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Dewey Grantham and Prize Awards

The Department of History Announces the
Annual Essay Prize Awards for 2020 - the winners are in!

 

Dewey Grantham Award

Named for the late Professor Dewey Grantham, this award is presented to the best Honors Thesis in the History Department each year since Spring 1997. The selected author will receive $500. To see all of the past winners click here.

2021 Winner:  Dominic Bustillos, "Constituencies of Political Authoritarianism: Struggle, Survival, and Separatism in the Donets Coal Basin (1989 - 2014)" (David and Cowie). Awarded: Highest Honors. 


2021 Winner:  Musa Subramaniam, "Landscapes of Modern India: A Spatial History of Democracy in Early Postcolonial Delhi, 1947 - 70" (Sheikh and Taneja). Awarded: Highest Honors. 

Frank A. Woods Award  

Mr. James Lachs, BS '93 established this award in honor of Frank A. Woods, BA'63, LLB '66. A certificate, and $250, will be given to a graduating senior in the College of Arts and Science who is majoring in History, Economics and History, or Law, History and Society, and has the highest grade point average.

2021 Winner: Dominic Bustillos

Henry Lee Swint Award

Each spring, the Department of History awards $250 to the author of the best research paper or essay in any field of history.  This competition is open only to undergraduate history majors and excludes History honors theses.  For this year's prize award, the papers must have been completed for a Vanderbilt history course during the F2020, and S2021 terms.  

2021 Winner: Luis Martinez,"From Cuba to Miami: Queer Marielitos Before and After 1980"
Originally written for Professor Julia Phillips Cohen's History 3000W: The History Workshop: The Practice and Politics of History

Paul K. Conkin Award 

Each spring, the Department of History awards $250 to the author of the best paper in U.S. history.  This competition is open to all undergraduate students but excludes History honors theses.  For this year's prize award, the papers must have been completed for a Vanderbilt history course during the F2020, and S2021 terms.

2021 Winner: Luis Martinez, "From Cuba to Miami: Queer Marielitos Before and After 1980"
Originally written for Professor Julia Phillips Cohen's HIST 3000W: The History Workshop: The Practice and Politics of History

Samuel T. McSeveney Award

Each spring, the Department of History awards $250 to the author of the best research paper or essay written for a freshman history seminar (History 1111 or another 1111 course taught by a history professor).  For this year's prize award, the papers must have been completed for a Vanderbilt History HIST 1111 course during the F2020, and S2021 terms. 

In 2001, Professor Samuel T. McSeveney established the History Department Freshman Seminar Award to recognize an undergraduate student with the best paper written in a freshman seminar in the Department of History.  The fund has also been supported by Jeanne Adams, a grateful student, to recognize the impact of McSeveney's teaching upon her lifelong love of history. Jeanne Adams has generously agreed to fund this award over the next ten years (2012-2022). 

2021 Winner: David Mailman "Essay for Shari'a Islamic Law"

Originally written for Professor Leor Halevi's HIST 1111: Shari'a Islamic Law