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Dr. Megan Kate Nelson Speaks to Writing Workshop

This past February, historian and author Dr. Megan Kate Nelson visited The University of Alabama Department of History virtually, zooming in from her home in Boston to conduct a writing workshop entitled “Writing for Academic and Public Audiences.” In a wide-ranging presentation, Dr. Nelson shared the story of her shift from academic to popular publishing, […]

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Sewanee’s Tiffany Momon Addresses Power & Struggle Conference

In February, as part of the annual UA Graduate Conference on Power & Struggle, graduate students and faculty welcomed invited keynote speaker Dr. Tiffany Momon, Assistant Professor of History at Sewanee: The University of the South, to address the growth and significance of Public History in our discipline. Momon has conducted architectural surveys on eight […]

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Doctoral Student Elissa Lisle Helps Organize Baseball Memorabilia at Historic Rickwood Field

Birmingham’s Rickwood Field (opened in 1910) is the oldest professional baseball park in the United States. To celebrate and remember the park’s rich history, the non-profit Friends of Rickwood formed in 1990 and has been collecting a treasure trove of Rickwood-related baseball memorabilia donations since then, including everything from autographed bats to championship rings. To […]

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PhD Students’ Work Featured in The Washington Post

Ashley Steenson, PhD Candidate “Standing up against one’s party can be courageous. But it can also reflect elitism,” reads the tag line for PhD candidate Ashley Steenson’s January 27 op-ed in The Washington Post, titled “Joe Manchin might be principled. Or he might scorn his own constituents.” Steenson crafts a fascinating connection between Sen. Manchin’s […]

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SCSS Launches Scholars Program

The Summersell Scholars Program is an undergraduate history initiative that was launched in the fall of 2021 by Dr. John Giggie and the Summersell Center for the Study of the South. Dr. Giggie and his students imagined this program as an intentional space for undergraduates to study and reflect upon the meaning of the descriptor, […]

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Summersell Center’s Queer History Project Hosts Galloway School Students

Dr. John Giggie and Isabella Garrison hosted high school students from Atlanta who are enrolled in the Galloway School’s southern queer history course. The students were led by Dr. Margaret Montgomery, a UA Department of History alumn, in an experience-based course about researching southern queer history. The visit centered on undergraduate research and experience, with […]

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Senior Tejas Dinesh Wins 2022 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Senior Tejas Dinesh is the recipient of the 2022 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, one of UA’s Premier Awards. The Ohio native is a double major in History and Environmental Engineering. The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award recognizes two graduating seniors and one non-student award winner for their character excellence and service to humanity. As a part […]

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2021 – 2022 Undergraduate Award Recipients

The Lee David and Florence Weinberg Black Scholarship in History Kara Hutchinson Mary Payne James Hands Anna Kate Manchester Amelia Pugh Tenisha Ciby The Russell Bryant Scholarship Aliya Jaramillo The Charles Grayson Summersell Memorial Scholarship for Most Distinguished Undergraduate in History John Pace Caitlyn Jones The Howard Jones Endowed Scholarship Sarah Jaggears Washington Moore Colonial […]

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Marsalis Jones: Dad, Dispatcher, Aspiring Teacher

Tuscaloosa’s Marsalis Jones wears many hats. He’s a history major, a father, and a University of Alabama police dispatcher. But he has yet another mission in mind: becoming a high school history teacher. “As An African-American male, I only had one black male teacher my entire time in public school from K-12. History has always […]

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Senior India Rose Cary to Apply Historical Skills as a Contracts Negotiator After Graduation

While taking Dr. Lawrence Cappello’s Right to Privacy course, Senior India Rose Cary realized she had a deep fascination with the subject of privacy and the complicated interaction between history, law, and daily life. In this course, Cary learned that history should not just be studied for how it will impact the future but for […]

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Undergraduate Anna Kate Manchester Wins Fulbright Award

By complete happenstance, senior Anna Kate Manchester scrolled through her barrage of emails when she noticed a message about a Canadian study abroad opportunity through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Though Canada had never been at the forefront of her mind, Manchester was intrigued by the thousands of research opportunities the program offered, specifically projects […]

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PhD Candidate Ashley Tickle Odebiyi Wins Fulbright

Ashley Tickle Odebiyi knew that pursuing her love of Italian history to a Ph.D. at UA would require conducting hands-on research of documents in Italian. When Odebiyi discovered the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, she was struck by not only the amazing research opportunities the program offered but also the prestigious reputation that receipt of the award […]

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Alabama Memory Project Seeks to Reclaim Lost Lives, Inspires Future Researchers

The Alabama Memory Project is an undergraduate research course directed by Dr. John M. Giggie and sponsored by the Summersell Center for the Study of the South. Launched in 2017, this project seeks to memorialize publicly the lives lost to lynching in the state of Alabama. Working on a county-by county basis, Alabama Memory students […]

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Jackson Foster Wins 2022 Marshall Scholarship

Jackson Foster has a passion for people. The 2022 Marshall Scholarship winner decided to become a history major because of his profound interest in the complexities of people and their relationships to each other. Foster explained, “I care deeply about the communities, institutions, and relationships that structured and enriched their daily lives, the ways they […]

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