National Jewish Book Award Finalist for Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey, 2013.
Quebec Studies Program research grant (Government of Québec, Ministry of International Relations and Francophonie). “Francophone Sephardim in Montreal: Institutional, Diplomatic, and Demographic Trends,” 2009-10.
National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Research Stipend for electoral study of French Antilles, 2007.
Earhart Foundation Fellowship for book research support on comparative colonialism, 2006.
Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research grant (American Philosophical Society) for “Field Work in Upper Mekong,” 2005.
Robert D. Klein Lecturer. “Rhythm ‘n Jews. The Musical Interplay Between Blacks and Jews in America.” Northeastern University, March 8, 2001.
American Philosophical Society grant for research on “African Border Life at the Millennium,”awarded 2000.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Center for Advanced Studies, nationally competitive Summer Seminar for Faculty, 2000.
Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Fellowship for Africa (Mauritius), 1996-7.
Academic Specialist Program, United States Information Agency, February 1992. Was featured speaker at American Studies Association of Nigeria conference on “Democracy, Nationalism, and National Integration.”
Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Fellowship for the Pacific Islands (New Caledonia, Vanuatu), 1991.
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers, 1989.
American Institute of Indian Studies Professional Development Grant, 1987-8.
Fulbright Short-Term Research Grant for Nigeria, 1986.
International Security Studies Research Grant (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy), 1984.
Fulbright Research Fellowship for Nigeria, 1983-4.
Shell International Studies Research Fellowship, 1982-3.
Edmund A. Gullion Prize (The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy), 1982.
Fletcher School Fellowship, 1981-2.
Fulbright-Hays French Government Teaching Assistantship for Martinique, 1980-1.
Peabody Fellowship for International Studies, 1979-80.
Phi Beta Kappa, elected 1977.
U.S. Representative to International Bible Contest, Jerusalem, 1971.