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Faculty Awards and Achievements

Congratulations to James Gelvin, who has been awarded the 2015 MESA Undergraduate Education Award. The MESA Undergraduate Education award honors individuals in the “craft of undergraduate teaching”, showcasing pedagogical and curricular achievements in Middle East Studies." According to the committee, Gelvin received the award due to his outstanding commitment to the practice and substance of undergraduate teaching, through his classroom performance, his training of future generations of undergraduate teachers, and his well-received undergraduate textbooks. This award recognizes the importance of undergraduate education, an activity to which so many MESA members devote time and creative energy. James Gelvin’s accomplishments as a teacher and the teaching materials he has produced for others exemplify the kind of undergraduate teacher this award is meant to recognize.

Congratulations to Brenda Stevenson, who has been awarded the John W. Blassingame Award from the Southern Historical Association.

Congratulations to Robin Kelley, who has been awarded the 2015 Angela Y. Davis Award for Public Scholarship by the American Studies Association.

Congratulations to Juan Gómez-Quiñones, whose new book, Teorizando sobre la Revolución Mexicana: Interpretaciones de sus Historiadores y Cronistas, has just been published by the National Institute of Historical Studies of the Revolutions of Mexico. In this book, Gómez-Quiñones offers a wide-ranging analysis of the historical and theoretical literature on the Mexican Revolution, extending its chronology back to the turn of the twentieth century and forward to 1940.

Congratulations to Amir Alexander whose recent book, Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World has been selected as a finalist for the Phi Beta Kappa Science Award. The winner of the prize will be announced on October 1, 2015.

Congratulations to Peter Loewenberg who has been elected to the Board of the International Psychoanalytic Association as a North American Board Representative.

Congratulations to Soraya de Chadarevian who has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for her project "Heredity under the Microscope: A History of Human Chromosomes." This two-year grant of nearly $300,000 will provide Soraya with a 50% teaching release, and travel and research funds to complete research and write a book on this topic. (Read more...)

Congratulations to Debora Silverman who has been awarded the 2015-2016 Fellowship at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers in the New York Public Library. Silverman also received (and declined) fellowships for 2015-2016 from the National Humanities Center and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Congratulations to Peter Loewenberg who has been conferred the "Champion for Psychoanalysis Worldwide" Award by the New Center for Psychoanalysis.

Congratulations to Kelly Lytle Hernandez who has won the Louis Knott Koontz Memorial Award.

Congratulations to Sarah Stein and Brenda Stevenson who have been awarded Guggenheim Fellowships for 2015.

Congratulations to Carla Pestana, who has been awarded the Robert C. Ritchie Distinguished Fellowship from the Huntington Library.

Congratulations to Brenda Stevenson who has been awarded The Berlin Prize, American Academy in Berlin; the National Humanities Center; and the Stanford Center for Advanced Studies and Behavioral Sciences.

Congratulations to Robin Derby, who has been elected to the Executive Council of the Latin American Studies Association for a two-year term.

Congratulations to Ben Madley, on publishing an article in the latest American Historical Review.

Congratulations to Richard Hovannisian, who was elected as a member of the Accademia Ambrosiana Milano.

Congratulations to Robin Derby, who was inducted to the Academy of History of the Dominican Republic as a foreign corresponding member.

Congratulations to Brenda E. Stevenson, who was awarded the 2014 James A. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians. More info...

Congratulations to Robin Kelley, who was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2014-2015.

Congratulations to Saul Friedlander, who was awarded 2014 Dan David Prize in the field "History and Memory".

Congratulations to Andrea Goldman, who was awarded the Joseph Levenson Pre-1900 Book Prize for 2014 by the China and Inner Asia Council of the Association of Asian Studies for her book Opera and the City: The Politics of Culture in Beijing 1770-1900 (Stanford University Press).

Congratulations to Peter Loewenberg, who was unanimously elected an Honorary Member of the Deutschen Psychoanalytischen Vereinigung (German Psychoanalytic Association) in recognition of his scientific and clinical contributions to national and international psychoanalysis.

