Graduate Student News

Monique Bedasse's (Ph.D. '10) book, Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the Age of Decolonization, has received the Wesley-Logan Prize in African diaspora history from the American Historical Association, as well as the Anna Julia Cooper and C.L.R. James Award for Outstanding Scholarly Publication in Africana Studies from the National Council for Black Studies.  

Matt Davidson (Ph.D. candidate, Ramsey) has been selected as a 2019 Paul Klemperer Fellow in the History of Medicine, awarded by The New York Academy of Medicine Library.

Congratulations to Anna Bennett (Ph.D., Ruggerio) who has won a 2018 Graduate Summer Award to conduct research on her dissertation!

Congratulations to Jacqueline Grant (Ph.D., Ramsey) who has accepted a teaching position at the Brentwood School, in Los Angeles. 

Congratulations to Anna Bennett on winning the 2017 Journal of Women's History Graduate Student Article Prize for her article "Bagatelle or Stregamenti: The Spiritual Potential of Material Objects and Spaces in Late Rinascimento Venice, 1580-1630."  

Monique Bedasse's (Ph.D. '10) book, Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the Age of Decolonization will be published in October 2017 by the University of North Carolina Press.  Bedasse is currently an assistant professor of History (with an appointment in African and African American Studies) at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Danielle Boaz (Ph.D. '14) has been awarded the Sir Francis Forbes Prize for Legal History from the Australia and New Zealand Legal History Society. This prize is awarded to a doctoral student or early career researcher for the best paper given at the annual Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society conference, with the full article published in the journal Law & History.  Boaz is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies at UNC-Charlotte.

Matt Davidson has been awarded a travel grant from the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium to attend the "Empire, Colonialism, and Famine in Comparative Historical Perspective" conference at the University of Toronto on October 28-29, 2016.

Amelia Hintzen (Ph.D. 2016) has won the the Ruggiero Dissertation Prize awarded by the University of Miami's Center for the Humanities. The award committee wrote: 

"Amelia Hintzen’s Cultivating Resistance: Haitian-Dominican Communities and the Dominican Sugar Industry, 1915-1990 is an impressive, cogently argued study based on extensive ethnographic, oral-historical, and archival research across a variety of languages.  It is meticulously crafted and elegantly written.  Hintzen’s work not only uncovers subaltern assertions of community, economic autonomy, and legal rights in Haiti from the early 20th century to the present, but it also considers the implications of these issues for the US context.  It contributes strikingly to a broad range of scholarly topics, including studies of Latin America and the Caribbean, plantation culture, migration, and citizenship."

Stepen A. Lazer, Ph.D 2014 (University of Nevada, Reno)  presented a paper on Taverns as Spaces for (il)licit Sharing and Communication’ at "Sharing Space in the Early Modern World," in Oxford, England. 

Cat Ariail has won the Graduate Student Essay Award from the North American Society for Sport History. She recently delivered the Graduate Student Essay Award Special Lecture at the NASSH 2016 Annual Convention. Her winning essay examines the "Athletic Citizenship Quest of Carlotta Gooden," who represented Panama at the Pan-American Games in international competitions, in the face of political pressures brought to bear in the United States.

Amelia Hintzen (Ph.D. 2016) has been named  Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University. She will spend the 2016-17  year revising her dissertation, “Cultivating Resistance: Haitian-Dominican Communities and the Dominican Sugar Industry, 1915-1990.” She will also participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Spatial Humanities Institute entitled “Space and Place in Africana Studies.”

Amelia Hintzen (Ph.D. 2016) has had her work cited by Jonathan Katz, “In Exile,” New York Times Magazine (17 January 2015): 53-54. He wrote:

“Yet there has been little evidence of a significant increase of people of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic in recent years, and a University of Miami graduate student named Amelia Hintzen recently unearthed Dominican government memos from decades ago noting that, as one 1964 letter from the head of the national ID-card office put it, Dominican-born children of Haitian migrants are ‘Dominican citizens, because they were born on Dominican territory’.”

Erica Heinsen-Roach (Ph.D. 2013) has recently published “Consuls-of-State and the Redemption of Slaves:  The Dutch Republic and the Western Mediterranean, 1616-1651.” Itinerario 39, no. 1 (2015):  69-90.

Carolyn Zimmerman

Congratulations to Carolyn Zimmerman, Ph.D., 2015!

Amelia Hintzen has published an article on "The Origins of Anti-Haitian Sentiment in the Dominican Republic" in NACLA Report on the Americas.

The American Society of Legal History has named Danielle N. Boaz (Ph.D. '14) a 2015 Preyer Scholar for her paper “Fraud, Vagrancy and the ‘Pretended’ Exercise of Supernatural Powers.” Dr. Boaz will present her paper on a special panel at the annual meeting of the ASLH in Washington, D.C. this fall.

Monique Bedasse (Ph.D. '10) has accepted a tenure-track position at Washington University in St. Louis.  She was previously an assistant professor of History at Connecticut College.

Danielle N. Boaz (Ph.D. '14) has accepted a position in the Department of Africana Studies at UNC-Charlotte, to begin in Fall 2015.  She was previously an assistant professor in the Department of Law, Politics, and Society at Drake University.  Dr. Boaz is one of seven scholars who have been selected to participate in the Law and Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop at Columbia Law School during summer 2015.  She has also been accepted into the prestigious Institute for Constitutional History's summer research seminar on Religion and the Constitution at Stanford Law School.

