Graduate Student News
NEWS FROM SPRING 2013
Sari Siegel was selected as a participant for The Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization - Northwestern University 2013.
Natasha Pesaran was accepted by Middlebury College for their prestigious Arabic language program and received also a Critical Language Scholarship sponsored by the US State Department for Morocco for summer 2013. She declined the former and accepted the latter.
Nicholas Gliserman and Keith Pluymers have received PhD Dissertation Fellowships for 2013-14 from the Early Modern Studies Institute.
Jessica Kim has received a tenure track job offer from California State University, Northridge.
Mark Braude has won the Gargan Prize for the best graduate student essay from the Western Society for French History for his paper “Prince Rainier of Monaco and Princess Grace of Hollywood: Myth, Media and the Wedding of the Century.”
Catherine Clark (modern Europe and Visual Studies), has been offered a tenure track appointment at MIT.
Ben Uchiyama (modern Japan), has been offered a tenure track appointment at the University of Kansas.
Kristina Buhrman ((pre-modern Japan), has been offered a tenure track appointment at Florida State University.
Sari Siegel's article, “Treating Dr. Maximilian Samuel: A Case Study of an Auschwitz
Prisoner Doctor,” has been accepted for publication in the prominent peer-reviewed Journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies and is scheduled to appear in 2014.
Sarah Keyes has been selected an ACLS/Mellon New Faculty Fellow for 2013-15. She joins an elite group of just 26 such fellows nationwide.
Max Felker-Kantor (pictured) has just published “‘A Pledge Is Not Self-Enforcing’: Struggles for Equal Employment Opportunity in Multiracial Los Angeles, 1964–1982.” Pacific Historical Review 82, no. 1 (February 1, 2013): 63–94.
NEWS FROM FALL 2012
Rebecca Cerling (pictured) presented her work using spatial theory to study children's role in eleventh-century English monasticism in the panel, "Methods for Teaching and Researching about Children in Religions," at the November 2012 American Academy of Religion conference.
Sari Siegel gave a talk at an international conference, the Twelfth Biennial Lessons and Legacies Conference on the Holocaust: The Holocaust Today: New Directions in Research and Teaching, at Northwestern University, Evanston, November 1-4.
Elizabeth Logan has been selected as a fellow of the USC Center for Law, History and Culture. This fellowship will support her work on legal conceptions of inferiority as seen through an analysis of Mendez v. Westminster School District.
Alicia Gutierrez has been awarded a 2012 EDGE Symposium Award by the Graduate School in recognition of her "outstanding research and ongoing professional development."
NEWS FROM SPRING 2012
Kristina Buhrman has accepted a one-year visiting Assistant Professor position in East Asian Religions at the University of Missouri.
Luman Wang has just been awarded a Dissertation Fellowship for year 2012-13 by Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange of the American Region.
Matt Amato (pictured) has been selected as the first winner of the USC History Department's Banner Prize for the best graduate student essay of the year, for his essay "Slavery in the Age of Photography."
Alicia Gutierrez has received summer research funding from the USC Graduate School, Academic Professional Development (APD) & Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Programs. Alicia will utilize the funding in support of her work in the history of the American West, especially within aspects of medical history and the history of race and ethnicity.
Rosina Lozano, who has accepted a tenure-track job at Princeton, has just been named a 2012 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. This prestigious fellowship will allow Rosina to continue her research and writing on the politics and culture of bilingual language acquisition and use in the 19th and 20th century American Southwest.Kevin Wilson is the third of our graduate students to win a Japan Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for next year. Kevin is soon to return to Japan to take up his fellowship and continue his research and writing -- his work was cut short by the earthquake and tsunami in the spring of 2010.
Rosina Lozano has been offered an appointment as ass't professor at Princeton.
Yuko Konno (pictured) has won the Amerasia Journal Lucie Cheng Prize for her essay, "Localism and Japanese Emigration at the Turn of the Twentieth Century." The Lucie Cheng Prize recognizes exceptional graduate student essays in the interdisciplinary field of Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies. The winning article is published in Amerasia Journal.
NEWS FROM FALL 2011
Andrew Kamei-Dyche has recently published "The History of Books and Print Culture in Japan: The State of the Discipline," Book History 14 (2011): 270-304. He is currently an assistant professor (NTT) at Kanda University of International Studies.
Alex Avina has won the Hubert Herring Award for the best dissertation in Latin American Studies in the Pacific Coast region from 2009 to 2011. His dissertation titled: "Insurgent Guerrero: Genaro Vázquez, Lucio Cabañas, and the Guerrilla Challenge to the Postrevolutionary Mexican State, 1960-1996" was completed in 2009, and he is currently Assistant Professor of History at Florida State University.
Monica Pelayo (pictured) has been awarded a Provost’s Fellow travel grant to attend a conference in Cleremont-Ferrand, France; Monica will present a paper entitled “Ports of Entry, Ports of Memory: Ellis Island, Angel Island and American Cultural Politics.”
