Undergraduate News


2022 History Honors and Prizes
Congratulations to all members of the History Undergraduate Class of 2022.

Two History Seniors Received Dale Award
Princeton seniors Jacquelyn Dávila and Shaffin Siddiqui have received the Martin A. Dale ’53 Fellowship to spend a year after graduation pursuing a project of special interest to them.

History Senior Sánchez Awarded ReachOut Fellowship for Public Service
Princeton senior Emily Sánchez has been awarded a fellowship from ReachOut 56-81-06, an alumni-funded effort that supports year-long public service projects after graduation. Sánchez will develop a podcast series on the history of Latino communities across New Jersey.

History Senior Siddiqui Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship
He intends to use the award to study the history of medicine in the modern Muslim world at the University of Cambridge.

Elizabeth Baxter Awarded Koren Prize
The Koren Prize recognizes outstanding departmental work during the junior year.

History Senior Julia Chaffers Awarded Marshall Scholarship for Graduate Study in the UK
The Marshall Scholarship offers intellectually distinguished young Americans the opportunity to develop their abilities as future leaders by studying at a U.K. university of the recipient’s choice.

Joseph Shipley '22 Awarded Carter Kim Combe '74 Princeton History Prize
The Carter Kim Combe (’74) History Prize recognizes the best second semester junior research paper.


2021 Class Day Celebration
Watch the Class Day celebration for the Class of 2021 and join us in toasting their accomplishments.

2021 History Honors and Prizes
Congratulations to all members of the History Undergraduate Class of 2021.

Jonathan Ort '21 Wins 2021 Spirit of Princeton Award for Service, Contributions to Campus Life
Ort is one of 11 students recognized for their commitment to the undergraduate experience.

Kenji Cataldo, a Member of the Class of 2020, Received Dale Award
For his Dale project, he is studying the environmental impact — along with the attendant economic and cultural repercussions — of U.S. colonialism and the deep history of anti-colonial resistance in Hawaiʻi.

Alum Ben Press '20 Awarded Gaither Fellowship
The fellowship gives graduating seniors an opportunity to work as research assistants to scholars at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Alum Bhadrajee Hewage Awarded Clarendon Scholarship
Bhadrajee Hewage '20 was awarded a Clarendon Scholarship for DPhil study in History at Oxford next year.

Two History Concentrators Awarded Labouisse Prize
Chisom Ilogu and Leopoldo Solis will use the prize to pursue international civic engagement projects for one year following graduation.

Alec Israeli Awarded Koren Prize
The Koren Prize recognizes outstanding departmental work during the junior year.

New Distribution Requirements for the Class of 2023 (and Beyond)
The History department faculty has voted to approve a proposal from the Undergraduate Program Committee, to revise the requirements for the concentration.

Alec Israeli Wins Carter Kim Combe ('74) History Prize
The winner of this year's Carter Kim Combe (’74) History Prize for the best second semester junior research paper is Alec Israeli for his paper, “A New Era in the Struggle for Freedom: American Radicals and the Paris June Days of 1848."

Two History Concentrators Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
Elizabeth Bailey and Alec Israeli have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Frequently Asked Questions for Fall 2020
Resources for the upcoming year, given the COVID-19 pandemic.


2020 Class Day Celebration
Watch the Class Day Celebration for the Class of 2020.

2020 History Honors and Prizes
Congratulations to all members of the History Undergraduate Class of 2020.

Read the Fall 2019 Issue of the Princeton Historical Review
The latest issue features articles written by Sarah Benedict, William Brown, Caroline Castleman, Rafi Lehmann and edited by Leo Li and Audrey Spensley.

History Senior Ben Press Wins Pyne Prize
Seniors Emma Coley and Ben Press have been named co-winners of the 2020 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate.

Kenji Cataldo Awarded Koren Prize
The Koren Prize recognizes outstanding departmental work during the junior year.

Ben Press '20 Awarded Carter Kim Combe '74 Princeton History Prize
The prize is awarded for the best second-semester Junior Paper.

Alumni Journeys: Joshua Asabor '16, Cara Cavanaugh '16, and Nick Williams '15
Recent History grads discuss their journeys at Princeton and beyond.

Undergraduate Program Committee
Juniors Allison Huang and Rachel Kennedy and Seniors Rafi Lehmann and Ben Press are the student representatives on the Undergraduate Program Committee for 2019-2020.

Alum Publishes Article Based on Senior Thesis Research
"Becoming What You Eat: The New England Kitchen and the Body as a Site of Social Reform," by Nick Williams '15, was published in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.


2019 History Honors and Prizes
Congratulations to all members of the History Undergraduate Class of 2019.

Q&A with Kate Reed, Class of 2019
Reed spoke to The Daily Princetonian about her studies in History, Latin American Studies, and Spanish; her experiences at the University; and her hopes for the future.

Marcia Brown '19 Honored with Spirit of Princeton Award
The Spirit of Princeton Award winners for 2019 are Princeton seniors Marcia Brown, Nenna Ibe, Kyle Lang, Moyin Opeyemi, Hannah Paynter, G.J. Sevillano, Samuel Vilchez Santiago, and Colin Yost.

History Concentrator Kate Reed Named Valedictorian
Katharine Reed was named valedictorian and Rafail Zoulis was selected as salutatorian of the Class of 2019.

