History Department graduate students have scored a remarkable array of successes in Spring 2017. Alessandra Link has won a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship to finish her study of Native Americans and railroads. Jill Bjerke has garnered a Fulbright to France, where she will delve into connections between medieval France and Iberia. Sherri Sheu landed a six-month Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellowship that enables her ongoing research on the environmental history of bass fish in North America. Finally, joint History/Religious Studies graduate student Dillon Webster has received a Fulbright to pursue research on relations between Mediterranean Muslims, Jews, and Christians during the high middle ages.
Recent years have witnessed the transformation of the History Graduate Program, as the department developed an innovative portfolio system, raised its admissions standards, and admitted fewer students with better funding. The accomplishments of the current cohort of graduate students are just one marker of the program’s ascendant stature. Equally telling is the program’s recent jump in the US News & World Report rankings from 50 in 2015 to 38 in 2017. Congratulations to the students and faculty who have contributed to these successes!