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Masur Receives American Historian Award

April 30, 2008 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Kate Masur, assistant professor of history at Northwestern University, has received the Binkley-Stephenson Award from the Organization of American Historians (OAH).

The award is given annually for the best scholarly article published in The Journal of American History during the preceding calendar year.

Masur was selected for her article, "A Rare Phenomenon of Philological Vegetation: The Word 'Contraband' and the Meanings of Emancipation in the United States," which argues study of the word "contraband" as it was used in Civil War contexts.

Masur works on questions of race and citizenship in the 19th century United States, with specific interest in cities, social movements and political theory, as well as slave emancipations throughout the Atlantic World.

She has received numerous awards, including the Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for Best Dissertation, Walter Rodney Prize in African and Afroamerican Studies and McGuigan Prize in Women's Studies.

Before joining Northwestern in 2005, Masur spent one year as a fellow at the Library of Congress's John W. Kluge Center.

Founded in 1907, OAH is the largest learned society and professional organization dedicated to the teaching and study of the American past. OAH promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, and encourages wide discussion of historical questions and equitable treatment of all practitioners of history. Members in the U.S. and abroad include college and university professors; students; precollegiate teachers; archivists, museum curators, and other public historians employed in government and the private sector.
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