Department News

PhD Candidate Cassandra Berman Awarded 2019 Merrill Travel Grant from Organization of American Historians

April 9, 2019

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) has awarded Cassandra Berman a 2019 Samuel and Marion Merrill Graduate Student Travel Grant. The grants are supported by a bequest from the Merrill Trust and help sponsor the travel-related costs of graduate students who are confirmed as participants on the OAH conference program.  Cassandra’s dissertation examines the figure of the transgressive mother in American print culture from the 1760s to the 1860s, focusing on women who were either unwilling or unable to live up to the demands of white, Christian maternity. At the 2019 OAH Annual Meeting, Cassandra presented a portion of this research on the panel she organized, “Negotiating Freedom, Slavery, and Womanhood in Popular Print.”

Gregory Freeze has just published a large volume in Russia, Gubitel’noe blatochestie: Rossiiskaia tserkov’ i padenie imperii [Subversive Piety: The Russian Church and the Fall of the Empire]

December 21, 2018

This volume was published by the Evropeiskii universitet in St. Petersburg. It consists of eight chapters, all based on extensive archival research; the main theme is that the Orthodox Church (and especially common believers) were not a mainstay of the old regime, but a key factor in its demise.

March 15, 2018