Awards & Honors

Honors and Awards for Pitt Faculty related to European Studies

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  • Christopher Nygren, History of Art & Architecture, has won the 2022 Phyllis Goodhart Gorgan Book Prize from the Renaissance Society of America. The prize is for the best book of the year in Renaissance Studies.  See the announcement and learn more about Dr. Nygren's book, Titian's Icons, on the HA&A website.


  • Heath Cabot, Antropology, invited to the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Study (cancelled due to COVID)
  • Danny Choi, Political Science, was awarded the Best Paper Award from the European Politics and Society Section of the American Political Sciences Association.
  • Adam Shear, Religious Studies, awarded a Visiting Fellowship from magdalen College, Oxford.
  • Don Bialostosky, English, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar in Humanities to teach at the Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.
  • Peter Campbell, English, received a received a Pitt Momentum Funds Seeding Grant for work on "Naval Nostalgia and Racial Memory in the United States, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands."
  • Michelle Granshaw, Theatre Arts, received a Pitt Momentum Funds Seeding Grant for work on "Transatlantic Dialogues: Sectarian Violence and Popular Performance in 19th-century Belfast."
  • Hannah Johnson, English, was awarded a Short-Term Fellowship from the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies for work on an academic trade book titled Deadly Words: Witches, Jews, and Muslims in the First Era of Fake News.
  • John Markoff, Sociology, was recognized with a Distinguished Career Award in Political Sociology by the Political Sociology Section fo the American Sociological Association.  
  • Marcus Rediker, History, was named a Guest Curator for the JMW Turner gallery at the Tate Britain Museum and a member of the Advisory Board for Exhibition, International Review of Social History.


  • Peter Campbell, English, received a received a Pitt Momentum Funds: Special Initiative to Promote Scholarly Activities in the Humanities grant for work on "Naval Nostalgia and Racial Memory in the United States, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands."
  • Anita Lukic, German, received a DAAD Summer Fellowship.
  • John Markoff, Sociology, received the University of Pittsburgh Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring
  • Todd Reeser, French and Italian, was awarded a Senior EURIAS Fellowship to do research in Collegium de Lyon, France.


  • Viktoria Harms, German, was selected by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) and the Goethe-Institut as one of the 2018 recipients of the AATG/Goethe-Institut Certificate of Merit for outstanding achievement in furthering the teaching of German in schools of the United States. 
  • Gabriella Lukacs, Anthropology, received a Senior Core Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study, Central European University, to work on her project "Illiberalism’s Culture: Rightwing Populism and Independent Theater in Hungary."
  • David Pettersen, French and Italian, received a French Embassy Grant for Study Abroad Center and was named Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes académiques by the Minister of Education of France.  Dr. Pettersen received this honor for his contributions to French culture.
  • Maureen Porter, School of Education, was honored with the David Portlock Outstanding International Educator Award by the Pennsylvania Council on International Education (PaCIE).


  • Michael Aklin, Political Science, received an award from the British Academy for his work on “The Effectiveness of Carbon Markets in Europe, 2005-2012.”
  • Shirin Jones, History of Art and Architecture, received a Pitt Momentum Funds: Special Initiative to Promote Scholarly Activities in the Humanities grant, for work on "Lombards Abroad: Aesthetics, Abstraction, and Identity across the twelfth-century Alps."
  • Jeanette Jouili, Religious Studies, received a Pitt Momentum Funds: Special Initiative to Promote Scholarly Activities in the Humanities grant, for work on "Between Religious Aesthetics and State Discipline: The Islamic Artistic Scene in the UK."
  • Renate Kosinski-Blumenfeld, French and Italian Languages and Literatures, co-edited a book with Joel Blanchard: Philippe de Mezieres et l'Europe: Nouvelle histoire, nouveaux espaces, nouveaux langages (Geneva: Droz, 2017).
  • Ronald Linden, Political Science, Emeritus, received a Fulbright-Schuman Research Scholarship to do research in Rome, Italy and Bruges, Belgium.
  • Tony Novosel, History, won the Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Public Service.
  • Christopher Nygren, History of Art and Architecture, received an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for work on Matter and Similitude in Italian Painting and the Transatlantic Renaissance.
  • Mary Rauktis, Social Work, received a Fulbright Core Scholar Award to do research and teach at the University of Porto, Portugal.
  • Todd Reeser, French and Italian Languages and Literatures, published the book Setting Plato Straight (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2015) and was awarded the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize, which recognizes the best book of the year in Renaissance Studies.


