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Historian Awarded 2015 MacArthur Fellowship

Marina Rustow, professor of history and Near Eastern studies at Princeton University, is among the 2015 MacArthur Fellows. Chosen for “extraordinary originality and dedication to their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self- direction,” fellows are awarded a grant of $625,000 to “pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.” Prof. Rustow is pursuing research into the intersection of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities in the medieval Middle East, using documents from Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue to understand how the caliphal state ruled a diverse religious population. Learn more about her work. 

Historians Awarded 2014 National Humanities Medals

AHA President Vicki Ruiz, Distinguished Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine, and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African American Studies at Harvard University, were among 10 National Humanities Medalists awarded by President Obama. The medal "honors an individual or organization whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens' engagement with history and literature, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to cultural resources." In according this honor to long-time AHA member Prof. Ruiz and to Prof. Higginbotham, the White House recognizes the central role historians play in American public culture. Read about all the 2014 National Humanities Medalists online.

William and Mary Quarterly Prize Winners

2014 Lester J. Cappon Award

The editorial board chose Molly A. Warsh as the winner of the Lester J. Cappon Award. The award honors Warsh's "A Political Ecology in the Early Spanish Caribbean" (October) as the best article published in the journal in 2014.

The annual best-article award is named in memory of Lester J. Cappon. Lester Cappon edited the Quarterly from 1955 to 1956, and again in 1963. He was the Institute’s first editor of the book program (1945–1954) and served as Institute director from 1954 until 1969.

2014 Richard L. Morton Award

For his article "'Here is my country'": Too Né's Map of Lewis and Clark in the Great Plains" (October), Christopher Steinke has been chosen by the WMQ editorial board as the recipient of the Richard L. Morton Award for 2014.

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture's Richard L. Morton Award recognizes a distinguished article by an author in graduate study at the time of final submission. Offered since 1986, the prize honors the founding editor of the William and Mary Quarterly's third series. Richard Morton was a respected teacher for forty years at the College of William and Mary and a leading colonial historian of his time.

Historian Honored for "Exceptional Work as a Teacher and Mentor"

In November 2014, Monica H. Green was awarded with the 2014 Joseph H. Hazen Education Prize, which is given annually by the History of Science Society in recognition of outstanding contributions to the teaching of history of science. The citation noted that "much of her exceptional work as a teacher and mentor takes place outside the usual structure of American academic life."

Author Presents Book to Course on Women's History in the Latin American and the Caribbean

On April 8th, 2015, Mrs. Maria Luisa Caballero Franco, Puerto Rican author, was invited to present her book Josefa Marquesa del Pumar, with Conchita Franco Serri, co-author and editor, at Professor April Mayes history class at Pomona College: "Women of Honor, Women of Shame: Women's Lives in Colonial Latin America and the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean, 1300-1900," a course which examines the colonial period from the perspective of women's and gender history. Written in Spanish, the book contains over a hundred pages of transcribed pages of archival, primary source documents dating back two hundred years ago, a first person account of a royalist woman émigré exiled from Venezuela by Simon Bolivar. Ms. Caballero Franco’s book, just released, is available in Amazon and SquareUp. Caballero Franco, Maria Luisa, with Conchita Franco Serri. Josefa Marquesa Del Pumar. Edited by Conchita Franco Serri. 1st Ed. ed. Claremont: Santa Clara, 2015. 336. ISBN: 978-0-692-37797-0

First English-Language Biography of French Revolutionary Francois Buzot Published

Bette W. Oliver has announced the publication of her most recent book, "Provincial Patriot of the French Revolution: Francois Buzot, 1760-1794" (Lexington Books, 2015). It is the first biography written in English of this Girondin leader. The book covers his early life as a lawyer in Evreux, his defense of departmental interests, and his role as a leader in both the Constituent Assembly and the National Convention, as well as his last days as a fugitive from the government of which he had once been a part.

Oliver, with a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, is an independent scholar specializing the late 18th-century French history.

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