UCSB History PhD Alumna Wins Prestigious SHEAR Book Prize

April Haynes (UCSB History PhD 2009) has won the 2016 SHEAR (Society for the History of the Early American Republic) book prize for her 2015 monograph, Riotous Flesh: Women, Physiology and the Solitary Vice in 19th-Century America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015). “Riotous Flesh …sets a new standard for how to study together black and white female reformers while […]

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Job Posting: Assistant Professor in History of Early Modern Western Europe, c. 1500-1700

Job #: JPF00766 About: Area: Early Modern Western European history, c. 1500-1700, including Britain and the German-speaking Lands, excluding France. The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Early Modern Western European history, c. 1500-1700, including Britain and the German-speaking Lands, excluding France. Appointment begins July 1, 2017. PhD expected […]

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History Undergraduate Receives Chancellor’s Award for Research Contributions

Three graduating seniors, including one History major, have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate research at UC Santa Barbara. The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for 2016 has been awarded to Charles Joseph Key, who has earned a bachelor of arts degree in History, as well as two other undergraduates from different disciplines. Under the mentorship […]

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Professor Seikaly Wins Prestigious Plous Award from UCSB’s Academic Senate

Professor Sherene Seikaly has won this year’s prestigious Plous Award from UCSB’s Academic Senate. Established in 1957, and named after Harold J. Plous, an Assistant Professor in UCSB’s Department of Economics, the Plous Award is presented annually to: an Assistant Professor from the College of Letters and Science. Selection is based on outstanding performance and promise as measured by creative action […]

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Graduating UCSB History Major Awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

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Graduating UCSB History Major CJ Key has been awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for his Senior Honors Thesis, “Dogwhistle Disarmament: A History of Racialized Gun Control in 20th Century America.” CJ is the fourth History Major to win the award in the past six years. No other department on campus can boast of such a winning streak!

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Professor Rappaport and Professor Yaqub Receive Teaching Awards from UCSB’s Academic Senate

Erika Rappaport

The following are the transcripts from the Academic Senate’s recent awards ceremony during which Professor Erika Rappaport and Professor Salim Yaqub received their distinguished teaching awards. Professor Rappaport joined the Department of History at UCSB in 1997, and teaches British and British Empire history. Her teaching philosophy is to “encourage students to take charge of their own education, to see themselves […]

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Professor Majewski Appointed Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at UCSB

John Majewski

Professor John Majewski (19th century American History) has been appointed as Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts here at UCSB! The following is the message Chancellor Henry T. Yang sent out to the campus community earlier today: Dear Members of our Campus Community, It is my great pleasure to announce the appointment of Professor John Majewski as Dean of Humanities […]

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Fellowships, Jobs, and Promotions for UCSB History PhDs

Here’s the latest on fellowships, jobs, and promotions for UCSB History graduate students and alumni/ae. Check back frequently for new updates!   POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS Sarah Watkins (Ph.D. 2014; currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Colby College, Maine) has won a Junior Faculty Fellowship at the Center for Historical Research, Ohio State University, on the theme “Family, Kinship, and Households: New Perspectives,” for […]

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History Graduation Reception 2016 for all graduating History majors and their families

All graduating History majors and their families are invited! The UCSB Department of History is pleased to invite you to the annual UC Santa Barbara History Department Graduation Reception. Sunday June 12th 10:00am -12:00pm in HSSB 4020 Please join History faculty members and your fellow students for a buffet breakfast and mingling. This celebration is for all graduates of the 2015-2016 […]

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UCSB History PhD Wins Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship

Matthew Avery Sutton

Matthew Avery Sutton — who received his PhD in History at UCSB in 2005 — has been awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. His Guggenheim Fellowship will support his current project, a book tentatively entitled FDR’s Army of Faith: Religion and Espionage in World War II, to be published by Basic Books. This project looks at the roles […]

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James F. Brooks’ New Monograph Gets Reviewed by Slate

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“Just before a chilly dawn in the autumn of 1700, shadowy figures slipped into the Hopi town of Awat’ovi through a gate that could only have been left unguarded by one of its own citizens. The invaders proceeded to kill most of the adults they found, thrusting burning torches and crushed red peppers into the kivas—underground ceremonial chambers—where the men […]

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New Honors and Awards for UCSB History Faculty

