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Signe Peterson Fourmy, J.D., Ph. D. Candidate
Ph. D.: University of Texas at Austin
J.D.: University of Houston Law Center (2001)
Project: They Chose Death Over Slavery: Enslaved Women and Infanticide in the Antebellum South


Tangi Villerbu, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of History, Université de La Rochelle, La Rochelle, France
Ph. D.: Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (2004)
Project: Missouri, the French Atlantic, and the Early Republic: Rozier and Desoges Networks, 1780s–1861


Joseph M. Beilein, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of History, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Ph. D.: University of Missouri (2012)
Project: Whiskey and the War: The Battle Over Alcohol in Civil War St. Louis


Sharon Romeo, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of History and Classics, University of Alberta
Ph. D.: University of Iowa (2009)
Project: Freedwomen in Pursuit of Liberty: St. Louis and Missouri in the Age of Emancipation
Related Publication: Gender and the Jubilee: Black Freedom and Reconstruction of Citizenship in Civil War Missouri, University of Georgia Press (2016)


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Not Awarded


Melissa Hayes, Ph. D.
Ph. D.: Northern Illinois University (2010)
Project: Legal and Community Responses to Out-of-Wedlock Sexuality in the Second Half of the 19th Century


Miller W. Boyd III, Ph. D.
Director of the Steward Scholars Program, Whitfield School;
Ph. D.: University of Mississippi (2016)
Project: Manhood, Freedom, and the Exigencies of War: African-American Missourians in the Civil War
Related Publication: “The Free People, Who Have Bought Themselves, Are Not Much Inclined to It, But the Others are in Favor of It”: Patterns of Black Enlistment in Civil War Missouri, 1863–1865, Missouri Historical Review, Vol. 110, No. 4 (October 2016)


Steve Peraza, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of History, University at Buffalo
Ph. D.: University at Buffalo (2015)
Project: Suing the Master: Litigation as Slave Resistance


Leroy M. Rowe, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of African American History and Politics, University of Southern Maine
Ph. D.: University of Missouri (2012)
Project: Good Girls and Useful Citizens: Delinquency Reform at the State Industrial Home for Negro Girls at Tipton, Missouri, 1916-1941
Related Publication: Good Girls and Useful Citizens: Orphaned at the Missouri State Industrial Home for Negro Girls, under contract with the University of Illinois Press


Sarah R. Bohl, Ph. D.
Ph. D.: Arizona State University
Project: Reconstructing Lives after the Civil War: The Use of Courts by Women during the Reconstruction Era


Diane Mutti Burke, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of History, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Ph. D.: Emory University (2004)
Project: On Slavery’s Borders: Small Slaveholding in Antebellum Missouri
Related Publication: On Slavery’s Border: Small Slaveholding Households, 1815–1865, University of Georgia Press (2010)


Dennis K. Boman, Ph. D.
Adjunct Professor of History, Lindenwood University
Ph. D.: University of Missouri (1998)
Project: Lincoln and Civil Liberty in Wartime Missouri
Related Publication: Lincoln and Citizens’ Rights in Civil War Missouri: Balancing Freedom and Security, Louisiana State University Press (2011)


Eric Gardner, Ph. D.
Professor of English, Saginaw Valley State University
Ph. D.: University of Illinois (1996)
Project: Francis Murdoch: A Slave’s Attorney in Antebellum St. Louis

Colin Gordon, Ph. D.
Professor of History & Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Iowa
Ph. D.: University of Wisconsin (1990)
Project: On the Street Where We Live: Mapping the History of Land Use in Greater St. Louis
Related Publication: Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City, University of Pennsylvania Press (2008)


Mark M. Carroll, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of History, University of Missouri
Ph. D.: University of Houston (1997)
Project: Liberty, Licentiousness, and the Missouri Politics of Mean Talk: Slander and the High Bench, 1804–1860
Related Publication: “All for Keeping His Own Negro Wench”: Birch v. Benton and the Politics of Slander and Free Speech in Antebellum Missouri, Law & History Review, Vol. 29, No. 2 (August 2011)


Kristin E. S. Zapalac, Ph. D.
Independent Scholar
Ph. D.: Johns Hopkins University
Project: Freedom Fighters – A Study of St. Louis Freedom Suit Attorneys


Lea S. VanderVelde, J.D.
Josephine R. Witt Chair & Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law
J.D.: University of Wisconsin Law School (1978)
Project: Making a Case for Emancipation in St. Louis
Related Publication: Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom before Dred Scott, Oxford University Press (2014)


Jeremy Neely, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of History, Missouri State University
Ph. D.: University of Missouri (2004)
Project: Civil War and Reconstruction Litigation in Missouri’s Burnt District
Related Publication: The Border between Them: Violence and Reconciliation on the Kansas-Missouri Line, University of Missouri Press (2007)


Donald Henry Matthews, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Naropa University
Ph. D.: University of Chicago (1992)
Project: The Color Bar and the Ban on Color: Missouri Supreme Court Decisions on the Education of Blacks from Reconstruction to the Present


Kimberly A. Schreck, Ph. D.
Ph. D.: University of Missouri
Project: Contested Wills: Race, Gender and the Missouri Supreme Court’s Renunciation of a Family