Clio Prizes Awarded for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in History

Clio, Muse of History in Greek Mythology

Four Emory College undergraduates were recently recognized for outstanding historical research through the History Department’s Clio Prizes, awarded annually to the best research paper in a junior/senior History Colloquium and to the best paper in a Freshman History Seminar. This year’s recipients are:

For the best paper written in a freshman seminar

  • Ethan Hill, “Are Video Games Causing Violence?” (Nominated by Prof. Judith Miller)
  • Thora Jordt, “Zapata’s Ghost: The Reinterpretation of Revolutionary Agrarian Values and Symbolism in the Zapatista Movement” (Nominated by Prof. Yanna Yannakakis)

For the best research paper written in a junior/senior colloquium

  • Tori Jordan, “Reproducing Slavery” (Nominated by Prof. Yami Rodgriguez)
  • Yingyi Tan, “Meat and Modernity” (Nominated by Prof. Laura Nenzi)

Congratulations to the 2022-23 winners! Find the archive of all past winners here.

Allitt Provides Context for Current Surge of Labor Strikes

Dr. Patrick N. Allitt, Cahoon Family Professor of American History, pictured with Emory alumna and trustee Susan Cahoon

Dr. Patrick N. Allitt, Cahoon Family Professor of American History, was recently quoted in an article in the New York Post about labor strikes in Hollywood, on car manufacturing plants, and beyond. An expert in the history of industrialization, Allitt offers historical context for the current surge of union organizing and work stoppages. He also comments on the relationship between labor, technological innovation, and prosperity. Read an excerpt from the article below along with the full piece here: “What writers and auto workers strikes say about unions and innovation.”

“Professor Allitt empathizes with today’s workers, but with his historian’s eye sees a picture of broadly-shared progress, even on the labor front. ‘Every time one set of jobs has disappeared, new ones have appeared and in every generation more of the jobs have been relatively interesting, well paying, and fulfilling.'”

Klibanoff Helps Identify Two Victims of 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre

Professor Hank Klibanoff, Director of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project and Associated Faculty in the History Department, recently contributed to the identification of two of the at least nine unknown Black victims of the 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre. The two victims, Stinson Ferguson, 25, and 13-year-old Marshall Carter, were among 25 Black Atlantans killed by a massive white mob in one of Georgia’s bloodiest, yet least remembered, outbursts of collective racial violence. The revelation coincided with the 117th anniversary of the massacre. Klibanoff and staff from the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project worked alongside the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society on the effort to identify the unknown victims. Read more about this project here:

Patchwork Freedoms wins James A. Rawley Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Adriana Chira, Associate Professor of History, whose book Patchwork Freedoms: Law, Slavery, and Race Beyond Cuba’s Plantations (Cambridge UP, 2022) has won the American Historical Association’s Rawley Prize. Named for James A. Rawley, the Carl Adolph Happold Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, this prize recognizes outstanding historical writing that explores aspects of integration of Atlantic worlds before the 20th century. Published as part of Cambridge’s Afro-Latin America series, Patchwork Freedoms has already won two other awards: Honorable Mention, Best Book, Nineteenth Century Section, from the Latin American Studies Association, and the 2023 Elsa Goveia Prize from the Association of Caribbean Historians.

Brunner Receives Honorable Mention for Article from African Studies Association

Georgia Brunner

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Georgia Brunner on receiving honorable mention for her paper “Chaos, Possibility, and Foreclosure for Women’s Futures in Revolutionary Rwanda” in the category of Graduate Student Paper Prize from the African Studies Association. Brunner’s scholarship examines gender and colonialism in Africa, particularly late colonialism and early postcolonialism in Rwanda. Her dissertation, “Building a Nation: Gender, Labor and the Politics of Nationalism in Colonial Rwanda, 1916-1962,” is advised by Drs. Clifton Crais and Mariana P. Candido.

LaChance Interviewed for One Year Podcast on Slate

Dr. Daniel LaChance, Winship Distinguished Research Professor in History, 2020-23, and Associate Professor, was recently interviewed on the Slate podcast One Year: 1955. The episode, “Siberia, USA,” focuses on “The Communist-hunting housewives who spawned a far-right conspiracy theory about an American gulag.” The episode features a discussion of Lucille Miller, the subject of LaChance’s forthcoming book, Mrs. Miller’s Constitution: Civil Liberties and the Radical Right in Cold War America.

Undergraduate Research Featured in Summer Funding Presentations Oct. 20

Matthew Croswhite and Harrison Helms

Over the summer of 2023, two undergraduate History students, Matthew Croswhite and Harrison Helms, conducted riveting research on various topics and participated in exciting travel experiences with the help of funding awards they received from the History Department. Please join us on Oct 20, 2023, from 1-2pm as our summer funding recipients give presentations detailing their use of the scholarship funds for their travel and research. For more information on the History Department’s travel funding awards and fellowships, please visit our website: Travel Funding.

Suddler Offers Context for Deion Sanders Success at Colorado

Dr. Carl Suddler, Associate Professor of History, was recently quoted in two news articles about Deion Sanders, the former NFL star who has had extraordinary success in his first year as the head coach of the University of Colorado at Boulder football team. An expert in U.S. and African-American as well as sport histories, Suddler offers a historically-informed analysis of Sanders’ meteoric rise as a head coach and its significance to Black Americans, in particular. Suddler also discusses Sanders’ ties to Atlanta, where he played for the Falcons from 1990-’93. Read the two articles quoting Suddler here:

Yannakakis to Serve as Visiting Professor at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris

Dr. Yanna Yannakakis, Professor of History, has been invited to serve as visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences) in Paris. Founded in 1984, the EHESS occupies a unique and leading role in French intellectual life as well as global networks of scholarly exchange. Yannakakis will be in residence from November – December 2023. She is the author, most recently, of Since Time Immemorial: Native Custom and Law in Colonial Mexico (Duke University Press, 2023).

Menashe Receives Preyer Award from American Society for Legal History

Dr. Tamar Menashe, the Jay and Leslie Cohen Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies, has received the 2023 Preyer Award from the American Society for Legal History. Named for distinguished historian of the law of early America Kathryn T. Preyer, the award provides an honorarium and travel expenses for early career scholars to present a paper at the Society’s annual meeting. Menashe will deliver her paper, “A Person of the Imperial Supreme Court: Jewish Litigation in Speyer and the Struggle to Belong,” as a Kathryn T. Preyer Scholar at the late October 2023 meeting in Philadelphia.