The J. Leitch Wright, Jr. awards for excellence in research were presented at the October faculty meeting. The awards went to Kent Peacock (Ph.D.), Katie Beasley (second place, Ph.D.), and Richard Siegler (M.A.). This year's Richardson teaching award went to Rebecca Shriver.

Last month, Professors Katherine Mooney (left) and Nathan Stoltzfus (right) were recognized with Transformation through Teaching awards for helping students to develop both intellectually and personally. Read more about their awards here.

On Monday, November 16, 2015, at 5:30 P.M., the Institute on World War Two II and the Human Experience will host its fall lecture,“The Church of Greece and the Holocaust” by Panteleymon Anastasakis, PhD. The lecture will take place at the FSU Alumni Center’s Rendina Room, 1030 W. Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, Florida. A reception will follow. Please RSVP. Contact us at

An FSU alumnus, Dr. Anastasakis is an independent scholar who specializes in twentieth century Balkan history, World War II, collaboration and resistance in times of war, and church-state relations. His recently published book, The Church of Greece under Axis Occupation, represents an intersection of these interests. He earned his BA and MA in history from Florida State University and his PhD in modern European history from the University of Minnesota. Currently teaching at The City College of New York, he is also in the preliminary stages of a study that examines how the Church of Greece responded to the economic, political, and social troubles in Greece during the interwar period, including the Greek-Turkish population exchange, the rise of communism and fascism, and the Great Depression.  

Colby Ellis, an FSU undergraduate history major and a student of Charles Upchurch, has won this year's Undergraduate Essay Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies for his essay “William III and the Decision to Accept a Joint Constitutional Monarchy.” The prize carries a stipend of $100 and will be announced at this year's meeting of the NACBS in Little Rock Arkansas in November. Colby is the second FSU student in three years to win the prize. More coverage.

FSU history alum (and current American Historical Association president) Vicki Ruiz is among the recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, the White House announced on Friday. Her National Endowment for the Humanities profile opens with this anecdote: "As a transfer student at Florida State University in the mid 1970s, Vicki Ruiz did not think she’d be on the vanguard of creating the field of Chicana/Chicano studies in the United States. She just wanted to be a school teacher, a career her mother always encouraged her to pursue. So when Jean Gould Bryant, then an assistant professor in history, asked Ruiz if she’d ever considered graduate school, Ruiz demurred. “I said, ‘Hmm, graduate school. That’s for rich people. That’s for smart people. I’m neither,’” Ruiz says. But Bryant convinced her that she was smart enough and could get a fellowship." May we continue to do this work. Congratulations, Professor Ruiz!

Members of the history department continue to gather local, national, and international awards. Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Arad Gigi for his Chateaubriand Fellowship, Ph.D. candidate Scott Shubitz for his Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society, Ph.D. candidate Chris Juergens for his Walbolt Dissertation Fellowship, Ph.D. candidate Hendry Miller for his Martin-Vegue Dissertation Fellowship, honors graduate Kristen Forehand for her Kingsbury Writing Award, Profs. Jonathan Grant and Robinson Herrera for their University Undergraduate Teaching Awards, and Prof.

Prof. Katherine Mooney's book Racehorse Men: How Slavery and Freedom were made at the Racetrack has received honorable mention for the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize of the Organizational of American Historians. The prize is awarded to the best first book in the field of American history. The book also received the North American Society for Sports History Book Prize and the Kentucky Historical Society's Governor's Award. Congratulations!

Prof. Alex Aviña was interviewed by New Books in History about his Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside (Oxford University Press, 2014). Listen to his interview with Ryan Kashanipour (57:20) here.