Thursday, June 2, 2022

Ph.D. Candidate Thomas Storrs wrote a book review of Rebecca K. Marchiel's After Redlining: The Urban Reinvestment Movement in the Era of Financial Deregulation (University of Chicago Press, 2020) for EH.Net Review. EH.Net Review is owned and operated by the Economic History Association. His book review can be read here:

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The Nau Civil War Center is co-sponsoring the 2022 Universities Studying Slavery Conference, which focuses on "Legacies of Slavery, Landscapes of Segregation."      
Submit proposals for panels or individual papers by July 1 here.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Professor Caroline E. Janney delivered the keynote address at Antietam National Battlefield's Memorial Day service this Monday.

Professor Janney serves as the Director of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Professor Laurent Dubois was recently featured on the Clauses and Controversies Podast. Dubois discussed the long-term implications of the U.S. occupation of Haiti in the 20th century. 

Link to listen to the episode:


Episode 74: Gunboats, Marines and Bonds: The Ugly US Occupation of Haiti 1915-34

The historical tie between debt and gunboat diplomacy is ugly, rooted in imperialist and racist encounters with western powers. Few examples better illustrate the point than Haiti. In the first decades of the 20th century, Haiti was still repaying the enormous debt imposed by France as a condition of recognizing the new Haitian state nearly a century earlier. Then the U.S. marines arrived. Laurent Dubois (University of Virginia) is a leading historian on Haitian colonial history and joins us to talk about the U.S. incursions into Haiti, beginning in 1914 when the marines spirited away the country's gold reserves in the dead of night for “safekeeping.” In the course of occupying Haiti, and effectively putting the country into receivership, the U.S. engineered still more lending, designed both to protect U.S. commercial interests and to reduce the influence of European investors.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Professor Philip Zelikow published a commentary in Lawfare arguing that it is essential for the G-7 and allied states to deploy a far-reaching strategy of Ukrainian reconstruction funded in part by frozen Russian state and state-related assets: A Legal Approach to the Transfer of Russian Assets to Rebuild Ukraine

Monday, May 23, 2022

Nicholas C. Scott (Ph.D. candidate) published a column in Gulf News (UAE) about how Chile’s constitutional convention is incorporating a series of social rights reforms into its proposed constitution, including the right to health care and social security, the right to unionize and the right to dignified and adequate housing:

Monday, May 23, 2022

As our department says goodbye to retiring professors Brian Balogh, Herbert “Tico” Braun, George Gilliam, and Olivier Zunz, enjoy this great UvaToday article highlighting their contributions to the University and their passion for history!

Cville Weekly also profiled Professor George Gilliam about his retirement from a long career in public service, politics, and academia.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Professor Laurent Dubois was recently feature in Envision Magazine. Entitled "The Future is History," Dubois shares insight on his roles as the John L. Nau III Bicentennial Professor of the History & Principles of Democracy and the initiative's director for academic affairs.

"Part of what we’re trying to do is train the next generation of citizen leaders to be comfortable discussing their ideas about democracy."

Read here:

Thursday, May 19, 2022

PhD Candidate Amy Fedeski has been selected as the incoming Alfred and Isabel Bader Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish History in the department of history at Queen's University! 

Friday, May 13, 2022

Professor S. Deborah Kang was recently featured on the Democracy in Danger podcase episode, "Criminal Laws." In conversation with Professor WIll Hitchcock, Kang helps make the case of federal immigration laws having patently racist origins. This episode also includes converstaions with two federal defenders, Lauren Gorman and Kara Hartzler.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

 UVAToday recently published a feature on Professor Justene Hill Edwards entitled, "Professor's Quest is Exploring the Roots of America's Racial Wealth Gap"

Read article here:

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Professor Neeti Nair wrote an article for The Hindu entitled, "What Might Gandhi Have Done Today.” Nair relates Gandhi’s politics in 1947 with his particular relevance for our contemporary moment.


This article also includes a video on hate speech (available at 

Monday, May 9, 2022

 Ph.D. candidate Thomas Storrs's article on redlining and federal housing programs in the 1930s was recently cited in the White House's "Economic Report of the President."

White House report:

Read Thomas's article here:


Monday, May 9, 2022

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Elena Symmes for receiving the Boren Fellowship a prestigious award to spend next year researching and living in South Korea.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Clayton Butler (UVA PhD 2020) rececently accepted a position as Marketing and Sales Associate at the University of Virginia Press. Congratulations Clayton! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

History PhD candidate Ian Iverson has accepted a job as Editorial Specialist for the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition! Congratulations Ian! 


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

PhD Candidate Nicholas Scott recently wrote a column for The Washington Post's "Made by History."  Scott discusses how Chile's current constitutional convention has resumed the unfinished business of the Chilean Revolution.

Read article here:


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Congratulations to Professor Justene Hill Edwards on becoming a 2022 Carnegie Fellow! 

Read more here:


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Professor Claudrena Harold will be the keynote speaker for the May 21st graduation ceremony for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences!


Read more here:

Monday, April 25, 2022

Congratulations to Professor Olivier Zunz on the publication of his new book, The Man Who Understood Democracy: The Life of Alexis de Tocqueville ( Olivier’s book was also recently reviewed in the New Republic:

Olivier’s book was also recently reviewed in the New Republic: