The Jewish Book Council awarded Dr. Ellie R. Schainker with the National Jewish Book Award in the category of “Writing Based on Archival Material.” Schainker is Arthur Blank Family Foundation Assistant Professor of Modern European Jewish History. The award was for Schainker’s first book, Confessions of the Shtetl: Converts from Judaism in Imperial Russia, 1817-1906, which Stanford University Press published in 2016.
Congratulations to Dr. Tehila Sasson, Assistant Professor of History, for winning a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. The NEH will support Sasson’s work on a book-length study on the development of humanitarianism from the 1940s to the 1980s, entitled Humanitarian Ethics, Global Markets, and Everyday Life. View all NEH grantees here.
Congratulations to Dr. Yanna Yannakakis and Dr. Thomas D. Rogers for receiving named chair professorships. Associate Professor of History and a specialist in colonial Mexico, Yannakakis received the Winship Distinguished Research Professorship in History for the 2018-2021 term. Rogers is Associate Professor of Modern Latin American History and will serve as the NEH/Arthur Blank Distinguished Teaching Professor for the same period. Read more about these named chairs below, and view others available to Emory Faculty here.
The Winship Distinguished Research Award is given to tenured faculty who demonstrate singular accomplishments in research. Such recognition should honor achievement and further scholarly research and research-based teaching. Awarded for a three-year term.
The Arthur Blank/NEH Chair in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences is given to tenured faculty in the humanities and/or humanistic social sciences with a record of exemplary teaching and a commitment to pedagogical rigor and innovation. Appointees are expected to organize programming designed to enhance pedagogy and curricular development in the College, and continue teaching in her/his department(s), including at least one introductory level course each year. One leadership function of the NEH professors will be to serve on a newly formed advisory committee on Pedagogy and Curriculum. Awarded for a three-year term.
The Emory News Center recently highlighted the Spring 2018 History Department course “A History of Hunger” as innovative. The course is designed and taught by History faculty member Tom Rogers. Rogers is Associate Professor of Modern Latin American History and is currently working a book project titled Agriculture’s Energy: Development and Hunger During Brazil’s Ethanol Boom. “A History of Hunger” was one of 16 “cool” courses identified by the News Center and offered at undergraduate and/or graduate levels this Spring. Read more about this course and the other compelling offerings here.