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History Majors win three thesis awards

History majors have won three of the four honors thesis awards in the University this year.

In the Penn State University Libraries 2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Awards, the top place went to Chloe Weaver, a double major in History and German, for her thesis, "An Economic and Historical Analysis of Turkish Guest Worker Migration to Postwar West Germany." Second place went to Natalie Roberts, History and Political science, for her thesis on “History of Organic Farming in California and Pennsylvania.”

This year, the Paterno Fellows Program inaugurated its first annual Paterno Fellows Honors Thesis Award and one of the two winners was Andrew D’Aversa, a Paterno Fellow majoring in History and Management who received the inaugural award for his thesis on “Delmonico’s: The Creation of the Modern American Restaurant.”

Sean Trainor was recently interviewed

Congratulations to Sean Trainor! Sean was recently interviewed about the article by Virginia Prescott on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Listen here.

Hsin-fang Wu has been named a 2014 Career Development Awardee

Congratulations to Hsin-fang Wu! Hsin-fang has been named a 2014 Career Development Awardee by the Center for Global Studies at Penn State.

Eric Welch has been offered a Hill Dissertation Fellowship

Congratulations to Eric Welch! Eric has been offered a one-semester Hill Dissertation Write-up Fellowship for Spring 2015.

Sean Trainor's article has appeared in The Appendix

Congratulations to Sean Trainor! Sean’s article, “The Beard That Wasn’t: Abe Lincoln’s Whiskers,” recently appeared in the online journal The Appendix. Read the article here.

Antwain Hunter has accepted a tenure-track position

Congratulations to Antwain Hunter! Antwain has accepted a tenure track position in the Department of History and Anthropology at Butler University in Indianapolis.

Courtney Rong Fu has been named a 2014 Career Development Awardee

Congratulations to Courtney Rong Fu! Courtney has been named a 2014 Career Development Awardee by the Center for Global Studies at Penn State.

Tim Wesley has accepted a tenure-track position

Congratulations to Tim Wesley! Tim, a 2010 PhD graduate, has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of History and Philosophy at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.

Jeffrey Rop has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professorship

Congratulations to Jeffrey Rop! Jeffrey, a 2013 PhD graduate, has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship in the History department of the University of Minnesota at Duluth.

Lauren Kaplow has accepted a visiting Assistant Professorship

Congratulations to Lauren Kaplow! Lauren, a 2013 PhD graduate, has accepted a visiting assistant professorship in the History department of the University of North Dakota.

Will Bryan received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Congratulations to Will Bryan! Will, a 2013 PhD graduate, received an offer for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University, in Atlanta, GA.

Bill Cossen's article has appeared in American Catholic Studies

Congratulations to Bill Cossen! Bill’s article, “Monk in the Middle: The Awful Disclosures of the Hotel Dieu Nunnery and the Making of Catholic Identity,” has appeared in American Catholic Studies 125, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 25-45.

Sophie De Schaepdrijver was named Commander of the Order of the Crown

Congratulations to Sophie De Schaepdrijver! Sophie was recently named Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium. Read more here.

Kate Merkel-Hess was featured in the AHA Member Spotlight

Congratulations to Kate Merkel-Hess! Kate was recently featured in the "AHA Member Spotlight." Read more here.

David Atwill won the Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award

Congratulations to David Atwill! David, graduate program director and associate professor of History and Asian studies, is the 2014 recipient of the Graduate School Alumni Society Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award. Read more here.

Sean Trainor was recently interviewed

Sean was recently interviewed on his piece for The Atlantic for a program entitled Sunday Extra on Australia’s Radio National. Listen here:  http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/sundayextra/beards-a-la-mode/5248842

Sean Trainor's articles have recently been featured

Congratulations to Sean Trainor! Sean’s article, “Fair Bosom/Black Beard: Facial Hair, Gender Determination, and the Strange Career of Madame Clofullia, ‘Bearded Lady’” was recently accepted for inclusion in a special, Fall 2014 issue of Early American Studies entitled “Beyond the Binaries.”  In addition, Sean’s article, “The Racially Fraught History of the American Beard” was recently published in the online edition of The Atlantic.

Rachel Moran received a Postdoctoral Fellowship

Congratulations to Rachel Moran! Rachel received a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. The fellowship will fund early archival research for Rachel’s study of pregnancy and the modern welfare state.

Annie Rose has been elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society

Congratulations to Annie Rose! Annie has been elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society, established in 1812 and devoted to American history, literature, and culture through 1876.

Bryan McDonald is part of an interdisciplinary project on "Climate Change and Conflict Management"

Congratulations to Bryan McDonald! Bryan is part of an interdisciplinary project on "Climate Change and Conflict Management" (led by Lara Fowler from Penn State Law/PSIEE) that was awarded a $50,000 seed grant from the Penn State Sustainability Institute's Reinvention Fund. Details at: http://sustainability.psu.edu/reinvention

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