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Cold War Research Guide: Marilyn B. Young Student Prize

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Marilyn Young Student Prize

New York University's Center for the United States and the Cold War announces the Marilyn B. Young Student Research Paper Prize for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Center supports research on the Cold War, especially on the ways in which this ideological and geopolitical conflict with the Soviet Union affected American politics, culture, and society. The $500 prize will be awarded to an undergraduate student who will make use of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive’s materials to advance their research on the Cold War. Topics include, but are not limited to: US foreign relations, the development of American militarism, anti-war activism, decolonization, Cold War culture, espionage, restrictions on civil liberties, and the radical left during the Cold War. Papers must be between 15 and 40 pages, and follow the Chicago Manual of Style Citation guide. Please submit papers, along with a CV and one letter of recommendation, to Michael Koncewicz, the Tamiment Library’s Cold War Curator, at ColdWarCenter@nyu.edu by April 30, 2019. The recipient of the prize will be announced by May 14, 2019.

Marilyn B. Young was Professor of History at New York University from 1980-2017. Along with former Tamiment Library director Michael H. Nash, she was one of the founding Co-Directors of the Center for the United States and the Cold War. She was a prolific author of works on U.S. foreign relations, the Cold War, American’s wars in Vietnam and the Middle East, a noted public intellectual, and a gifted teacher.  Professor Young devoted her long career to studying and speaking out against American foreign policy. An opponent of US wars and interventions from Vietnam through Iraq and Libya, she wrote innumerable articles and edited volumes on the American empire, counterinsurgency, women and socialism, and human rights. Her most noted book is the Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990. A leftist and a feminist, engaged and outspoken, Marilyn Young was a towering figure in her field. She served as president of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, and was a beloved chair of the NYU History Department.

NYU’s Tamiment Library, the home of the Center for the United States and the Cold War, is one of the oldest and most important collections in the United States documenting the history of the Cold War and progressive politics during the 20th century. Tamiment's archives, photographs, oral histories, and other printed sources are the foundation for the exciting scholarship that has established the Cold War Center as a highly visible and internationally recognized research center since its founding in 2006.

Previous Recipients

2018-2019: Katherine Platz (New York University, 2019)- “Freed Birds”: Labor Education during the U.S. Occupation of Japan, 1946-1952

2017-2018: Hongxuan Yang (New York University, 2018)- "They Used to be Our Brothers:" A Study in the Cold War Context of Beijing's Strategic Calculations Behind its Decision to Wage the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War

LBJ Library photo by Jay Godwin 04/27/2016.

Upcoming Deadlines

Application Deadline: April 30, 2019

Marilyn B. Young Student Research Paper Prize 2018-2019

Please submit papers (between 15 and 40 pages), along with a CV and one letter of recommendation, to Michael Koncewicz, the Tamiment Library’s Cold War Curator, at ColdWarCenter@nyu.edu by April 30, 2019.

Topics include, but are not limited to: US foreign relations, the development of American militarism, anti-war activism, decolonization, Cold War culture, espionage, restrictions on civil liberties, and the radical left during the Cold War. 

The recipient of the prize will be announced by May 14, 2019.