2018 History Honors and Awards
The Department of History held its annual honors awards banquet on May 10, 2018. Professor and Chair Arwen Mohun welcomed and introduced our award winners, faculty and special guests. Special guests in attendance included Barbara and Terry O’Hara, and Social Studies Teacher of the Year’s daughter, Ms. Joanna Liang accepting the award for Barbara Markham from Padua Academy in her absence.
Dr. David Shearer, Professor of Russian History gave a talk entitled, “We Were Certain It Would Never Happen. And Then It Did: A Personal Journey Through the Great Soviet Archive Opening.”
Professor Jonathan Russ gave special recognition to the History Activities Officers and Honors Degree Candidates.
History Club Officers: President-Olivia Mann, Treasurer-Patrick Wise
Phi Alpha Theta Officers: President-Jacob Faull, Vice President-Olivia Mann, Treasurer-Samantha Matera
Honors Degree w/Distinction – Anastasia Plyasunova, Nathan Vaughn, and Jacob Faull
Honors Degree Candidates – Nicole Dumigan, Hayley Higgins, Elizabeth Webb, Patrick Wise, Margaret Trupio, and Lisa Pham
Professor Jesus Cruz presented the History Undergraduate awards
Alumni Undergraduate Awards in History were presented to outstanding history majors for excellence in academics.
Senior History Major winners: Elizabeth Webb, Patrick Wise, and Nathan Vaughn
Junior History Major winners: Amanda Langell, Sofia Curran-Munn, and Tyler Tunell
Sophomore History Major winners: Caleb Owens, Jennifer Ptak, and Dakota Edwards
Alumni Undergraduate Non-U.S. Essay award presented to – Caleb Owens, for his paper, “A Return to Oppression: the Mizrahi political struggle from Ben Gurion to the Likud”
William Purnell “Old Home” Essay Prize Winner presented to –Aaron Tavasi, for his paper, “Far More Than a Museum with Planes: The Strategically, Economically, and Culturally Important Dover Air Force Base”
Thomas J. Craven Prize awarded for an essay on American political or constitutional history, broadly interpreted, or Delaware History presented to –Dakota Edwards, for her paper, “From Farm to Capitol Hill: The Evolution of Populism in America” and Patrick Wise, for his paper, “Civil War: Civil Liberties versus Civil Religion in Early Cold War America”
Joseph Craven Essay Prize presented to Nathan Vaughn, for his paper, “A Logical Approach to the Eighth Amendment.”
Eve Clift Memorial Award is determined by departmental faculty and presented to a graduating senior history major for outstanding academic performance. This award is given in memory of Professor Eve Clift, Historian of the department and was awarded to Nicole Dumigan.
William H. Williams Award for outstanding scholarship in the field of American history from 1607-1865. Christine Parola and Adrianna Taraboletti
*William E. Meakin Memorial Award presented in memory of William E. Meakin, to a history major who meets the scholarship criteria of academic performance and has a distinguished record of community service. Olivia Mann and Megan Hart.
Professor Barry Joyce presented the University of Delaware Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award to Barbara Markham of Padua Academy. The award was accepted by Barbara Markham’s daughter, Joanna Liang.
Alumni Undergraduate Award for History Education – Catarina Janotti
Center for Secondary Education Outstanding Student Teaching Award – Leticia Alfaro, Catarina Janotti, & Rebecca Yaffee
Student Teaching Award for Most Productive Learning Environment – Leticia Alfaro
Secondary Education Award for Educational Promise – Rebecca Yaffee and Adrianna Taraboletti
Ryan O’Hara History Award – Presented to Rebecca Yaffee by Barbara and Terry O’Hara to a History Education major who shows dedication to the Program, who is respected by other students and department faculty, and shows overall commitment to UD education.
Professor Owen White presented the History graduate student awards.
Alumni Graduate Student Award for Best Printed Article or Seminar paper: Kyle VanHemert
Stanley J. Goldfus Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant: Michael Forino and Seyed Mehdi Mousavi
Munroe Graduate Student Teaching Award presented to the student who has excelled in developing and teaching his or her own course: Michelle Anderson
William H. Williams Scholarship Award presented to the student who demonstrated outstanding scholarship in the area of American History during the period 1607-1865: Jeffery Appelhans
Caesar Rodney Fellowship for research: Camille Kaszubowski
Bassett-Ferguson Fellowship for research: Benjamin Wollet
Edward Ezell Fellowship for research: Gregory Hargreaves and Laura Earls
Colonial Dames of America: Bruce Spadaccini