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April Holm '03

Beinecke Scholarship

BA, Reed College 2003
PhD, Columbia University, 2010

Value of the Experience

I became enamored of history early in my sophomore year at Reed and decided shortly thereafter to pursue a doctorate in American History. Receiving Reed’s nomination for the Beinecke Scholarship and winning the award in 2002 gave me tremendous encouragement during the daunting graduate school application process. It also no doubt made my application more competitive. I was fortunate enough to be admitted to my top choice program at Columbia University.

Perusing a doctorate in the humanities has been a wonderful experience, but it is one fraught with challenges—and not just of the rewarding intellectual variety. Students who make this choice should go into it with their eyes open about the financial costs such a degree can entail. The Beinecke Scholarship has given me much more than just encouragement, a competitive edge, and additional income during graduate school. I will continue to benefit from it well into the future as was able to finish my degree without going into debt.

What I Do Now

I am currently a social and political historian of the nineteenth century United States with a particular interest in morality in politics, sectionalism, and humanitarian movements. I specialize in slavery and emancipation, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. My work concerns the ways in which Americans have attempted to define and keep separate the moral and the political. My dissertation, “A Kingdom Divided: The Civil War in the Evangelical Churches, 1837-1894,” examines the evangelical experience in the border region of the United States before, during, and after the Civil War. I was recently awarded a Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellowship at the New-York Historical Society and The New School.


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