Publication Date

April 1, 2006

Perspectives Section


Editor’s Note: The purpose of this column, which is published in Perspectives as space permits, is to recognize and honor the accomplishments of AHA members. Submissions are welcome; entries will be published in alphabetical order. To submit an entry, e-mail David Darlington, or write to Associate Editor, Perspectives, AHA, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.

  • Nicholas C. Burckel (Marquette Univ.) announced his retirement effective December 2005. Before joining Marquette 10 years ago, Burckel was the associate dean of libraries at Washington University in St. Louis. Burckel’s career as library administrator, archivist, and historian included serving as fellow and president of the Society of American Archivists, president of the Midwest Archives Conference, board member of the Center for Research Libraries, two-term presidential appointee to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and editorial board member of Portal: Libraries and the Academy. Burckel, a life member of the AHA, is the editor or co-author of six books, more than a dozen articles, and 100 reviews in archival, library, and history journals. In 2002, Burckel received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and in 2003 he received the Wisconsin Library Association’s Librarian of the Year Award.

  • Dorothy Sue Cobble (Rutgers Univ. at New Brunswick) won the 2005 Philip Taft Labor History Book Prize from Cornell University for her outstanding examination of workplace feminism,The Other Women’s Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America, published by Princeton University Press in 2004.

  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (California State Univ. at San Francisco) has published the third in a series of historical-literary memoirs, Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War, from South End Press. It has been nominated for the Oklahoma Book Award. The first book in the memoir series,Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie, was published in 1997 by Verso Books, and was released in a new edition in February 2006 by the University of Oklahoma Press. The second book in the series is Outlaw Woman: Memoir of the War Years, 1960–75 from City Lights Books and was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award.

  • Barbara Ganson (Florida Atlantic Univ.) was the winner of the 2005 Book Prize awarded by the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association for her book, The Guarani Under Spanish Rule in the Rio de la Plata.

  • Joseph Henning (Rochester Institute of Technology) had his book,Outposts of Civilization: Race, Religion, and the Formative Years of American-Japanese Relations (New York Univ. Press), translated and published in Japanese. In the book, Henning reveals how many 19th-century Americans grappled with the challenge that the newly powerful Meiji Japan (1868–1912) posed to their belief in white, Christian superiority. Rather than abandon this conviction, some of those most familiar with Japan unsuccessfully attempted to convince other Americans that the Japanese were a white race and Christian at heart.

  • Thomas Horrocks has been appointed associate librarian of Houghton Library for Collections. Houghton Library is Harvard College’s rare book and manuscripts repository. He was also recently elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society.

  • Kathryn Kish Sklar (SUNY-Binghamton) is Harmsworth Professor of American History at the University of Oxford in 2005–06, where she lectures on “The Centrality of Feminism in American Political History, 1776–2000.”

  • W. Barksdale Maynard (Johns Hopkins Univ.) has received two awards for his book, Walden Pond: A History (Oxford Univ. Press, 2004): a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History, and the Boston Authors Club Julia Ward Howe Special Award.

  • John Thomas McGuire (Tompkins-Cortland Community Coll.) received the 2005 Philip S. Klein Article Prize from the Pennsylvania Historical Association for the best article published in Pennsylvania history in 2003–04. His article, “Two Feminist Visions: Social Justice Feminism and Equal Rights, 1899–1940,” appeared in the autumn of 2004.

  • Wayne Patterson (St. Norbert Coll.) has been named Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, for the spring semester 2006.

  • Kenneth L. Pomeranz (Univ. of California at Irvine) has been named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 2005–06. He is one of 13 distinguished scholars selected by the Phi Beta Kappa Society for this program. Pomeranz is the author ofThe Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy; The World That Trade Created; and The Making of a Hinterland: State, Society and Economy in Inland North China, 1853–1937. He has also written on the history of popular religion and on family organization and gender roles.

