Awards, Honors, Grants
2007. Visiting Research Scholar. Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University,
2005. Visiting Research Scholar. Macquarie University, Sydney.
1991. Research and Scholarship Development Fund, Northeastern University. For travel
and research in ten countries on democratization movements of 1989-90.
1989. Academic Specialist, U.S. Information Agency.
Presented seven lectures on historical method and history of Benin at the American Cultural Center in Cotonou, Benin.
1988. ACLS Travel Award Recipient. To present a paper on Benin economic history, and to make
plans for a 1990 international conference on Benin history.
1986-87. John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. For a year's research on the demography of slavery
in Africa, 1740-1850, at the Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania.
1966-67. Foreign Area Fellow. For dissertation research in France and West Africa.
1965-66. NDFL Fellow. University of Wisconsin - Madison.
1963-65. Carnegie Fellow. University of Wisconsin - Madison.
2013. Pioneer in World History award 2013 from the World History Association.
2006. Andrew W. Mellon Professorship in World History, University of Pittsburgh.
2004. Selected as president and chair of the board of the World History Network, Inc.,
an independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing research in world history
through worldwide connections.
2004. Global Economic History Network. Participation in a worldwide network of economic
historians based at London School of Economics, with funding from
the Leverhulme Foundation.
2003. Elected Vice President (Teaching) of the American Historical Association, to serve
a three-year term from 2004 - 2006.
1993-96. College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, Northeastern University.
This award includes a stipend and research funds for work on revising the undergraduate
curriculum in history.
2012. Collaborative Research: Center for Historical Information and Analysis (CHIA).
Principal investigator for a set of five institutional awards from the National Science Foundation (to Harvard Univ., Boston Univ., Michigan State Univ., Univ. of California – Merced, and Univ. of Pittsburgh). The award provides $606,000 in total ($285,000 for Univ.
of Pittsburgh) for the calendar years 2013 – 2015, for the development of numerous aspects
of a world-historical archive to document human society for the past four centuries.
2012. Alliance for Curriculum and Professional Development in World History. Co-principal
investigator, along with Tobias Higbie (UCLA), Ross Dunn (San Diego State University),
and Tim Keirn (California State University – Long Beach), of a project supported by the
Social Science Research Council for creating a national alliance to facilitate professional development for secondary teachers of world history. $75,000 for a project from September
2012 through August 2013.
2009. World History of Science. Co-principal investigator, along with James Lennox of History and
Philosophy of Science, of a project supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation for
conferences and publication (through University of Pittsburgh Press) of works on the history of science and world history of science.
2002. College Board. AP World History Curriculum. Supplementary grant to cover additional costs
of developing curricular materials for AP World History. $11,000.
2001. College Board. AP World History Curriculum Workshop to prepare materials for publication
by the College Board. $88,000. 2001. National Endowment for the Humanities. World History
Network website for research and teaching. $240,000.
2001. National Endowment for the Humanities. Ten national teaching workshops
in world history. $156,000.
2001. Leften Stavrianos Fund. Seven national teaching workshops in world history. $25,000. 2001. Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. World History Symposium III, a collaborative
teaching conference. $15,000.
2001. Boston Public Schools. Prototype grant for preparation of world history kits for classroom
use. $10,000. (This award was declined.)
2000. College Board. AP World History National Training Workshop to train 36 nationally-selected
2000. Massachusetts Department of Education. Summer institute for teaching World History
in association with Georgetown Public Schools. $25,000. 1999. Wadsworth Thomson
Learning. Programming and production of the Migration in Modern World History CD. $90,000.
1999. Massachusetts Department of Education. Summer institute for teaching World History
in association with Boston Public Schools. $35,000.
1998. Boston-Annenberg Challenge. Professional development for teachers at Dorchester
High School in Boston. $25,000.
1998. Mass. Dept. of Education. Summer institute for teaching World History. $45,000.
1997. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Design of World History Timeline. $15,000.
1996. Annenberg/CPB. $620,000 for production of "Migration in Modern World History,"
a CD for a comprehensive, semester-long introductory college course in world history.
1995. Annenberg/CPB Prototype grant. $72,800 for preparation of a web prototype,
"Migration: The Americas, 1500-1800."
1994. National Endowment for the Humanities, Higher Education Division, award for a 1994-96
lecture-workshop series entitled Mainstreaming Methodology and World History for
Undergraduates in History. $130,000.
1993. National Endowment for the Humanities Research Award. A two-year award for research on
Africans in Spanish and Early American Louisiana, renewing the grant initially awarded in 1991. Co-investigator, principal investigator: Gwendolyn M. Hall of Rutgers University.
1991. National Endowment for the Humanities Research Award. A two-year award for research on
Africans in Spanish and Early American Louisiana.
1986. Instructional Development Fund Grant, Northeastern University. Support for writing a
textbook on Francophone Africa, including travel to Central Africa.
1985. Research and Scholarship Development Fund Grant, Northeastern University. For six weeks
of research in Europe and West Africa on the economics of slave supply in Africa.
1983. National Endowment for the Humanities Feasibility Grant. For one month of work in
preparing a new introductory history course, entitled "History of Three Worlds:
Africa, America, Europe."
1981. American Council of Learned Societies Travel Grant. To present paper on Adjovi family
of Dahomey at a Paris conference.
1981. Social Science Research Council Grant. For six months of research in Baltimore on the
political economy of African slavery.
1980. Social Science Research Council Grant. For six months of research in France on the public
finance of French West Africa.
1973-74. African Economic History Research Grant (Ford Foundation). For research in West Africa 1973, and participation in the African Economic History Workshop,
University of Wisconsin-Madison, summer 1974.
1968. Hoover Institution Research Grant. For bibliography of African economic history.