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Graduate Student News and Updates

The outstanding work done by our graduate students was recognized by many fellowships and awards this past year. Congratulations on your success!

Alyssa Culp received a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) short-term research grant and a travel research grant from the Central European History Society.

Elizabeth Eubanks received a UT College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Semester Fellowship.

Tess Evans received a UT Humanities Center Dissertation Fellowship and the Newberry Library’s Jack Miller Center Fellowship to conduct research this summer.

Ryan Gesme received a Fulbright Fellowship, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) long-term fellowship, and an American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship.

Eric Gubelman received a UT Humanities Center Dissertation Fellowship.

Lorraine Herbon received a Gunther Barth Fellowship by the Bancroft Library at the University of California in Berkeley to pursue her research on Jessie Benton Fremont.

Yiyun Huang (Malcolm) received a Frances E. Malamy Research Fellow for eight weeks at the James Duncan Phillips Library in Salem, Massachusetts. In July 2019, Huang returned from his travels abroad in China. A PhD candidate, Huang studies the 18th-century tea trade between China and America. Funding provided by UT Humanities Center helped make a trip this summer possible.

Michael Lovell received a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) award for summer language study in Berlin at Humbolt University.

Thomas Maurer received a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Exchange Program Scholarship.

Matthew Menarchek received the McClung award for the best article in the 2018 Journal of East Tennessee History. Editor Aaron Purcell presented the award at the annual banquet of the East Tennessee Historical Society.

Minami Nishioka received the Social Science Research Council, Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship; the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Grant, the Organization of American Historians, Travel Grant; the Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation, Research Grant; and the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Grant.

Laura Roesch received a UT Humanities Center Dissertation Fellowship.

Tess Evans

Tess Evans

Ryan Gesme

Ryan Gesme

Yiyun Huang

Yiyun Huang

Matthew Menarchek

Matthew Menarchek

Minami Nishioka

Minami Nishioka

For 2019-20 a number of our graduate students have been awarded funding through the Marco Institute

  • Jordan Amspacher, Paul Barrette student travel/research award for dissertation research in France
  • Stacie Beach, MRST GTAship
  • Kelsey Blake, Haslam public humanities fellowship
  • Alexandra Garnhart-Bushakra, Haslam dissertation fellowship: “If Life Were Verse: Masculinity and Memories of Violence in the First Crusade Narratives”
Congratulations to our Recent Graduates
Doctor of Philosophy degrees awarded in 2019:

  • Elizabeth Eubanks, dissertation: Benevolent Patriarchs: Gender and Charity in Colonial America
  • Joshua Hodge, dissertation: Alabama’s Public Wilderness: Reconstruction, Natural Resources, and the End of the Southern Commons, 1866-1905
  • Susan Kennedy (Sister John Catherine Kennedy), dissertation: ‘You Have Made No Mistake in Seeking to Save Souls Among us’: Catholic Evangelization Among Black Nashvillians, 1898-1908
  • Kathryn (Katie) Kleinkopf, dissertation: A Second Skin: Ascetics as Body-Places in Late Antique Christianity
  • Eric Lager, dissertation: The Transformation of a Confederate State: War and Politics on the South Carolina Home Front, 1861-1862
  • Max Matherne, dissertation: The Jacksonian Reformation: Political Patronage and Republican Identity

Master of Arts degrees awarded in 2019:

  • John Hugens
  • Eric Muirhead