Professorship and Mentorship: An Interview with Professor Bernadette Perez
Bernadette Pérez shares insights into the role that mentorship played in her academic trajection, including her experiences as an undergraduate and graduate student, as well as her involvement with mentorship for current Princeton undergraduates.

Thesis Day 2019
The Class of 2019 seniors are joined by their advisers to celebrate their thesis submission.

The Attention Screening: Ten Short Films
Across the 2018-2019 watershed, the students of HIS/HOS 490 "The Attention Economy: Historical Perspectives" activated their semester of investigations into the technology and politics of attention in the modern period in the form of ten five-minute collaborative essay films, each of which deals with an essential aspect of the rise of our current attentional ecology/economy.

Seniors Gerwin, Linfield Win Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Princeton University seniors Mikaela Gerwin, a concentrator in History, and Rachel Linfield, a concentrator in History of Science, have been awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships.


Kate Reed Awarded Koren Prize
The Koren Prize recognizes outstanding departmental work during the junior year.


Alumnus Awarded Marshall Scholarship for Graduate Study in the UK
Gocmen '17, who concentrated in History, will pursue an M.Sc. in economics at University College London (UCL), followed by a master's in the history of political thought and intellectual history, jointly administered by UCL and Queen Mary University of London.


History Concentrator Kate Reed Wins Rhodes Scholarship
Reed is majoring in history with certificates in Latin American studies and Spanish. At Oxford, she plans to pursue the M.Phil. in Development Studies.


Mikaela Gerwin '19 Awarded Carter Kim Combe '74 Princeton History Prize
The prize is awarded for the best second-semester Junior Paper.



2018 History Honors and Prizes
On June 5, 75 seniors who concentrated in History graduated as part of Princeton University’s Class of 2018. The day before, at Class Day, they gathered with faculty, friends, and family to celebrate their many achievements.


Kenji Cataldo '20 Named Mellon Mays Fellow
He is one of six Princeton undergraduates named 2018 Mellon Mays fellows, marking the 30th group of Princeton students who have been selected for the prestigious national award aimed at diversifying faculty at colleges and universities.


Lucas Ramos '19 to Share Work at Princeton Research Day
Thursday, May 10
Frist Campus Center


Three History Concentrators Receive Fellowships to Fund International Senior Thesis Research
Majida Halawah, Alexandra Kersley, and Katharine Reed were named PIIRS Undergraduate Fellows.


2018 Stone / Davis Prize Winners
Jordan B. Antebi, Rohana L. Chase, Kate H. Reed, Samuel E. Schultz, and Sam S. Valle were named Stone / Davis Prize winners.


Students Recreate Relics to Dig into Viking History
In the Princeton course “The Vikings: History and Archaeology,” guest Nancy Troske, a Princeton-based jewelry artist, led students in a lesson that allowed them to create personal items similar to those found in Viking culture.


Brett Diehl Named Knight-Hennessy Scholar
Class of 2015 history concentrator Brett Diehl has been named a Knight-Hennessy Scholar to pursue graduate studies at Stanford University.


Senior Faridah Laffan '18 Travels Internationally to Conduct Senior Thesis Research
As a PIIRS Undergraduate Fellow, she visited Lisbon, in Portugal, and Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia, in Brazil, to learn more about the Portuguese influence on Brazilian religious objects.


Working in Conflict
Princeton students, faculty and staff respond to the global refugee crisis by teaching and facilitating a free online course on global history at Camp Azraq, a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.


History Concentrator Selected for 2018 Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI)
Ten students, including one history concentrator, Mikaela Gerwin, have been selected.


Koren Prize Awarded
Class of 2018 seniors Maria Blesie, Jonathan Feld, Ian Iverson, and Christian Pavlakos receive History’s Koren Prize given for the best academic performance during the junior year.


Sarah M. Dinovelli '18 Awarded Carter Kim Combe '74 Princeton History Prize
The prize is awarded for the best second-semester Junior Paper.


New Campus Tour Explores Princeton Race Relations
“Walking Histories: Race and Protest at Princeton and in Trenton,” a campus tour planned by Alison Isenberg, Aaron Landsman, and students, involved a series of performative walks across campus.


Q&A: Connor Pfeiffer '18 on Meeting James A. Baker III '52, a Key Figure in His JP Research
History undergraduate Connor Pfeiffer '18 talks about writing his junior paper and then meeting with the statesman whose role in the reunification of Germany he had examined.


Celebrating Senior Theses: An Interview with Nadia Diamond ’17
For her senior thesis in History, Nadia Diamond wrote about the Magdalen laundries in the Republic of Ireland.


Senior Ashmead Receives Witherspoon Scholarship to Study in Scotland
History senior Claire Ashmead intends to study writing at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.


History Major Rosen Awarded Truman Scholarship for Public Service
The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programs to prepare for careers in public service.


Cameron Bell '16 Wins 2016 Spirit of Princeton Award
The award recognizes those who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the undergraduate experience through dedicated efforts in student organizations, athletics, community service, religious life, residential life and the arts.


History Senior Awarded ReachOut Fellowship for Public Service
Amjad will use her fellowship to work on projects helping the Muslim community in New York City, with a focus on women and recent immigrants.


History Seniors Win Marshall Scholarship
History seniors Audrey Berdahl-Baldwin and Ryan Low have been named 2016 Marshall Scholars.


History Senior Azza Cohen Named 2017 George J. Mitchell Scholar
Princeton University senior Azza Cohen has been named a George J. Mitchell Scholar to study culture and colonialism at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway.