Cameron Strang: a rising national star

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History of Science in Early America

Cameron B. Strang, a doctoral student in the Department of History, lists the prestigious 2012 Graduate Harrington Dissertation Fellowship, as just one among many other awards and accolades that have won him national recognition. Strang studies the history of science in early America and its borderlands, investigating traditions of knowledge first developed in the former French and Spanish colonies along the Gulf Coast, and suggesting how local forms of knowledge in this region shaped both science and territorial expansion in the United States on the whole.

Cameron StrangCameron Strang, doctoral student in the Department of History

Strang came to UT Austin from the University of New Hampshire with a master’s in History and a project on the history of science in early America. He argued that science of the nascent United States was not exclusively from institutions in the Northeast (Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington), but that it incorporated local knowledge first developed in the southeast borderlands (Florida, Louisiana, and the Caribbean)—a mix of European, African, and Amerindian cultures— and impacted science and expansion in the early United States.

The Department of History has proudly announced that Strang has had a manuscript and article accepted for publication in 2013 by two leading journals of the history profession. The William and Mary Quarterly has recently accepted for publication his manuscript “Indian Storytelling, Scientific Knowledge, and Power in the Florida Borderlands,” and the Organization of American Historians has just awarded Strang the Louis Pelzer Award for the best submitted article by a graduate student. "Violence, Ethnicity, and Human Remains during the Second Seminole War" will soon be published in the Journal of American History. Strang has also garnered the Smithsonian Institution Libraries’s Margaret Henry Dabney Penick Resident Scholar Post-doctoral Fellowship beginning in September 2013.

Dr. Jorge Canizares-Esguerra, the Alice Jane Drysdale Sheffield Regents Professor in History, recently wrote of Strang:

“…The Organization of American Historians, publisher of the Journal of American History, selected Cameron’s article on US Army skull collecting and Seminole scalp collecting for its 2013 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, which recognizes the best article submitted by a graduate student. Last but not least, Cameron has been appointed the Margaret Henry Dabney Penick Resident Scholar at the Smithsonian, a post-doctoral fellowship that he will begin in September. His recent awards and accolades are the culmination of a long string of successes, including the Harrington and twelve other extremely competitive and very difficult to get national fellowships. Cameron is a rising national star.”

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