Recently, a number of faculty members in the History Department have received awards and honors from various professional organizations and on-campus entities. Join us in congratulating the following faculty members for their well-deserved recognition: Sarah Cline: Was awarded the Edward Lieuwen Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching Latin American Studies by the members of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American […]

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Notice of Application for Alien Employment Certification (Assistant Professor in History of Modern European History)

This notice is provided because of the filing of an application for permanent alien labor certification for the following position: Assistant Professor in History of Modern European History, ca. 1750-1914, excluding Russia Concerned applicants for this position should report to the following University of California, Santa Barbara department/institute office of employment responsible for placing this position: Department of History/College of Letters & […]

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Notice of Application for Alien Employment Certification (Assistant Professor of colonial Latin American History)

This notice is provided because of the filing of an application for permanent alien labor certification for the following position: Assistant Professor of colonial Latin American History Concerned applicants for this position should report to the following University of California, Santa Barbara department/institute office of employment responsible for placing this position: Department of History/College of Letters & Science-Humanities and Fine Arts Any […]

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Former UCSB Public History Doctoral Student Is Named Executive Director for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

Anne Petersen

The Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) announced today that Anne Petersen, Ph.D. has been appointed as their new Executive Director. The search for the new leader for SBTHP was national and included candidates from the Santa Barbara region and across the country.  Petersen’s first day on the job will be April 1. “We […]

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Prof. Kalman quoted in New Yorker article on history of filibustering Supreme Court nominees

As the political jockeying about replacing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia begins, LBJ’s experience trying to nominate Justice Abe Fortas as Chief Justice in an election year offers a historical parallel. This Feb. 13, 2016 New Yorker article “The Death of Antonin Scalia” quotes Prof. Kalman, who wrote a biography of Fortas: “Abe Fortas and L.B.J. are spinning in their […]

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Professor Mhoze Chikowero Publishes New Book on Music, Colonialism and Self-liberation: “African Music, Power, and Being in Colonial Zimbabwe”

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Professor Mhoze Chikowero‘s new book, African Music, Power, and Being in Colonial Zimbabwe, reveals the role of music in the subjugation and liberation of African culture. “It’s not just a book about music,” Chikowero said. “It’s more of a history through music. As a historian I’m interested in archives, I’m interested in sources, I’m interested in how we can use […]

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CfP: Gender and Intimacy Across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: A Workshop at UC Santa Barbara

In recent years, scholars from across a variety of disciplinary fields have initiated studies exploring gender and intimacy across the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Some of the most exciting and innovating work has begun to examine how notions of gender as well as masculinity and femininity shape emotional and personal relations with partners, spouses, children, and extended family members and how those […]

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Professor James F. Brooks Publishes New Book, Mesa of Sorrows: A History of the Awat’ovi Massacre

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The Hopi community of Awat’ovi existed peacefully on Arizona’s Antelope Mesa for generations until one bleak morning in the fall of 1700—raiders from nearby Hopi villages descended on Awat’ovi, slaughtering their neighboring men, women, and children. While little of the pueblo itself remains, five centuries of history lie beneath the low rises of sandstone masonry, and theories about the events […]

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Professor Sherene Seikaly Publishes New Book, “Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine”

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Men of Capital examines British-ruled Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s through a focus on economy. In a departure from the expected histories of Palestine, this book illuminates dynamic class constructions that aimed to shape a pan-Arab utopia in terms of free trade, profit accumulation, and private property. And in so doing, it positions Palestine and Palestinians in the larger […]

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Job Posting: Temporary, part-time lecturer positions for the 2016-17 academic year

Job # JPF00622 – College of Letters & Science – Humanities and Fine Arts – History   Recruitment Period The department will begin reviewing applications on April 1, 2016. Description The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for temporary, part-time lecturer positions for the 2016-17 academic year.  Courses needed may include: World History Survey, […]

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Seikaly and Colleagues on Palestine and Black America

Sherene Seikaly

Professor Sherene Seikaly is among the scholars, activists, and other notables who have created a short video, “When I See Them, I See Us.”  The video examines the similarities (and to some extent the differences) between the situation and activism of African Americans and of Palestinians, and declares a level of solidarity between the two groups’ struggles. Professor Seikaly says […]

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Ancient Chinese Historian Anthony Barbieri-Low Experiments with Innovative Teaching Techniques during Summer Session B