  • Rebecca Rogers (Université Marc Bloch-Strasbourg) has published From the Salon to the Schoolroom: Educating Bourgeois Girls in 19th-Century France (Penn State Press, 2005). Last year she edited a collection of articles on coeducation in Europe: La mixité dans l’éducation: enjeux passés et présents (Ecole Normale Supérieure Editions, 2004). She also has a chapter “Learning to be good girls and women: Education, training, and schools” inRoutledge History of Women in Europe, 1700 to the present, ed. Deborah Simonton (Routledge, 2005).

  • José J. Sanmartín (Univ. of Alicante, Spain) has published the article “La retórica del poder en Norteamérica” (Revista de Investigaciones Políticas y Sociológicas, vol. 4, number 1, 2005), a comparative study between the American presidency and the Canadian Crown, with an analysis on both political speech and institutional power.

  • Londa Schiebinger (Stanford Univ.) was awarded the 2005 Alf Andrew Heggoy Book Prize from the French Colonial Historical Society for her Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World (Harvard Univ. Press, 2004). She also won the 2005 J. Worth Estes Prize for the History of Pharmacology from the American Association for the History of Medicine for her “Feminist History of Colonial Science,” Hypatia 19 (2004): 233–54.

  • Reynolds J. Scott-Childress has joined the history department at the State University of New York at New Paltz as a tenure-track assistant professor.

  • Hakeem Ibikunle Tijani (Univ. of St. Francis, IL) published Britain, Leftist Nationalists, and the Transfer of Power in Nijeria, 1945–65.

  • The Business History Conference has awarded the following prizes to AHA members in 2005: Dalit Baranoff (Johns Hopkins Univ.) won the Herman E. Krooss Prize for the best dissertation in business history for “Shaped by Risk: The American Fire Insurance Industry, 1790–1920,” (Johns Hopkins Univ.y, 2003). Thomas A. Kinney (Bluefield Coll., Virginia) won the Hagley Prize for Best Book in Business History forThe Carriage Trade: Making Horse-Drawn Vehicles in America (Johns Hopkins Univ.y Press). The Hagley Prize is awarded in association with the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. Emanuela Scarpellini (Univ. of Milan, Italy) won the Newcomen Prize for the best article published in Enterprise & Society in 2004 for “Shopping American-Style: The Arrival of the Supermarket in Postwar Italy,”Enterprise & Society 5:4, (2004) 625–68. Sharon Ann Murphy (Univ. of Virginia) won the K. Austin Kerr Prize for the best first paper presented at a BHC Annual Meeting for “Protecting Middle-Class Families: Life Insurance in Antebellum America.”

  • The North Caroliniana Society granted Archie K. Davis Fellowships for 2005–06 to the following AHA members (with an abbreviation of their subjects):David Brown (Sheffield Univ., England), Carolina Piedmont during the Civil War;Lloyd Johnson (Campbell Univ.),Upper Cape Fear Valley in the 18th century; Robert M. Owens (Wichita State Univ.), North Carolina Cherokees;Peter Wallenstein (Virginia Polytechnic Institute), desegregation at University of North Carolina; Emily Herring Wilson (Wake Forest Univ.), correspondence of A. R. Ammons. Since 1987, more than 240 Archie K. Davis Fellowships have been granted to assist scholars in their travel to sources of North Carolina’s history and culture. Information may be found at or from Dr. H. G. Jones, Secretary, UNC Campus Box 3930, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890.

  • The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America (Polski Instytut Naukowy w Ameryce) honored three individuals at its Seven Awards Presentation and Reception on November 19, 2005, two of whom are AHA members.Gershon David Hundert (McGill Univ.) received the Oscar Halecki Polish and East Central European History Award for his book, Jews in Poland-Lithuania in the 18th Century: A Genealogy of Modernity (Univ. of California Press, 2004).Karen Majewski, executive director of the Polish American Historical Association and curator for Orchard Lake Schools, Orchard Lake, Michigan, received the Waclaw Lednicki Humanities Award for her book, Traitors and True Poles: Narrating A Polish-American Identity, 1880–1939 (Ohio Univ. Press, 2003). Dr. Majewski was also elected mayor of Hamtramck, Michigan, in November 2005.

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