Suh Recognized with Hardman Award for Excellence in Service to the Emory Community

Congratulations to Dr. Chris Suh, Assistant Professor, on receiving the 2020 Laura Jones Hardman Award for Excellence in Service to the Emory Community at the Emory Crystal Apple Awards ceremony earlier this semester. The Crystal Apple Awards honor faculty members who go above and beyond in their search for knowledge and involvement in the Emory community. The awards are sponsored by the Residence Hall Association. Each year, students are asked to nominate their professors based on select criteria.

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Eckert Wins Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award

Congratulations to Dr. Astrid M. Eckert, Associate Professor of History, on being awarded the Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. The award is presented annually to faculty members in each of the four undergraduate schools in recognition of a record of excellence in undergraduate teaching. The award was established by Emory Williams, a 1932 Emory College alumnus and long-time trustee. Eckert is one of only six faculty on campus to receive the award this year. Read more about the Undergraduate Teaching Award, including past recipients.

Yannakakis and Premo Discuss Law, its Spaces, and its Practitioners in Colonial Mexico and Peru

Dr. Yanna Yannakakis, Associate Professor of History, recently published a conversation about law in colonial Latin America with Dr. Bianca Premo, Professor of History at Florida International University. Their piece is published as a part of the History and the Law Project within the Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas Programme. The conversation includes discussion of Yannakakis’s digital project, “Power of Attorney,” which we featured in 2018: “Recent Faculty Publications: Q & A with Yanna Yannakakis about ‘Power of Attorney.’

Read the piece by Yannakakis and Premo here: “On not going to court in colonial Spanish America: A conversation between Bianca Premo and Yanna Yannakakis.”

Celebrating the Class of 2020: April 29, 2-3:30pm

The History Department will host the 2019-20 senior celebration on Wednesday, April 29, from 2-3:30pm via Zoom. Below are a few of the history majors that will be individually recognized at the event. ‘

Phi Alpha Theta, Tau Chapter: 2019-2020 Graduates

Hannah Fuller
Parth Goyal
Junyi Han
Yazmina Sarieh
Emily Sharp
Isaiah Sirois
Abigail Stern
Jonathan Tao
Daniel Thomas
Minnie Yang

2019-2020 Honors Graduates

Drew Bryant
Director: Adriana Chira
“International Activism and the Women’s Human Rights Movement: 1990-2000”

Hannah Fuller
Director: Matthew Payne
“A Tale of Two Trials”

Junyi Han
Director: Tonio Andrade
“Guoshang Cemetery and the Collective Memory of World War II”

Christina Ocean
Director: Valerie Babb, English Dept.
“Martin Luther King, Jr., the Dreamer: The Power Invoked by Dreaming in Black Literature and Culture”

Martin Pimentel
Director: Jason Ward
“Detrioters: The Rise and Fall of the Detroit Rumor Control Center, 1967-1969”

Diego Romero
Director: Yanna Yannakakis
“Feathered Empire: Change in Central Mexico in the 16th Century”

Noah Roos
Director: Matthew Payne
“The Tundra and the Desert: Soviet-Iraq Relations, 1968-1972”

Kate Sandlin
Director: Clifton Crais
“What Are You Afraid Of: Witchcraft Suppression in the Northern Province, South
Africa in the Twentieth Century”

Emily Sharp
Director: Benjamin Reiss, English Dept.
“Roy Cohn’s America: Conservatism, Sexual Politics, and Memory in the Twenty-
First Century”

Isaiah Sirois
Director: Daniel LaChance
“A Little Encouragement in Pulling Themselves Up by Their Own Bootstraps:
American Individualism and Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship”

Jonathan Tao
Director: Tonio Andrade & Cynthia Patterson
“Bactria and the Cultural Legacy of Alexander the Great in the East”

2019-2020 Senior Awards

George P. Cuttino Prize (best record in European history):
Hannah Fuller

James Z. Rabun Prize (best record in American history):
Isaiah Sirois

Latin America & Non-Western World Prize (best record in Latin America & Non-Western World History):
Kate Sandlin