Professor Barbieri-Low’s HIST 2A conducts the Wittfogel experiment

While teaching World History (History 2A) during the last few years, I have been experimenting with various historical games or simulations that might make the study of the ancient world more memorable. Some of these ideas were originated by my TA’s during our History 500 (TA workshop) sessions, and others I brainstormed over of last couple years by myself or […]

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Job Posting (Closed): Colonial Latin American History (1492-1825)

The application period for this position is now closed.   The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in colonial Latin American history. Appointment begins July 1, 2016. PhD expected at time of appointment. The search is open to scholars working on any region of Latin America during the colonial […]

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Job Posting: Assistant Professor in History of Modern Europe (ca. 1750-1914)[deadline passed Nov. 1]

About: Area: Modern Europe, mid-eighteenth to nineteenth centuries The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Modern European history, ca. 1750-1914, excluding Russia. Appointment begins July 1, 2016. PhD expected at time of appointment. We particularly welcome scholars whose work builds on cross-cultural, transnational, or interregional topics or whose […]

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UC President’s Faculty Research Fellowships Awarded to Profs. Keel and McDonald

Christian Thought and Racial Science, and Travel in Imperial Japan are their topics. The Religious Pursuit of Race: Christian Thought and the Development of Modern Racial Science With this fellowship Dr. Keel will complete his first book The Religious Pursuit of Race: Christian Thought and the Development of Modern Racial Science, which is currently under contract with Stanford University Press. […]

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“Spring Insight” for prospective students held on April 11th

Students and their families visited the History Dept. table to learn about studying History at UCSB. On Saturday, April 11, the History Department’s information table at the Spring Insight Open House offered information and advice about the History major at UCSB. Why study history at UCSB instead of at another UC campus? Besides the obvious advantages of our climate and […]

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Santa Barbara (& UCSB) History

UCSB Visitors: Looking to learn a little about our fair city? Here are some links to get started. Santa Barbara is a very special place. If you’re new to the area (or thinking of coming here), what better way to get to know the present-day city than through its past? This News item offers links to websites on local history […]

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January 2015 Historia Newsletter Now Online

Alumni and supporter newsletter features in-depth articles about department news & events This issue’s news includes features on: — Adam Sabra named Cleveland Dodge Professor (p. 1) — Lectures on Slavery and Justice (p. 1) — Sixth annual Badash lecture (p. 2) — Thoughts on the department by the late Bob Kelley (p. 3) — Making a game of history […]

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Faculty, Alumni and Grad Student Publications, Placements and Awards (Updated April 2016)

Recent books, articles, awards & achievements of UCSB historians UCSB Historians keep busy publishing new and innovative historical research. Here are the most recent titles, awards and achievements, listed alphabetically by author. You can also jump down to the Alumni and Graduate Student Listings.   2016 Updates: POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS Sarah Watkins (Ph.D. 2014; currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Colby College, […]

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Prof. Méndez wins prize for her book on the formation of the Peruvian State

It was voted no. 1 of 2014 publications by leading scholars of Peruvian history Prof. Cecilia Méndez’s book La República Plebeya: Huanta y la formación del Estado Peruano, 1820-1850 (Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2014)[The Plebeian Republic: The Huanta Rebellion and the Making of the Peruvian State, 1820–1850], was voted “the best book of history of 2014” in a survey […]

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Job Posting: Lecturers in History

Temporary, part-time lecturer positions for the 2015-16 academic year Recruitment Period The department will begin reviewing applications on April 1, 2015. Description The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for temporary, part-time lecturer positions for the 2015-16 academic year. Courses needed may include: World History Survey, (pre-history to 1000 CE; 1000-1700 CE; 1700 CE […]

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UCSB History Professors Comment on “Selma”

Prof Kalman remarks on portrayal of LBJ; others quoted in Jan. 2015 UCSB Current Several critics of the recently released film Selma have remarked that the portrayal of President Johnson is skewed more negatively than his historical actions. Asked for her assessment of that aspect of the film, Prof. Kalman responded: “I absolutely loved the movie, which I thought was […]

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Prof. McCray’s The Visioneers Wins Another Prize

2014 Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize recognizes history of science books accessible to a general audience. The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future has been awarded the Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize from the History of Science Society. It recognizes the best book for “a general audience” […]

