Congratulations to our undergraduate students elected into the
Virginia Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa:
Anne Bennet • John Connolly • William Henagan
Clarissa Pawlica • Adam Sykes • James Weisel
Charles West • Victor Zheng
Congratulations to Stephanie Freeman, graduate student in the Department, who was awarded a Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2016-17.
The announcement, and more about Stephanie's work, can be read HERE.
Swati Chawla, PhD Candidate in the Department, was awarded second prize for her research on Tibetan Buddhist nuns in exile in South Asia at the Huskey Research Exhibition panel on “Religion’s Unexpected Influences”. Information about the competition and links to additional information can be read HERE.
Sarah Milov, Assistant Professor in the Department, and Sarah Seo, the first McCurdy Fellow at the Miller Center and the Law School, have published an op-ed on the Virginia Senate’s new bill on fines for smoking in automobiles in the Richmond Times.
Read the op-ed HERE.
The Oregon State University's Blog reported on Justin McBrien, PhD candidate in the Department, who is a Resident Scholar at OSU, and recently gave a lecture, titled “Making Climate Change: The Atom Weather Controversy and the Question of Human Planetary Agency, 1945-1970.” McBrien delved into the question and chronology of atom weather as it has played out in the United States. His talk delineated a theme of his dissertation, which focuses in part on the problems posed by nuclear weapons when used in deliberate ways to affect the Earth.
Read the Blog article HERE.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Brad Reed who was awarded an All-University Teaching Award.
Robert Stolz, Assistant Professor in the Department, recently translated an interview with Koide Hiroaki, an important critic of Japan’s nuclear policies, which offers "new information about the degree of radioactive contamination and invaluable insight into Koide's ethical and political stance as a scientist, remain[ing] crucial for our critical reflection on ecological destruction, the violation of human rights, and individual responsibility." Professor Stolz has also provided an essay placing the Fukushima disaster in broader perspective.
Read the translated interview HERE
and read Professor Stolz's essay HERE.
Leif Fredrickson, a PhD candidate in the Department, published an article in AHA Today, the American Historical Association's blog, titled, "The 'Depression Disease': What the United States' First National Lead Poisoning Crisis Can Teach Us about the Flint Water Disaster". Read the article HERE.
Congratulations to Lawrence Hatter, Assistant Professor at Washington State University who received his Ph.D. from the Department in 2011, whose book manuscript, Citizens of Convenience: Empire, Nationhood, and the Northern Border of the American Republic, 1783-1820, won the 2016 Walker Cowan Memorial Prize for an “outstanding work of scholarship in eighteenth-century studies.”
Erik Linstrum, Assistant Professor in the Department, was recently interviewed for the French newspaper Liberation about his book, Ruling Minds: Psychology in the Bitish Empire.
Read the article HERE.
Christy Ford Chapin’s book, Ensuring America’s Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System, received the 2016 Business History Ralph Gomory Prize. Chapin received her PhD from the Department and is now a Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore College.
Congratulations to Mary Barton, graduate student in the Department, who was appointed as a Dartmouth Fellow in US Foreign Policy and International Security at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding for 2016-2017.
Congratulations to Katie Lantz, graduate student in the Department, who was awarded a Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies fellowship in support of her research for 2016-2017.
A recent article published in Perspectives on History discusses how podcasts offer historians an exciting way to bring their work to a general audience, to expand their professional networks, and to develop unique teaching tools.
Read the article, which features BackStory with the American History Guys, HERE.
Brian Balogh and the BackStory podcast received a mention on the BBC Trending Blog. If you are looking for a little historical perspective on John Oliver's perspective on Donald Trump’s original German surname, you will enjoy Brian Balogh’s comments on the BBC.
Read the post HERE.
Erik Linstrum's book, Ruling Minds: Psychology in the British Empire, has just received attention from New York Magazine. Read the article HERE.
"Recently, BackStory co-host Brian Balogh moderated a panel of Hollywood insiders and a fellow academic in a Google hangout discussing inclusion in the film industry. Rather than focus solely on racial issues, the group sought to shed light on issues impacting multiple minority communities in cinema – from the early years through today – and offer some solutions for achieving an on-screen America that accurately reflects the real thing."
Read more about the discussion and watch highlights from the Google hangout HERE.
Leif Fredrickson, a PhD candidate in the Department, recently published an article, "The surprising link between postwar suburban development and today's inner-city lead poinsoning" in The Conversation, work that is a result of his dissertation research. Read the article HERE.
Political Partisanship in the U.S.
Brian Balogh, Professor in the Department, and Joanne Freeman, UVa History alumna and Professor at Yale, talked about the history of political parties and partisanship from the founding era to the 21st century.
Watch the video of their discussion on CSPAN HERE.