Undergraduate Awards and Achievements (2000-2001)
by Patrick Allitt, Director of Undergraduate Studies

  At the beginning of the 2000-2001 academic year we received the news that one of our majors from the class of 2000, Matthew A. Carter, had been murdered during a Houston carjacking. He had graduated with High Honors after writing a thesis on “The Healing Cult of Asclepius” under the direction of Professor Burns and had just begun medical school at Baylor University, which had awarded him a full scholarship. The University held a memorial service for Matt, at which his father and his girlfriend spoke, along with several of the faculty who knew him best. We then planted a tree in his memory behind Bowden Hall. The tree has thrived.

In addition, the department established The Matthew A. Carter Citizen-Scholar Award, to be given each year to the graduating history major who exemplifies the qualities that had made Matt such an outstanding individual: high academic achievement coupled with good works in the community. Matt worked as a volunteer in inner-city schools. He was a member of Phi Alpha Theta (the history honor society) and Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity. He was also a trained paramedic and worked with Emory’s First Responder units on campus.

The first recipient of this award is Robert Rutland-Brown, who is graduating in 2001 with High Honors after writing a thesis on Christian missionaries and Australian aborigines. He and Matt Carter were friends. They were together in Hungary at one of Dr. Burns’s archaeological digs two summers ago, and each independently won George Cuttino traveling fellowships [see article]. Rob has distinguished himself in classes and in frequent missionary journeys to Mexico and Bolivia, translating for a group of Methodist medical missionaries, and, earlier this year, helping to rescue the survivors of a mountainside bus wreck.


As of March 2001 there were 221 history majors and joint majors., 82 of whom completed work for the BA/BS degrees in 2000-2001.

SPECIAL DEGREES: Stephen S. Bailey completed a Special Concentration in history. Benjamin L. Fischer, a joint major in History and English, completed a BA/MA in history.

HISTORY HONORS: Stephen S. Bailey, Spring 2001 with Highest Honors, Director: Fraser Harbutt, Thesis: The Cold War and Civil Rights Reform: An Examination of the Relationship between Foreign and Domestic Policy.

Benjamin L. Fischer, Spring 2001 with Highest Honors, Director: Stephen White, Thesis: Thomas Bradwardine and the Cause of God: Witness to the Biblical Worldview.

Amy D. Gandhi, Spring 2001 with High Honors, Director: James Melton, Thesis: “Fair Sexing It”: Eliza Haywood and Eighteenth-Century Gender Norms.

Bennett R. Gardner, Spring 2001 with High Honors, Director: Robert Silliman, Thesis: Delivering Duesberg: The Origins and Evolution of HIV Dissent.

Justin J. Kau, Spring 2001 with High Honors, Director: Fraser Harbutt, Thesis: Neo-Colonialism and Military Patronage: United States Intervention in Bolivia, 1960-1982.

Robert Rutland-Brown, Spring 2001 with High Honors, Director: Fraser Harbutt, Thesis: Missionary Mentality: How the Protestant Missionary Attitudes Affected the Australian Aborigines.

Lisa D. Wallace, Spring 2001 with High Honors, Director: Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Thesis: The Jackson Sisters: A Folktale of Self-Sufficiency.

DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS: Robert Rutland-Brown received the Matthew A. Carter Citizen-Scholar Award.

Jane M. Ricci received the George P. Cuttino Prize for Undergraduate Achievement in European History.

Lowrie S. Taylor received the James Z. Rabun Prize for Undergraduate Achievement in American History.

Justin J. Shireman received the 2000 Theodore Henley Jack Award for a student pursuing graduate study in American history for a career in the profession.

Christina Hansen received the George P. Cuttino Scholarship. Jennifer Anderson and Jessica Paletsky each received George P. Cuttino Summer Study Fellowships.