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UI History PhD Awarded 2019 Obama Dissertation Prize for Transnational American Studies


Congratulations to Noaquia Callahan (PhD,  2018) who was awarded the 2019 Obama Dissertation Prize for Transnational American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.  The Obama Dissertation Prize is awarded annually for outstanding PhD work in Transnational American Studies.

Noaquia successfully defended her dissertation, “Heat of the Day: Mary Church Terrell and African American Feminist Transnational Activism," in Nov 2018.  Heat of the Day opens up the little-known history of African American women’s international activism during the 1880s - 1920s. It does so by telling the story of Mary Church Terrell, an African American prominent on the international stage. Terrell is best remembered today for her career in the U.S. as an early civil rights advocate, an educator, a lecturer on rights for women and African Americans, and the daughter of the first black millionaire family of the South. Born in the year of the Emancipation Proclamation, Terrell was part of a pioneering generation of African American women. They earned college degrees, sought professional careers, challenged black male leadership on the basis of gender discrimination, and became a political force with the establishment of the black women’s club movement.