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Congratulations to doctoral candidate Leo Falcon for receiving the Cuban Research Institute's Eliana Rivero Scholarship to enable him to carry out research in Cuba in furtherance of his research project entitled "Manufacturing Sin: Francisco Carranco and the Establishment of the Inquisition in Cuba and the Caribbean, 1595–1614." Leo earned his M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Florida International University and his B.A. in Cultural Anthropology at the University of North Texas.

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Our warmest congratulations to our most recent graduate students who attained their Ph.D degrees this spring. They are Jessica Allison [mentor: Dr. Noble David Cook], Sven Kube [mentors: Dr. Jenna Gibbs and Dr. Kenneth Lipartito], Jordan Malfoy [mentor: Dr. Gwyn Davies], and Rene Silva [mentor: Dr. Kirsten Wood].

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Congratulations to Rosabel Gomez (F16) on her admission to the University of Washington’s Master’s Degree program in Museum Studies. Rose already has an impressive list of museum credentials, with experiences including a commercial art gallery, an internship with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, The History of Diving Museum in the Keys, and recently with History Miami, where she has been for over a year. We wish her all the best as she takes her next steps in the field.

Ph.D. Candidate Maite Morales has received the Eliana Rivero Research Scholarship from FIU’s Cuban Research Institute to support research towards her dissertation entitled “Communal Desires: Cuban Consumption and Nostalgia, 1972-Present.”

Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Bianca Premo for receiving a prize for her book, Enlightenment on Trial. Dr. Premo received the Bandelier/Lavrin Prize for best book on colonial Latin America from the Rocky Mountain Conference on Latin American History. Click to see the picture of distinguished historian Asunción Lavrin holding the plaque.

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The History Department is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s undergraduate ‘Writing in History’ winners. First place: Frisia Corrales; Second place: Paul Branccacio; Third place: Ali Bhatti. For more information, click on the link below.

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FIU's Dr. Bianca Premo will be speaking at the "LANGUAGE & DEMOCRACY: an interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Miami" which aims to convene scholars and students from the humanities, social sciences, and law to examine how the fact of linguistic diversity challenges, enriches, empowers, and endangers democratic projects and processes across diverse temporal and geographic context on May 4th. Click for more details.

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Congratulations to Adrian Alzate, Maite Morales, and Deyan Peykov on being awarded SIPA's Morris and Anita Broad fellowship to conduct doctoral research.

A warm congratulations to Jeremy Salloum (BA 2012, MA in Public History 2015) on his new position as Educational Curator at History Miami. He joins several fellow FIU history students and graduates already employed by History Miami.

Three History Department faculty have been recognized by the university as Top Scholars. This designation is the result of a competitive process whereby faculty are assessed for academic impact in their respective fields by a committee of their peers. Dr. Bianca Premo won the award in the category of ‘Notable Academic Appointments’ while Drs. Jenna Gibbs and Kenneth Lipartito secured recognition under the category of ‘Major Grants’. Congratulations to all three awardees.