2021-22 History Student Awards

The History department is pleased to announce the following student awards for majors in AY 2021-2022.

Senior Recognition Flyer
History Department Senior Recognition Party

Please Join The History Department Senior Recognition Party on Thursday, May 5th, 2022 @ Thorne Lawn Tent from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm

Thomas Balcerski
Dr. Thomas Balcerski Named Visiting Billington Professor for 2022-23

We are pleased to announce Dr. Thomas Balcerski of Eastern Connecticut State University as the Visiting Billington Professor of U.S. History for 2022-23.

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History alumna's letter to the editor of “The Occidental" decries anti-Asian student text messages and critiques inadequate administrative response

Emily Jo Wharry '20, double major in history and politics and winner of the History Department's 2020 Hardy Prize for Best Senior Thesis, offers a powerful critique of the administration’s inadequate response to the harm caused by recent anti-Asian racist and xenophobic student texts as well as wise recommendations for forging a path towards meaningful community action and healing.

Mellon Grant to Fund "Humanities for Just Communities" Initiative
$1.5 Million Grant from the Mellon Foundation

Professor Puerto is co-PI and co-Director of a $1.5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation, which will fund Oxy’s Humanities for Just Communities program

Professor Sharla Fett
Dr. Sharla Fett Appointed Robert Glass Cleland Professor of American History

Sharla Fett has been appointed Robert Glass Cleland Professor of American History in recognition of her achievements in teaching, scholarship, and service to the College and her academic department.

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History Department Senior Comps Presentations

On December 1 and 3, 2021, History majors in the class of 2022 gave presentations on their senior comprehensive projects.

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Congrats, Gus Grunau, Winner of the History Department 2021 Junior Paper Prize

Gus Grunau ’22 is the recipient of the 2021 Junior Paper Prize for his essay titled, "Jews in the Historiography of North Africa: Identity, Agency, Jewish-Muslim Relations, and Colonial Boundaries."

The award was announced at the History Department Fall Party on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

Image of book cover for "Minerva's French Sisters," by Dr. Nina Rattner Gelbart
Fall Party to Feature Faculty Book Talk and Announcement of Junior Paper Prize

This year's History Department Fall Party will feature Prof. Nina Gelbart discussing her latest book Minerva's French Sisters: Women of Science in Enlightenment France (Yale University Press, 2021).  The department will also announce the winner of the Junior Paper Prize at the hors d'oeuvres reception that will immediately follow the lecture.

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