Publication Date

November 1, 2003

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 David Darlington, Associate Editor, AHA, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.

Harriet Hyman Alonso (City Coll., New York) has received the 2003 Warren Kuehl Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for her book, Growing Up Abolitionist: The Story of the Garrison Children (University of Massachusetts Press, 2002).

Robert Blackey (California State Univ. at San Bernardino), a former vice president of the AHA’s Teaching Division, and the recipient of the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award for 2002, has received the California State University system’s Wang Family Excellence Award in the area of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The competition is among the nominees of the 23 campuses of the CSU system, and the award includes $20,000.

Thomas ("Tim") Borstelmann, formerly professor of history at Cornell University, became the first Thompson Professor of Modern World History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the fall of 2003.

E. Wayne Carp (Pacific Lutheran Univ.) recently edited a collection of essays,Adoption in America: Historical Perspectives (Univ. of Michigan Press) .

Joanne M. Ferraro (San Diego State Univ.) received the Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize for the best book published in 2001 in any period of Italian history from the Society for Italian Historical Studies, and was awarded First Prize from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women for her book Marriage Wars in Late Renaissance Venice (Oxford University Press, History of Sexuality Series, 2001).

Johanna Granville, associate professor of political science at Clemson Univ. is one of eight recipients of Stanford University’s Campbell National Fellowship for 2003–04. She plans to work in the Hoover Institution’s archives in preparation for her second book on the role of East European countries in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Her first book, The First Domino: International Decision Making in the 1956 Hungarian Crisis, was published by Texas A&M University Press in 2003.

R. Douglas Hurt has been named head of the Department of History at Purdue University.

The John Boswell Prize for an outstanding book on lesbian/gay history written in English by a North American was awarded to Jonathan Katz for Love Stories: Sex between Men before Homosexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2002) and Laura Doan for Fashioning Sapphism: The Origins of a Modern English Lesbian Culture (Columbia University Press, 2001). The Boswell Prize is awarded by the Committee on Lesbian and Gay History (CLGH), an affiliated society of the AHA.

Martin L. Levitt has been named librarian of the American Philosophical Society. Levitt received his PhD from Temple Univ. in 1990, and was a Fulbright Scholar to the U.K. in 1991–92. Levitt has been an employee of the American Philosophical Society since 1986, beginning as assistant manuscripts librarian, and has also been a professor of history at Temple Univ. since 1992. Levitt has published articles in numerous scholarly and professional journals, is a frequent public speaker, and consultant on matters related to archives and cultural memory, and has served on several Boards of Trustees. He is the first APS librarian to have been appointed from staff.

Philip J. Pauly (Rutgers Univ.) has been named a fellow at The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, The New York Public Library for 2003–04.

Eric R. Terzuolo (Center for North East and Adriatic Studies, Venice) has been awarded NATO’s Manfred Woerner Fellowship for 2003–04, for a research project entitled “Regional Alliance, Global Threat: NATO and Weapons of Mass Destruction, 1994–2004.”

George Webb (Tennessee Tech.) has been awarded the 2003 Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award by the Historical Society of New Mexico. This award was given for his latest book, Science in the American Southwest: A Topical History.

Philip K. Wilson (Penn State College of Medicine) has been selected to participate in the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity at Oxford University in England. The seminars at Wycliffe College will span three consecutive summers, enabling 35 scholars from around the world to engage in scholarly research in science and religion and to dialogue with each other about their scholarship. Wilson’s research project is “Glaciers, God, and Geography: Neuchatel’s Arnold Guyot (1807–84) at Princeton.”

The Social Science Research Council in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies is proud to announce the selection of 50 fellows from a pool of 824 applicants in the 2003 International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (IDRF) competition. For more information on the IDRF program and its fellows, please visit The receipt deadline for the 2004 IDRF competition is November 10, 2003. The following 2003 IDRF fellows in the discipline of history are AHA members:

Tamer el-Leithy (Princeton Univ.): “Between Assimilation and Resistance: Coptic Culture in Medieval Cairo, 1200–1550 A.D.”

Matthew Hopper (UCLA): “The African Presence in Arabia: The Economic and Cultural Legacy of the African Diaspora in Eastern Arabia, 1820-1948.”

Mikail Mamedov (Georgetown Univ.): “Imagining the Caucasus in Russian Imperial Consciousness, 1801–64.”

Bradford Martin (Northwestern Univ.): “Landscapes of Power: Native Peoples, National Parks, and the Making of a Modern Wilderness in the Hinterlands of North America, 1940–90.”

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