The Department of History

College of Arts & Sciences


Faculty Awards

The department is proud of our record of winning awards at all levels, both from within and from outside of the university.

Andersen, Margaret

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer 2012

Ash, Stephen

  • University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences Lindsay Young Professorship for 2002–2007
  • UT Alexander Prize for Distinguished Research and Teaching, 2005
  • UT Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creative Achievement, 2004
  • University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, 1999
  • University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professorship in Humanities, 2008–10

Bast, Bob

  • Faculty Award for Academic Outreach, College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tennessee, 2006.

Black, Monica

  • Hans Rosenberg Prize from Central European History Society, 2011
  • Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History from the Wiener Library Institute of Contemporary History, 2010
  • Quest Scholar of the Week, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2010 and 2012
  • Research fellowship, Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University, 2010–11

Burman, Thomas

  • Jacque Barzun Prize for Cultural History awarded by the American Philosophical Society, 2008, 2009

Chaffin, Tom

  • Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Fellow. Nine months. Huntington Library, San Marino, California, 1998-99
  • Fulbright Scholar. University College Cork, Cork,  Ireland, winter 2012

Dessel, J.P.

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2011–2012
  • Fellowship at The Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, 2009

Feller, Daniel

  • Betty Lynn Hendrickson Professorship, 2009
  • College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Academic Outreach Award, UT, 2008
  • Department of History Leroy P. Graf Award for Faculty Excellence, 2007–2008

Freeberg, Ernest

  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2011–12
  • University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Humanities, 2010–present
  • Huntington Library Dibner Fellowship, 2010–11
  • Gilder Lehrman Research Fellowship, 2010–11
  • Winterthur Museum and Library Research Fellowship, 2009–10 and 2010–11
  • U. of Tennessee, Dept. of History, LeRoy P. Graf Award for Faculty Excellence, 2009–10
  • Eli M Oboler Memorial Award from the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table
  • Lindsay Young Professorship, 2009
  • David J. Langum, Sr. Book Prize in American Legal History, 2009
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, 2009
  • Scribes Book award, Honorable Mention, Am. Soc. Of Legal Writers, 2009
  • Award for New Creative Projects in the Arts and Humanities, University of Tennessee, 2008
  • John H. Dunning Prize, American Historical Association, 2002

Higgs, Catherine

  • National Humanities Center Fellowship, 2012–2013
  • Leroy P. Graf Award for Faculty Excellence, University of Tennessee, 2009
  • Award for New Research, Scholarly, and Creative Projects in the Arts and the Humanities, University of Tennessee, 2008 and 2009
  • American Philosophical Society Sabbatical Fellowship, 2005–2006
  • Luso-American Foundation Grant, 2004
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, UT 2004
  • Rockefeller Foundation Grant, 1998-2002

Latham, Jacob

  • Professional Development Award (UT), 2012
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar at the American Academy in Rome, 2008
  • Arthur Ross “Rome Prize” Fellowship (American Academy in Rome), 2005–06

Liulevicius, Vejas

  • Tennessee Humanities Center Fellowship, 2012–13
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2012
  • Lindsay Young Professorship, 2009–2013
  • Hendrickson Professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences, 2005–2007, 2007–2009
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2005–2006
  • Univ. of Oregon’s Center for Educational Policy Research College Board Best Practices Course Study Best Practices Course, with Specific Elements Exemplary for History 335, 2006
  • University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences Award for Research and Creative Achievement in Arts and Humanities, 2003–2006
  • University of Tennessee Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award, 2003

Magra, Christopher P.

  • The 2013 David Library of the American Revolution Fellowship
  • The 2013 University of Tennessee Humanities Center Research Fellowship
  • The 2012 University of Tennessee Summer Graduate Research Assistantship
    Student nomination for the 2012 University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award
  • The 2011 University of Tennessee Summer Graduate Research Assistantship
  • The 2011 University of Tennessee Professional Development Award
  • The 2011 University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Grant for Faculty Research
  • The 2010 Winslow House Book Award
  • The 2009 California State University at Northridge College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Competition Grant
  • The 2008 Keith Matthews Award for best article published in the Northern Mariner in 2007
  • The 2008 California State University at Northridge Probationary Faculty Support Program Grant
  • The 2007 California State University at Northridge College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Summer Research Grant
  • Finalist for the 2007 Herman E. Krooss Dissertation Prize
  • The 2005-06 Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship
  • The 2005 Peabody Essex Museum Research Fellowship
  • The 2005 W.B.H. Dowse Fellowship at the Massachusetts Historical Society
  • The 2005 Samuel P. Hays Research Grant
  • The 2002 Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Colonists History Award

Nenzi, Laura

  • Award for New Research, Scholarly and Creative Projects in the Arts and Humanities, University of Tennessee 2012
  • Visiting Scholar, National Museum of History and Folklore, Sakura (Japan) 2011
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Research Award 2008–2009
  • Japan Foundation Fellowship 2001
  • Japanese Ministry of Education scholarship 1992–1993

Norrell, Robert J.

  • Visiting Scholar, Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green University, 2007
  • The Booker T. Washington Legacy Prize, 2006, The Heartland Foundation
  • Research Fellowship, Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green University, 2010
  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies, University of Tuebingen, Germany, 2010–11
  • Booker T. Washington Society’s Wright Award for 2010
  • Washington Post Best Book of 2009 (one of nine) for Up from History: The Life of Booker T. Washington (Harvard University Press, 2009)
  • Library Journal Best Book of 2009
  • Booklist Top 10 Black History nonfiction book of 2009
  • Honorable Mention, US History & Biography/Autobiography, Association of American Publishers Prose Awards

Olsson, Tore

  • Oxford University Press USA Dissertation Prize in International History, granted by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, June 2014
  • Gilbert C. Fite Award for the best dissertation in agricultural history, Agricultural History Society, June 2014
  • William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research Grant, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, October 2013
  • Mira Wilkins Prize for best article in international and comparative business history, Business History Conference, for “Peeling Back the Layers: Vidalia Onions and the Making of a Global Agribusiness,” Enterprise and Society 13, no. 1 (2012), Spring 2013
  • Ambrose Monell Fellow in Technology and Democracy, Miller Center for Public Affairs National Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2012-2013
  • International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2011-2012

Phillips, Denise

  • Fulbright Scholar Award, Spring and Summer 2012
  • Herzog Ernst Fellowship of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, August–September 2011
  • DAAD Research Visit Grant, Fall 2011

Rubenstein, Jay

  • ACLS Fellowship, 2002—2003
  • Alvin and Sally Beaman Professorship, 2012—2013
  • MacArthur Fellowship, 2007
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2007—2008
  • American Council of Learned Societies Burkhardt Fellowship, 2006—2007

Sacco, Lynn

  • 2010-2011 Thomas Jefferson Prize, Quest Scholar of the Week, UT, 2009
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, UT, 2008
  • David V. and Kathryn G. White Undergraduate Teaching Award, UT, 2008

Sanft, Charles

  • 2011 Membership in the Historical School of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. (In Residence: September-December 2011).
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2006-2008).

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