Congratulations to Stephen R. Porter, PhD'09, Evelyn Atkinson, Matthew Lowenstein, and Jiakai Sheng for scholarship prizes.

The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action recognized Porter for Benevolent Empire: U.S. Power, Humanitarianism, and the World's Dispossessed (Pennsylvania, 2016). Porter will receive the 2018 Peter Dobkin Hall History of Philanthropy Book Prize in November.


Benevolent Empire chronicles international relief efforts and the US resettlement of dispossessed people from Europe, Latin America, and East Asia. Porter asks how, why, and with what effects American actors took responsibility for millions of victims of war, persecution, and political upheaval from World War I through the Cold War. Porter is an associate professor of history at the University of Cincinnati.

The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era awarded Atkinson the Fishel-Calhoun Article Prize for "Creating the Reasonable Child: Risk, Responsibility, and the Attractive Nuisance Doctrine," Law and Social Inquiry (Fall 2017). The prize is for the best article dealing with any aspect of United States history (1865–1917) published in the last two years.


Evelyn Atkinson

The Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs honored Lowenstein and Sheng with Percy Buchanan Graduate Prizes. Lowenstein's Buchanan China Prize is for "Return to the Cage: Money and Monetary Policy in Wenzhou Municipality during China's First Five Year Plan," which was his second seminar paper. Sheng's Buchanan Northeast Asian Prize is for "Reconciliation and Assimilation: Local, National, and Transnational Educations of Japanese Migrant Children in Hawaii, 1890–1915," which was his first seminar paper. (History's seminar papers are the the major requirement of the first two years of graduate study at Chicago, similar in length and ambition to a journal article.)


(L–R): Jiakai Sheng, Robert E. Hegel (Washington University), and Matthew Lowenstein

By Joanne M. Berens, MFA'93, jberens[at]