Honors and Awards

* John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2022
* James W.C. Pennington Award, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2021
* Mellon Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester 2020-2021
* Mellon-Schlesinger Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2019-2020


Photo Credit: Kevin Daniel Grady, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study,
Harvard University

* Elected Member, Society of American Historians, 2018-

Accepting the Kidger Award for excellence in teaching, research and writing, and service to the profession, New England History Teachers’ Association, April 2018

Kidger award

* Top 25 Women in Higher Education and Beyond, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education March 9, 2017
* 2017 19th Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York and Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University

Winning the Avery O. Craven Award for the Best Book on the Civil War Era,
Organization of the American Historians, April 2017

* James A. Rawley Prize for the Best Book on Secession and the Sectional Conflict Published in the Last Two Years, Southern Historical Association, 2017
* 2017 Best Book Prize, Society of Historians of the Early American Republic
* National Book Award for Non Fiction, Long List, September 2016
* Honorable Mention for US History, American Publishers Awards for Professional & Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award), February 2017
* Elected Fellow, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2017-
* National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2016-2017

Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award in Recognition of Outstanding Graduate Teaching and Advising, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2016



Receiving the Chancellor’s Medal and Distinguished Faculty Lecture,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2011


* Exceptional Merit Award, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2013
* Howard Foundation Fellowship, Brown University, 2009-2010
* Faculty Fellowship, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, 2007-2008
* Finer Womanhood Award, Beta Phi Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, University of Massachusetts, 2007
* Elected Member, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, 2006-
* Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Fellowship, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, 2005-2006
* National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, 2004-2005
* Distinguished Lecture Series, Organization of American Historians, 2003-
* Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia 1999
* Faculty Grant, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Spring 1996
* Rockefeller Post Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1994-95
* Travel Grant, American Council of Learned Societies, 1995
* Post-Doctoral Fellowship, W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University, 1993-94
* Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, Columbia University, 1992-93
* President’s Fellowship, Columbia University, 1986-89
* National Talent Scholarship, National Council for Education, Research and Training, Government of India, 1981-84
* Mrs. Amala Chatterjee Award for the Best Student in the Humanities, Carmel Convent School, New Delhi, India, 1981