Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Congratulations to Professor Neeti Nair, who will be 2024-25 residential fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center!

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Congratualtions to Professor Erik Linstrum, who will be a residential fellow at the Huntington Library! Linstrum is the 2024-25 Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow! 

See announement here:

Thursday, April 11, 2024

In his New York Times opinion piece, It's Time to End the Quiet Cruelty of Property Taxes, Professor Andrew Kahrl explains the problem with the property tax system and offers solutions. Read here:

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Kirt von Daacke (History, American Studies) is co-editor, with Andrea Douglas, of the new book, After Emancipation: Racism and Resistance at the University of Virginia (University of Virginia Press). The book's 15 essays include contributions by Sylvia Chong and Kasey Jernigan (American Studies); Andrew KahrlChristian McMillen and Liz Varon (History); and A&S alumni James H. Hershman Jr. (History Ph.D., 1978), Countess Hughes(Psychology B.A., 1982; Assoc. Dir. of Assignments, UVA Housing & Residence Life); Scot French (History Ph.D., 2000) and Andrea Douglas (Art History Ph.D., 2001).


Kirt von Daacke is an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. Andrea Douglas is Executive Director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Together they serve as Co-Chairs of the UVA President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation.


About the book:

This anthology reckons with the University of Virginia’s post-emancipation history of racial exploitation. Its fifteen essays highlight the many forms of marginalization and domination at Virginia’s once all-white flagship university to uncover the patriarchal, nativist, and elitist assumptions that shaped university culture through the late nineteenth century and well into the twentieth. Including community responses ranging from personal reflections to interviews with local leaders to poems, this accessible volume will be essential reading for anyone with ties to UVA or to Charlottesville, as well as for anyone concerned with the legacy of slavery and segregation in America’s universities.

Link to book here:

Friday, April 5, 2024

Professor Penny Von Eschen was interviewed about the themes of her new book, Paradoxes of Nostalgia, on The Nation's podcast American Prestige

The Cold War's Afterlife

On this episode of American Prestige, part 1 of a discussion on post–Cold War malaise of the 1990s.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Congratulations to Loretta Dredger, who was awarded the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award! 

Loretta will use the funds to support her work with the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School. At the Law School, she will be studying the efficacy of self-help materials designed to increase access to public services among those in need. Based on her findings, she plans to employ these materials in her volunteer work with various Charlottesville organizations, including the Haven and PACEM. The title of her project is “Exploring the Efficacy of Self-Help Materials.” Loretta's faculty mentor for this award is Professor S. Deborah Kang.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Professor Elizabeth Varon's latest book, Longstreet: The Confederate General Who Defied the South, is a finalist in the Biography category for an LA Times Book Prize! Congratulations Professor Varon! View announcement here: 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Congratulations of graduate student Bethany Bell on winning the "Memphis State Eight" third paper prize at Graduate Association for African-America History annual conference. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Professor Claudrena Harold was recently featured in the PBS docuseries Gospel, the latest history series from Henry Louis Gates, Jr., that digs deep into the origin story of Black spirituality through sermon and song. Episode subjects include: The Gospel Train (the sonic influences of blues and jazz), The Golden Age Of Gospel (from the Lord’s music to the mainstream), Take The Message Everywhere (gospel goes mainstream, taking the good news everywhere), and Gospel's Second Century (gospel and preaching achieve platinum-selling success). The series first aired on February 11 and 12 but is available online.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Grace Hale recently published a review of Dawoud Bey’s, which is currently showing at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, as a part of her ongoing series called Shutter that examines how photographers especially, but also other visual artists think about the US South published by Southern Cultures:


Monday, February 19, 2024

Professor Neeti Nair's interview with the Social-Legal Review discussing her latest book, Hurt Sentiments, is now available on the SLR forum! 

Monday, February 19, 2024

The editorial board members of the Socio-Legal Review, a journal published by the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, (the #1 law school in India) have published a transcript of a conversation with Professor Nair from last December.


Saturday, February 17, 2024

Professor Neeti Nair was recently quoted in The Print! Check out the full article, "The self-pitying Hindu has a litany of woes—evolution to Taj Mahal. Yogi’s UP is their balm."

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Professor Justene Hill Edwards recently appeared on NPR’s Marketplace to discuss the Freedman’s Bank and her forthcoming book, Savings and Trust: The Rise and Betrayal of the Freedman’s Bank.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Congratualtions to Professor Kristina Richardson on being selected as a 2024-2025 Phi Beta Kappa Visting Scholar! 

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America's most distinguished scholars. Each year, top scholars in the liberal arts and sciences are selected to visit universities and colleges where Phi Beta Kappa chapters are located. Visiting Scholars spend two days on each campus meeting informally with undergraduates, participating in classroom lectures and seminars, and giving one major lecture open to the academic community and general public. 

The press release can be found here

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Join Lifetime Learning and Professor Grace Elizabeth Hale, as she discusses "In the Pines: A Lynching, A Lie, A Reckoning." In her new book, Hale researched the unsolved murder of a Black man in rural Mississippi while her grandfather was a local sheriff, upending what she thought she knew about her family and this tragedy. Professor Claudrena Harold will moderate the discussion.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Professor Emeritus Brian Balogh recently published articles in TIME and The Atlantic! These articles derive from his recently published book, Not in My Back Yard: How Citizen Activists Nationalized Local Politics in the Fight to Save Green Springs (Yale University Press, 2024). Check them out!


"The ‘Southern Lady’ Who Beat the Courthouse Crowd, " The Atlantic, February 4, 2024.

"NIMBYs and YIMBYs Have More in Common Than It Might Seem," TIME, February 6, 2024.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Check out Professor Neeti Nair's opinion piece, A death on the altar of inclusive India: Remembering Gandhi in 2024, for Newslaundry

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Erik Linstrum’s new book, Age of Emergency: Living with Violence at the End of the British Empire (Oxford University Press) was reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement:

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Congratulations to Professor Kyrill Kunakhovich, whose book, “Communism’s Public Sphere: Culture as Politics in Cold War Poland and East Germany,” was shortlisted for the Waterloo Center for German Studies Book Prize!

Read here:

Kunakhovich also did a Q&A for WCGS: