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History Department Awards Fellowship to Christopher J. Lee '96

Story posted April 07, 2003

Christopher J. Lee '96 has been awarded the first Sherman David Spector of the Class of 1950 Fellowship for Graduate Study in History and Teaching by Bowdoin’s history department. The fellowship is designed to assist students interested in pursuing a career in history or the teaching of history.

Lee, who graduated from Bowdoin Summa cum Laude with a coordinate major in history and environmental studies, is currently completing a doctorate in African history at Stanford University. His dissertation, on the colonial history of Malawi during the first half of the 20th century, examines the experiences of "Anglo-Africans," whose unique bi- and multi-racial background provides a revealing perspective on the character of colonial rule.

Lee's interest in these issues crystallized in an undergraduate class on African-American Autobiography taught by Bowdoin Associate Professor of History Randolph Stakeman, and a junior-year study-away program in Botswana.

He will use the $2,000 stipend to complete writing up his doctoral thesis. He has accepted a one-year visiting professorship at Harvard next fall.

Sherman David Spector '50 is professor of history emeritus at Russell Sage College, Troy, N.Y., where he taught from 1960-1992. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees at Columbia University. Prof. Spector is the author of numerous works on Eastern European history. He received the Distinguished Educator Award from Bowdoin in 1987.

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