Congratulations to Sarah Stein, who was elected as one of the new editors of Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture at Stanford University Press.

Professor Margaret Jacob and Teofilo Ruiz have been elected to the class of 2013 of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Mary Yeager was elected President of the Business History Association of the United States, roughly 400 members strong. She will be responsible for the Program at the 2015 Meeting of the Business History Conference in Miami. This is a joint event with European Business History Association, also 400 members strong, whose President is Ray Stokes of Glasgow, Scotland. Congratulations, Mary!

Congratulations to Richard Von Glahn, who was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Congratulations to Nile Green, who was awarded the Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies for his work Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the West Indian Ocean, 1840-1915.

Congratulations to Lynn Hunt, who was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award by the UCLA Academic Senate.

Congratulations to Ivan Berend, who was named an Honorary Member of the Association des Amis de la Fondation Maison des Scences de Homme

Congratulations to Sanjay Subrahmanyam, who was awarded the 2012 Infosys Science Foundation Prize in the Humanities.

Congratulations to Sarah Stein, who has won the Walker D. Love Article Prize Committee of the North American Conference on British Studies for her article, “Protected Persons? The Baghdadi Jewish Diaspora, the British State, and the Persistence of Empire.”

Congratulations to Carla Pestana, who has been selected as the inaugural Joyce Appleby Endowed Chair of America in the World.

Congratulations to Teo Ruiz, who has been named the first incumbent of the Peter Reil Term Chair in European History.

Congratulations to Kevin Terraciano, who has been selected to be this year's winner of the UCLA Gold Shield Faculty Prize.

Congratulations to Jan Reiff, who has been elected to serve in 2012/13 as Vice Chair/Chair Elect of the Academic Senate.  Jan will serve in the important position of Chair of the Academic Senate in 2013/14.

Congratulations to Scot Brown, who is the recipient of the UCLA Academic Achievement Program Faculty Recognition Award.

Congratulations to Joan Waugh, who has been named the Stephen and Janet Rogers Distinguished Fellow in 19th Century American History at the Huntington Library in 2013-2014.

Congratulations to Sarah Stein, who has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research.

Congratulations to Richard Hovannisian, who garnered two prestigious awards; the President's Medal of Distinction by Cal State Fresno on March 11, 2012, and on the same day, the City of Fresno declared "Richard Hovannisian Day."  Meanwhile, Professor Hovannisian was also awarded the Friedrich Nansen Gold Medal by the Institute of Genocide Studies in Yerevan, Armenia.

Congratulations to Teo Ruiz, who was awarded the National Humanities Medal at the White House by President Obama on February 13, 2012.

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Congratulations to Sebouh Aslanian, who is the recipient of the PEN literary award for the most outstanding first book of the year from UC Press for his book, From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: The Global Trade Networks of Armenian Merchants from New Julfa (Berkeley: University of California, 2011).

Congratulations to David Myers, who is being honored at the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 50th Anniversary Jewish Cultural Achievement Awards on September 25, 2011, at the California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.  The Award recognizes Professor Myers as an “extraordinary individual who has demonstrated excellence in his commitment and contribution to Jewish life.”

Congratulations to Kelly Lytle Hernandez who has been awarded the 2010 Clements-Weber Book Prize for her book, Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol (University of California Press, 2010).  The Clements-Weber Book Prize is awarded by the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University for the best non-fiction book on the southwestern United States.

Professor Debora Silverman has been named the Marta Sutton Weeks Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, where she will be in residence for the 2011-12 year.  Debby will be at work on her major project, Art of Darkness: Art Nouveau, “Style Congo,” and the Belgian Royal Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren, 1897-2010.

