The 2020 Tennin-Alexander Prize for the best graduate paper has been awarded to Ashleen Williams for “Oh Men of Justice! 20th Century Political Petitions in Bahrain and a Negotiated Nation.” Williams is currently a history PhD student as well as the Barksdale Senior Fellow at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College
“Oh Men of Justice! 20th Century Political Petitions in Bahrain and a Negotiated Nation,” which was written under the direction of Professor Vivian Ibrahim, examines the crucial role of colonial petitioning in 20th Century Bahrain. Uncovering newly discovered Arabic and English archival material, Williams incisively argues that indigenous communities used a global language of rights and justice to advocate for local reforms.