Reconnaissance," based on his oral history project's historiographical survey.

In August, Peter Kuznick led another class of students to Hiroshima, to observe the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan. View the English language video produced by NHK, Japan's public television network. You can also read about the trip in the Seminole State College paper. For more information about the annual trip to Japan, see the page for AU's Nuclear Studies Institute.

Antonia Rath (BA, '10) is working as a writer/researcher for the Wisconsin State Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin.

AU Public History alum Priya Chhaya describes how to become an historical preservationist.

Read Professor Andrew Yarrow's article on the history of Social Security legislation and the difficulties of reform in the Fiscal Times.

Read about Laura Beers's new book, Your Britain: Media and the Making of the Labour Party, which was published by Harvard University Press in Spring 2010.

AU graduate Emily Weisner has been appointed Strategic Planner for the National Parks Service's Southwest Border Park Funding. Her job involves researching and writing a strategic plan on natural and cultural resource concerns in parks along the Mexican border in Texas and Arizona.

Congratulations to Pam Nadell on the publication of New Essays in American Jewish History (2010), co-edited with Jonathan D. Sarna and Lance J. Sussman.  This collection brings together essays by a veritable who's who in American Jewish History, including an essay by Pam entitled: "Yentil: From Yeshiva Boy to Syndrome."

Read the latest article from AU Today on history major Frankie Martin's (BA, '06) exploration of Islam in the United States. You can also read his article on the Afghanistan strategy of General Stanley McChrystal in the UK's Guardian.

Congratulations to 2010 graduate Jonathan Terrell, whose thesis won the Larry I. Bland Undergraduate Scholars Price for the best George C. Marshall Undergraduate Scholar paper of 2009-2010.  Jonathan's list of honors already included a Marshall Fellowship, a James Mooney Award, and the Oppenheim Prize.

History major Will Zeman appears in a recent New York Times article on students at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Congratulations to Louie Milojevic, who received a grant in aid from the Immigration History Research Center to support his doctoral research on Yugoslav-U.S. relations and immigrant identity during the Cold War.

AU History Professor Allan Lichtman predicts reelection for President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential race.

Read about the portfolio presentations given by graduating public history MA students in the May 18 issue of American Today.

Bernard J. Unti (PhD, '01), senior policy adviser for the Humane Society of the United States, was recently interviewed about the early history of the Humane Society.  Unti is the author of Protecting All Animals: A Fifty-Year History of the Humane Society of the United States (2004).

History alumna Beth Hill (MA, '95) has been named executive director of the Fort Ticonderoga historical site.

Jonathan Terrell has won the Department of History's Dorothy and Victor Gondos, Jr. Undergraduate Research Prize for his major seminar thesis paper, "Lies, Spies, and GIs:  Operation WADHAM and the Beginning of American Deception in the European Theater of Operations."

Congratulations to AU History graduate students Allan Mikaelian, who has been awarded the 2010-2011 Roger Brown dissertation fellowship, and Lorna Loring, who has been awarded the 2010-2011 Richard and Carol Breitman fellowship.

Congratulations to the three winners of the 2010 Janet Oppenheim prize, awarded annually for the best senior thesis.  This year’s winners are Abigail Kret, Lisa Plotkin and Jonathan Terrell.  Created in remembrance of a former AU History faculty member, the prize carries with it an award of $2,000 for each of the recipients.  All three will be recognized for their achievement at the reception following graduation on Sunday, May 9.

Congratulations to the following AU History graduate students who have received research funding from the College of Arts and Sciences: Nicolas Ercole, Allen Mikaelian, Loren Miller, Louie Milojevic, Shannon Mohan, Ann Rothfeld, Lauren Stelzer, Leah Suhrstedt, and Sarah Thelen.

AU History Professor Max Paul Friedman has been awarded an "Alumni Fellowship" by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  Friedman, who received a year long Humboldt Fellowship in 2004, will use the award to support revisions on his study of  anti-Americanism and foreign perceptions of U.S. foreign policy, which is under contract at Cambridge University Press. See Friedman's faculty profile at:

Congratulations to AU History students Kurt Karandy and Emily Poor, winners of the Dean's Undergraduate Resesarch Awards for Summer 2010.  Kurt will recieve an award that will allow him to research "Churches and Jim Crow in Washington, D.C." under the direction of Professor Kimberly Sims.  Emily Poor will study "The Treatment of Politics in Mid-20th Century British Mass Market Journals" under the direction of Professor Laura Beers.  These awards are made possible through a generous gift from AU trustee and alumna Robyn Rafferty Mathhias.

Congratulations to senior Tim Moore, who received the 2010 Honors Capstone Research Conference Honorable Mentionaward for his Capstone project presentation, "The Disneyfication of Stone Mountain: A Park's Response to Its Visitors."

Congratulations to Ryan Tanner-Read, whose paper “The American Philosophical Society and the Indian Question: Race and Science in Early America” won the Best Arts and Humanities Paper by an Undergraduate Award at the 2010 CAS Mathias Research Conference. The competition for this award was significant, with forty-nine students being eligible.

Congratulations to doctoral student Matthew R. Pembleton, who has won the Gondos Graduate Summer Research Fellowship. This award, made possible by a gift from Dorothy and Victor Gondos, Jr., supports research using the collections at the U.S. National Archives. Matt's dissertation focuses on the early contribution of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics to constructing a national security state.

Read Peter Kuznick's HNN interview on how he became a historian, on the Nuclear Studies Institute he founded in 1995, and on his collaboration with film maker Oliver Stone.

Congratulations to Kathy Franz, who will be the very first recipient of the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning's Teaching with Research Award.  The award will be given to her by Provost Scott Bass at a Noontime Conversation on Wednesday, February 17, at noon, in the Mary Graydon Center, room 5. 

In November, the 2009 volume of the Proceedings for the Western Society of French History, which is now an online publication hosted by the Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan University Library, went live.  This is the first of three volumes to be edited by AU History Professor April G. Shelford and Donna F. Ryan of Gallaudet University.  The Proceedings includes twenty-two articles covering aspects of French history from the medieval period to the twentieth century.

On February 17, AU History Professor Max Paul Friedman will be moderating an event at the Law School: "Why History Matters: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict," a talk by Victor Kattan of the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies.

Employers continue to endorse the importance of a broad, liberal education as opposed to the acquisition of narrower, technical skill sets.

Moira J. Maguire (PhD, 2003) has just published Precarious Childhood in Post-Independence Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2010).  Moira is Associate Professor of History at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.  She has also published:“A Hidden Agenda? The Carrigan Committee and Child Sexual Abuse in the Twentieth Century” New Hibernia Review, 2007; (Co-author) “‘A Good Beating Never Hurt Anyone’: The Punishment and Abuse of Children in Twentieth Century Ireland” Journal of Social History 2005;“Foreign Adoptions and the Formation of Irish Adoption Policy, 1945-52” Journal of Social History 2002; and“The Changing Face of Catholic Ireland: Conservatism and Liberalism in Ann Lovett and Kerry Babies Scandals” Feminist Studies Summer 2001.

Congratulations to PhD candidate Stephanie Jacobe, who was awarded an Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowship in Business History from Harvard University.

AU PhD (2001) Bernard Unti, Senior Policy Adviser and Special Assistant to the President of the Humane Society is widely quoted in a recent issue of CQ Researcher. Unti is the author of Protecting All Animals: A Fifty-Year History of the Humane Society of the United States (2004).

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