Congratulations to Lynn Hunt who received the seventeenth annual Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award. The award was established to recognize and encourage mentoring in the history profession. More information here

Congratulations to Teo Ruiz for being selected to deliver the 2011 Faculty Research Lecture in recognition of his outstanding scholarship and teaching. The biannual lecture series, which began in 1925, aims to honor "the work of the university’s most distinguished scholars. Its purpose is to recognize their superb achievements, and give the campus and the greater community an opportunity to gain a new perspective on scholarly achievements and the viewpoints of the faculty honored."

Congratulations to Joyce Appleby for winning a prestigious Dickson Emeritus Professorship Award.  The Award "honors outstanding research, scholarly work, teaching and/or educational service to the university and the profession".

Two UCLA History Department faculty members won Guggenheim Fellowships for 2011-12: Caroline Ford for her project, "Culture, Conservation and Environmentalism in Metropolitan and Colonial France" and Sanjay Subrahmanyam for "Ethnography and Realpolitik."

Two UCLA History Department faculty members won prestigious NEH grants in coming years. Sarah Stein, Maurice Amado Professor of Sephardic Studies, won a grant for her project, “The Changing Legal Classification of Middle Eastern Jews in the 20th Century.” And Kevin Terraciano, professor of Latin American history, won an NEH for his research on "Memories of the Conquest of Mexico."

Congratulations to Robin Derby for winning the Bolton-Johnson Prize from the Council on Latin American History, American Historical Association, co-winning the 2010 Gordon K. & Sybil Lewis Award from the Caribbean Studies Association, and receiving an Honorable Mention, 2010 Bryce Wood Book Award, Latin American Studies Association, for her book, The Dictator's Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo. (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009).

Congratulations to Dr. Maryann Shenoda, Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the History Department who has been awarded the 2010 Malcolm Kerr Award by the Middle East Studies Association for her dissertation, Lamenting Islam, Imagining Persecution: Copto-Arabic Opposition to Islamization and Arabization in Fatimid Egypt.

Congratulations to Ghislaine Lydon who has been awarded the inaugural Martin Klein prize for African history by the American Historical Association for her book On Trans-Saharan Trails: Islamic Law, Trade Networks, and Cross-Cultural Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Western Africa.  Ghislaine will receive the Klein prize at the American Historical Association (AHA) annual meeting in Boston on January 7, 2011.

Congratulations to Robin Derby whose book The Dictator's Seduction, has been awarded an Honorable Mention for the 2010 Bryce Wood Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association.  Please read more about this award and the association on their UCLA Today writes about this award.

Congratulations to Joyce Appleby and Geoffrey Robinson, for being Featured Authors at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. More information here:

Joyce Appleby: "The Relentless Revolution: a History of Capitalism" - UCLA Today (Video)
Geoffrey Robinson: "If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die: How Genocide was Stopped in East Timor" - UCLA Today article and UCLA Spotlight video.

Congratulations to Andrew Apter for winning a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship. Apter will use the fellowship to work on a book about patterns of religious practices and social stratification that developed co-extensively throughout the Black Atlantic world over the course of the slave trade. More from UCLA Today

Congratulations to Robert Brenner and Daniel Howe for being elected to the 2010 Class of Fellows for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Academy is one of the nation's oldest and prestigious honorary societies, which is a center for independent policy research. More information here

Congratulations to Robin Derby who received a 2010- 2011 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to work on her new project, "Boca del Chivo:  Demonic Animals and the Poetics of Deforestation in the Haitian-Dominican Borderlands."  This project explores devil pact narratives and the cultural impact of deforestation in the borderlands of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  It focuses on stories about a particularly feared genre of shape-shifting phenomena called bacá -- imaginary beasts that steal farm animals, harvests and cash.  Derby proposes that they may be seen as "embodied memories" of the montero economy which provided free access to the hunting of wild pigs, goats and cattle in the densely forested interior for freedmen, one that sustained this region from the seventeenth century until the 1950s. Since there is a widespread belief that woods harbor spirits ­ the bacá for creatures who, once content as wood sprites and nymphs, have become unhinged example is said to reside in the Mapou tree, and at times bacás present themselves as extinct species of trees as well as the feral boars which inhabited the mountains until slaughtered during the swine flu outbreak in 1980; they could thus be seen as ghosts of a now extinct ecosystem, that is, since they were forced out of their natural habitat. In addition, Professor Derby's, The Dictator's Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Dominican Republic. (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009), has won awards such as the 2010 Gordon K. & Sybil Lewis Award from the Caribbean Studies Association (Co-winner) and 2010 Bryce Wood Book Award (Honorable Mention), Latin American Studies Association.

