Graduate News


Olivier Burtin *17 Has Published First Book "A Nation of Veterans: War, Citizenship, and the Welfare in Modern America"
The book explores the role played by military veterans in the growth of social policy in the mid-twentieth century United States.

Graduate Student Shelby Sinclair Honored for Excellence in Teaching
The selection committee recognized a graduate student assistant in instruction (AI) from each of the four divisions with a special commendation for their outstanding abilities as teachers. Shelby Sinclair is recognized in the social sciences division.

Book Talk: "Happy Dreams of Liberty" with R. Isabela Morales *19 and Martha A. Sandweiss
Monday, May 9, 2022
7pm ET
Princeton Public Library
In-person and virtual

Recent Accomplishments from Our Graduate Students and Alumni
Wonderful news from our graduate students and alumni, including fellowships, grants, job placements, journal articles, and published books.

Qayyum Wins S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies
The prize is bestowed by the Institute for South Asia Studies at University of California - Berkeley and recognizes her dissertation "The Demographic State: Population, Global Biopolitics, and Decolonization in South Asia, c. 1947-71."

Spencer Weinreich Awarded Jacobus Fellowship
The fellowships support the students’ final year of study at Princeton and are awarded to one Ph.D. student in each of the four divisions (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering) whose work has exhibited the highest scholarly excellence.

Benjamin Bernard Receives Honorable Mention for Gregory Sprague Prize
The Gregory Sprague Prize (American Historical Association) recognizes an outstanding published or unpublished paper, article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, and/or queer history completed in English by a graduate student in 2020 or 2021.

Ana Sekulic *20 Wins Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Prize
Her dissertation, "Conversion of the Landscape: Environment and Religious Politics in an Early Modern Ottoman Town," was praised for its "imaginative and sophisticated exploration of Muslim-Christian interactions in the early modern Ottoman Balkans."

New Book Out from Professor William Chester Jordan and Dr. Randall Todd Pippenger *18
Tales of a Minstrel of Reims in the Thirteenth Century is introduced by William Chester Jordan, annotated by Randall Todd Pippenger, and translated from Old French by Samuel N. Rosenberg.

Alum Margaret Schotte Receives 2020-21 Dean's Award for Distinction in Research at York University
Her book, Sailing School: Navigating Science and Skill, 1550-1800, was published in 2019 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Bryan LaPointe Won the Anthony E. Kaye Memorial Essay Award for 2021
LaPointe's winning essay is “A Right to Speak: Toward a Political History of Former Slaves Before the American Civil War.”


Alum Marcia Schenck Published Book
Navigating Socialist Encounters. Moorings and (Dis)Entanglements between Africa and East Germany during the Cold War is edited by Eric Burton, Anne Dietrich, Immanuel R. Harisch and Marcia C. Schenck.

Keely Smith Named a 2021-2022 David Center for the American Revolution Short-Term Resident Research Fellow
During the fellowship, she will work on her project “Communicating Power and Sovereignty: Creek and Seminole Communication Networks, 1715-1880.”

Aaron Stamper Named Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow
The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values.

Graduate Alumnus Richard Calis Awarded the Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize
The German Historical Institute awards the prize for the best doctoral dissertation on a topic in German history written at a North American university.

Howard Chiang (2012 Ph.D.) has received the Henry Luce Fellowship from the National Humanities Center. Chiang is Associate Professor of History at University of California, Davis.

Merle Eisenberg (2018 Ph.D.) and David Jenkins (Princeton University) have published the article, "The philosophy of Constantine the Philosopher of Nicaea" in Byzantinische Zeitschrift, Volume 114 Issue 1: pages 139-162.

Lillian Datchev and Randall Pippenger have been been awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome. Pippenger won the Paul Mellon/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize for "Left Behind: Veterans, Widows, and Orphans in the Era of the Crusades". Datchev received the Marian and Andrew Heiskell/Anthony M. Clark Rome Prize for "The Mercantile Origins of Early Modern Antiquarian Scholarship." Rome Prize winners are selected annually by independent juries of distinguished artists and scholars through a national competition. Nationwide, the Rome Prize Competition received 874 applications, representing 46 US states and 22 different countries.

Alumna Nimisha Barton Won Honorable Mention for the Pinkney Prize
The Society of French Historical Studies’ David H. Pinkney Prize is awarded to the most distinguished book in French history.

Alumna Mitra Sharafi Received 2021 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award at UW-Madison
Mitra Sharafi, Professor of Law at UW-Madison, received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award on April 6, 2021.

Princeton Alumna Maeve Glass Awarded Teaching Prize from Columbia Law
Maeve Glass, associate professor of law, has been awarded the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching by students in the graduating Class of 2021.

Liane Hewitt has been awarded the SSRC Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year. She will also be traveling to Germany to take up a 6 month DAAD Short-Term Doctoral Grant, before starting the IDRF.

