Consolation Prize is a podcast about the history of the United States in the world through the eyes of its consuls. Hosted by Abby Mullen, the show discusses the complicated lives and careers of the low-level diplomats that were largely responsible for the United States’ reputation in the world.
June 23, 2022
After two seasons, we have a lot to reflect on! We wanted you to hear the voices of the team, working mostly behind the scenes for the past two seasons, and hear about their experiences working on Consolation Prize.
May 17, 2022
In this episode, we meet two Americans in 1860s Thailand. Reverend Dan Beach Bradley was a Christian missionary and a newspaper publisher, and Captain James Madison Hood was the US consul to the Kingdom of Siam.
Jan. 14, 2022
In this special bonus episode, we talk with a scholar who studies the history of the US consular service. We answer your questions like, What is a consul? What do they do? What makes them so interesting? Why should we care a…
Dec. 22, 2021
In this bonus holiday episode, a re-release from 2020, we explore the consular life of Joel Roberts Poinsett, everyone’s favorite holiday historical figure.
Nov. 18, 2021
Today we’re going to a domestic destination–but it wasn’t always domestic. The history of Monterey goes back hundreds of years, and it shows how empires and commerce come together in one prime location.
Abby Mullen was the host and executive producer of Consolation Prize. She was a term assistant professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. Her work focuses on the First Barbary War, where she encountered the four consuls who inspired this podcast: Richard O’Brien, James Leander Cathcart, William Eaton, and James Simpson.
Frankie Bjork was a producer on the second season of Consolation Prize. She was a graduate student at George Mason University studying Applied History with a focus in United States History. Her specialties include studies of influential people and groups in social and cultural movements, like Dorothy Height during Second Wave Feminism.
Megan Brett was a producer on Consolation Prize. She was a digital history associate at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. She holds a PhD in American History from George Mason University. Her dissertation examined citizenship and identity in the United States through the lens of the Maury family, one of whom was a consul in Liverpool.
Bridget Bukovich was the Promotions Specialist for Consolation Prize. She was the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. She has a MA in Applied History, which she combines with her social media expertise to help share history with the public.
Andrew Cote was our composer-in-residence. As a composer of acoustic and electronic music, his compositions have been performed and recorded across three continents. His works have been featured at the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the World Saxophone Congress, and various other festivals and conferences. His latest album, Ulterior Motives: The Saxophone Music of Andrew Cote, is available on iTunes, Amazon, and most other online retailers. Andrew previously taught music composition, orchestration, music technology, and directed the new music ensemble at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Andrew began teaching at Merrimack College in the fall of 2020, where he teaches courses in music theory and music technology.
Alison Langford was the studio administrator. She was a fan of the show before she came to work at R2 Studios. She helped organize the studio and track guest info. She has a BA in English from GMU.
Deepthi Murali was a producer on Consolation Prize. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. She has a PhD in Art History specializing in transcultural art and encounters of South Asia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Jeanette Patrick was producer on Consolation Prize and the Senior Producer for R2 Studios at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. She holds a MA in Public History and works to find engaging ways to bring the past to the present.
Brenna Reilley was a research and production assistant for Consolation Prize. She was an undergraduate student at George Mason University studying History and Nonprofit Studies. Her work includes social and cultural history projects, such as Women Tavern Keepers, Medical History in the Americas, and East German Cinema.
Kris Stinson was a producer on Consolation Prize. He was a PhD student and Presidential Fellow in George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. His research interests revolve around the religious and intellectual culture of the early American republic.