The Gilder Lehrman Institute Announces the 2011 History Scholars

NEW YORK, NY (May 9, 2011)—The Gilder Lehrman Institute today announced the participants in the 2011 Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program. The ten Gilder Lehrman Scholars will receive a prestigious scholarship and participate in a five-week intensive history research program in New York City this summer. The session combines historical research, seminars with eminent historians, and behind-the-scenes tours of historical archives.

“The Gilder Lehrman Institute welcomes these bright, young historians,” said Professor James G. Basker, president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, which sponsors the program. “We are pleased to work with these exceptional undergraduates as they pursue their research and careers.”

In addition to the ten Gilder Lehrman History Scholars, thirty One-Week Scholars will take part in a weeklong compressed version of the program.

The Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program identifies and supports the top undergraduate majors in American history across the country. Recipients of the five-week scholarship develop primary source research projects using rare, unpublished historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection on the founding era, slavery and abolition, or the Civil War. History Scholars meet and study in small seminars led by distinguished historians. In past years, seminars have been led by renowned professors such as David Blight, Eric Foner, and Carol Berkin. The students also receive behind-the-scenes tours of rare archives at such iconic New York institutions as the New-York Historical Society, the New York Public Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One-Week Scholars visit museums and historical sites in New York City and meet with distinguished historians, writers, editors, museum curators, and other professionals to participate in discussions about major issues in American history and careers in the field.

This year, there were more than 250 applicants representing 180 institutions. Since 2003, over 400 college sophomores and juniors have been named to the Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program, and many have gone on to pursue graduate studies at leading institutions including Cambridge, Columbia, Harvard, Oxford, UCLA, the University of Michigan, and Yale.

2011 Gilder Lehrman History Scholars

Alicia DeMaio of the University of Pennsylvania and Aston, PA
Michael Johnson of the University of Notre Dame and Berlin, NJ
Joo Yeon Koo of Boston College and Monroe Township, NJ
Kristen Maye of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Charlotte, NC
Hannah Moses of Liberty University and Ilolio City, Philippines
Natalie Rebentisch of Millsaps College and Houston, TX
Allison Scharfstein of Yale University and Shaker Heights, OH
Ryan Scott of Washington State University and Auburn, WA
Daniela Weiner of Vassar College and Westfield, NJ
Hannah Werner of Coe College and Shorewood, WI

2011 One-Week Scholars

Boris Atanassov of Reed College and Portland, OR
Trent Boultinghouse of the University of Kansas and Girard, KS
Tanya Brassie of the University of Texas at Austin and Spicewood, TX
Kelly Brignac of Millsaps College and New Orleans, LA
Mary Bunkley of the University of Texas at Austin and Abilene, TX
Dexter Coleman of California State University, East Bay and San Diego, CA
Abby Curtin of John Carroll University and Burton, OH
Chelsea Denault of Albion College and Clinton Township, MI
Alexandra Garrett of St. Olaf College and Iowa City, IA
Kasey Greer of Indiana University and Plymouth, IN
Oriane Hakkila of the University of the Pennsylvania and Charleston, SC
Jessica Hill of Indiana University and South Barrington, IL
James Kerson of Carleton College and New York, NY
Joshua Luger of the College of New Jersey and East Brunswick, NJ
Alistair Mackay of New York University and London, UK
Devin McGinley of Ramapo College of New Jersey and Ridgewood, NJ
Mandie Middleton of Lynchburg College and Nokesville, VA
Marybeth Mulligan of Assumption College and Hudson, MA
Hannah Osborne of the University of Kentucky and Scottsville, KY
Steven Pet of Hamilton College and New Milford, CT
Levi Raymond Pettler of the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh, PA
Louis Rocco of Suffolk University and Medford, MA
Natalie Shibley of Columbia University and North Palm Beach, FL
Lizzie Steen of Rhodes College and Fort Worth, TX
Valerie Strawn of the California Polytechnic University, Pomona and Chino, CA
Emily Taylor of Cumberland University and Ardmore, TN
Ashelen Vicuna of the University of California, Santa Cruz and Stockton, CA
Abigail Vining of Lewis & Clark College and Albuquerque, NM
Kiyan Williams of Stanford University and Newark, NJ
Kevin Wilson of Wells College and Rome, NY


Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization improving and enriching American history education through a wide range of programs and resources for students, teachers, scholars, and history enthusiasts throughout the nation. In addition to its History Scholars Program for college undergraduates, Gilder Lehrman creates and works closely with history-focused schools; organizes summer seminars and development programs for teachers; produces print and digital publications and traveling exhibitions; hosts lectures by eminent historians; administers a History Teacher of the Year Award in every state and US territory; and offers national book prizes and fellowships for scholars to work in the Gilder Lehrman Collection as well as other renowned archives. Gilder Lehrman hosts www.gilderlehrman.org, serving as the gateway to American history online and featuring the quarterly online journal History Now, designed specifically for K–12 teachers and students.

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