More about Professor Derby from UCLA Today

Congratulations to Sarah Abrevaya Stein, who is the co-winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for 2010, for "Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce", (Yale University Press, 2008). Established in 2006, the top prizes honor writers and thinkers whose works demonstrate a unique perspective, stimulates an interest in themes of Jewish concern and hints of future promise. More from UCLA Today

Congratulations to Saul Friedlander who received the American Historical Association Achievement Award for Scholarly Distinction, which is given to senior historians for lifetime achievement.  More information from the AHA here

Congratulations to Lynn Hunt who received the seventeenth annual Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award from the American Historical Association. The award was established to recognize and encourage mentoring in the history profession. More information here

Congratulations to Joan Waugh, who published a new book titled:"U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth," published by the University of North Carolina Press. More from the UCLA Newsroom

Congratulations to Sanjay Subrahmanyan, who was chosen for the 2009 Mary Flexner Lectureship. The lectures focused on the crucial role 16th and 17th century Eurasian courtly encounters played in shaping Muslim, Hindu and Christian group perceptions of one another at the time and the historical influence and modern-day ramifications of those perceptions. More information here

Professor of history Saul Friedlander, won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for the second volume of his seminal work, "The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945."  Friedlander, holder of UCLA's 1939 Club Chair in Holocaust Studies, is considered one of the world's premier historians in the field and his books the definitive work on Jews during the Third Reich.  Emeritus professor Daniel Walker Howe won the Pulitzer in history for "What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848."  They are the second and third UCLA faculty scholars to receive Pulitzer prizes for their books.  Professor Jared Diamond won in 1998 for "Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies."  More from UCLA Today.

Congratulations to Sanjay Subrahmanyan for being among 6 UCLA professor who were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science in recognition of their "preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large." More from the UCLA Newsroom

Congratulations to Janice Reiff who is a recipient of the campus Distinguished Teaching Award, an award which represents the highest attainment of academic and professional excellence at UCLA.  More from UCLA Today

Theodore Porter and Debora Silverman have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science, one of the nation's oldest and most pretigious honorary societies and independent policy-research centers.  Congratulations!   More from the UCLA Magazine

Congratulations to Teo Ruiz who, in March 2008, was a recipient of the campus Distinguished Teaching Award.  On June 1, 2008 winners will be honored by the UCLA Alumni Association.  In the Fall of 2008 winners will be honored by the Academic Senate committee and the Office of Instructional Development, which will present awards at the Andrea L. Rich Night to Honor Teaching.  More from UCLA Today.

Congratulations to Saul Friedlander for being honored with the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.  This singular award, the most important writing award in Germany, is an international peace prize given annually at the Frankfurt Book Fair.  He was honored at the award ceremony on Sunday, October 14, in Frankfurt-am-Main.  UCLA Today interviewed Saul about the prize and his work.

Congratulations to Professor Kelly Lytle Hernandez who has won the Western Historical Quarterly's Oscar O. Winther Award for best article for "The Crimes and Consequences of Illegal Immigration:  A Cross-Border Examination of Operation Wetback, 1943-1954."  The article appeared in the journal in Winter 2006.

