Commencement 2020May 15, 2020
Class of 2020
The faculty and staff of the Department of History congratulate the class of 2020!
Courtesy of the American Historical Association.
Lonnie G. Bunch III's Graduation Speech to the Class of 2020
Lonnie G. Bunch III is the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He served as the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture from 2005 to 2019, and as president and director of the Chicago History Museum (Chicago Historical Society) from 2000 to 2005. In this video, he speaks to the history majors graduating in spring 2020.
Mary Lindemann's Graduation Speech to the Class of 2020
Dr. Mary Lindemann is professor of history and chair of the Department of History at the University of Miami, where she has taught since 2004 and where she offers courses on the history of early modern European, urban, and medical history. She is currently serving as the president of the American Historical Association. In this video, she speaks to the history majors graduating in spring 2020.
Class of 2020 History Majors:
Please click on the graduate's name to watch a personalized congratulatory video on behalf of the department.
Nathan Charissis (Highest Distinction)
Elizabeth Geiser (Cum Laude, Distinction)
Mahwish Hamayun (Highest Distinction, Take 5 Scholar)
Elle Herman (Take 5 Scholar)
Sarah Hogan (Highest Distinction)
Jessica Hunsicker (Highest Distinction)
Trevor Lee (Cum Laude, Highest Distinction)
Ziyi Li (Highest Distinction)
Chunhao Liu (Cum Laude, Highest Distinction)
Ryan McDonald (Cum Laude, Distinction)
Benjamin McGowan (Highest Distinction)
Brandon Pachman (Cum Laude)
Agustin Diaz Herrero
Undergraduate Prizes and Awards in History:
Wilson Coates Senior Honors Essay Award in History
To the senior student who has written the best senior essay in the department this year.
N.B. Ellison Prize
To the member of the senior class concentrating in history who has done the best work in the department.
History Seminar Prize
To the History major who has written the best HIS 300W level Seminar Paper.
To the undergraduate student who has done the best work in a course dealing with the Black experience in America.
Herbert Lawrence Sadinsky Memorial Prize
To the best undergraduate history paper on an aspect of World War II.
Hugh Mackenzie Memorial Prize
To the first year woman who has shown the highest achievement and interest in a history course, and to the freshman woman who has shown the greatest improvement in a history course.
Megan Emery, Molly Raichle, Isabel Rivera, and Loren Cardani
Christopher Lasch Fellow in History
Christopher Lasch Fellows is an opportunity offered to students who have provided strong work in their time as a History major. Students register for one or both semesters of graduate-level work in their senior year.
Trevor Lee and Brandon Pachman
Honors in History:
"Paintbrushes and Paramilitaries: Northern Ireland's Murals as Narrative Tools"
"The Wailing Brown Woman: Gender, Violence, and the Sexual Politics of Partition, 1945-1950"
"Death at a Training School: an Analysis of Processes of Juvenile Incarceration in 1970s New York"
"Constructing Adirondack Wilderness: A History of Misconceiving what it means to be 'Forever Wild'"
Yolanda (Ziyi) Li
"The Extradited Kidnapper: Criminal Jurisdiction Disputes between Hong Kong and Mainland China"
"'Lex Lyth Doun Over Al': The Legal Failures of the Edwards"
Phi Alpha Theta:
Nicole Marilyn Babkowski
Elizabeth R. Geiser
Jessica J. Hunsicker
Elise A. Lia
Marcia Cristina Esteves Agostinho
The Ornament of Empire: Nurserymen and the Making of the American Landscape
From Masochism to Innocence: Changing Social Conceptions of Domestic Violence in America
Cab Fair! Taxi Driver Activism and South Asian Immigrant Identities, 1979-1999
Maps and the Making of Geographical Knowledge, 1660-1730
America Will Be! Black Anti-War Voices and the Modern Civil Rights Movement
Garden, Forest, and Farm: Pragmatic Naturalism in the United States
Phenomenology and American Philosophy
Graduate Prizes and Awards in History
Sanford Elwitt Memorial Prize
To a graduate student in European history for research and travel in memory of Professor Elwitt.
Josie Bready and Marissa Crannell-Ash
A prize in memory of William F. Harkins Jr. to the graduate student who has written the best seminar paper.
Donald Marks “Dexter Perkins” Prize
To perpetuate the name of Dexter Perkins and to encourage and assist a worthy student in his/her cultural and intellectual development.
Jeffrey Baron, Justin Grossman, Andrew Russo, and Alice Wynd
Meyers Graduate Teaching Prize
To the graduate student who has most demonstrated excellence in teaching.
David B. Parker Memorial Prize
To the student in the PhD program who best exemplifies David B. Parker’s qualities of historical imagination and dedication to learning.
Alyssa Rodriguez and Rachel Walkover
Lina and A. William Salomone Prize
To the graduate student in the PhD program who has done outstanding work in European cultural and intellectual history.
Anna Michas and Katrina Ponti
To support travel and dissertation research for a fourth-year history graduate student.
Justin Ramsey and Daniel Gorman Jr.
Dorothy Rosenberg-Passer Fellowship
For the support of a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree
Willson Havelock Coates Book Award
To the graduate student having among other qualifications, a conspicuous gift for historical imagination and the capacity for sustained and accurate research (in British history, European intellectual history, or philosophy of history).
The Abraham J. Karp Teaching Excellence Award
Made annually to a junior member of the faculty, alternately each year in the Department of Religion and Classics, and in the Department of History