Mount Mercy’s Assistant Professor of History Adam Ebert was recently awarded the Gilbert C. Fite Award for the best dissertation in agricultural history from the Agricultural History Society.
Ebert’s dissertation, “Hive Society: The Popularization of Science and Beekeeping in the British Isles, 1609-1913,” is believed to be the first dissertation from a student writing on a non-U.S. history topic that has won this award.
The Agricultural History Society presents the Gilbert C. Fite Award to the author of the best dissertation on any aspect of agricultural history, broadly interpreted, completed during the current calendar year in honor of Gilbert C. Fite’s distinguished corpus of work and lifelong devotion to student excellence. The award includes a cash prize and certificate presented to the author at the Society's annual meeting.
Ebert joined Mount Mercy in the fall of 2009. He holds a Ph.D, Masters and Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Iowa State University. Before coming to Mount Mercy to teach, Ebert served as a graduate teaching assistant from 2003-2007 at Iowa State.
Ebert is a member of several national organizations including the History of Science Society, the Agricultural History Society, and the American Historical Association. During his studies at Iowa State Ebert received the Roswell Garst Dissertation Fellowship award for the 2007-2008 academic year, which enabled him to travel throughout the United Kingdom and conduct research.
Ebert is able to speak to the media on topics involving European history, politics, travel, and beekeeping.