Congratulations to Emory History major Nayive Gaytán, who has been accepted in the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers‘ 2020/2021 cohort. The IRT supports “talented underserved and underrepresented students, students of color, and students who are committed to issues of social justice, diversity, and equity in education” throughout the graduate school application process. Nayive will be applying to PhD programs in History and Spanish this year.
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:
- Pablo Palomino – “Soccer and Globalization”
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”
History major Zaynab Said graduated in December with a BA in History with a concentration in law, economics, and human rights, and Arabic. This fall Zaynab will attend the NYU School of Law as a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar. Read more about Zaynab’s background and this exciting next chapter on our “What’s Next?” series on Facebook.
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.”
History majors and minors from the Emory class of 2020 will celebrate commencement next week. As a part of our celebration of the extraordinary class of 2020, we have compiled a series of profiles of graduating students and their plans after graduation. Explore their exciting pursuits on the Emory History Facebook page.
The Emory News Center’s Leigh DeLozier recently featured Dr. Clifton Crais, graduate assistant Georgia Brunner, and several students from his “Making of Modern South Africa” class. Crais, Brunner, and the students share their perspectives on finding success in the online transition. Read an excerpt from the article below, along with the full piece: “Classes that click: The making of modern South Africa.”
What’s one lesson you’ve learned during this transition, and how will you use it later?
Crais: The importance of human contact and our common humanity, beginning with the simple act of looking into another person’s eyes. I will renew my effort to develop a unique relationship with each and every student, no matter how large the class. Paradoxically, online teaching has taught me the importance of a residential college experience. We are learning new things about the world and about each other. We are going to come out of this crisis better teachers and better students – and citizens.
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.
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
2019-2020 Honors Graduates
Director: Adriana Chira
“International Activism and the Women’s Human Rights Movement: 1990-2000”
Director: Matthew Payne
“A Tale of Two Trials”
Director: Tonio Andrade
“Guoshang Cemetery and the Collective Memory of World War II”
Director: Valerie Babb, English Dept.
“Martin Luther King, Jr., the Dreamer: The Power Invoked by Dreaming in Black Literature and Culture”
Director: Jason Ward
“Detrioters: The Rise and Fall of the Detroit Rumor Control Center, 1967-1969”
Director: Yanna Yannakakis
“Feathered Empire: Change in Central Mexico in the 16th Century”
Director: Matthew Payne
“The Tundra and the Desert: Soviet-Iraq Relations, 1968-1972”
Director: Clifton Crais
“What Are You Afraid Of: Witchcraft Suppression in the Northern Province, South
Africa in the Twentieth Century”
Director: Benjamin Reiss, English Dept.
“Roy Cohn’s America: Conservatism, Sexual Politics, and Memory in the Twenty-
Director: Daniel LaChance
“A Little Encouragement in Pulling Themselves Up by Their Own Bootstraps:
American Individualism and Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship”
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):
James Z. Rabun Prize (best record in American history):
Latin America & Non-Western World Prize (best record in Latin America & Non-Western World History):
Matthew A. Carter Citizen-Scholar Award (high academic achievement & good works in the community):
Senior Junyi Han, a History and Media Studies double major, recently contributed a post to the Fox Center Fellows’ blog about her research. Han is completing her honors thesis on collective memory of World War II in China with a micro-historical study of the Tengchong Guoshang Cemetery, the earliest and largest burial ground in mainland China for Guomindang soldiers killed in World War II. Read the Fox Center’s biography of Han below along with the full article, “Guoshang Cemetery and Chinese Collective Memory, 1945 and Beyond.”
Junyi Han is a senior double majoring History and Media Studies. She is currently working on an honors thesis that examines war memories through the case of the Chinese Expeditionary Forces, a military unit dispatched to Burma and India by the Nationalist government in 1942 in support of the Allied efforts against Japanese invasion in Asia. The thesis will answer how and why the war efforts of the Chinese Expeditionary Force started to be recognized in mainland China in the late twentieth century. It will explore how war memories and post-war politics have mutually shaped each other, and thus provide new insights into contemporary Chinese history.
This Friday, April 24, the History Department will host its first undergraduate town hall via Zoom. History majors, History minors, and friends of the History Department are invited to attend. See the Zoom details and flyer below. We hope to see you there!
Meeting ID: 990 4034 3293