The AFGW NSW is delighted to announce that Hollie Pich a history PhD student at the University of Sydney is the 2016 Tempe Mann Travelling Scholarship recipient. Hollie was the standout candidate in a very strong short-listed field. Her doctoral thesis, Policing Jim Crow: Black Memphis and the Color Line, 1879-1940, examines how the Jim Crow system was ‘policed’ by white and black southerners.

Hollie who hails from Newcastle has worked hard in academic and community life. She has volunteered for the social inclusion program at the University of Sydney and mentored students from low-income backgrounds. She is the incoming postgraduate representative, and has recently secured a faculty-wide grant to run a series of workshops on the specific problems that women face in academia, such as the increasing casualization of academic labour or the difficulty of balancing family and career. Last semester, Hollie put together a forum on class relations in modern America that attracted about 50 people and resulted in an invitation to publish in the Australian Journal of American Studies.

Hollie’s proposed travel project centred on close work on archival materials in Memphis and Nashville over an extended period of time.

We wish her and all the other impressive candidates the very best with their future studies and look forward to hearing more about them in the future.