Amber Santoro recently completed her term as the USC Libraries’ inaugural sustainability fellow! Presented in partnership with the USC Van Hunnick History Department and the USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability, the new Summer Primary Source Research Fellowships on Sustainability support USC students’ public-facing research at the intersection of history, gender studies, and sustainability studies. Way to go Amber! (read more)

Yu Tokunaga (PhD 2018) has won the Shimizu Hiroshi Award of the Japanese Association for American Studies for his book, Transborder Los Angeles: An Unknown Transpacific History of Japanese-Mexican Relations (University of California Press, 2022). Congratulations!

Srijita Pal has won a Hovel Summer Travel Award to finish up dissertation research in Berlin on the German Army’s health and sanitation policies during the First World War.

Sarah Ernst also received a Hovel Travel Award to be used for work in Berlin at the Landesarchiv and Schwules Museum, with a focus on queer experiences during the Third Reich.

And again, Alexia Orengo Green won a Hovel Travel Award, which she is using to spend time in Germany looking at collections from several archives such as the Bundesarchiv, Arolsen Archives, and the Political Archive of the Federal Foreign Office.

Abby Gibson received a Gold Family Fellowship, a program that provides $5000 awards to PhD students to support dissertation research in the summer.



Congratulations to the Bert M. Fireman and Janet Fireman Award winner, Laura Dominguez, for “Courtyard Sisters: Settler Fantasy and Experiment at the International Institute of Los Angeles, 1914-1940.” First announced as the Bert M. Firemen Award by the Western History Association Council at the 1982 WHA Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, and renamed the Bert M. Fireman and Janet Fireman Award in 2015, this award recognizes the best student article published in the Western Historical Quarterly each year. The $1000 award is generously supported by the Fireman family. Award recipients are selected annually by the WHQ Board of Editors.

We congratulate Sayantani Jana who just published: “Decolonization and Genocide: Re-Examining Indian Partition, 1946–1947,” in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (September 2022).

Yu Tokunaga (USC History PhD, 2018), Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, has published his first book! Click to read more about Transborder Los Angeles (UC Press), available now.

Carlos Francisco Parra (USC History PhD, 2021) has accepted a position in the inaugural cohort of the University of Arizona President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for 2022-2024. The UA President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship is a new research and faculty mentoring program aimed at recruiting potential new faculty to the University whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity. Carlos will work on his book project on Spanish-language TV in Los Angeles as a Postdoctoral Fellow at his undergraduate alma mater.

Graduate Student News Archive

  • Congratulations to Yu Tokunaga, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, who has won both the W. Turrentine Jackson (Article) Prize and the Louis Knott Memorial Award for his article, “Japanese Farmers, Mexican Workers, and the Making of Transpacific Borderlands,” published in the Spring 2020 (89.2) issue of Pacific Historical Review. Please click here to read more about Pacific Historical Review’s First Double Award Winner!


  • Many congratulations to Alicia Gutierrez-Romine on her first book, “From Back Alley to Border: Criminal Abortion in California, 1920–1969” (University of Nebraska Press 2020)!  Alicia recieved her Ph.D. from the Department of History in 2016, with Bill Deverell and George Sanchez as her advisors. Please click here for more information.


    Jeremy ChuaYesenia Hunter, and Srijita Pal recently completed teaching this summer’s Foulke Tutorials. Yesenia taught Beautiful Blowouts: The women of the Chicano Student Walk Outs of 1968 and Jeremy and Srijita co-taught: The Pandemic as a Portal: Women, Healthcare Inequalities, and Economic Faultlines.


    Congratulations to Jonathan Dentler who defended his dissertation in June and is about to start a 2 year Postdoctoral Fellowship in France through the Terra Foundation!



    Harrison Diskin received a Summer 2020 Research and Writing Fellowship from the Graduate School and has received the 2020-21 John R. Hubbard Award. Great work Harrison!



    Laura Dominguez won the Banner Award for outstanding woman graduate student in History and the USC Mellon Humanities and the University of the Future Ph.D. Fellowship for 2020-21. Congratulations!



