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Spring 2016
  • Matthew Amato, who earned his PhD in 2013 from this department, has been offered a book contract from the University of Chicago Press, for Exposing Humanity: Slavery, Antislavery, and Early Photography in America, 1839-1865.  He currently holds a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Washington University.
  • Sachiko Kawai has been awarded the Reischauer Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University for 2016-17.
  • Jillian Barndt has been selected as a Finalist for a 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Japan. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States.
Spring 2015
  • Karin Amundsen has been awarded an Endowed Research Fellowship.
  • Christian Paiz has won a Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
  • Nick Gliserman has been awarded a year-long fellowship at the McNeill Center for the Study of Early America (University of Pennsylvania) and a Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
  • Keith Pluymers will be a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute for Technology.
  • Michelle Damian has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard.
  • Sachiko Kawai has been granted a postdoctoral College Fellowship at Harvard University.


  • Yu Tokunaga has been appointed as an assistant professor at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, beginning Spring 2016.
  • Michelle Damian will take up a tenure track position at Monmouth College (History) in fall of 2016, after her postdoc at Harvard.
  • Julia Ornelas-Higdon has accepted a tenure track position in History at California State University, Channel Islands.
  • Andie Reed has accepted a tenure track position in History at Cal Poly, San Obispo.
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