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Margaret Andersen published an article in the Journal of Contemporary History and won a research grant from the American Philosophical Society. She has been conducting research in France and Morocco for her current book project.

JP Dessel was elected president of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, which is the oldest American overseas research institute dating to 1900. 

Nikki Eggers has been conducting research in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Nikki Eggers has been conducting research in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her work takes her to a remote former internment camp near the town of Kasaji where, during the colonial era, the Belgians detained followers of the religious community known as Kitawala (the subject of her current book project). There she interviewed descendants of the former prisoners, some of whom were born in the camp.

The Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) awarded Daniel Feller its Distinguished Service Award “for outstanding contributions to the work of the organization and to the study of early American history.”  In 2018 the Papers of Andrew Jackson project, which Feller directs, received major federal and private grants to accelerate completion of the volumes covering Jackson’s presidency.

In 2018, Laura Nenzi, along with scholars of early modern and modern Japan the world over, reflected upon the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration (1868). She was a guest of the “Meiji at 150” podcast and traveled to Singapore to give a paper titled “Tokugawa v. Meiji: A Nocturnal Interpretation.” She also taught a new undergraduate class—The Samurai: Fact, Fiction, Fantasy. “You thought you knew a thing or two about the samurai? Think again.”

Tore Olsson’s first book, Agrarian Crossings, received five national and international prizes in agricultural, American foreign relations, and Latin American history. He delivered public lectures on the book at MIT, the University of Toronto, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Colorado, and the University of Georgia. In the first week of 2019, he published an op-ed on President Trump’s proposed border wall in the Washington Post. His accomplishments were recognized with the University of Tennessee’s Early Career Research Award from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Sara Ritchey published two peer-reviewed essays, “The Sacrificial Herb: Gathering Prayers in Late Medieval Pharmacy” and “The Wound’s Presence and Bodily Absence: The Experience of God in a Fourteenth-Century manuscript.” She also received acknowledgement from the University of Tennessee’s Panhellenic Society with the Teacher Recognition for Empowerment, which recognizes efforts to “empower women in our local communities to strive for excellence.” This year she won two of the most prestigious fellowships in the humanities, from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.