    Congratulations to Stanley Fonseca, who has received the 2020-21 Harold Hastings McVicar Fellowship!




    Sayantani Jana received a Borchard PhD Dissertation Travel Fellowship for Fall 2020, a Summer 2020 Thyssen Pre-dissertation Travel Fellowship from the German Historical Institute-Pacific Coast Branch, and a Travel Grant from the Central European History Society. Way to go Sayantani!


    Simon Judkins received a Final Year Fellowship for 2020-21 from the Graduate School. Congratulations Simon!





    John Miller received the 2020-2023 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) Doctoral Fellowship. Great work John!



    Congratulations to Srijita Pal, who received a 2020 Thyssen Pre-dissertation Fellowship from the German Historical Institute-Pacific Coast Branch!





    Skyler Reidy defended his dissertation in June and will soon begin an appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pomona College. Hats off!




    Jenna Ross has accepted a teaching position at the Oakwood School beginning next month.  Fantastic news Jenna!




    Congratulations to Steven Samols, who received an Endowed Fellowship from the Graduate School for 2020-2021!

  • Congratulations to Emily Warren for receiving a Dissertation Fellowship from the Japan Foundation.




    Srijita Pal has received a Grant from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for summer language study in Berlin. Congratulations Srijita!





    Skyler Reidy‘s article “Holy Ghost Tribe: The Needles Revival and the Origins of Pentecostalism” will appear this fall in Religion & American Culture. Congratulations Skyler!


    Stan Fonseca has just had his article, “Whiteness on the Green: Golf, the Coachella Valley, and the Leisure-Industrial Complex,” accepted for publication by the Pacific Historical Review. Great work Stan!



    Harrison Diskin has received a USC Huntington Dissertation Fellowship for 2019-2020. Congratulations Harrison!




    Congratulations to Karin Amundsen, who has been awarded an Omohundro Institute/NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship at the College of William and Mary.




    Dan Sherer accepted a tenure track position as a Lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem which begins this fall. Way to go Dan!




    The Los Angeles Times Op-Ed published Laura Dominguez‘s article, “Trump’s stance on national monuments is straight out of the 19th century.” Great work Laura!




    Congratulations to Jonathan Dentler, who received a Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Council on European Studies (CES).





    Steven Samols received a Leo Baeck research fellowship in German Jewish studies from the Studienstiftung in addition to a summer grant from the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies and a pre-dissertation research fellowship from the German Historical Institute-West/Thyssen Foundation.  Congratulations Steven!


    Jenna Ross was awarded a USC-Borchard Dissertation Travel Fellowship for Fall 2019. Congratulations Jenna!

  • Max Felker-Kantor, who received his Ph.D. in 2014 has published his first book, Policing Los Angeles, Race Resistance and the Rise of LAPD (UC Press, 2018). You can purchase it here. Congratulations Max!



    Our Ph.D. candidate, Young Sun Park, will take a 2018-2019 postdoctoral associate position at the Council of East Asian Studies at Yale University, and has accepted a tenure-track job at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, which will start in Fall 2019.  Many congratulations Young Sun!



    Ph.D. candidate William Cowan has been awarded the USC Russell Endowed Fellowship and the USC Graduate School Summer Research Grant.  Please click here to read more about his research on the USC-Huntington ICW Blog. Congrats Will!


    Congratulations to Sari Siegel, who has received the Geoffrey Hartman Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University.




    Keith Pluymers, who recieved his Ph.D. in 2015, has accepted a tenure-track position in History at Illinois State University, Normal, IL.  Congratulations Keith!



    Nadia Kanagawa has accepted a tenure-track position in History and Asian Studies at Furman University, Greenville, SC. Congrats Nadia!



  • Alicia Gutierrez, who completed her Ph.D. in our department in 2016 under the supervision of Bill Deverell and George Sanchez, has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of History, Politics and Sociology at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA.  Congratulations Alicia!


    Congratulations to our Ph.D. candidate Gary Stein, who won the Center for Communal Studies Graduate Paper Prize for 2017 for his MA Thesis (Claremont Graduate Center).



    Our Ph.D. candidate Jenna Ross has been awarded a Gold Family Fellowship from the Graduate School for Summer research. Congratulations Jenna!




