With the Hoos out of the Tournament, there's a good chance that the most popular team right now is 11-seed Loyola-Chicago. Why is that? Well, as Prof. Brian Balogh (and his BackStory co-host Ed Ayers) explained recently on NPR's Here and Now, Americans have a long history of supporting the underdog. Check out the interview here!
Congratulations to the following history majors, who were just recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa!
Wilson Blythe ● Dzi-Yang Chen ● Olivia Corso ● Courtney Cuppernull ● Tess Irelan ● Grace Kim ● Samuel Lesemann ● Brett Marshall ● Cameron Tarry ● Gwendolyn Wright
Prof. Fahad Bishara recently appeared on the H-Law Podcast to discuss his new book, A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950 (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Check it out here!
Prof. Brian Balogh recently appeared, along with his BackStory co-host Joanne Freeman, on NPR's Here and Now to give some historical context for the recent firing of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. You can listen to the interview here.
Congratulations to Chris Whitehead, grad student in the department, who has been selected as a fellow in Praxis Program of the UVa Scholars' Lab! As a Praxis fellow, Chris will receive methodological training in the digital humanities, with special emphasis on developing a new research project.
You can find out more about the Praxis Program here.
Need some context on the recent Rex Tillerson firing? The Corcoran Dept. of History's got you covered. Check out this Made by History article in the Washington Post, written by Alexandra Evans (grad student in the department) and Evan McCormick (UVa PhD '16)!
Swati Chawla, graduate student in the department, has just published a chapter in a new edited volume, Through the Diasporic Lens: Volume II. Swati's chapter is entitled "'A Long Look Homeward': Ideas of Time and Space in Tibet Museum." Congrats, Swati!
Publisher: Authorpress (New Delhi)
Date: March 15, 2018
Book Title: Through the Diasporic Lens: Volume II
Editor: Nandini C Sen
More information and purchasing options can be found at the publisher's website.
Congratulations to Max Edelson, whose book The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence has been named a finalist for the 2018 George Washington Prize! This award is given every year to the author of the past year’s best-written work on the nation’s founding era, focusing especially on books that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of early American history.
Prof. Edelson's book is one of seven finalists for the George Washington Prize. The winner of the award will be announced, and all finalists recognized, at a black-tie gala on May 23, 2018 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
Congratulations to UVa History dept. grad student Vivien Chang, who has won a Dissertation Fellowship from the UVa Institute of the Humanities and Global Culture's Global South Lab. Vivien's research "focuses on decolonization, development, African nationalism, global governance, and the Cold War in the Third World." This fellowship will support her in her third year of graduate study as she develops her dissertation proposal.
Prof. Will Hitchcock recently wrote a short article for the Washington Post's recurring Made by History feature. (Made by History, incidentally, is edited by UVa History PhD Brian Rosenwald!) Prof. Hitchcock's article investigates the relationship forged between President Eisenhower and Rev. Billy Graham, which has continued to set the stage for interactions between the president and faith leaders. With the recent death of Graham, now is an especially important time to look back upon his political impact over the last several decades. Click here to read the article!
UVa History grad student Swati Chawla will be assisting with Spring RA training on Friday! She'll be speaking on the subject: "Answering 'Where are you From?': Lessons from Modern South Asia." Swati will draw upon her research on citizenship in modern South Asia to lead a workshop that will help new RAs to understand the importance of itinerancy in the construction of the nation-state, and to reflect on the implications of our response to the commonplace inquiry: “Where are you from?”
Profs. William Hitchcock and Brian Balogh, along with several other fellows from the Miller Center, have contributed blurbs to an article on the 10 most important speeches in presidential history. Check it out here!
Congratulations to Asaf Almog, Swati Chawla, Alexi Garrett, Stefan Lund, Brian Neumann, and Nicole Schroeder, who have all been awarded Public Fellowships from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to participate in Max Edelson's digital humanities seminar "Mapping the South Atlantic"!
Congratulations to graduate student Swati Chawla for winning a 2018 Summer Graduate Research Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University! Click here to find out more information about the grant.
The journal Europe Now has recently launched a Campus Spotlight feature on UVa, which includes a "first response reading list" with reference to "Shock and Outrage" and the Backstory podcast on Charlottesville. This feature was put together with the help of Corcoran Department of History faculty members Manuela Achilles and Kyrill Kunakhovich, as well as Janet Horne, who is associated with the department. Check out the stories here!
Congratulations to Karen Parshall, Commonwealth Professor of Mathematics and History, on receiving the 2018 Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize! This award is given by the AMS in recognition of "notable exposition and exceptional scholarship in the history of mathematics." The award was granted on January 11, 2018 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego.
The partisan divide between Americans is one of the most significant in the last century, according to an October study by the Pew Research Center. But 50 years ago, divisions were arguably worse. The history department's Brian Balogh recently spoke with Here & Now's Robin Young about the divide in 1968.