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updated December 9, 2019

News 2019-2020

  • Kim Welch has won the Cromwell Book Prize from the American Society for Legal History for her book, Black Litigants in the Antebellum American South (2018). The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation awards annually to a junior scholar a book prize for excellence in scholarship in the field of American legal history.  The prize is designed to recognize and promote new work in the field by graduate students, law students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty not yet tenured. 
  • Sarah Igo has won the American Philosophical Society’s Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History for her book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern American (2018), given annually to a distinguished work in American or European cultural history. At the April 2019 OAH meeting, The Known Citizen also won the Merle Curti Intellectual History Award, and was named one of the Washington Post's "50 notable works of non-fiction books in 2018." 
  • Kim Welch's book, Black Litigants in the Antebellum American South, was selected as a co-winner of the 2019 J. Willard Hurst Prize for the best work in socio-legal history. The prize was awarded during the 2019 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Black Litigants has also won the 2018 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History from the Langum Charitable Trust and the James H. Broussard Best First Book Prize for 2018 from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. 
  • Lauren Benton has been named a Guggenheim Fellow and is spending the academic year 2019-2020 as a member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.
  • Rhonda Williams has received an award to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she will be a visiting professor for the academic year 2019-2020.
  • Kimberly Welch is a 2019 ACLS Fellow. She was awarded the Oscar Handlin Fellowship in American History to work on the project "Lending and Borrowing Across the Color Line in the Antebellum American South." The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) selected 81 fellows from over 1,100 applicants.
  • Jane Landers was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award for "Outstanding Scholarship, Teaching and Service in African Diaspora Studies," after giving the keynote talk at Tennessee State University's 7th Annual African Conference. The title of her talk was, "The Wolofs who Led the First Slave Revolt in the Americas: Espanola, 1521."
  • William Caferro’s Petrarch's War: Florence and the Black Death in Context (2018) won the 2019 medieval book prize of the American Association of Italian Studies.
  • Three of our colleagues have been awarded Mellon Partners in Humanities Education Faculty Collaboration Funds (focusing on the digital humanities in the College of Arts & Science). Brandon Byrd, Pataj/Partage: Shared Visions Between Fisk and Haiti; Jane Landers for her project, Haiti: The Need to Know and Preserve the Past; Ole Molvig for his project, Historic Black Nashville in Augmented Reality. Molvig has also received an Immersion Scholar Grant from the College of Arts & Science for 2019-2021.
  • Frank Wcislo received the Richard Stites Senior Scholar Award for 2019, awarded by the Southern Conference in Slavic Studies, the largest and oldest regional Slavic Studies organization in the country.
  • Lauren Benton, Nelson O. Tyrone, Jr. Professor of History and professor of law, has been named winner of the Toynbee Prize for 2019. The Toynbee Prize is awarded biennially for work that makes a significant contribution to the study of global history. Link to article.
  • Lauren Benton has been elected to serve as the next president of the American Society for Legal History. Her two-year term began in fall 2019.


Book Publications 2018-2020

  • Peter Lake and Richard Custer,  Gentry culture and the politics of religion: Cheshire on the eve of civil war (Manchester University Press, 2020)
  • Peter Lake, Hamlet's Choice: Religion and Resistance in Shakespeare's Revenge Tragedies ( Yale University Press, 2020)
  • Thomas A. Schwartz, Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography (Macmillan, 2020)
  • Arleen Tuchman,  Diabetes: A History of Race & Disease (Yale University Press, 2020)
  • Helmut Smith,  Germany: A Nation in Its Time: Before, During, and After Nationalism, 1500 - 2000 (Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2020)
  • Dennis C. Dickerson,  The African Methodist Episcopal Church: A History (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
  • William Caferro,   Teaching History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2020)
  • Peter Lake,  All Hail to the Archpriest: Confessional Conflict, Toleration, and the Politics of Publicity in Post- Reformation England (Oxford University Press, 2019)
  • Leor HaleviModern Things on Trial: Islam’s Global and Material Reformation in the Age of Rida, 1865–1935 (Columbia University Press, 2019).
  • Jonathan Metzl, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland (Basic Books, 2019)
  • Daniel Usner, American Indians in Early New Orleans: From Calumet to Raquette (Louisiana State University Press, 2018)
  • Katherine Crawford, Eunuchs and Castrati: Disability and Normativity in Early Modern Europe (Routledge Press, 2019 – available beginning August 2018)
  • James Hudnut-Beumler ,   Strangers and Friends at the Welcome Table: Contemporary Christianities in the American South (University of North Carolina Press, 2018),and James Hudnut-Beumler and Mark Silk,The Future of Mainline Protestantism in America (The Future of Religion in America) (Columbia University Press, 2018)
  • Thomas A.J. McGinnTable IV of the XII Tables (Naples: Jovene Editore, 2017 [2018]).
  • William Caferro, Petrarch's War: Florence and the Black Death in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
  • Sarah E. Igo, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America  (Harvard University Press, 2018)
  • Moses Ochonu, editor, Entrepreneurship in Africa: A Historical Approach (Indiana University Press, 2018)
  • Joel Harrington , Dangerous Mystic: Meister Echkhart’s Path to the God Within (Penguin Press, 2018)
  • Richard Blackett, The Captive’s Quest for Freedom: Fugitive Slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and the Politics of Slavery (Cambridge University, 2018)
  • Michael Bess and Diana Walsh Pasulka, eds., Posthumanism: The Future of Homo Sapiens, Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks (Macmillan Cengage, 2018).
  • Kimberly M. Welch, Black Litigants in the Antebellum American South (The University of North Carolina Press, 2018).