History Major Nayive Gaytán Among Newest Institute for Recruitment of Teachers Fellows

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.

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”

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.”

‘Classes that Click’: Emory News Center Features Crais’s Virtual ‘The Making of Modern South Africa’

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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.

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

Fox Center Fellow Junyi Han (20C) Researches Post-WWII Collective Memory in China

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.