Lorenzo Bondioli will be taking up a three-year Junior Research Fellowship at Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge (UK), in October. He is currently finishing a one-semester postdoc at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University.

Patrick Luiz De Oliveira has begun his position as an Assistant Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Singapore Management University (Education).

Teal Arcadi Receives 2020-21 Eisenhower/Roberts Fellowship
The Dwight D. Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Fellowship supports scholars who study public policy.


Article by Wangui Muigai *17 Wins Prize
The Nursing Clio Prize for Best Journal Article was awarded to Wangui Muigai's article, "Something Wasn’t Clean”: Black Midwifery, Birth, and Postwar Medical Education in All My Babies” (Bulletin of the History of Medicine).

New Book by Jason T. Sharples *10
Jason T. Sharples's first book, The World That Fear Made: Slave Revolts and Conspiracy Scares in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020), is available now.

Announcing New 'Infectious Historians' Podcast from Merle Eisenberg *18 and Lee Mordechai *17
In the podcast, they examine epidemics from a historical and critical perspective—while also providing commentary on how the coronavirus pandemic is developing at our local levels.

Molly Loberg *07 Wins International Book Prize
Her book, The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin: Politics, Consumption, and Urban Space, 1914-1945, was awarded the Hans Rosenberg Book Prize.

A Reunion with Xiyue Wang & Friends: From Princeton to Evin Prison & Back Again
Thursday, March 12, 2020
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Chancellor Green Rotunda

Robert Zeinstra Awarded Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowship
Zeinstra's dissertation project is entitled "Bush War: Environmental Reckonings of Zimbabwe's Liberation War."

Article by Randall Pippenger *18 Wins Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize
The Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize recognizes a first article of outstanding quality in the field of medieval studies.

Joppan George *19 Receives Hindle Fellowship
The fellowship will support the development of his dissertation, "Airborne Colony: Culture and Politics of Aviation in India," into a monograph.

Maybe the First Plague Wasn't That Bad, Say Researchers
Researchers, who include Ph.D. alumni Lee Mordechai and Merle Eisenberg and CSLA-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow Janet Kay, now have a clearer picture of the impact of the first plague pandemic, the Justinianic Plague, which lasted from about 541 to 750 CE.

Joshua Garrett-Davis's Article Wins 2019 Oscar O. Winther Award
The Western History Quarterly Board of Editors noted the originality of “The Intertribal Drum of Radio,” its scope, and its significant contribution to the field of western history.

Campus Vigil: Xiyue Wang
A campus vigil on October 3, 2019, to support Xiyue Wang, a Princeton Ph.D. student in history who has been wrongfully imprisoned since August 2016 in Iran.

William Deringer’s *12 Calculated Values Wins Kenshur Prize
His book, Calculated Values: Finance, Politics, and the Quantitative Age, was recognized by the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University as the year's best book in eighteenth-century studies.

PAWcast: Sarah Seo ’02 *16 on How Cars Changed Constitutional Law
Alum Sarah Seo discusses her new book, Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom, with Princeton Alumni Weekly's podcast.


28 HIS and HOS Ph.D.s Honored in Hooding Ceremony
The Department of History and the Program in History of Science congratulate their 28 new doctorates who were honored in a hooding ceremony on Monday, June 3.

Erika Milam Honored for Excellence in Mentoring Graduate Students
The McGraw Center mentoring award recognizes Princeton faculty members who nurture the intellectual, professional and personal growth of their graduate students.

Bondioli, Dunning, and Kollmer Named Mellon/ACLS Fellows
The fellowship program offers promising graduate students a year of funding so that they can focus their attention on completing projects that form the foundations of their scholarly careers.

Jaime Sánchez, Jr. Wins Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
Through the Ford Fellowship, Sánchez, a second-year Ph.D. student, hopes to become an advocate in the academy for first-generation students and students of color.

A Family's Vigil
Hua Qu, wife of Xiyue Wang, who is imprisoned in Iran, reflects on the daily struggles everyone in her family faces.

Day of Action for Xiyue Wang, Feb. 20, 2019
About 150 people gathered at Chancellor Green for a rally in support of Xiyue Wang, a Princeton graduate student in history who was detained in Iran in 2016 while doing dissertation research and is serving a 10-year sentence at Evin Prison in Tehran.

Day of Action: Free Xiyue Wang
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
A call-a-thon, rally, and candelight vigil are scheduled for the day.

Graduate Student Sarah Carson Wins Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton's Top Graduate Student Honor
The fellowships support their final year of study at Princeton and are awarded to one Ph.D. student in each of the four divisions (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering) whose work has exhibited the highest scholarly excellence.

