Charles and Polly Webber Outstanding Graduate Student Award History and Art History

Presented to an outstanding graduate student nominated by the faculty.

2021 Awardees

J. Clarke  Bursley

J. Clarke Bursley


Clarke is a part-time doctoral student. Upon graduation from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service he was commissioned in the U.S. Army. During his military career he was stationed in Italy, Japan, and Germany – as well as deploying to several less hospitable locales. While in the service, Clarke earned his MA in national security affairs with a concentration in East Asia/Pacific regional studies at the Naval Postgraduate School, and graduated from Japan's National Institute for Defense Studies (U.S. National War College equivalent).

Clarke focuses on the history of modern Japan, U.S. foreign relations, and military history. His current research interests include comparative interwar period civil-military relations in Japan and the United States, and pre-WWII U.S.-Japan diplomatic history. After completing his PhD, Clarke intends to work in the public history field with the federal government.

2020 Awardees

Kristofer Stinson

2019 Awardees

Rebekah Byrd

2018 Awardees

Georgina Peña

2017 Awardees

Benjamin Hurwitz

2016 Awardees

Eric Gonzaba

2015 Awardees

Amy Benjamin

2014 Awardees

Mark Cozad

2013 Awardees

Richard Hardesty

2012 Awardees

Tracy Fisher

Rwany Sibaja

2011 Awardees

John Lemza

Lynn Price

2009 Awardees

Jack Meyer

2008 Awardees

Joel Christenson

Terrence Ross

2007 Awardees

Paul Polgar

2005 Awardees

Stephanie Hurter

2004 Awardees

Karen France

Rob Townsend

2003 Awardees

Sheila Brennan