2018 History Honors and Prizes

Posted
June 13, 2018
Class Day

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.

The following seniors received distinguished awards and prizes during Class Day, which were presented by Chair Keith Wailoo.

Congratulations to all members of the History Undergraduate Class of 2018!

Highest Honors

Maria Blesie
Jennifer El-Fakir
Jonathan Feld
Claire Jones
Noah Mayerson
Elizabeth McGee
Christian Pavlakos

High Honors

Julia Case-Levine
David Crane
Sarah Dinovelli
Theodore Furchtgott
Ian Iverson
Connor Pfeiffer
Natalie Rodriguez-Nelson
Jahdziah St. Julien

Honors

Rachel Adler
Gabriel Arcaro
Paul Draper
Mario Garcia
Isabel Hetherington
Faridah Laffan
Wai Keung Leung
Peyton McElroy
Kennedy O’Dell
Sarah Pieringer
Craig Poskanzer
Meagan Raker
Miranda Rosen
Jackson Springer
Valerie Wilson
Zaynab Zaman


Laurence Hutton Prize in History

Awarded to the history major who has compiled the strongest record in department work.

Winner:
Jonathan Grant Feld


C. O. Joline Prize in American History

Awarded for the best essay by a senior on any phase of American history.

Winners:

Julia Caroline Case-Levine (Dr. Joseph M. Fronczak)
“Seeing to the Sympathies”: A Critical Reexamination of Sentimental Fiction and the Works of E.D.E.N. Southworth

Jahdziah Olive St. Julien (Professor Beth Lew-Williams)
Say It Loud, Black Catholic and Proud: Black Catholic Clergy Caucus and a Crisis of Identity, 1968-1970

Elizabeth Bailey McGee (Dr. Dov Grohsgal)
“The Day on Which the Axis Powers Were Defeated”: Politics and Policy of Lend-Lease in America and Britain, 1940-1941


Walter Phelps Hall Prize in European History

Awarded for the best thesis in European history.

Winners:

Claire Powel Jones (Professor David Bell)
Afrancesados, Jacobinos, e Partidistas: Elite Collaboration and Resistance in Napoleonic Lisbon, 1807-1817

Connor Russell Pfeiffer (Professor Harold James)
Britain and the “German Revolution”: The European System and British Foreign Policy During the Franco-Prussian War


Prize for the Best Senior Thesis in Asian History

Winner:

Zaynab Zaman (Professor Daniel J. Sheffield)
An Unanswered Minority: The Shi’a as a Twice-Marginalized Community in Late-Colonial India


Prize in American History

Established by the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey for the best essay by an undergraduate upon a theme of United States Colonial History

Winner:

Jonathan Grant Feld (Professor Wendy Warren)
Cradle of Libertas: Reception of the Roman Republic in Post-Revolutionary Philadelphia


William Koren, Jr., Memorial Prize in History

A prize given annually by Henry Lloyd Thronell Koren to the students in the department who attain the best record in the departmental work of the junior year.

Winners:

Maria Dorothy Blesie
Jonathan Grant Feld
Ian Todd Iverson
Christian George Pavlakos


Carter Kim Combe '74 History Prize

A prize established in memory of Carter Kim Combe, Class of 1974, awarded annually to the student who writes the best second-term junior independent work paper in history.

Winner:

Sarah Megan Dinovelli (Professor Emily Thompson)
The Woes of War-Time Radio: NBC and the Financial Challenges of Broadcasting News During World War II

 

Prizes Awarded from Outside the Department

The following History graduates received prizes from other departments:

Asher Hinds Prize for Excellence

The Program in European Cultural Studies

The Prize was established in memory of Professor Asher Hinds, one of the leaders of the Special Program in the Humanities, which later became the programs in American Studies and European Cultural Studies. Professor Hinds was remembered with particular affection by his students and colleagues, who established this prize in his memory. The Asher Hinds Prize in European Cultural Studies is awarded annually in recognition of the best senior thesis completed by an ECS certificate student.

Claire Powel Jones (Professor David Bell)
Afrancesados, Jacobinos, e Partidistas: Elite Collaboration and Resistance in Napoleonic Lisbon, 1807-1817


Joseph R. Strayer Prize

Medieval Studies Program

Joseph R. Strayer Prize is awarded to the senior who, in the judgment of the faculty, has done outstanding work in some area of Medieval Studies.

Winner:

Theodore Raphael Furtchgott (Professor William Chester Jordan)
The Murder of Henry of Almain


Senior Thesis Prize, University Center for Human Values

University Center for Human Values

The Senior Thesis Prize is awarded to the senior who has written the most outstanding thesis in the area of ethics and human values.

Winner:

Julia Caroline Case-Levine (Dr. Joseph M. Fronczak)
“Seeing to the Sympathies”: A Critical Reexamination of Sentimental Fiction and the Works of E.D.E.N. Southworth


J. Welles Henderson ’43 Senior Thesis Prize

The Program in Law and Public Affairs

J. Welles Henderson ’43 Senior Thesis Prize is awarded to the Princeton senior who has written the most outstanding thesis on a law-related subject in international, comparative or American law.

Winner:

Jackson Stanley Springer (Professor Martha A. Sandweiss)
“Against the Order of Nature”: Creating a Gay Identity Under the Law in Colorado, 1880-1914


The Montgomery Raiser ’92 Thesis Prize

Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies / PIIRS

The Montgomery Raiser ’92 Thesis Prize is awarded for the best senior thesis in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Winner:

Gabriel Joseph Arcaro (Professor Max D. Weiss)
Shifting Stars: The Relationship Between the Development of Persian Literary Identity and Nationalism in Tajikistan


Hellenic Studies Senior Thesis Prize

Center for Hellenic Studies

Hellenic Studies Senior Thesis Prize is awarded for the best senior thesis written on a topic in Byzantine or Modern Greek Studies.

Winner:

Rachel Jordan Kovnal Adler (Professor Teresa Shawcross, Professor Jennifer M. Rampling)
Greek Contemporaries, Italian Antiquarians: Demetrios Chalkokondyles and the Università degli Studi di Padova as a Lens for Byzantine Pedagogy in Late Quattrocento Venice and Padua


American Society of the Italian Legion of Merits Senior Thesis Prize

The Department of French & Italian

The American Society of the Italian Legion of Merits Senior Thesis Prize is awarded to the senior who has written the most outstanding senior thesis on the culture, economy, history, politics, or society of Italy.

Rachel Jordan Kovnal Adler (Professor Teresa Shawcross, Professor Jennifer M. Rampling)
Greek Contemporaries, Italian Antiquarians: Demetrios Chalkokondyles and the Università degli Studi di Padova as a Lens for Byzantine Pedagogy in Late Quattrocento Venice and Padua


These History concentrators have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa:

Maria Dorothy Blesie
David Hughes Crane
Jonathan Grant Feld
Claire Powell Jones
Noah Samuel Mayerson
Elizabeth Bailey McGee
Christian George Pavlakos