Tom Okie, the winner of the Allan Nevins Dissertation Prize. The Nevins prize is given by the Society of American Historians to the best-written doctoral dissertation in American history. Tom's dissertation is titled "Everything is Peaches Down in Georgia: Culture and Agriculture in the American South."
Tom just finished a year teaching in the history department at Bowdoin College and has accepted a position in the history department at Kennesaw State University. But perhaps more importantly, he is a friend of the blog and a former student of my friend and co-editor Jay Green at Covenant College.
Congratulations, Tom Okie!