Sari Siegel presented her paper "Dr. Gisella Perl and 'Out of the Ashes': Making an Auschwitz prisoner physician acceptable to an audience" in the "Forum for New Research" at the 7th European Summer School Ravensbrück: “Gender and Race in Nazi Medicine”, at the Ravensbrück memorial site in Germany, organized by the Ravensbrück Memorial site, Heinrich Böll Foundation; Foundation Topography of Terror; Oxford Brookes University; University Wrocław; University Vienna; Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin; and the Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency of the European Union, August 28th through September 2nd.
Mark Braude (pictured) is the recipient of the McVicar Fellowship, annually awarded to a senior doctoral student in History who is nearing completion of their degree. He also is the author of a forthcoming essay (Sept 20) in the Chronicle of Higher Education which discusses the state of the academic job market and how graduate students might try to, for the sake of their work and peace of mind, steer clear of the anxieties the market produces.
Ryan Linkof, who successfully defended his doctorate in the spring, has been chosen for the Ralph M. Parsons Curatorial Fellowship in the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Kevin Wilson is co-translator of an important Buddhist document written by Kukai (774-835), which has been translated from classical Japanese to modern Japanese. The annotated translation, entitled "Shamon Shoudou sansui wo hete, genju wo migaku no hi narabi ni jo: Chuushaku," is in the Japanese journal "Minato: Kotoba to Rekishi," no. 23, Aug. 2011. Kevin was also Chair and Organizer for a panel at this year's "Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies and International Convention of Asia Scholars" in Honolulu, at which he presented a paper entitled "Gyoki as seen in Temple Foundation Legends."
David Levitus has published an essay in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-levitus/the-story-we-need-to-tell_b_928888.html
NEWS FROM SPRING 2011
Ryan Linkoff has published an op-ed in the New York Times on the tabloid press and the hacking scandal in Britain.
Mark Braude has published an op-ed piece in the Vancouver Sun, discussing the recent riots in Vancouver by way of his research into the psychology of crowds: http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/There+simple+answers+explain+riots/4985325/story.html
Kristina Buhrman has received a travel grant from the Interdisciplinary Research Group of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture so that she may attend the 2011 International Association for Buddhist Studies Congress in Taiwan. Kristina will be presenting a paper titled "From Sukuyōji and Rokumeishi to Onmyōji and Onmyō-hōshi: The Development, Decline and Survival of Buddhist Astrology in Pre-modern Japan."
Rieko Kamei has published "Sailing between Two Seas: A Discussion of Recent Japanese Writing on the Integration of Literature and History" in the journal Kodaigaku ("Journal of Classical Studies").
Sarah Keyes has received a Beveridge Grant from the AHA for thesis research. Sarah is working on a thesis re-envisioning the place and meaning of the overland trail in 19th century American history and culture.
Kristin Geaman has won the Schallek Award from The Medieval Academy of America/Richard III Society, American Branch for her thesis research and writing.
Michelle Damian has been awarded a year-long thesis fellowship from the Japan Foundation for further research and writing in Japan all next year and a Fulbright Fellowship.
Keith Pluymers, Becky Cerling, and Patrick Wyman have been awarded endowed fellowships for next year. Becky and Patrick are the recipients of Oakley Fellowships, and Keith has won a Beaumont Fellowship.
Mark Braude has received a Gold Family Summer Research Fellowship to support his work on the history of Monaco.
Matt Amato has won a string of recent research fellowships, including: the Center for Historic American Visual Culture Fellow, American Antiquarian Society; the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South at the University of Alabama; a Mellon Research Fellowship at the Virginia Historical Society; and a research grant from the Clements Center-DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University.
The STS (Science, Technology and Society) Research Cluster has awarded Andie Reid a summer research award in support of "Medics of the Soul and the Body: Disease, Environment, and Death in Alta California, 1769-1850."
Luman Wang has received the China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) Small Grant by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) in support of research for "Money and trade, Hinterland and Coast, Empire and Nation-state: Shanxi piaohao, 1820s-1930s."
David Levitus has received research travel support this summer. David is at work on a thesis called "Metropolitan Progressives: Building a Social Democratic Base Across Greater Los Angeles and New York, 1930-1960," and he's received support from NYU's Center for the United States and the Cold War, the FDR Presidential Library and the Truman Presidential Library.
Michelle Damian has received a 2011-2012 doctoral fellowship from The Japan Foundation.
Mark Braude and Justin Clark have received summer research travel support from the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate program. Mark is at work on a thesis entitled “Making Monte Carlo: Speculation and Spectacle at the World‟s First Casino Resort and Tax Haven, 1856-1956” and Justin is working on his thesis entitled “Cultures of Vision: Sensibility, Surveillance, and Science in the Antebellum City.”
Kristina Buhrman has received a final-year thesis completion fellowship; Kristina is at work on a dissertation entitled "The Stars and the State: Authority, Astrology, and Natural Knowledge in Early Medieval Japan, 900-1250."
