Congratulations to Peter Van Lidth De Jeude! Peter has been offered by his former alma mater, Principia College, a full-time position as part of its history faculty starting January 2015.
Tyler Sperrazza has been offered and has accepted the graduate internship position in the Office of Digital Pedagogy
Congratulations to Tyler Sperrazza! Tyler has been offered and has accepted the graduate internship position in the Office of Digital Pedagogy for Spring 2015.
Congratulations to Joo Hyun Sheen! Joo Hyun has won an RGSO dissertation support grant; he will use this money to conduct research in Japan and Korea over winter break.
Congratulations to Emily Seitz! Emily received the Wood Institute Travel Grant from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Congratulations to John Hoenig! John’s article “A Tomato for All Seasons: Innovation in American Agricultural Production, 1900–1945” appeared in Business History Review 88 (Fall 2014):523-544.
Congratulations to Scott Cave! Scott has been accepted to a conference on “Colonial Christian missions and their legacies” to be held at the University of Copenhagen April 27-29. He also applied and received funding from the conference organizers to help pay for part of the expenses.
Gary Cross's book Packaged Pleasures: How Technology and Marketing Revolutionized Desire has been published
Congratulations to Gary Cross! Gary’s book Packaged Pleasures: How Technology and Marketing Revolutionized Desire has been published (University Chicago Press).
Congratulations to James Barnhart! James’s photo appears in the article "Tai Chi and Its Effects on Fitness," by Zheng Yucai in the T'ai Chi: The International Magazine of Tai Chi Chuan’s 38.3 (Fall 2014):27. In the photo he is demonstrating the "Ba Duan Jin" [8 Pieces of Silk Brocade] form of Qi Gong, in Beijing's Purple Bamboo Park. He also helped edit the English version of the article (which was originally written in Chinese).
Congratulations to Sean Trainor, Bill Cossen and Paul Matzko, all of whom have won the Liberal Arts External Incentive Award.
Congratulations to Scott Cave! Scott has been chosen for the Lydia Cabrera Award by the Conference on Latin American History.
Congratulations to Nina Safran! Nina’s book Defining Boundaries in al-Andalus:Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Islamic Iberia won the Premio del Rey, awarded once every two years by the AHA, for the best book on Iberian history between 500 and 1516. Read more here:
Congratulations to Matthew Restall! A new Spanish translation of a volume co-authored with Michael R. Oudijk has appeared under the title Conquista De Buenas Palabras Y De Guerrauna vision indigena del la conquista.
Congratulations to Sophie De Schaepdrijver! Sophie’s Bastion: Occupied Bruges in the First World War has just appeared and coincides with her curation of the major centenary exhibition in the city of Bruges.
Congratulations to Sean Trainor! Sean’s article “Fair Bosom/Black Beard: Facial Hair, Gender Determination, and the Strange Career of Madame Clofullia, ‘Bearded Lady,’” appeared as this fall's cover article in Early American Studies 12.3 (Fall 2014): 548-575.
Congratulations to Paul Matzko! Paul has been awarded the LA External Funding Incentive Award.
Congratulations to Matthew Restall! Matthew’s article, “Crossing to Safety? Frontier Flight in Eighteenth-Century Belize and Yucatan” appeared in The Hispanic American Historical Review 94:3 (August 2014): 381
Congratulations to David Atwill! David has been selected as one of 20 Public Intellectuals Program Fellows by the National Committee on United States-China Relations.
Graduate Student Bill Cossen: Jeopardy Champ!
Bill Cossen is known around the Penn State History department as a hard-working, likeable guy who focusses on American Catholic history. But this past summer, he took time off to do something a little different: compete on America’s Favorite Quiz Show, Jeopardy!
Bill had a great run, winning three nights in a row for a total of four appearances. His television demeanor, relaxed and focused under pressure, is something that seems to come naturally. “Bill Cossen is close to unflappable,” said Amy Greenberg, Edwin Erle Sparks professor of History and Women’s Studies and Bill’s advisor. “I'm not surprised by his performance: he knows an awful lot about a great number of topics, and gives the impression of being exactly where he wants to be,” she added.
In five years at Penn State, Bill has set a high standard for himself, having already published two articles in peer-reviewed journals and serving as editorial assistant for the Journal of the Civil War Era. He has also undertaken significant archival research in preparation for his dissertation, and has a family as well. Bill and his wife Kristina, a third-year pediatric resident at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, are expecting their first child any day now.
“Bill is an exemplary student in every way,” said Michael Kulikowski, Professor and Head of Penn State’s History department, adding, ”while we don’t expect all our students to be Jeopardy! champions, I’m not at all surprised that Bill did so well; we are very proud of him.”
Reflecting on his experience, Bill sees a connection between his graduate work and his appearance on a game show: “On one level, my three years of course work and four summers of research gave me an advantage when facing categories dealing with history and religion. But on a deeper level, the department and its professors have consistently encouraged students to pursue reading and study in fields outside of the more narrow boundaries of our research. This spirit of deep inquiry in a broad range of subjects has served me well in both my academic work and on Jeopardy!”
We couldn’t have said it any better – warm congratulations, Bill!
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Congratulations to Hsin-fang Wu! Hsin-fang was recently awarded a dissertation fellowship from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.
Congratulations to Tyler Sperrazza! Tyler was recently selected for the Filson MA Fellowship.