  • Viktoria Batista, German, received a DAAD/Fulbright Summer Academy grant.
  • Vivian Curran, Law, is named a Distinguished Professor.
  • Anjuli Das, (A&S 16), Classics major and graduate received a Fulbright Scholarship to study and teach in Turkey, 2017-17.
  • Lorraine Denman, French and Italian Languages and Literatures, received the 2016 Bellet Teaching Excellence Award.
  • Anna Dimitrova, French PhD And West European Certificate student, received the 2016-17 Mellon doctoral fellowship.
  • Rick Donato, Education, received the 2016 Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring.
  • Nicholas Jones, Classics, completed texts, translations, and commentaries on the major Athenian historians, Androtion and Philoshoros, and were uploaded at Brill's New Jacoby.
  • Andrew Korzeniewski, Classics, joined the Classics faculty this year as a Visiting Lecturer and was voted Professor of the Month for March 2016 by the Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Pitts Sophomore class Honors Society.
  • Marcia Landy, English, Emeritus, receives honorary doctorate from Stockholm University for her outstanding contributions to the humanities.
  • Ronald Linden, Political Science, received a DAAD/AICGS Fellow (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst/American Institute for Contemporary German Studies).
  • Ryan McDermott, English, received a Deitrich School of Arts and Science Type II Research Expense Grant, and a University of Pittsburgh Central Research Development Fund Small Grant.
  • Giuseppina Mecchia, French and Italian Languages and Literatures, published her translation (with a critical introduction) of Paulo Virn's When the Word Becomes Flesh. Language and Nature (Semiotext(e)/MIT Press, 2015). 
  • David Pettersen, French and Italian Languages and Literatures, published Americanism, Media, and the Politics of Culture in 1930s France (University of Wales Press, 2016). 
  • Todd Reeser, French and Italian Languages and Literatures, published Setting Plato Straight: Translating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance (University of Chicago Press, 2016).
  • Nicholas Rescher, Philosophy, received the Founder's Medal of the Metaphysical Society of America, 2016 for his lifetime contributions to philosophy, and the Helmholtz Medal of the Germany Academy of Science, 2016 (Berlin/Brandenburg) for his achievements in philosophical scholarship.
  • Gayle Rogers, Economics, published Modernism: Evolution of an Idea (Bloomsbury, 2015).
  • Francesca Savoia, French and Italian Languages and Literatures, published Favellare ai lontani: tipologie epistolary fra Sette e Ottocento (Firenze:
  • Dennis Schebetta, Theater Arts, received an International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE) Arts Oasis Grant.
  • H.P. Stahl, Classics A.W. Mellon Professor Emeritus, completed a major study of Vergil's Aeneid and published Poetry Underpinning Power: Vergil's Aeneid for Emperor Augustus. A Recovery Study.
  • Andrew Strathern, Anthropology, and Pamela Stewart edit The Ashgate Research Companion to Anthropology, including a chapter on their research on Disaster Anthropology
  • Emily Winerock, Department of History, received a Shakespeare Association of America Travel Grant Award and a World Shakespeare Congress Grant.


  • Amy Colin, Department of German, is editor and contributing author to the book Czernowitz - Stadt der Dichter: Geschichte einer jüdischen Familie aus der Bukowina (1900-1948).
  • Louise K. Comfort, sat on Committee for Disaster Management in Turkey.
  • Nancy Condee, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, received a REES Small Grant.
  • Andrew Korzeniewski, Department of Classics, received a Hewlett International Grant.
  • Helma de Vries-Jordan, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, received a Faculty Development Grant, “International Studies Association Conference:  The Marriage Equality Movements in Western Europe and North America.”
  • Adam Shear, Department of Religious Studies, received a Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture grant.
  • Jonathan Sherry, Ph.D. Candidate, was invited to present a seminar at the London School of Economics.
  • Jennifer Waldron, Department of English, received a Hewlett International Travel Grant.
  • Carrie Weaver, Department of Classics, received a Archaeological Institute of America Publication Subvention Grant.
  • Carrie Weintraub, who graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Philosophy with majors in Communications and International and Area Studies/Global Studies track, and certificates in West European Studies and European Union Studies, has been selected as a Fulbright grant recipient for 2015