Margarita Fajardo *15 Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
Margarita Fajardo *15, who received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2015, has been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As Xiyue Wang Marks 38th Birthday in Iran Prison, Princeton Renews Call for His Immediate Release
We stand with Xiyue on this birthday, as we have throughout his unjust detention, and we fervently hope that he will be released with no further delay, so that he may return home as soon as possible to be reunited with his wife and young son.

U.N. Committee Calls for Immediate Release of Princeton Graduate Student Imprisoned in Iran
The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has concluded that the government of Iran has “no legal basis” for Xiyue Wang's arrest and detention and that his “deprivation of liberty is arbitrary.”



Rally for Xiyue Wang
May 11, 2018
Frist North Lawn

Morgan Robinson Honored for Excellence in Teaching and Service
The Quin Morton Graduate Teaching Award is presented to graduate students in recognition of their outstanding abilities as instructors in the Princeton Writing Program.

Anthony Acciavatti *18 Exhibits "The River Ganga: India's Iconic Water Machine"
This exhibition is a curated excerpt of his systematic, decade-long odyssey of mapping the basin’s infrastructural transformation that resulted in more than 25,000 photographs, 15 sketchbooks’ worth of drawings, 1,000 journal entries, and 350 original maps and models.

PU Graduate Student Embarks on Teaching Experience
Ph.D. candidate Merle Eisenberg (right) put teaching theories into practice in his interactive history class on Western civilization at Mercer County Community College this past fall.

Grad Students to Lead MOOC on Capitalism
The MOOC takes a look at the global history of capitalism.

Emily Kern Receives Procter Fellowship
The fellowships are awarded to students in the humanities and the social sciences.

Conservatives Charge That Universities Are Hotbeds of Liberalism. They’re Wrong.
Liberals dominate the faculties at most universities. But conservatives control the true centers of power.

Vigil Held for Xiyue Wang
Xiyue Wang is a Princeton graduate student in History. He was detained in Iran in August 2016 and sentenced to ten years in imprisonment in April 2017.


Michael McGovern Receives DAAD Award
Michael McGovern has received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst — DAAD) for intensive summer language study.



Tikia Hamilton *15 Named 2017 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow
These fellowships are the oldest source of support for education research, nationally and internationally, for recent recipients of the doctorate.

Heather Ann Thompson *95 Wins Pulitzer in History
The winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in History was Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson, who received her Ph.D. in History from Princeton in 1995.

Screening of The Land Beneath Our Feet
Friday, March 31, 2017
Bowen Hall Auditorium 222

Henry Shapiro Wins Jacobus Fellowship, Top Graduate Student Honor
The fellowship supports graduate students' final year of study at Princeton and is awarded to those whose work has exhibited the highest scholary excellence.

Civil Rights and Healthcare: Remembering Simkins v. Cone (1963)
Graduate student Ezelle Sanford III writes about the desegregation of healthcare.

Rose *01 Awarded PBK Prize for 2016
The Emerson Award honors scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.

Johnson Remembered as Passionate, Caring, ‘a Professor’s Professor’
Ann Johnson (GS Class of 2000), professor of science and technology studies at Cornell, died Dec. 11, 2016 from a rare form of uterine cancer. A memorial will be held on April 29, 2017.

Kathryn Maxson Jones Wins Hack Award
The award provides research funding to support Princeton graduate students in research from a wide range of disciplines, including climate science, biology, engineering, and environmental policy.

Blain Awarded AAUW Fellowship
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2016–17 AAUW American Fellowship to Dr. Keisha N. Blain. She earned her Ph.D. in History from Princeton in 2014 and is an assistant professor of history at the University of Iowa.



Zoë Rose Buonaiuto Wins 2016 Teaching Award
Buonaiuto is a third-year graduate student in History.

Funk Examines History of American Law
Kellen Funk, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in history, is focusing on how the legal developments in the mid-19th-century led to reforms in American law and legal practice.

Anthony Acciavatti's Book Wins Book Prize
His book was lauded with the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize.

McGarr Awarded Eisenhower Foundation Research Travel Grant
She will conduct research at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library for her dissertation about the social and professional worlds of foreign policy.

Peter Conti-Brown Releases New Book
The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve

Kellen Funk Wins Jacobus Fellowship
Funk is co-winner of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton University's top honor for graduate students.

Michael Barany Offers HOS Colloquium at Nearby TCNJ
“Taking Nicolas Bourbaki Personally: How the most intriguing mathematician in modern history tried (and failed, twice) to join the American Mathematical Society”

Jennifer Johnson Publishes "The Battle for Algeria"
Jennifer Johnson, a 2010 graduate of the Ph.D. program in History, publishes book.

Sahner Wins MESA Kerr Dissertation Award in the Humanities
Christian Sahner has been awarded the Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Humanities.

Hepler-Smith Wins HSS Reingold Prize
Evan Hepler-Smith, a doctoral candidate in the Princeton University Program in History of Science, has been awarded the Nathan Reingold Prize by the History of Science Society.