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Welcome to Ramah McKay, Assistant Professor

The Department welcomes Ramah McKay as our new assistant professor. 

New graduate students

Welcome to our new graduate students who will be joining us in Fall 2015!

Ikenna Achilihu
Sumiko Hatakeyama
Sara Meloni
Lois Rosson

Whitney Laemmli receives ACLS/Mellon Fellowship

Whitney Laemmli has received an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2015-2016.

Nadia Bernstein a guest on Gastropod

Doctoral candidate Nadia Bernstein is one of the guests on the latest episode of Gastropod, "Savor Flavor," available here:

Rachel Elder awarded UCLA Post-Doc

Rachel Elder will be the Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow in UCLA's History and Social Studies of Medicine Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine next year.

Elaine LaFay awarded Mellon Fellowship

Elaine LaFayas been awarded a Mellon Fellowship for Research in Original Sources. for her project "Atmospheric Bodies: Medicine, Meteorology, and the Cultivation of Place in the Antebellum Gulf South"

Tamar Novick awarded Halpern Prize for best dissertation

The Halpern Prize Committee of the Association for Israel Studies has selected Tamar Novick's dissertation, "Milk and Honey: Technologies of Plenty in the Making of a Holy Land, 1880-1960," as the best dissertation in Israel Studies approved during the year 2014.

Phi Beta Kappa

Congratulations to our majors who are Phil Beta Kappa inductees!


Eun Kyung Ellen Kim '15

Danielle M. Mohabir '15



Hillel D. Neumark '15

Undergraduate Awards and Honors

Health & Societies

Flagbearer: Ellen Kim
Society of the College Prize: Jacqueline Andrews and Gabriella Meltzer
Alumni Society Prize:  Danielle Mohabir

Honors in the Major
Jacqueline Andrews
Zayna Bakizada
Emma Biegacki
Emmanuel Cordova
Caroline Kee
Ellen Kim
Gabriella Meltzer
Danielle Mohabir
Kate Sgarro

Science, Technology & Society

Flagbearer: Paul Marett
Society of the College Prize: Paul Marett

Honors in the Major
Paul Marett
Hillel Neumark
Emma Schad

Shields and Elder defend dissertations


On Monday,  April 6th, Brit Shields successfully defended her dissertation, 

"A Mathematical Life: Richard Courant, New York University, and Scientific Diplomacy in Twentieth Century America" (adviser is Susan Lindee)

and on Wednesday, April 8th, Rachel Elder successfully defended her dissertation, 
   "Secrecy & Safety: A Cultural History of Seizures in Mid-Twentieth Century America"
(adviser is Beth Linker).