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Fellowships, Jobs, and Promotions for UCSB History PhDs

Here’s the latest on fellowships, jobs, and promotions for UCSB History graduate students and alumni/ae. Check back frequently for new updates!


Sarah Watkins
(Ph.D. 2014; currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Colby College, Maine) has won a Junior Faculty Fellowship at the Center for Historical Research, Ohio State University, on the theme “Family, Kinship, and Households: New Perspectives,” for AY 2016-17.


David Baillargeon
 has won the Mellon-Council for European Studies Completion Fellowship for his dissertation: “A Burmese Wonderland: British World Mining, Finance, and Governmentality in Colonial Burma, 1879-1935.”

UCSB History Graduate Student Andrew Elrod has been awarded a 2016 doctoral fellowship from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. This is the second year in a row that a UCSB graduate student in History has been awarded such a fellowship; most such fellowships go to doctoral candidates in the social sciences.

Travis Seifman (advisor Luke Roberts) has won a Japan Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship for 2016-17. Travis will spend the next academic year in Japan carrying out research on relations between the Ryukyu Kingdom and Tokugawa era Japan (1600-1868).

Kali Yamboliev (advisor Carol Lansing) has won a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct Medieval History research in Rome during 2016-17.


Jessica Elliott (Medieval Europe, PhD 2014) – Assistant Professor of History, Missouri State University.

Chrissy Lau (Asian American History, PhD 2014) – Assistant Professor of History, Texas A&M–Corpus Christi.

Victor Schmagin (Modern Japan, PhD 2015) – Assistant Professor of History, Fort Lewis College.


Bianca Murillo
(African History, PhD 2009) – Associate Professor of History, CSU Dominguez Hills.

Mateo Farzaneh (Middle East History, PhD 2010) – Associate Professor of History, Northeastern Illinois University.


Mark Hendrickson
(PhD 2004), now a professor at UC San Diego, has won a Mellon New Directions Fellowship to study economic geology and industrial archaeology.

Matthew Sutton (PhD 2005), now a professor at Washington State University, has been awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year to support his book project tentatively entitled FDR’s Army of Faith: Religion and Espionage in World War II.