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McCourtney Family Graduate Scholarship in American History

Current Recipients:

Scott Doebler

Scott is a fifth-year Latin Americanist studying with Matthew Restall and Martha Few. He has a bachelor's degree
from Gustavus Adolphus College, and master's degrees in education from Valparaiso University and history from
Penn State. His dissertation is a social and environmental history of southern Yucatán and northern Guatemala
during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a tentative working title of "Connected Forests: Spanish,
English, and Maya Commodity Ecologies in Southern Yucatán and Northern Guatemala, 1517–1717"

Hayden Lamphere

Hayden Lamphere is a graduate student in the Department of History at Penn State and joined the Center for
Black Digital Research as a research scholar in the fall of 2020. She has a bachelor of arts degree from Beloit
College, where she studied history and museum studies. Hayden is interested in studying twentieth-century U.S. Black female activism and organizing.

Norma Watson

Norma is a graduate student studying Latin American History with a dual-title in African American Studies. Her
subfields are race and transnationalism. Norma received a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish studies from
Dominican University. Before coming to study at Penn State, Norma worked as a Spanish and English as a second language teacher for grades K–12. Norma's research centers anti-Blackness in education systems and curriculum requirements in Brazil, Cuba, and the United States, providing theoretical pedagogy to combat racism rooted in education.