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Grace Healy Wins 2016 O’Connell Research Prize

O'Connell Award winner Grace Healy with her mentor Professor Steven Stoll

O’Connell Award winner Grace Healy with her mentor Professor Steven Stoll

This year, in conjunction with the department’s O’Connell Initiative, the History Department awarded a $250 O’Connell Research Award for the most original graduate student research on the history of global capitalism. This year’s winner was MA student Grace Healy, who won for her final research paper entitled  “Swamp or Climax Region? Congressional Perceptions of the Everglades, 1947-1989” We asked Grace for details of her research, and she reports:

 

My project focused on the Everglades in South Florida, specifically the way in which members of Congress have thought about that landscape over the course of the second half of the twentieth century. As the people who mark the boundaries of land that will be preserved, I believe that congressmen’s perceptions of land, ecosystems, and the environment in general are an important aspect of conservation history.
Everglades map
I became interested in the Everglades because I enjoy analyzing the contradictory (or balanced, based on your perspective) way that Americans have managed land. For example, large portions of the Everglades are being protected because of its distinct environment. At the same time, however, vast tracts of the Everglades have been altered and manipulated for commercial reasons. I think that attempting to understand why certain types of landscapes are managed in these divergent forms is not only important to a historical understanding of the United States but also relevant to the environmental movement going forward.
Professor Stoll was an excellent mentor throughout this project. At times he pushed me to think more critically about certain aspects, at other times he knew exactly what text I should read to gain more insight. I think he was most helpful when I was I was still developing my ideas. It can be really difficult to find the right project that can be completed in about a semester and half. Professor Stoll really helped me tailor my ideas so I could deeply investigate this one important aspect of the Everglades.
Congratulations on the O’Connell Prize Grace!

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Fordham PhD Wins Taiwan Research Fellowship

Photo_Darryl_E_BrockDarryl E. Brock, Ph.D. (May 2014) just received the Taiwan Research Fellowship from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office for winter and spring 2015. As a visiting scholar at the Academia Sinica, Darryl will work with government, diplomatic and NGO representatives on his project “Taiwan’s Diplomacy and Foreign Aid to Latin American Nations: An Assessment of Presidents Chen’s and Ma’s Differential Strategies.” As a prelude to this work, Darryl traveled to the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia this past August where he conducted in-depth interviews with the Taiwanese ambassador, as well as St. Lucian government officials.

 

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PhD Student Brandon Gauthier Wins OAH Award

OAHlogoBrandon K. Gauthier received a John Higham Travel Grant from the Organization of American Historians and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society to present a paper at the OAH’s annual conference in April 2014.  His paper, entitled “‘Bring All the Troops Home Now!’ The American-Korean Friendship and Information Center and North Korean Public Diplomacy, 1971-1976,” detailed the history of a North Korean funded “anti-imperialist peace organization” in New York City that sought to generate public support for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and force the withdrawal of American forces from the Korean peninsula.  He is currently at work on a dissertation examining the intellectual and cultural history of U.S. foreign relations with the DPRK from 1948-1996.

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Winners of the Loomie Prize

Each year, the History Department recognizes excellence among our graduate students by awarding a prize for the best paper written in a research seminar. The best paper for 2013 was awarded jointly to Hannah Shepard and Louisa Foroughi. We profile their research and the prize winning papers.
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Faculty News: Yuko Miki wins Nupur Chaudhuri Prize

Yuko Miki - WhiteBackgroundCongratulations to our new faculty member Yuko Miki for winning the Nupur Chaudhuri First Article Prize of the Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH).    Continue reading

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