Megan Griffiths wins Theodore Roosevelt American History Award for Master’s Thesis
In 2018, Megan Griffiths, then a student of the MA North American Studies, won the Theodore Roosevelt American History Award for her master’s thesis ‘Radicals, Conservatives, and the Salem Witchcraft Crisis: Exploiting the Fragile Communities of Colonial New England’.
Every year, the Roosevelt Student Center awards the prize to the best master’s thesis on the topic of American History from a Dutch university. By doing so, they want to stimulate research on US history and culture.
The judges said called Griffith’s thesis ‘strong in its power of persuasion, made with excellent use of sources and written clearly’. They praised the unusual ambitious character of her thesis, which gave an original interpretation of one of colonial America’s most infamous historical events.
Theodore Roosevelt American History Award is sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, the Embassy of the United States of America in the Netherlands, the Province of Zeeland and Elsevier Weekblad. The prize consists of a bust of Theodore Roosevelt and a trip to Roosevelt’s old ranching-grounds in North Dakota and the town of Medora, sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. For Megan Griffiths, it was a 'town of American stories,' with an 'unusual quality that's hard to explain'.