Suh’s Article on Pearl S. Buck Wins Article Prize from the Society for U. S. Intellectual History

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Chris Suh, who has won the Dorothy Ross Article Prize from the Society for U. S. Intellectual History for “‘America’s Gunpowder Women’: Pearl S. Buck and the Struggle for American Feminism, 1937-1941,” published in Pacific Historical Review last year. Outlining their decision, the award committee wrote: “In this article, Suh sheds new light on the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Pearl Buck and her role in international feminist politics in the 1930s. He draws on archival research at Princeton, the Library of Congress, and Buck’s personal papers to interweave the history of American literature with race, gender and politics in the New Deal era, all in a global context.” Earlier this year the same piece won the W. Turrentine Jackson (Article) Prize of the Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association.



Suh’s Article in ‘Pacific Historical Review’ Wins W. Turrentine Jackson Prize

Assistant Professor Chris Suh has won the W. Turrentine Jackson (Article) Prize of the Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association for an article he published in Pacific Historical Review last year. Titled “‘America’s Gunpowder Women’: Pearl S. Buck and the Struggle for American Feminism, 1937-1941,” the piece examines debates between first and second wave feminism and the influence of racialized thinking on U.S. conceptions of women’s progress. The prize is sponsored by the University of California Press.

History Faculty and Students Receive Grants from The Halle Institute for Global Research

Over the past academic year History Department faculty and graduate and undergraduate students received numerous grants from Emory’s Halle Institute for Global Research. View the History Department awardees and their projects below, and see the full list of Halle grant recipients from across Emory’s campuses.

URC-Halle International Research Award:

  • Astrid M. Eckert – “Germany and the Global Commons: Environment, Diplomacy, and the Market”
  • Pablo Palomino – “Carnivore Capitalism: A Global Cultural History of Argentine Beef”

Halle-CFDE Global Atlanta Innovative Teaching (GAIT) Grant:

Undergraduate Global Research Fellows, 2020-21:

  • Nayive Gaytán – “Disappearing Acts?: Pueblos Mágicos and the Politics of Erasure,” Emory College of Arts and Sciences: Spanish and History

Graduate Global Research Fellows, 2020-21:

  • Georgia Brunner – “Cultivating a Nation: Gender and the Political Economies of Nationalism in Late Colonial Rwanda”

Lipstadt Receives Exemplary Teacher Award


Congratulations to Dr. Deborah Lipstadt on receiving Emory’s 2020 Exemplary Teacher Award (formerly known as the Scholar/Teacher Award) for transformational teaching and public scholarship. Lipstadt is Associated Faculty in the History Department and Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies in the Department of Religion and The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies. The award is one of the top honors given to faculty at Emory.

Michael A. Elliott, dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences and Charles Howard Candler Professor of English, nominated Lipstadt for the award, writing: “As an historian, public intellectual, teacher and mentor, her tireless commitment to scholarly rigor and to social justice are expressed in her astonishing level of service to the university, and to the broader community, all of which she models to her students.” Read a full profile of Listadt, authored by the Emory News Center’s Kimber Williams, here: “Lipstadt receives Exemplary Teacher Award for transformational teaching and public scholarship.”

History Major Kendall Chan (20C) Wins Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship


Senior Kendall Chan, a history and political science double major, has won a Robert T. Jones, Jr. scholarship at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The Emory Report featured Chan as an outstanding graduate from the Class of 2020. Read their feature, which includes quotations from her former teacher and department advisor Astrid M. Eckert: “Delving into questions points Emory College grad to in-depth policy work.”

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.

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

History Major Ellie Coe Receives 2020 ECLC Excellence in Language Studies Award in Russian

Congratulations to history major Ellie Coe, the recipient of the 2020 ECLC Excellence in Language Studies Award in Russian. Last year, Coe received a Clio Prize for Best Research Paper in a Freshman Seminar for her work, “A Mythic Spaceman: The Cultural Influence of Yuri Gagarin.” Below, the Emory College Language Center offers details on Coe’s work and the award:

Coe is a second-year studying History and Russian & East European Studies. She first began learning Russian in high school under the tutelage of a private teacher, and immediately fell in love with the language and culture. Through her Russian language classes at Emory, Ellie has discovered a passion for Russian poetry of the early 20th century; her favorite Russian writer is Vladimir Mayakovsky. Specializing in Soviet history, Ellie is interested in studying the Soviet space program, which launched the first man into space in 1961. In October 2019, she was able to put her Russian skills to use when she interviewed five cosmonauts at NASA’s Johnson Space Center for an independent research project. Ellie is grateful to her professors Dr. Elena Glazov-Corrigan, Dr. Juliette Stapanian-Apkarian, and Dr. Matthew Payne for encouraging her to follow her passion!