Publication Date

January 1, 2005

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, write to or e-mail David Darlington, Associate Editor, AHA, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.

Edward L. Ayers (Univ. of Virginia), Steven Hahn (Univ. of Pennsylvania), and George M. Marsden (Notre Dame Univ.) are the winners of the Bancroft Prize for 2004 (see the May 2004 issue of Perspectives for a detailed report).

George W. Green is the author of a new book, Special Use Vehicles: An Illustrated History of Unconventional Cars and Trucks Worldwide (McFarland). He has given a lecture on the same subject at the Alfred P. Sloan Museum in Flint and on Comcast Cable television in Dearborn, Mich.

Evan Haefeli (Tufts Univ.) and Kevin Sweeney (Amherst Coll.) won the New England Historical Association (NEHA) annual book award for their outstanding book, Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield (University of Massachusetts Press).

Nikki Keddie (UCLA) was the winner of the prestigious Balzan Prize for her research on the Islamic world in the 19th and 20th centuries. Seerelated article.

Arlene Lazarowitz has been appointed associate professor of history and director of the Jewish Studies Program at California State University, Long Beach.

Christopher McKnight Nichols, a PhD candidate in U.S. history at the University of Virginia, will be a doctoral fellow in residence at the Center on Religion and Democracy (Charlottesville, Va.) for academic year 2004–05. In 2004, Nichols was awarded the All-University Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award as the best graduate teacher in the “Social Sciences, Commerce, and Education,” at the University of Virginia and was honored as Top Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of History. Nichols published “Not Splendid, Hardly ‘Little': The Spanish-American War, the Origins of American Intervention Abroad, and its Salience for Current Policy,” in the The Long Term View (Andover, MA: Massachusetts School of Law), Volume 6, Number 2, Spring 2004. Nichols also published “What Would the Public Think? An Experiment in Deliberative Democracy,” in “Discourse and Democracy,” The Hedgehog Review: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Culture (Charlottesville, VA: Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture), Volume 7, Number 3, Winter 2004.

Charles O'Brien (emeritus, Western Illinois Univ.) recently published Noble Blood (Severn House, 2004), an historical mystery novel set in Versailles, 1787, the third in a series that began with Mute Witness (2001) and Black Gold (2002).

Stephen Prothero (Boston Univ.) won theNortheast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA) annual book award for American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).

Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study has named its 2004–05 Radcliffe fellows. The following fellows are AHA members: Karin A. Rosemblatt (Syracuse Univ.) was named the Bessell Fellow. Corinna Treitel (Wellesley Coll.) was named the Frieda L. Miller Fellow. Michael Willrich (Brandeis Univ.) was also named a fellow.

The John Carter Brown Library, an independently administered and funded center for advanced research in history and the humanities located at Brown University, has awarded fellowships to 32 scholars from around the world for the 2004–05 academic year. All of the fellows will be doing research in the library’s renowned collection of primary materials relating to the European discovery, exploration, settlement, and development of the New World, the Africa contribution to the development of this hemisphere, and indigenous responses to the European conquest. Eleven scholars received long-term fellowships, while 21 will be in residence during the year for periods ranging from two to four months.

The following fellowship recipients are AHA members:Antonio Barrera (Colgate Univ.), Kristen Block (Rutgers Univ.), Carol Delaney (Stanford Univ.), Patricia L. Don (San Jose State Univ.),Sylvia R. Frey (Tulane Univ.),Paul E. Hoffman (Louisiana State Univ.), Vicki Hsueh (Western Washington Univ.), Carina L. Johnson (Pitzer Coll.), Marjoleine Kars (Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County), Matthew O'Hara (New Mexico State Univ.),Rachel O'Toole (Villanova Univ.), Karen Racine (Univ. of Guelph), Barbara Sommer (Gettysburg Coll.), and Linda L. Sturtz (Beloit Coll.). The following scholars will be in official residence at the library for varying lengths of time: Jennifer L. Anderson (New York Univ.), Patricia U. Bonomi (emeritus, New York Univ.), Amy Turner Bushnell, Jack P. Greene (Johns Hopkins Univ.), andJames Muldoon (emeritus, Rutgers Univ.).

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