Two graduate students have won Dean's Fellowships from the College of Arts and Sciences.  Ph. D. Candidate Amelia Hintzen has received a 2015-16 Dean's Dissertation Fellowship to complete her dissertation, "Cultivating Resistance: Haitian-Dominican Communities and the Dominican Sugar Industry, 1915-1990."  Ph.D. Candidate Jennifer Garcon has received a 2015 Summer Research Fellowship to conduct research in New York City on her dissertation, "Unwritten Histories: Creole Radio and the Fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier."  Congratulations!

Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Hadassah St. Hubert, who has been awarded the 2014 Dave Abrams and Gene Banning Pan Am Research Grant.  Click here for a feature on St. Hubert and her research in the Pan Am collection.

Erica Heinsen-Roach (Ph.D. '12) received the Parker-Schmitt Dissertation Award from the European Section of the Southern Historical Association at the 2014 annual meeting in Atlanta.  The award is given in even years for the best Ph.D. Dissertation in European history nominated by a member of the Section or a faculty member at a Southern college or university.  Stephen Lazer (Ph.D. '14) received an Honorable Mention for the same award. 

Jacqueline Grant (Ph.D. '12) is now Chair of the History Department at the Sage Ridge School in Reno, Nevada.  She was previously a faculty member in the University Library and a Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Professor Kate Ramsey, Dr Danielle Boaz, and Professor Edmund AbakaCongratulations to Danielle Boaz (Ph.D. '14) and her advisors, Professors Kate Ramsey and Edmund Abaka.  Beginning in Fall 2014, Dr. Boaz will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law, Politics, and Society at Drake University.

Dr Stephen Lazer and Professor Mary LindemannCongratulations to Stephen Lazer (Ph.D. '14) and his advisor, Professor Mary Lindemann.  Dr. Lazer received the 2014 David John Ruggiero Dissertation Award from the UM Center for the Humanities.  

Doctoral students Sandy CohenJennifer GarconLara Greife, and Elizabeth Gonzalez Jimenez present papers at the 2013 Graduate Research Symposium.

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Silvia Mitchell

Silvia Mitchell (Ph.D. '13) has been awarded an honorable mention for the David John Ruggiero Dissertation Award, given annually by the UM Center for the Humanities.

Congratulations to Hadassah St. Hubert, whose paper "Crafting Modern Haiti: The International Exposition of Port-au-Prince, 1949-50" won an award at the recent 11th Annual South Florida Latin American and Caribbean Graduate Student Conference.

Megan Hatfield has been awarded a 2013-2014 CAS Dean's Academic Year Dissertation Award.

Silvia Mitchell (Ph.D. '13) has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Purdue University. Congratulations to Dr Mitchell and to her advisor, Guido Ruggiero.

Congratulations to Silvia Mitchell on the successful defense of her dissertation, "Mariana of Austria and Imperial Spain: Court, Dynastic, and International Politics in Seventeenth-Century Europe."

Erica Heinsen-Roach (PhD '12) will be participating in the SIAS Summer Institute "Culture Encounters: Global Perspective and Local Exchanges, 1750-1940," to be held at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2013 and the National Humanities Center at Chapel Hill in 2014.

Chanelle Rose (PhD '07) has been awarded tenure at Rowan University, where she is Associate Professor of History.

Mitchell G. Klingenberg has published "'Without the shedding of blood there can be no remission:' The War Theology of Horace Bushnell and the Meaning of America, 1861 to 1866" in Connecticut History 51, no. 2 (Fall 2012), 147-177. Special Issue on "Religion and Politics in Connecticut History."

Congratulations to Erica Heinsen-Roach for successfully defending her dissertation, "Consuls, Corsairs, and Captives: The Creation of Dutch Diplomacy in the Early Modern Mediterranean, 1596-1699."

Jacqueline Grant (PhD '12) has been awarded the 2012 David John Ruggiero Dissertation Award in the Humanities from the UM Center for the Humanities.

Carolyn Zimmerman has been awarded a 2012-13 Fulbright Grant to conduct research in Italy for her dissertation, "Defeat, Civic Values, and the Intronati of Siena after 1555."

Megan Hatfield and Carolyn Zimmerman have received 2012-13 Dissertation Fellowships from the University of Miami Center for the Humanities.

Jacqueline Grant (PhD '12) has accepted a position as Administrative/Executive Assistant to the Dean of Libraries, University of Nevada, Knowledge Center. Her dissertation, "Public Performance: Free People of Color Fashioning Identities in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Cuba" received the 2012 Barrett Dissertation Prize from the UM Center for Latin American Studies for the best Ph.D. dissertation written on Latin America by a University of Miami student during the previous academic year.

Amelia Hintzen and Valerie Chamorro have received Summer Graduate Awards from the College of Arts and Sciences. Hintzen will be working on a project called "Family Life in the Batey: The Historical Development of Haitian Communities and the Dominican Sugar Industry, 1920-1940." She will be conducting archival research in the Achivo General de la Nación in Santo Domingo and oral historical research in a Haitian Dominican community in the eastern region of the country. Samet will be conducting research in the departmental archives of the Aube in the city of Troyes for her project entitled "Occupied France: local experience and national authority under foreign rule in the nineteenth century."

Congratulations to Dr. Cecile Houry ('11), who has been appointed Assistant Vice President in the Office of Engagement at Florida International University. Dr. Houry also received the FIU Community Award in October 2011.