Department of History

2023-24 Honors and Award Recipients

The following students are recognized and congratulated for completing and presenting their senior honors theses:


Jodie A. Aguirre | Viva Los Hijos De La Raza: The Experiences of Mexican American Migrant Working Children in the 20th Century | Advisor: Mark Ocegueda

Maru F. Attwood | Footpaths and Fences: A Spatial History of Nsikazi, South Africa | Advisor: Nancy Jacobs

Finn H. Blomquist Eggerling | Crying in the Archive: A Trans Biography of Joseph Lobdell | Advisor: Emily Owens

Naya L. Chang | Rubber Goods: A History of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Failure in the Early American Republic | Advisor: Seth Rockman

Greta A. Filor | Women at the Margins: Midwives and the Medicalization of Childbirth in New York City, 1900-1930 | Advisor: Robert Self

Emma Gardner | "Subversion of the American System": The John Birch Society's Opposition to the Black Freedom Movement | Advisor: Robert Self

Katherine A. Harty | Sheltering Women: Coverture, Debt, and the Law in Post-Emancipation Virginia | Advisor: Emily Owens

Deven K. Kamlani | Beneath the Red Sun: Imagining China During the Brazilian Military Dictatorship | Advisor: James Green

David I. Pinto | Showing the Unshowable: The Holocaust in French and American Cinema | Advisor: Omer Bartov

Evan Sherman | The bonnets rouges and Beyond:  Society, Economic Crisis, and Resistance in Early Modern Brittany | Advisor: Tim Harris

Lola B. Simon | Save Yoshida: The Long Fight for Academic Freedom and Student Autonomy at Japan's Oldest Dormitory | Advisor: Kerry Smith

Samantha K. Walter | "The Real Unicorn": An Investigation into the Conceptions and Cultural Significance of Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros in the British Empire, 1600-1800 | Advisor: Tara Nummedal


The following students are recognized and congratulated for earning departmental awards:


Maru Attwood: The John Thomas Memorial Award for Best History Department Thesis

Deven Kamlani: The Skidmore Family and Friends Thesis Prize for best thesis in Latin American Studies 

Lola Simon & Naya Chang: The Christian Yegen History Thesis Prize for a History Department Outstanding Honors Thesis

Katherine Harty: The Marjorie Harris Weiss Memorial Premium in History awarded to the outstanding undergraduate student concentrating in History

Emma Gardner: The Gaspee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution awarded to the student who presents the best paper written as a class assignment in an American history course

Susannah Paine: The David Herlihy Prize awarded to the best student in Medieval or Renaissance History (ancient history included) 

Logan Danker: R. Douglas Cope Memorial Award honoring Professor R. Douglas Cope’s legacy of service

Emma Gardner: Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for United States History awarded annually to one student for excellence in United States history