    Congratulations to our Ph.D. candidate Angelica Stoddard, who has received a Haynes Fellowship for her dissertation on “Defining Worthiness:  Mental Health Care in California from Postwar Crisis to Deinstitutionalization, 1945-1975.”



    Congratulations to Sarah Keyes, who received her Ph.D. in 2012, who has accepted a position in Western History at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Sarah had been assistant professor of history at Texas Tech.



    Congratulations to our Ph.D. candidate Randall Meissen, who received an Endowed Fellowship from USC Graduate School!




    Congratulations to our Ph.D. candidate Will Cowan, who received a Research Enhancement Fellowship from USC Graduate School!




    Catherine Clark, who obtained her Ph.D. in 2012, has been promoted to Associate Professor without Tenure at MIT.  In addition, she has just been awarded a year-long Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Assistant Professors at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  Congratulations, Catherine!


    Congratulations to our Ph.D. candidate Jenna Ross on receiving a University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.  She was the Department of History nominee last semester and now she has been selected for the university-wide award, which will be presented at a ceremony in April.


    Luman Wang, who earned her Ph.D. in 2014, has accepted a tenure-track position in the department of history at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.  She will be leaving her tenure-track position at the Virginia Military Institute and taking up her new job in the fall.

  • Congratulations to Jenna Ross for receiving the Department of History’s nomination for the university’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.  Jenna was honored, along with fellow nominees, at a Center for Excellence in Teaching reception on November 10th, 2016.


    Congratulations to third-year graduate student Simon Judkins on the publication of his article “Citizen Surveillance: CIVIC and the Investigation of Vice in the City of Los Angeles, 1935-1938” in the Fall 2016 issue of California History.  Pleae click here to read the article.


    Karin Amundsen, a former EMSI Summer Dissertation fellow (2015, 2016) and current Ph.D. candidate in History at USC, had been awarded the Jamestown Rediscovery-Omohundro Institute Short-Term Fellowship.  She will travel to Williamsburg this fall to continue research on her project entitled, “Metallurgy, Mining, and English Colonization in the Americas, 1550-1624.


    Justin Clark, who earned his PhD in 2014 form this department, has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of History at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  His book manuscript based on his dissertation, “From Spectators to Visionaries: Visual Culture and the Transformation of 19th-Century Boston,” is under contract with UNC Press, and will come out in 2018.  Additionally, Clark’s article that began its life in Steve Ross’s research seminar,  “Confronting the ‘Seeker of Newspaper Notoriety’: Pathological Lying, the Public, and the Press, 1890-1920,” will be appearing in the Spring 2017 issue of American Journalism. Congratulations Justin!


    Sari Siegel was awarded a Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2016-17.  Her article, “The Past and Promise of Jewish Prisoner-Physicians’ Accounts:  A Case Study of Auschwitz-Birkenau’s Multiple Functions” has been published in S.I.M.O.N., the online journal of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies. Please click here to read the article.


    Matthew Fox-Amato, who earned his PhD in 2013 from this department, has accepted a tenure-track position in the History Department at the University of Idaho.  In addition, his book, “Slavery, Photography, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America” is under contract with Oxford University Press.


    Nicholas Gliserman has successfully defended his dissertation and will start a visiting assistant professorship at Haverford College in the Fall.




    Our recent PhD Catherine Clark, Assistant Professor of French Studies at MIT, has an article which is drawn from her dissertation in the current American Historical Review.  To read the entire article entitled “Capturing the Moment, Picturing History.  Photographs of the Liberation of Paris” – please click here.


    Our recent PhD, Rieko Kamei-Dyche has now taken up her new post as a tenured assistant professor in the Faculty of Arts at Rissho University in Japan.





    DJ Gonzales has received the Russell Endowed Fellowship.





    Karin Amundsen has received the Final Year Fellowship.




    Christian Paiz has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.




    David Neumann has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment in History-Social Sciences Education at Cal Poly Pomona.




    Yu Tokunaga has been appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, beginning Spring 2016.




    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.



    Matthew Fox-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.

  • 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.