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News and Book Publications

updated May 17, 2018

News 2017-18

  • Kimberley Welch has received a Mellon Digital Humanities Faculty Fellowship for 2018-19.
  • Sarah Igo has been awarded a summer NEH stipend.  These awards are highly competitive with an 8% success rate.  
  • Joel Harrington and Edward Wright-Rios have been chosen, from nearly 3,000 applicants, for the highly coveted Guggenheim fellowship. Guggenheim recipients are appointed on the basis of prior impressive achievement and exceptional promise. Link to VU article here.
  • For her exemplary work as an historian and author, Jane Landers is being recognized with the 2018 Caroline P. Rossetter Award for Outstanding Woman in Florida History. The award will be presented during the annual Banquet dinner at the Florida Historical Society Annual Meeting and Symposium, on Friday, May 18, at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.
  • Frank Wcislo has just received the Richard Stites Senior Scholar Award awarded by the Southern Conference in Slavic Studies, the largest and oldest regional Slavic Studies organization in the country: http://www.sewanee.edu/scss/awards/
  • 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.
  • Celso Castilho's book, Slave Emancipation and Transformations in Brazilian Political Citizenship (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016), has won a third award. In March 2018 this book was chosen as co-winner of the Roberto Reis Best Book Award for books published in Brazilian studies in 2016 and 2017.This work has previously been awarded the Bolton-Johnson and Warren Dean prizes from the Conference on Latin American History.
  • Congratulations! Jane Landers' application Delia Zapata Olivella Collection has been selected as an awardee for Library Collections Initiative , a Vanderbilt University Library 2018 grant.
  • Yoshikuni Igarashi's book, Homecomings: The Belated Return of Japan's Lost Soldiers , was given Honorable Mention for the 2018 John Whitney Hall Book Prize for Best Book on Japan. It's the top prize for Japananese Studies! Here is the link to the Association for Asian Studies prize announcement page: http://www.asian-studies.org/asia-now/entryid/116/aas-2018-book-prize-winners
  • Lauren Benton has been elected to serve as the next president of the American Society for Legal History. Her two-year term begins in fall 2019.
  • Kimberly Welch received a Mellon Faculty Fellow in Digital Humanities 2017-18. Project title, "Mapping the Other Underground Railroad."
  • Leor Halevi gave the Medieval Academy of America's plenary address at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in May. "Artifacts of the Infidel: Medieval and Modern Interpretations of the Sacred Law of Islam"
    https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/events/special-events/plenary-lectures
  • Moses Ochonu made a presentation at the Library of Congress. Panel discussion on contemporary African migration to the United States. Occurred Dec. 2016 but the video was just uploaded.http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7729
  • Bill Caferro has been awarded the 2016 Graduate Teaching Award, from the Arts and Science College, Vanderbilt University.
  • Jane Landers has been awarded the 2016 Graduate Mentoring Award, from the Arts and Science College, Vanderbilt University.
  • A project directed by  Jane Landers , the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, to preserve endangered African and Afro-descended slave records has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies  (ACLS) Digital Extension Grant. See article here
  • Laura Stark has been awarded the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, Vanderbilt University.

Book Publications 2017-18

  • 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)
  • Alistair Sponsel, Darwin’s Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation (The University of Chicago 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)
  • Lauren Benton, Adam Clulow and Bain Atwood, editors, Protection and Empire: A Global History (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • David Wasserstein, Black Banners of ISIS: The Roots of the New Caliphate (Yale University Press, 2017)
  • Thomas McGinn, co-editor with Dennis Kehoe, Ancient Law, Ancient Society (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2017)
  • Jane Landers, editor, Slavery and Abolition in the Atlantic World: New Sources and New Findings (Routledge, 2017)
  • Marshall Eakin, Becoming Brazilians: Race and National Identity in Twentieth-Century Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
  • The Turkish translation of Julia Cohen's book Becoming Ottomans: Sephardi Jews and Imperial Citizenship in the Modern Era.
  • Celia Applegate, The Necessity of Music: Variations on a German Theme (University of Toronto Press, 2017)
  • William Caferro, editor, The Routledge History of the Renaissance (Routledge Press, 2017)