Raymond J. Cunningham Prize Recipients
The American Historical Association offers the Raymond J. Cunningham Prize for the best article written by an undergraduate student and published in a history department journal. This prize, awarded annually, was established in memory of Raymond J. Cunningham, who was an associate professor of history at Fordham University. He was an authority on American historian Herbert Baxter Adams.
2016 Cunningham Prize
Griffin Bennett Creech, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA, 2016)
“‘Our Revolutionary Cadres Are Always beside the Masses’: Reconsidering the Role of Khmer Rouge Cadres in Democratic Kampuchea,” Traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History (Spring 2015)
Faculty Advisor: Donald Reid
Griffin Creech’s thoughtful, sophisticated, and well-written paper explores a topic that has not received much attention, the role of Khmer Rouge cadres in Democratic Kampuchea. Using memoirs and oral historical material, Creech reconstructed the day-to-day operations of KCP cadres at the grassroots level and was able to show that the Pol Pot regime had much less control over the countryside, where cadres not only held sway but also exercised what he terms “personalized, local authority.”