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John Coleman Award

The John Coleman Award goes to the graduate student who wrote the best paper in Cold War history, international history or military history, the three fields that defined John Coleman’s career interests. John served in the military in Vietnam. He was a former journalist who traveled widely and returned to school to pursue a degree in international relations. The Hawaiian shirt was his trademark. (This photo was taken on an “Aloha Day” he organized in 2000, for which he was forced to wear a suit and tie in return for getting everybody else to wear Hawaiian shirts.) After his premature death in 2003, John’s fellow graduate students urged the History Associates to establish this award in his honor.



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Gena Goodman, “Nomadic Materials, Static Museums.”

Nicole de Silva, From Homemakers to Peacemakers: Women’s International Organizing and the Practice of Consumer Diplomacy


Alexandra Noi, From Ape to Socialist Man: On the Origins of Forced Labor Camps in China

Kashia Arnold, “The Limits of Exclusion: The Confluence of Labor, Race and Firms in the Transpacific World of Commerce”

Mika Thornburg, “To Cross or Not to Cross, To Stay or Not to Stay: the Migration Motivations and Experiences of Shin-Issei, An Exploratory Study”

Andrew Elrod, “The Multinational Corporation and Détente: Investment Policy, Full Employment, and the Trade Act of 1974″

David Baillargeon, “A Burmese Wonderland: Race and Corporate Governmentality in British Burma, 1906-1930.”

Paul Hirsch, “‘Defining the Enemy’: The Writers’ War Board and Representation of Race in Comic Books, 1942-1945.”

Henry Maar, “Three Megatons of ‘Peace”” Revolutionary MIRV Technology and the Meaning of Survival in the Atomic Age.”

Nicole Pacino: “The MNR’s New Revolutionary Movement: Sanitary Reforms and the Consolidation of the Bolivian Revolution.”

Roger Eardley-Pryor: “The Fruits of Science for Death and Destruction.”

Dimitri Akulov: “Soviet Bid for the Second Front and Territorial Security, 1941-1942.”

No award given.

Toshihiko Aono, “Twin Crises in the Cold War: the Berlin-Cuban Crisis and Anglo-American Relations, 1961-63.”