Student News Archive - 2008-2009 Academic Year


Two UAA History Graduates Awarded SSRC Fellowships

Two UAA History Department graduates received the prestigious Internal Dissertation Research Fellowships from SSRC (Social Science Research Council).

Annaliese Jacobs Bateman
History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Mastering the Ice to Rule the
Waves: British Imperial Mythologies and the Search for the Northwest Passage,

Matthew Conn
History, University of Iowa. “Corporal Rhetorics: Sexology, Citizenship and the State
in 'German-Speaking' Central Europe, 1880-1935.”

We are proud of them and extend our congratulations!


Congratulations to the History Department's Student Showcase 2009 presenters and finalists!

Six representatives from the department were chosen to present their work at the annual celebration and recognition of student work at UAA. Zoelea Vey, Sunday Alia Stinson, Tamar Gruwell, Daniel Parks, Brian Malone, and Shannon Methe presented their research at the conference which was held on April 2 and 3, 2009. These history majors all did the department proud with strong presentations of solid papers.

At the awards luncheon on April 5, six overall showcase winners were announced; three of them were from the History Department!  Tamar Gruwell, Shannon Methe, and Daniel Parks each received a check for $300 and a bookstore gift certificate for $100. Their papers will be published in the 2009 Student Showcase Journal.  Congratulations to all the presenters and a big thank you from your professors for all your hard work.

Daniel Parks, Tamar Gruwell, Shannon Methe, left to right

To see the full list of winners, visit . 
You can also find links to information for the 2010 Student Showcase -- it's not too early to apply!


Presenters and their papers were:


Tamar Gruwell
"WWII: Mobilizing Women for the War Industry"
History 402: The Second World War with Dr. Paul Dunscomb

Daniel Parks
"Crusade in the East: Spanish Soldiers on the Eastern Front"
History 477: Senior Seminar with Dr. Bill Meyers

Shannon Methe
"Decisions for Peace in a World at War: Conscientious Objectors during World War II"
History 477: Senior Seminar with Dr. Elizabeth James

Zoelea Vey

“Executive Order 9981:  President Truman’s Contribution to the Civil Right Movement”

History 477:  Senior Seminar with Dr. Elizabeth James


Sunday Alia Stinson

“The Black Death:  Medieval vs. Renaissance Response”

History 101:  Western Civilization I with Dr. Elizabeth Dennison


Brian Malone

“A Very Cold War:  The 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Victory Over the Soviet Union”

History 377:  Historiography with Dr. Elizabeth Dennison



AnnalieseHistory Graduate Annaliese Jacobs Bateman Receives Prizes

Ms. Bateman graduated from UAA History Department in 2002, and is curretnly a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studies British, Russian, and Comparative Imperial history. She has won the Joseph Ward Swain Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper in the History Department for her paper "Devouring Britishness: Arctic Cannibalism, Imperial Appetite, and the Memory of Sir John Franklin", and the Yaro Skalnik Prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper in the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center for her paper "Orthodox Ethnography: The Early Nineteenth Century Ethnographic Project of Fr. Ioann Veniaminov in the Aleutian Islands."

Annaliese has presented papers at the Alaska Historical Society conference in 2005, the Midwest British Studies Conference in 2007, and the 14th Annual Berkshire Conference on the History of Women in 2008. She spent six weeks in the summer of 2008 in the UK on a Bastian Predissertation Fellowship, most of which was spent at the Scott Polar Institute at Cambridge University. Her proposed dissertation argues that the Arctic was a critical place where the legitimating myths of the British Empire were born, and it frames British arctic exploration in the early-mid nineteenth century against both Anglo-Russian and European-Inuit relations.