Senior Honors Theses and Awards

The Arthur Kouguell Memorial prize was established by the parents and friends of the late Arthur M. Kouguell ’73. The prize is awarded annually by the Department of History to the senior honors thesis that best represents Arthur Kouguell’s commitment to scholarly and humane values.

2022 Kouguell Prize

Undergraduate History major, Alanna Margulies, has won this year’s Arthur Kouguell Memorial Prize for her senior thesis, “Baltimore School for the Arts and the City that Built It.”  Thanks to her sophisticated scholarship and exhaustive investigation into local source materials, Margulies has made a major contribution to Baltimore civic history.

As her advisor, Victoria Harms, writes, “Margulies presents a remarkable, nuanced analysis of the political environment in which the BSA was founded, its role as exceptional, pioneering educational institution towards inclusion, equity, and artistic excellence and place in Baltimore history… However, Alanna also reveals the constraints that the post-1968 White backlash and liberal consensus placed on education reforms, and the stress that this adverse environment placed on BSA students and teachers alike. Inadvertently, the BSA’s success became a welcome decoy for politicians not to address racial inequity in the city and it did not translate into progress for Baltimore City public schools at large. Instead, this thesis highlights the price that the founding aspirations and the overriding desire to protect this unique lighthouse for racial progress and artistic excellence exacted: to retain political goodwill and preserve its pioneering reputation and prestige, the BSA occasionally compromised on its anti-racist promise in practice and hushed up sexual harassment and assault allegations. Moreover, focused on creating a safe haven and a racism-free institution, students left the BSA underprepared for the real existing racism in this country.”

Recent Senior Honors Theses

2021-2022 Senior Honors Theses

  • Lauren Anthony (advisor: Furstenberg)
    “Blood Ties: A study of the relationship between Johns Hopkins’ clinician-scientists and the Black Baltimorean community”
  • Grace George (advisor: Jelavich)
    “Marni Nixon and the Rise and Fall of Ghost Singing”
  • Elle Grant (advisor: Hindmarch-Watson)
    “Villainous Business: The Evolution of the Capitalist James Bond Villain”
  • 2022 Kouguell Prize Winner
    Alanna Margulies (advisor: Harms)
    “Baltimore School for the Arts and the City that Built It”
  • Joe Paul (advisor: Harms)
    “Changing the Game: U.S. Sports Reform in the Late Cold War”

2020-2021 Senior Honors Theses

  • Marjorie Bowerman (advisor:)
    “Our Very Own Goddess: The Crown and the (Un)Making of a National Mythology”
  • Jeffrey Carrano (advisor: Hanson)
    “Disease Maps of the Third Plague Pandemic: New Epidemiological Reality of a Global Society”
  • 2021 Kouguell Prize Winner
    Sophia Loughlin (advisor: Harms)
    “An Elusive Promise: Baltimore School Reform in the 1990s”
  • Sabrina Rodriguez (advisor: Harms)
    “From High Expectations to Expatriates: How the Soviet Educational Aid Program Altered Cuban Students’ Perceptions of their Country”
  • Anna Sargeantson (advisor: Shepard)
    “Visual Propaganda & Gender in Regime Legitimization: Francoist Spain, 1936-1942”
  • Benjamin Schneider (advisor:)
    “Work from Home: Johns Hopkins and Urban Redevelopment in East Baltimore”
  • Angel Zhao (advisor: W. Rowe)
    “An “American” Question: Chinese American Activism and Identity in Late 19th Century America”

2019-2020 Senior Honors Theses

  • 2020 Kouguell Prize Winner
    Heidi Hansen (adviser: Lester)
    “Prayer and Personal Identity: The Book of Hours and the Middle Class in Fifteenth-Century France”
  • Elizabeth Lomvardias (advisor: Hindmarch-Watson)
    “British Broadcasting in a Changing World: National Identity and the 1977 Report of the Committee on the Future of Broadcasting”

