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Ann Richards Paper Competition Awards

In 2002, Ann and George Richards made an outstanding contribution to the Civil War Era Center that has enabled it to permanently fund faculty and graduate student research as well as public programming. The University named the Center in honor of their generosity. In January of 2013, Ann passed away, and in her memory the Ann Richards Paper Competition Award was created to celebrate the best work that our graduate students have to offer. The award comes with an honorarium that serves as an enduring tribute to Ann’s passion for education and scholarship.

Current Recipients:

ABD- Research Category

First Place: Kelly Douma

Paper Title: The Married State: The Evolution of Moravian Marital Theology from the Sixteenth- to Eighteenth-Centuries

Judges' Quote:

This is truly exemplary scholarship. The submission is well argumented and supported by careful, rigorous research. Weaving together institutional histories, theological framings from centuries of interpretations of marriage in the Catholic and Lutheran churches, and situating Moravian Church practices as a social practice informed by the changing Atlantic world, this research is incredibly compelling. Specifically, reading 18th century Moravian marriage practices as a means for women to gain a level of mobility through travel and cross-cultural exchange was a skillful gender analysis. This is an important work that not only answers the big research questions but potentially represents a historiographical shift.

ABD-Research Category

Second Place: Megan Hildebrand

Paper Title: Gendering the "Heathen Chinee": Race, Gender and the Making of the Other in the Nineteenth Century West

Pre-ABD Research Category

First Place: Frank Lacopo

Paper Title: Missionary Strategy, "Subject-Making," and Archival Ambiguity In Colonial Cuzco

Judges' Quote:

This is a sophisticated and creative approach to understanding how the relationship between Jesuit missionaries and locals in colonial Cuzco actually worked in practice. The author's approach to the sources--what they call "triangulating" different and "seemingly unrelated" primary documents--is both convincing and insightful. There is a clear "so what" here as well; the author has expertly placed themselves in conversation with the relevant historiography.

Pre-ABD Research Category

Second Place: Rick Daily

Paper Title: Spectacular Lynching in California; The Berreyesa Family, The Rancheria Meximericans, the Newspaper Media, and White Theft; 1855- 1857

Pre-ABD Research Category: Honorable Mention

Sami Davis

Paper Title: Imaging and Imagining the Maya Women in 19th Century Yucatan Locking Through Masculine Imperial Lens

Pre-ABD Historiography Category

First Place: Frank Lacopo

Paper Title: Imperialist Historiographies, Colonial Performativity, and the Construction of a Mediterranean "Borderland," 1887-1941

Judges' Quote:

This was a historiography with a purpose. Rather than just evaluate a set of related works on a given topic, this paper set out to examine the effects classical notions of the Mare Nostrum and the imperium of the Italian past had on Italy's conscious justification of colonial endeavors in North Africa during its liberal and fascist periods. The author deftly juxtaposed classical Mediterranean historiography by Pirenne and Braudel, with more modern works by Dursteler and Davis, with a range of Italian sources from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries; the product is a tight demonstration of how nineteenth and twentieth century Italian nationalists reconstructed a sense of purpose based on inherited ideas of the Italian Mediterranean, a long history of Christian vs. Muslim interaction, and a reclamation of the "ruins" of Italy. I appreciated the author's self-awareness of their own limited expertise: the author acknowledged up front that they were not a modern historian, but rather an early modernist. As such, they were uniquely situated to assess the topic from an early modern perspective, which was crucial to the argument they were making about the importance of older historical ideas on the construction of the modern Italian sense of nationhood.

Pre-ABD Historiography Category

Second Place- Kellianne King

Paper Title: State of the Field: The Need for a Feminist African Psychology