Publication Date

October 1, 1998

Perspectives Section


Editor's Note: The purpose of this occasional column is to recognize and honor the accomplishments of AHA members. Submissions are welcome. To submit an entry, write to Cecelia J. Dadian, Senior Editor, AHA, 400 A St., SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.

Holly Brewer (North Carolina State Univ.) is recipient of the prize for the best article published in the William and Mary Quarterly in 1997. The article, “Entailing Aristocracy in Colonial Virginia: ‘Ancient Feudal Restraints’ and Revolutionary Reform,” appears in the April issue. The award is presented annually by the Daughters of Colonial Wars, on recommendation of the Quarterly‘s Board of Editors. The article has also won the 1998 James L. Clifford Prize awarded by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Nicholas C. Burckel (Marquette Univ.) has been awarded tenure as associate professor in the history department of Marquette. His title has been changed to Dean of Libraries. As dean, he will have major responsibility for coordinating the university’s commitment to constructing the Rev. John P. Raynor Library, a new $50,000,000 facility on the Milwaukee campus.

Vincent P. De Santis, James G. Ryan, and Leonard Schlup (independent scholars) are compiling a new Gilded Age bibliography, which will be published by Scholarly Resources.

Stephanie Dyer (Univ. of Pennsylvania) received a 1998 Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowship in Business, Technology, and Society from the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware.

Michael J. Eula (El Camino Coll.) recently published “Language, Time, and the Formation of Self” in Italiana Americana (winter 1998). He is also the author of “Using Theory in the Introductory History Course: One Strategy for a Postmodern Era,” forthcoming in The History Teacher, and Between Peasant and Urban Villager: Italian Americans of New Jersey and New York, 1880-1980. The Structures of Counter Discourse (Peter Lang, 1993).

William Gibson (Basingstoke Coll. of Technology, U.K.) has been appointed series editor for the new Documents in Early Modern Social History series, published by Cassells/Leicester University Press. The series plans to provide a range of source books on themes in early modern history.

Lloyd Johnson (Campbell Univ.) has published The Frontier in the Colonial South: South Carolina Backcountry, 1736-–1800 (Greenwood, 1997).

Warren Kimball (Rutgers Univ.) was a Churchill visiting fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, for Easter term 1998.

James Kirby Martin (Univ. of Houston) has received a chaired appointment as Distinguished University Professor of History. His most recent book is Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered (New York Univ. Press, 1997).

Linda Karen Miller (Fairfax High School) received the Brenton S. Halsey Teaching Excellence Award from the Virginia Historical Society. She has recently published a teachers’ guide for the PBS television program The Marshall Plan: Against the Odds. Her biographical sketch of James Horrocks, an Anglican priest in colonial Virginia, will appear in the American National Biography.

Susan Scott Parrish (PhD cand., Stanford Univ.) is recipient of the 1997 Richard L. Morton Award of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture for a distinguished article by a graduate student in the William and Mary Quarterly. The article, “The Female Opossum and the Nature of the New World,” appeared in the July issue.

James T. Patterson (Brown Univ.) was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters Degree at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He also delivered on that occasion (October 1997) the third annual Bernard Bailyn lecture, “America’s Grand Expectations after World War II.”

Edwin Perkins (Univ. of Southern California) served as Fulbright Distinguished University lecturer at Moscow State University from February to May 1998.

Sarah B. Pomeroy (Hunter Coll. and Graduate School, CUNY) has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for “Spartan Women.”

John David Smith (North Carolina State Univ.) has been named Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich, Germany, for 1998-99.

Mark Smith (Univ. of South Carolina) received the Avery O. Craven Award at a ceremony hosted by the Association of American Historians on April 3, in Indianapolis, for his first book, Mastered by the Clock: Time, Slavery, and Freedom in the American South. (Univ. of North Carolina Press). He shares the award with William G. Shade (Lehigh Univ.) who wrote the book, Democratizing the Old Dominion: Virginia and the Second Party System, 1824–1861.

Pamela H. Smith (Pomona Coll.) has been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships for her project entitled “Art, Commerce, and Science: The Representation of Material Things in Early Modern Europe.” She was promoted to associate professor in spring 1997 and will spend next year as Sidney M. Edelstein International Fellow in Jerusalem and Philadelphia.

A. T. Stephens (specialist in museum education, African American studies, and public history) has been selected to be director of the Historic Alexandria Black History Resource Center. He began work in this position in April 1997.

Piotr S. Wandycz (Yale Univ.) received the Oscar Halecki Polish and East Central European History Award from the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, Inc., for distinguished contributions in the field of eastern European history throughout his illustrious career.

Harry M. Ward (Univ. of Richmond) has published General William Maxwell and the New Jersey Continentals with Greenwood Press, 1997.

Wayne E. Wiegand (Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison) will be a fellow at the university’s Institute for Research in Humanities in the spring semester 1998 to work on a book tentatively entitled Main Street Public Library: Books and Reading in the Rural Heartland, 1890–1956.

The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society, Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware, has awarded grants to support research in the library's collections to the following AHA members for the winter of 1997 and spring of 1998:

Eric Boyles (Univ. of Minnesota), “Organizing to Innovate: Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures in the American Computer Industry.”

Catherine Gudis (Yale Univ.), “The Road to Consumption: Outdoor Advertising and the American Cultural Landscape, 1917–1990.”

John Logan (Univ. of California at Davis) “Defining Industrial Citizenship: The State and Workers’ Rights in the U.S. and Canada, 1933–1948.”

Darrell Meadows (Carnegie Mellon Univ.), “Family, Race, and Exile in the Age of Revolution: The Dislocation of the French Atlantic Community, 1791–1815.”

Jonathan Rees (Whitman Coll.) “Managing the Mills: Labor Policy in the American Steel Industry during the Non-Union Era.”

Kevin Reilly (Univ. of Massachusetts), “Corporate Stories: Fortune Magazine and the Making of a Modern Managerial Culture.”

David Robertson (Univ. of Missouri at St. Louis), “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Business Representation in American Policy Making.”

Jonathan Soffer (Polytechnic Univ.), “American Business and the Moral Economy of Military Keynesianism.”

Liana Vardi (SUNY at Buffalo), “The Culture of Physiocracy.”

James Zelizer (Univ. of Albany), “Protecting the Purse: Fiscal Conservatism in an Age of Big Government, 1933–1996.”

The following AHA members have been awarded Columbia University's Bancroft Prizes for 1998:

Walter LaFeber (Cornell Univ.) for The Clash: U.S.-Japanese Relations throughout History (W. W. Norton, 1997).

Thomas J. Sugrue (Univ. of Pennsylvania) for The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1997).

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