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Dr. Nelson H. Minnich, Professor of History and Church History, edited Alla Ricerca di Soluzioni, Nuova Luce sul Concilio Lateranense V. Studi per I 500 anni del Concilio [Pontificio Comitato di Scienze Storiche, Atti e Documenti, 48] (Città del Vaticano: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2019).

Dr. Katherine L. Jansen, Professor of History, became the Editor of Speculum, the premier academic journal for medieval studies in North America, published by the Medieval Academy of America.

Jon Paul Heyne, Ph.D. candidate, was awarded a pre-doctoral Fulbright scholarship, a residential fellowship at the University of Notre Dame’s Tantur Ecumenical Institute, and a Charles Tuttle Wood Dissertation Grant by the Medieval Academy of America, all to support research in Jerusalem during the 2019-2020 academic year for his dissertation entitled “The Franciscans of the Holy Land: Religion and Politics of the Mediterranean in the Age of Queen Sancia”.

Atlas Xu, Ph.D. candidate, was awarded an Arthur J. Quinn Memorial Fellowship by the Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley, and research fellowships from the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library, all to support research for his dissertation entitled “Navigating Worthiness in America: White Attorneys, Chinese Immigrants, and Black Pensioners 1873-1910”. 

Atlas Xu has also received the inaugural Gerald Bonner Graduate Research Award.  This grant, to support graduate student research, has been made possible by the generosity of Dr. Jeremy Bonner (Ph.D. 2001).  It will support Atlas’s research in the archives of Malone, New York for his dissertation “Navigating Worthiness in America: White Attorneys, Chinese Immigrants, and Black Pensioners, 1873-1924.” Malone, though a small town, ranked second among border towns in admitting large numbers of Chinese into the United States in the early 1900s, and was an easier port of arrival for Chinese immigrants than San Francisco.

Susannah Marshall, B.A. History 2019, won the 2019 John Zeender Prize for best senior thesis, for her research entitled “Religion in Service of Politics: Egyptian Propaganda from 1500-1150 BC”.  She also won the 2019 John T. Farrell Prize, for highest GPA among history majors.  She has begun a master’s degree in Egyptology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University Bloomington.

Matthew Blanchard, B.A. History/Classical Civilization 2019, won 2nd place in World History at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, for his paper “Who is the Barbarian? The Spanish Conquest of Mexico.”  He has begun a master’s degree in art history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

John Glascock, B.A. History 2019, has begun a master’s degree in the Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate at Cornell University.

Shane Bonin, B.A. History 2019, after participating in the U.S. Air Force ROTC program while at Catholic University, is now serving with the 7th Munitions Squadron (7 MUNS) at Dyess Air Force Base, TX.  After completing advanced training he will serve as the 7 MUNS Material Flight Commander.

Alex Szymanski (sophomore history major and member of the men’s swimming and diving team) was named to the 2018-19 Landmark Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll.

William (Eddie) Pickeral, B.A. History 2017, began study for an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling at Johns Hopkins University in 2019.  He also works at Johns Hopkins as an Academic Service Specialist.

Conor Boland, B.A. History 2017, began study at the University of Notre Dame School of Law in fall 2019.

Robert Camilleri, Ph.D. History 2014, was promoted to Director, Technical Support Office, Europe and Eurasia Bureau, at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

William H. Stevens, M.A. History 2010, was named the District of Columbia’s History Teacher of the Year for 2018.  He is a social studies teacher at the IDEA Public Charter School in NE Washington, D.C.