Thursday, March 31, 2016

Congratulations to Leif Fredrickson, PhD candidate in the Department, who was awarded the Miller Center’s Ambrose Monell Foundation Funded Fellowship in Technology and Democracy for 2016-17.  He was also awarded a Double Hoo Research Grant for work in partnership with Vijay Edupuganti.

Read more about Leif's work HERE.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

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

Thursday, March 31, 2016

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.

Monday, March 28, 2016

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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Congratulations to Associate Professor Brad Reed who was awarded an All-University Teaching Award.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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.

Monday, March 14, 2016

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.”

Monday, March 14, 2016

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.



Monday, March 14, 2016

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.   

Monday, March 14, 2016

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.

Monday, March 14, 2016

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.  

Monday, March 7, 2016

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.


Monday, March 7, 2016

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.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Erik Linstrum's book, Ruling Minds: Psychology in the British Empire, has just received attention from New York Magazine.  Read the article HERE.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

History Distinguished Majors Program Information session

MARCH 17, 4-5pm GIBSON 242 

DMP director and professor of history Brian Balogh,

along with current History DMPs will answer

your questions about the program.

Monday, February 29, 2016

"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.

Monday, February 29, 2016

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.