News Release from the UCLA Office of Media Relations, April 23, 2007  - "Five UCLA Professors Win 2007 Guggenheim Fellowships"

Two of the five winners are History Department professors, Teo Ruiz and Arch Getty.  The release begins by saying, "Five UCLA professors have won 2007 Guggenheim fellowships and a share of the $7.6 million that will allow 189 artists, scholars and scientists in the U.S. and Canada to spend a year working on a specific research project."
"J. Arch Getty, a history professor and authority on the former Soviet state, hopes to finish a book on the role that centuries-old forms of cultural etiquette may have played in Soviet society, especially politics.
“The Soviet state, with its rules, regulations and structures, may have been a kind of façade which hid what was really going on — namely personal connections and networks,” he said. “It’s the old adage that it’s not what you know but who you know.”
Getty plans to spend six months doing research in the archives of the Communist Party in Moscow."
"Teofilo F. Ruiz, a history professor who specializes in medieval Spain, will work on a book about Spanish festivals between 1350 and 1640. In the hope of shedding light on the transition from the Middle Ages to the early modern period, Ruiz has extensively researched practices relating to royal entries, carnivals and Corpus Christi processions, as reflected in Spanish and French archives."

Continuing the department’s tradition of teaching excellence, in the past three years three of our colleagues have received the campus Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2004, Joan Waugh (United States) earned the Distinguished Teaching Award, for which she was especially cited for her ability to engage undergraduates through her exceptional use of multimedia (see http://alumni.ucla.edu/share/ucla-awards/bio/joan-waugh.aspx); the previous year she also won the UCLA Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology.  In 2006, Geoffrey Symcox was recognized for a long career as a dynamic undergraduate lecturer who has taught a wide range of upper division courses in European history lower division General Education courses in both Western Civilization and World History, and as an inspirational mentor to generations of graduate students (see http://alumni.ucla.edu/share/ucla-awards/bio/geoffrey-symcox.aspx).  Although their lecturing styles are quite different, both Joan and Geoffrey excel in their ability to engage students, hold their attention, and inspire them to do their very best work. In addition, Valerie Matsumoto, who has a split appointment with Asian American Studies, won the first C. Doris and Toshio Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Prize in Asian American Studies, and in March 2007, was a recipient of the campus Distinguished Teaching Award.

The faculty continues to garner awards for the publications and professional achievement.
Margaret Jacob was named University Research Lecturer at UCLA in 2004 and in 2005 won an award for the best book on French Masonic history from the Institut Maconnique de France for Les Lumières au Quotien: franc-maçonnerie et politique au siècle des Lumières (translated from Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and politics in eighteenth-century Europe (1991). Teo Ruiz was elected to a three-year term as Vice President for Research of the American Historical Association. Naomi Lamoreaux was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Norton Wise was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This June Lynn Hunt received an honorary doctorate from Northwestern University and Carlo Ginzburg an honorary doctorate from Hebrew University.

In 2004 Ellen DuBois was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Bologna in Italy. Patrick Geary was a Resident Fellow at the American Academy in Rome for Spring Quarter 2006. Lynn Hunt and Margaret Jacob will be Consortium Scholars at the Getty Research Center next year. Emeritus Professor Peter Loewenberg is the Sir Peter Ustinov Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna this summer. Anthony Pagden was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship this year, which he will take in 2007-2008. This past year Gabi Piterberg was the Alistair Horne Fellow in Middle Eastern History at the University of Oxford and his An Ottoman Tragedy: History and Historiography at Play won the M. Fuat Köprülü prize from the Turkish Studies Association. In 2004 Claudia Rapp was invited to be the Belle van Zuylen Professor at Utrecht University and in 2005 she received a fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. Jan Reiff was a co-editor of the multiple award-winning The Encyclopedia of Chicago in 2004. William Summerhill was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Brazil; next year he will be an American Academic of Learned Societies Burkhardt Fellow at the Huntington Library. Last year Craig Yirush was a Warren Fellow at Harvard University.  Finally, Assistant Professor Ghislaine Lydon, a specialist in the history of western Africa and the Sahara, will be a Fulbright Scholar at Sana'a University in Yemen in 2007-2008.