Graduate Program 2009-2010

After the University's fiscal hard times of 2008-2009, the story this past year for the History Department's graduate program was in important respects about rebounding. This was especially evident in the area of admissions. Instead of the four fellowships lines allotted to us last year, we were granted eight; and the applicant pool to fill those lines was both notably strong and larger than in recent years. In the end, we made offers to 17 students (which meant we accepted one in ten candidates), of whom 12 accepted. This last figure was obviously more than we (or the Graduate School) anticipated. But the short term budgetary inconvenience of this situation carries a silver lining. For it means that we can assume more applicants will accept our invitation to attend Emory, and hence that we can be more selective in choosing students we feel are best suited to succeed in our program.

Of course, the national economy remained in substantial recession during 2009-2010.  And this inevitably affected the number of jobs available to Ph.D.'s in History. Still, against this bleak landscape, our graduate students did rack up an impressive array of accomplishments.  Several did receive offers for teaching positions. And 14 candidates in the program won a total of 16 external grants to support their work--including DAAD, SSRC, SSI-IA, NEH, CLAI-I, and Fulbright Fellowships. What's more, in this year alone our current roster of students presented some 50 papers and published 26 articles and three full length texts.

It seems fair, in sum, to suggest the graduate program in History is strong and gives every sign of growing stronger. It has been a most gratifying responsibility to serve as Director of Graduate Studies these past three years. And it is with confidence he will derive the same sense of gratification that I turn the job over to my successor Professor James Melton.

Respectfully Submitted

Jonathan Prude

Recently Awarded Emory Ph.D.'s

Kelly Erby, ¿Public Appetite: Dining Out in Nineteenth-Century Boston¿ Prude, May 2010

Scott Gavorsky, ¿Ceding to the Circumstances: State Institutions, Civil Society, and Running to Schools at Maine-et-Loire, 1815-1875¿ Miller, August 2009

Jane Hooper, ¿An Empire in the Indian Ocean: The Sakalava Empire of Madagascar¿ Crais, May 2010

Jeremy Pool, ¿Now is the Time of Youth: Youth, Nationalism, and Cultural Change in Ghana, 1940-1966¿ Mann, May 2010

Douglas Powell, ¿Magistrates and Municipal Politics: The Bordeaux Pariementaries during the Reign of Louis XIV¿ Beik, December 2009

Fabricio Prado, ¿In the Shadows of Empires: Trans-Imperial Networks and Colonial Identity in Bourbon Rio de la Plata (c. 1750-1813)¿ Socolow, August 2009

Beverly Sylvester, ¿Negotiating Unacceptable Behavior: Southeastern Indians and the Evolution of Bilateral Regulation on the Southern Colonial Frontier¿ Juricek, December 2009

Michael Thompson, ¿Working on the Dock of the Bay: Labor and Life along Charleston¿s Waterfront, 1783-1861¿ Roark, August 2009

Lisa Vox, ¿The Death Wish of Humanity: Religious and Scientific Apocalypticism in the United States, 1859-2001¿ Allitt, May 2010