Matthew A. Carter Citizen-Scholar Award (high academic achievement & good works in the community):
Yazmina Sarieh

Fox Center Fellow Junyi Han (20C) Researches Post-WWII Collective Memory in China

Senior Junyi Han, a History and Media Studies double major, recently contributed a post to the Fox Center Fellows’ blog about her research. Han is completing her honors thesis on collective memory of World War II in China with a micro-historical study of the Tengchong Guoshang Cemetery, the earliest and largest burial ground in mainland China for Guomindang soldiers killed in World War II. Read the Fox Center’s biography of Han below along with the full article, “Guoshang Cemetery and Chinese Collective Memory, 1945 and Beyond.”

Junyi Han is a senior double majoring History and Media Studies. She is currently working on an honors thesis that examines war memories through the case of the Chinese Expeditionary Forces, a military unit dispatched to Burma and India by the Nationalist government in 1942 in support of the Allied efforts against Japanese invasion in Asia. The thesis will answer how and why the war efforts of the Chinese Expeditionary Force started to be recognized in mainland China in the late twentieth century. It will explore how war memories and post-war politics have mutually shaped each other, and thus provide new  insights into contemporary Chinese history.  

Suddler Discusses ‘The Last Dance’ and McDaniels’ Passing on ‘The Black Athlete’ Podcast

Dr. Carl Suddler, Assistant Professor of History, recently appeared on The Black Athlete podcast. In this episode, Dr. Suddler joins a conversation about the first episodes of The Last Dance, a 2020 American sports documentary miniseries focusing on the 1997–98 Chicago Bulls. Suddler also addresses the passing of his friend, mentor, and sports historian Dr. Pellom McDaniels, III. Listen to the episode on SoundCloud.


Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall this Friday, April 24, 3:30 – 4:30pm (EST)

This Friday, April 24, the History Department will host its first undergraduate town hall via Zoom. History majors, History minors, and friends of the History Department are invited to attend. See the Zoom details and flyer below. We hope to see you there!

Meeting ID: 990 4034 3293
Password: BowdenHall

History Department Joins Emory Community in Mourning Sudden Passing of Dr. Pellom McDaniels, III


The History Department mourns the loss of an extraordinary human being. Our friend and colleague Dr. Pellom McDaniels III, curator of African American Collections in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, passed away unexpectedly in his home this past Sunday. Pellom enriched the life of every person who knew him. Our History students benefited enormously from his knowledge and kindness. He will be so greatly missed! Read more about McDaniels life and career on the Emory Scholar Blogs.

Ben Nobbs-Thiessen (PhD, 16) Publishes ‘Landscapes of Migration’ with UNC Press

Congratulations to PhD alumnus Ben Nobbs-Thiessen on the publication of his first monograph – Landscapes of Migration: Mobility and Environmental Change on Bolivia’s Tropical Frontier, 1952 to the Present – with UNC Press. Nobbs-Thiessen is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Washington State University. Dr. Jeffrey Lesser advised Nobbs-Thiessen’s 2016 dissertation, “The Cultivated State, Migrants and the Transformation of the Bolivian Lowlands, 1952-2000.” Read a blurb about the book below and see more on the UNC Press website.

In the wake of a 1952 revolution, leaders of Bolivia’s National Revolutionary Movement (MNR) embarked on a program of internal colonization known as the “March to the East.” In an impoverished country dependent on highland mining, the MNR sought to convert the nation’s vast “undeveloped” Amazonian frontier into farmland, hoping to achieve food security, territorial integrity, and demographic balance. To do so, they encouraged hundreds of thousands of Indigenous Bolivians to relocate from the “overcrowded” Andes to the tropical lowlands, but also welcomed surprising transnational migrant streams, including horse-and-buggy Mennonites from Mexico and displaced Okinawans from across the Pacific.