Matt Amato has received the 2nd annual Anne Friedberg Memorial Grant for Interdisciplinary Research in Visual Studies. The grant will support Matt as he pursues summer research on his thesis, "Exposing Humanity: Photographic Dimensions of American Slavery, Anti-Slavery, and Emancipation, 1840s to 1870s."
Andie Reid has been awarded a summer research fellowship from the Del Amo Fund in the College. Andie is at work on a thesis entitled Medics of the Soul and the Body: Disease, Environment, and Death in Alta California, 1769-1850.
Sarah Keyes (pictured) is the recent recipient of the Founders' Dissertation Fellowship from the Western Association of Women Historians and she has also received a USC final-year thesis completion fellowship for her dissertation "Beyond the Plains: Migration to the Pacific and the Reconfiguration of America, 1820-1900."
Catherine Clark is the recipient of a USC final-year thesis completion fellowship for her dissertation “Photography as History: Collecting, Narrating and Preserving Paris, 1900-1970."
Stefan Smith was recently selected as an Honorable Mention by the Ford Foundation's Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Committee. He received a recent travel grant from the National Science Foundation/EDGE Fellowship to present his paper entitled "Crimes of Fashion: Executing Style in Seventeenth-Century England" at the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies. He will present a version of his paper at Yale University's "The Urban Catwalk" conference later this month. Stefan has also been selected as a guest blogger for In Media Res (http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/) a digital new-media platform funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Matthew Amato, Doctoral Candidate in History, with a certificate in Visual Studies, has been awarded a Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for 2011-2012. His thesis is "Exposing Humanity: Slavery, Abolitionism, and Early Photography in America, 1839-1865."
Michael Block has been awarded a USC College Postdoctoral Distinguished Teaching Fellowship.
Yuko Itatsu has been appointed to a tenure-track position teaching international students at the University of Tokyo.
Stefan Smith has received NSF and USC support from the EDGE program to attend the Pacific Coast Conference in British Studies.
Andrew Kamei-Dyche has been appointed full-time lecturer in Japanese Studies at Kanda University of International Studies (in Chiba, Japan).
NEWS FROM FALL 2010
Christian Paiz and Heather Ashby have received travel grants from the National Sciemnce Foundation's EDGE-SBE program to dray costs of attending the AHA meeting.
Allison Lauterbach and Jessica Kim have received Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Research Grants from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
Becky Cerling has received funding from the CRCC for her research into Anselm of Canterbury and monastic education.
Justin Clark received CLHC funding for research done originally in Steve Ross's seminar on the discovery of the pathological liar.
Max Feltor Kantor has a chapter under review for a reader being put together for UC Press by USC professors Josh Kun and Laura Pulido.
Allison Lauterbach received departmental funding to present a paper at the Berkshire Conference on Women's History. Allison received a dissertation grant from the Schlesinger Library at Harvard, a travel grant from NYU's Center for the United States and the Cold War, and received the Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies from the LBJ Presidential Library.
Rosina Lozano received a McVicar Fellowship in support of her thesis on bilingualism and culture in the West and Southwest.
Alicia Gutierrez received a Kelterborn Fellowship in support of her first-year in the doctoral program.
Sarah Fried-Gintis has been hired to teach part-time at Cal State Fullerton in the spring.
NEWS FROM SPRING 2010
Congratulations to recent graduate Gustavo Licon, who has received a tenure-track job in Latino Studies at Ithaca Colege at the rank of assistant professor.
Ph.D. Candidate Catherine E. Clark (pictured) has been awarded the Bourse Chateaubriand Fellowship. She will spend a year studying photographic archives in Paris, France.
Recent graduate Chris Jimenez y West, Ph.D. 2007, has accepted a tenure track position in U.S./African American History at Pasadena Community College beginning Fall 2009.
Ryan Linkof has won a Beaumont Fellowship for 2010-11.
Ph.D. candidate Karin Huebner has received the W. Turrentine Jackson Prize from the Pacific Historical Review for the best essay submitted by a graduate student for her article "An Unexpected Alliance: Stella Atwood, the California Clubwomen, John Collier, and the Indians of the Southwest, 1917-1934," which appeared in the PHR in 2009. She will receive the award at the AHA-PCB meeting in Santa Clara on August 14.
Andrew Kamei-Dyche has been appointed part-time lecturer in Chinese intellectual and cultural history at Sophia University, Tokyo, 2010.
Rieko Kamei-Dyche has published a review of Goto Michiko, Sengoku wo ikita Kuge no Tsumatachi (Wives of Courtiers during the Sengoku Period), in Sogo Joseishi Kenkyu (Annual Review of Women’s History) 29 (Mar. 2010) [in Japanese]. She also gave a presentation, “Rethinking the Role of Women in Medieval Courtier Society: A Study of the Saionji Family,” at Ochanomizu University, 19 August 2009 [in Japanese], which was rewritten for publication in Developing International Communication Skills in Japanese Cultural Studies (2010) [in Japanese].