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Department of History Highlights, 2016-2017

Dr. Caroline Sherman, Associate Professor of History, received the 2017 CUA Provost’s Teaching Excellence in Early Career Award.

Dr. Jerry Muller, Professor of History, received the 2017 CUA Provost’s Achievement in Research Award.

Dr. Uta-Renate Blumenthal, Professor Emerita of History, has been elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.

Dr. Julia Young, Associate Professor of History, has won the 2017 Paul J. Foik, C.S.C., Award for Best Book on the Catholic Southwest from the Texas Catholic Historical Society for her book, Mexican Exodus:Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).

Dr. Michael Kimmage, Professor of History, was Catholic University’s first-ever Franklin Fellow in the U.S. Department of State, serving in the Secretary’s Office of Policy Planning in during the calendar years 2015 and 2016, with a focus on Russian and Eurasian policy.  He was also named to the advisory board of the Kennan Institute for Russian Studies in the Wilson Center, Washington, DC, and was awarded a non-resident, part-time fellowship at the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Academy for spring 2017.

Dr. Árpád von Klimó, Associate Professor of History, published the Routledge History of East Central Europe since 1700 (New York: Routledge, 2017), co-edited with Irina Livezeanu.

Dr. Jennifer Paxton, Clinical Assistant Professor of History, gave a daylong seminar for Smithsonian Associates entitled “How the Britons Became the English, the Welsh, and the Scottish: Creating a United Kingdom” in October 2016.

Carol Anderson (Ph.D. candidate) won the American Catholic Historical Association’s Student Summer Research Grant and also the 2017 Frederick C. Lane Dissertation Grant from the Medieval Academy of America, both to support research this summer in Italy for her dissertation, entitled “Sacred Histories: Remembering the Christian Past in Medieval Tuscany (ca. 1100-1350).”

Austin Powell (Ph.D. candidate) won a Gladys Kleible Delmas Foundation fellowship to support research in Italy for his dissertation, entitled “Charisma, Community, and Authority: Dominican Epistolary Practice in Italy, 1300-1500.”

Amanda Perry (Ph.D. candidate) has been named the assistant director at the National History Center, Washington, DC.

Conor Boland (Class of 2017) won the 2017 John Zeender prize for his senior thesis, entitled “Containment in U.S. Relations with South Africa During the Ford Administration.” 

Daniel Cooley (Class of 2017) won the 2017 John T. Farrell Prize, for highest GPA among history majors.

Elizabeth Artlip (rising senior) is interning at the Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, Washington DC, in summer 2017.

Emily Carey (rising junior) is interning at the National Building Museum, Washington DC, in summer 2017.

Two history majors and members of the Class of 2017 were named to the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll: Bridget Power, member of the CUA women’s basketball team, for winter 2016-2017, and Joe Prego, member of the CUA baseball team, for spring 2017.