Professor wins big with his writing

Dr. Robert Colby wins Anthony Kaye Memorial Essay Award given by the Journal of the Civil War Era

He is the kind of professor who will make history interesting, the kind of professor who is always willing to lend a helping hand to his students in order for them to grasp concepts and the kind of professor who encourages students to be their best.  Congratulations to Dr. Robert Colby for winning the Anthony Kaye Memorial Essay Award given by the Journal of the Civil War Era. 

 “The Journal of the Civil War Era is a quarterly publication that publishes scholarship about the Civil War and the period immediately before and immediately after.”  

The award is named after historian, Anthony Kaye, who passed away two years ago.  Kaye was the founder of the Journal of the Civil War Era as well as an expert in African-American and Civil War history.  He also deeply studied slavery.  

Dr. Colby earned this award for his essay, “‘Negroes Will Bear Fabulous Prices:’ The Economics of Wartime Slave Commerce and Visions of the Confederate Future.” 

Dr. Colby describes what he submitted for the winning essay, “The essay is of a modified, much shorter version of my dissertation chapter.  I paired it down, I shaped it a little bit and then I submitted it for the award.” 

His essay will soon be published on the Journal of the Civil War Era webpage in an upcoming issue. 

The path Dr. Robert Colby took to become a part of CNU’s staff was that he received his master’s degree and PHD at the University of North Carolina.  He finished his PhD in the summer of 2019 and came to Christopher Newport University directly after.  

Dr. Colby is a postdoctoral fellow in the center for American Studies and a visiting assistant professor in the department of Leadership and American Studies here at CNU. He teaches two sections of the American Experiment and plans to teach more classes in the future. 

Already Dr. Robert Colby has made a great impact in the Christopher Newport Community.  He is personable with his students and enthusiastic about wanting them to succeed.   

With it only being his first year teaching at the University, he describes how his experience thus far has been at Christopher Newport.

“CNU is a fantastic place.  It’s been really exciting to be a part of the University and to see the mission that the president, the staff and the faculty have for it and to see the way the students really buy into that and embody it. The clear focus on significance and the many ways that students pursue it is really exciting,” he said. 

Having Dr. Colby as a professor made it clear to see that he is passionate about American Studies and enjoys sharing that knowledge with his students.

It is professors like Dr. Colby and so many others here at Christopher Newport University that make it a truly amazing place to be.

If you pass him on campus be sure to congratulate him on this major achievement.

~Caitlin Doyle, Staff Writer~

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