Publication Date

May 1, 2008

Perspectives Section


Editor's Note: The purpose of this column, which is published in Perspectives on History as space permits, is to recognize and honor the accomplishments of AHA members. Submissions are welcome; entries will be published in alphabetical order.

Harriet Alonso (City College, New York) has published Robert E. Sherwood: The Playwright in Peace and War (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007).

Anna M. Cienciala (University of Kansas) was awarded the first special Distinguished Achievement Award for her editorial work on the book Katyn: A Crime Without Punishment (Yale University Press, 2007) by the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (PIASA). The award was presented at PIASA’s ninth awards presentation and reception on November 18, 2007.

Elizabeth A. Eldredge (Michigan State University) has published Power in Colonial Africa: Conflict and Discourse in Lesotho, 1870–1960 (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007).

Thomas W. Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley, was one of the three winners of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award. The awards are intended to underscore the decisive contributions the humanities make to the nation’s intellectual life.

Stephen H. Norwood (University of Oklahoma) and Eunice G. Pollack (University of North Texas) have edited the just-published, two-volume Encyclopedia of American Jewish History (ABC-CLIO, 2007). The Encyclopedia includes about 200 articles, many of them in-depth, analytical essays, by 125 scholars in the United States, Israel, Europe, and Canada.

Sarah J. Purcell, associate professor of history at Grinnell College, has been named director of the college’s Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights, effective July 1, 2008. The Rosenfield Program annually hosts public lectures and symposia on important contemporary world affairs and domestic policy issues.

Several members of the AHA were among the winners of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships for 2008, announced in April 2008. Out of more than 2,600 applicants, the Guggenheim Foundation selected 190 winners and awarded $8.2 million in fellowships in the 84th annual competition. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of stellar achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment. Congratulations to the following AHA members: Margaret Lavinia Anderson, professor of history, University of California; Brigitte Miriam Bedos-Rezak, professor of history, New York University; Michael D. Bess, Chancellor’s Professor of History, Vanderbilt University; Christopher S. Celenza, professor of German and Romance languages, Johns Hopkins University; Deborah Cohen, associate professor of history, Brown University; Laurent Dubois, professor of history and Romance Studies, Duke University;Leon Fink, UIC Distinguished Professor, Department of History, University of Illinois at Chicago; Rachel Fulton, associate professor of history, University of Chicago; Allan Greer, professor of history, University of Toronto; Sumit Guha, professor of history, Rutgers University; Woody Holton, associate professor of history, University of Richmond; Daniel Horowitz, Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of American Studies, Smith College; Joanne Meyerowitz, professor of history and American Studies, Yale University; Samuel Moyn, professor of history, Columbia University; Mary Kay Vaughan, professor of history, University of Maryland;Sarah Watts, professor of history, Wake Forest University; and Kevin A. Yelvington, associate professor of anthropology, University of South Florida.

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