2018-2019 Senior Honors Theses

  • Hana Chop (advisor: Meyer-Fong)
    2019 Kouguell Prize Winner
    “In Pursuit of a New Image: The Empress Dowager Cixi on a Global Stage”
  • Abigail Greene (advisor: Pahl)
    ““The Great Patriotic War” and “The Rape of Berlin”: How Memory Laws Shape National Identity in Central and Eastern Europe”
  • Rachel Long (advisor: Morgan)
    “The Famous Nell Butler: Freedom Suits on Maryland’s Western Shore, 1770-1798”
  • Dana Murray (advisor: Mooney)
    “The Battle Over Disease Etiology Made Manifest: Contagionism and Anti-contagionism in Baltimore, 1793-1832
  • Sang June Oh (advisor: Han)
    “K-Pop: A Look at its History and the Influence Over Protest Culture in South Korea”
  • Alexandra Rice (advisor: Maciejko)
    “A Literary Look: Prostitutes and Religious Minorities in 16th Century Spain”
  • Alana Surowiec (advisor: Fissell)
    “Talk Dirty to Me: Washerwomen, Laundresses, and the Production of Cleanliness in Early Modern London”
  • Juliann Susas (advisors: Lurtz and Walters)
    “Iron Man and Captain America: Illustrations of 1960s Patriotic Ambivalence”

2017-2018 Senior Honors Theses

  • Anders Bright (adviser: Furstenberg)
    “Rebuffing Buffon: The American Philosophical Society and the Debate Over New World Climate Degeneracy”
  • Hana Chop (adviser: Meyer-Fong)
    “In Pursuit of a New Image: The Empress Dowager Cixi on a Global Stage”
  • Oscar Hairston de Amicis (adviser: Refini)
    “Calcio Storico Fiorentino: The Origins”
  • Kira Henson (adviser: Furstenberg)
    “A Complicated Sense of Sympathy: George Catlin’s Indian Gallery in America”
  • Mallika Iyer (adviser: )
    2018 Kouguell Prize Winner
    “From the Myth of Fantasy to the Myth of Certainty: French Cartography and the Mapping of Asia”
  • Sierra Love (adviser: Walters)
    “Not so Silent Minority: Filipina Immigrants to the United States Post World War II”
  • Sarah Schreib (adviser: Lurtz)
    “The Art of Persuasion: Exploring the Genre of Documentaries on the Chilean Coup”

2016–17 Senior Honors Theses

  • Ryan Carroll (adviser: Walters)
    “The Art of the Engineer: Reevaluating Success and Failure in the Civil War” After graduation, Ryan plans to work, as a teacher, for Teach for America.
  • Giannina Crosby (adviser: el-Leithy)
    2017 Kouguell Prize Winner
    “‘Widows of the Living’: The Worlds of Jewish Grass Widows in Medieval Egypt”
  • Jason Cui (adviser: W. Rowe)
    “Harnessing Steam and Fire: the Development of Silk Industry and the Role of Government in Late Nineteenth Century Japan and China” Jason will work, as a financial advisory associate, for the company Deloitte in Hong Kong.
  • Rebecca Friedman (adviser: Burgin)
    “The Transnational Advocacy of American Quakers and Jews: American Religious Organizations and the Effort to Aid Refugee Children During the Second World War” In the fall, Rebecca will be entering the MAPSS Program at the University of Chicago to earn her MA.
  • Madison Gaudreau (adviser: Mason)
    “Thomas Paine & Historical Memory: The Fallen Reputation of a Founding Father” Next fall, Madison will enter law school at Fordham University in New York.
  • Madeline Goodman (adviser: Walters)
    “A Lasting Legacy: How the War Refugee Board’s Turn to Psychological Warfare Helped Shape the Post-War World”
  • Maura Kanter (adviser: Spiegel)
    “Inheritance and Landholding as Conveyers of Political Authority for Aristocratic Women in Medieval England”
  • Christina Kiriakos (adviser: E. Rowe)
    “Metaphors of Madness and the Monstrous: The Effectiveness of Social Control and Critique in Seventeenth- and Nineteenth-Century Madrid” After graduation, Christina will be taking a ‘gap year’ where she will explore potential opportunities and internships.
  • Hallie Liu (adviser: W. Rowe)
    “Chasing Economic Promises: Minority Language Policy and the National Question in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-Present” Hallie is considering becoming a student in the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for further studies.
  • Ashleigh Samlut (adviser: Gonzalez)
    “The Power of Politics in South Florida’s Cuban-American Enclave”
  • Allison Schingel (adviser: Walters)
    “No Place to Land: Indian Immigration, Identity, and Political Radicalization in Early 20th Century North America”