The Joseph R. Mullin Prize in History is awarded in recognition of the best essay published each year in Ex Post Facto, The History Students Journal. Undergraduate and Graduate awardees are chosen by the History Department faculty.
Julie van den Hout
Graduate winner of The Joseph R. Mullin Prize in History
“‘The Seas But Join the Nations They Divide’: Connecting Science and Humanity on the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Through Messages in Bottles.”
Julie’s paper is a beautifully written account of a particular nineteenth-century scientific project that used messages in bottles to try to track ocean currents but that also revealed the ways that far-flung individuals connected with one another across vast stretches of sea.
Andrew Gabriel Rose
Undergraduate winner of The Joseph R. Mullin Prize in History
“Black Mothers' Pain: Removing the Past from Its Pedestals”
Andrew’s paper works on two levels: examining the medical advances and exploitive, racist methods of gynecologist J. Marion Sims while also making an original contribution to the complex contemporary problem of how to view Sims and his work.