Graduate Student News

Journal of Africana Religions

Monique Bedasse (Ph.D. 2010) and Danielle Boaz (Ph.D., 2014) have been appointed to the editoral board of the Journal of Africana Religions. 


Hadassah St. Hubert (Ph.D., 2018) was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Advancement Grant for the Digital Library of the Caribbean for her proposal "Documenting Haiti's Forts." The grant, which she directs, will support the creation of the first detailed map of Haitian patrimonial structures.


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Erica Heinsen-Roach (Ph.D., 2012) was awarded the annual best article prize for "Restoring Holland's Household: Women, Captivity, and Redemption in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean" which appeared in volume 14 of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 

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Drew Wofford (Ph.D. '20) has won the 2020 David John Ruggiero Dissertation Prize for Best Dissertation in the Humanities!

The committee included this commendation: 

Drew Wofford’s, “History at the Speed of Sound: A Transnational Case Study of the Concorde Supersonic Transport as a Reflection of Critical Issues in Postwar Europe,” embodies an ideal dissertation. It is well-written, highly analytical, deeply researched, and creates new inroads of knowledge and questions. Examining how and why the first supersonic plane was produced in Europe through British and French partnership, Wofford shows that Western Europe’s post-WWII response to US aid and leadership was not passive or fawning, but rather, competitive far earlier than we have come to expect. In reconstituting the business and political history that brought the Concorde to life and ushered in its demise, Wofford introduces his readers to UK attempts to become part of Europe, French assertions that European membership could only be had on its terms, and US strategies to promote European revitalization while protecting its own economic hegemony. This history of aviation is gorgeously knowledgeable about details connected to flying while simultaneously weaving in big politics, big finance, and big continents. Firmly rooted in archival research in three countries and the historiographies of the European Union, France, the UK, and the US, Wofford’s transnational history fascinates as much as it satisfies. It tells the history of the rise and fall of the Concorde and explains why, even today, European aviation remains competitive with its US forerunner. The 2020 Ruggiero Committee is pleased to award Drewry Frye Wofford II this year’s dissertation prize and hopes to see the fruits of this labor published soon.

Groundings with my Brothers

Monique Bedasse (Ph.D. '10) took part in a virtual roundtable on Walter Rodney in "Africa is a Country." The forum marked the  50th anniversary of Walter Rodney's Groundings with My Brothers. 

Learn about Ph.D. Candidate Matthew Davidson's research on "The Medical Journals of U.S.-Occupied Haiti" in his recent post for the New York Academy of Medicine's "Books, Health, and History" blog.  Davidson is a 2019 Paul Klemperer Fellow at the NYAM.

Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Gaby Faundez who has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship in affiliation with the Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University.

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Read about the important preservation work that Dr. Jennifer Garcon (Ph.D. '18) is doing as the Bollinger Fellow in Public and Community Data Curation at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Jacqueline Grant (Ph.D. '12) has just published an essay on "Leopard Men: Manhood and Power in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Cuba" in Aisha Finch and Fannie Rushing (eds.), Breaking the Chains, Forging the Nation: The Afro-Cuban Fight for Freedom and Equality, 1812-1912 (LSU Press, 2019). She currently teaches in the Department of History at Palmer Trinity School in Palmetto Bay, FL.

Dr. Stephen Lazer (Ph.D. '14) has published his first book, State Formation in Early Modern Alsace, 1648-1789 (Boydell & Brewer, 2019).  Lazer is currently a Lecturer in  the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.  

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Dr. Silvia Z. Mitchell (Ph. D. '13) has published her first book Queen, Mother, Stateswoman: Mariana of Austra and the Government of Spain (Penn State University Press, 2019). Mitchell is an Assistant Professor of History at Purdue University. 

Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Nelson Marques, who has received a 2019-20 Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Miami Center for the Humanities.


Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Stephanie Skenyon, who has received the 2019 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, a university-wide honor given by the Graduate School to "one graduate student for enhancing undergraduate education at UM."

Three History Ph.D. students have won Tinker Field Research Grants from the University of Miami's Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas.

  • Eric Griffin: "A Nation from the Ashes: Paraguay in the Early Twentieth Century"
  • Dieyun Song: "Politics of Partnership: Colombian Engagement with the Ford Foundation, 1962-1972”
  • J. Camilo Vera: "Expeditions Re-Imagined: Community and Communication in the Time of Science, 1783-1816"

Congratulations to all three!  

Ph.D. candidate Anna Bennett presented a paper on "Locating Venetian Magic: The Spiritual Power of Space and Place in Late Rinascimento Venice" at the Renaissance Society of America's annual meeting in March 2019.
Danielle Boaz (Ph.D. '14) has received a 2019-2020 Stuart Hall Fellowship at Harvard's Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.  Boaz is currently an assistant professor in the Africana Studies Dept. at UNC-Charlotte.
Congratulations to Dr. Lina Del Castillo (Ph.D. '08), who has earned tenure and been promoted to Associate Professor of History and Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Ph.D. candidate Matt Davidson has received a 2019 Graduate Summer Award from the College of Arts & Sciences to conduct research for his dissertation, Health Under Occupation: Haitian Encounters with U.S. Imperial Medicine, 1915-1934.  Davidson has also been selected as a 2019 Paul Klemperer Fellow in the History of Medicine, awarded by The New York Academy of Medicine Library.
Dr. Stephen Lazer (Ph.D. '14) has accepted a position as Lecturer in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.
Dr. Hadassah St. Hubert (Ph.D. '18) has won a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship! She will work in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at FIU.
Monique Bedasse's (Ph.D. '10) book, Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the Age ofDecolonization, 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.