PhD in American & New England Studies Research and Achievements

Astrid Tvetenstrand was published in a exhibition catalogue for the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s recent exhibit, Re/Framing The View: Nineteenth- Century American Landscapes. Her chapter is titled, “The State of Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Painting.”

Maddie Webster was published in New England Quarterly. Her article is titled, Race, Reuse, and Reform: Preserving the Garrison House, Contesting Garrisonianism in Turn-of-the-Century Boston.

Perri Meldon was published on Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual Historical Society, with her article “Landscape as Witness: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park.”

Rachel Kirby is one of 100 doctoral students in the U.S. and Canada selected to receive a Scholar Award from P.E.O. International in 2020. The P.E.O. Scholar Award recipients are women chosen for their high level of academic achievement and their potential for having a positive impact on society.

Walter Suarez Becerra, along with his advisor Professor Nazli Kibria, had their article “Deserving Immigrants and Good Advocate Mothers: Immigrant Mothers’ Negotiations of Special Education Systems for Children with Disabilities” published in Social Problems.

Perri Meldon will spend Summer 2020 as an intern with the National park Service’s Park History Program in Washington D.C. Her work will contribute to the initiative “Telling Our Own Untold Stories: Civil Rights in the National Park Service Oral History Project.”

Arthur Kamya received a BU Center for the Humanities Summer 2019 internship, which he served at the Boston Athenæum. He wrote a piece about his experience for the BUCH website, which can be viewed here.

Samantha Pickette‘s article “A Voice of Her Own: The New Young Jewish Woman in Gail Parent’s Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York (1972), Louise Blecher Rose’s The Launching of Barbara Fabrikant (1974), and Susan Lukas’ Fat Emily (1974)” was accepted for publication in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies. She has additionally had a second article published in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies: “Suffering, stereotypes, and psychosis: the representation of Jewish femininity in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

Marina Wells has been awarded the William Barton Scholarship by the American Heraldry Association to fund a study of the iconography of eighteenth-century powder horns.

Sam Palfreyman accepted a job as a Historic Sites Curator within the History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. Additionally, his essay “The Jacob Hamblin Home: Remembering a Faithful Frontier Family in Santa Clara, Utah” was published on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints history webpage.

Maddie Webster was chosen for a National Council for Preservation Education 2019 summer internship with the National Park Service’s Heritage Documentation Programs to research the Statue of Liberty with the Historic American Buildings Survey.

Astrid Tvetenstrand received a Dewey Lee Curtis Scholarship from the Decorative Arts Trust

Catherine Martin was appointed as a lecturer of Television Studies at Tufts University for the 2019/2020 academic year.

Rachel Kirby was awarded The Chase Family Award for Visiting Graduate Scholars, enabling her to conduct research in the P.K. Yonge Library at the University of Florida. She was also selected as one of the recipients of the Boston University Summer PhD Internships in the Humanities, spending summer 2019 working with the historian for the Boston Red Sox.

Jessica Samuel has been appointed by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education to serve as a board member on the Racial Imbalance Advisory Council (RIAC). RIAC advises the Commissioner and the Board of Education on matters pertinent to the development and maintenance of school desegregation/integration in public schools within the Commonwealth.

Mariah Gruner won the annual writing prize, the Mother Board Prize, from the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies with MIT for her paper  “Affect, Materiality, and the Archive: The Possibility of Feminist Nostalgia in Contemporary Handkerchief Embroidery.” This paper was subsequently published as an article in the Spring 2019 issue of Material Culture Review. 

Catherine Martin had two articles published in Spring 2018. Her essay “Radio” appeared in Feminist Media Histories and “‘I’ve got my eyes open and I can’t be crooked’: Race, female virtue, and national identity in Terry and the Pirates” came out in Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media. 

Alex OlkovskyWalter SuarezFrankie Vanaria, and Marina Wells all presented at the 2018 New England American Studies Association Conference in Lowell, MA.

Maddie Webster received the Linsdell Fellowship at the Nichols House Museum here in Boston, where she will spend the summer researching and writing about the Warren House in Roxbury, the house the Nichols family resided in before moving to their Beacon Hill home in 1885.

Mariah Gruner will be presenting “Practicing Sympathy: The Politics of Fellow-Feeling, Free Labor, and (Trans)Formative Tears in The Slave’s Friend” at the Children’s Literature Association Conference this June at Texas State University. Mariah also received a summer 2018 research grant from the Decorative Arts Trust, which she will use to investigate abolitionist needlework.

Jessica Samuel will be presenting at the Caribbean Studies Association’s 43rd Annual Conference, Education, Culture and Emancipatory Thought in the Caribbean, to be held in Havana, Cuba this June. The paper she will be presenting is “Minding Land: Consumption and Education on the Island of St. John” 

Arthur Kamya presented a paper entitled “Sugarcoating Tourism, Race, and Slavery: Nineteenth-Century American Travelogues as Genre and the Unpublished Diary of Boston Lawyer Thomas Coffin Amory’s Travel of Cuba, January to April 1843” at Clark University’s Global Cultures symposium.

Sam Shupe had an article entitled “Vacationland by Two Wheels: Bicycles and Tourism in 19th Century Maine” in the Summer 2017 issue of Strut & Axle, published by the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, Maine. 

Rachel Kirby presented the Julie Linsdell and Georgia Linsdell Enders Research Fellowship Lecture at the Nichols House Museum in September 2017. She spoke on “From Maids to Mary King: Stories and Spaces of the Nichols House Employees.”

PJ Carlino was awarded a Dissertation Fellowship at the Winterthur Museum, Gardens, & Library in Delaware for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Tessa Croker was hired by American Girl as a researcher and scholar to support the historical authenticity of the company’s iconic dolls. She will have input on many aspects of the company’s activities including working to develop new characters, stories, and accessories as well as creating new merchandise for the existing historical dolls. You can view a Q&A with Tessa here.

Kate Viens was promoted to Director of Research at the Massachusetts Historical Society, as well as named editor of the Massachusetts Historical Review.

Mariah Gruner‘s paper entitled “Transformative Emulation: Construction and Display of the Mobile Schoolgirl Self and Sampler” was awarded the prize for best graduate student essay by the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Ian Stevenson published an article entitled “Vacationing with the Civil War: Maine’s Regimental Summer Cottages” in the June 2017 issue of Civil War History.