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Job Posting: Summer Lecturer in History

Seeking temporary, part-time lecturer positions for Summer 2015. The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for temporary, part-time lecturer positions for Summer 2015. Courses needed may include: World History Survey, (pre-history to 1000 CE; 1000-1700 CE; 1700 CE to Present) Western Civilization Survey, (pre-history to 1050 CE; 1050-1715 CE; 1715 to Present) The American […]

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2014-2015 Graduate Students: Meet the Entering class

Twelve new students joined the History graduate program this Fall.We extend a warm welcome to our newest colleagues! The 2014 new grad students (l. to r.) back row: Grad secretary Darcy Ritzau, Doug Genens, Will Murphey, Thomas Franke, Jonathan Lee, Sergey Saluschev, Dana Hughes. Front row: Anglica Marquez, Julie Johnson, Elise Finkel, Rana Razek, James Williams and Prof. Alice O’Connor, […]

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October 2014 Historia Available

Alumni and supporter newsletter features in-depth articles about department news & events This issue’s news includes features on: — Puritans and WWI — History PhDs in Hong Kong — Meet the new grad students — New faculty for Middle East, Borderlands — A grad student’s Fulbright year in Italy Please go to the History Associates’ page to download the full […]

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HISTORY COURSE WAITLIST/ADD POLICY

Please read these guidelines before contacting any history professor about courses HISTORY DEPARTMENT COURSE WAITLIST/ADD POLICY The History Department recognizes the difficulties that students face in adding courses. To ensure efficiency and fairness in the add process, the Department has formulated the following guidelines. Please read them carefully. UPDATE June 3, 2014: eGrades has been augmented to allow automated waitlists […]

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Job Posting: Assistant Professor in North American Slavery

With a focus on: colonial period through the Civil War era, African-American or African Diaspora. The deadline for applications is Nov. 1, 2014. Job Number: JPF00356 College of Letters & Science – Humanities and Fine Arts – History Description The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship focusing on the […]

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Job Posting: Assistant Professor in History of Modern Biological/Life Science

This notice is provided because of the filing of an application for permanent alien labor certification for the following position: Assistant Professor in History of Modern Biological/Life Science Applicants should be able to teach a variety of graduate seminars and upper division courses related to the history of the modern life sciences, as well as contribute to the department’s lower-division […]

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History Graduation Reception 2014

10:00am – 12:00pm; HSSB 4020 We are pleased to invite you to the Annual UC Santa Barbara History Department Graduation Reception. Please join the History faculty and your fellow students for a reception: Sunday June 15, 2014 10:00am-12:00pm HSSB 4020 Please R.S.V.P by Friday June 6, 2014 This celebration will be for all graduates of the 2013-2014 Bachelors of Arts […]

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Job Posting: Assistant Professor in History of Modern Biological/Life Science

This notice is provided because of the filing of an application for permanent alien labor certification for the following position: Assistant Professor in History of Modern Biological/Life Science Applicants should be able to teach a variety of graduate seminars and upper division courses related to the history of the modern life sciences, as well as contribute to the department’s lower-division […]

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April 2014 Historia Available

Alumni and supporter newsletter features in-depth articles about department news & events In this April 2014 issue of Historia: — Teaching Award for Toshi Hasegawa — Reliving the Riviera campus — Gardens in Art — Three grad conferences — Students debate the Great Society at 50 Please go to the History Associates’ page to download the full PDF of this […]

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Prof. McCray awarded 2015-16 Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History

This Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum fellowship will support research on artist-engineer collaborations in the Apollo era. Patrick McCray, has been selected to hold the 2015-16 Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. It is their most prestigious fellowship. McCray will use his time in DC to write a new book […]

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Prof. Chikowero Wins ACLS Fellowship

Prof. Mhoze Chikowero is the recipient of a prestigious Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. Prof. Chikowero will use the award to continue work on his project entitled “Tool of Empire, Technology of Self-Liberation: Colonial Radio Broadcasting to Africans in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, 1939-80.”

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Position Opening: Lecturer in History

The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for temporary, part-time lecturer positions for spring 2014 and during the academic year 2014-15. Job # JPF00287 College of Letters & Science – Humanities and Fine Arts – History Description The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for temporary, part-time lecturer […]

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Department Has New Web Page for The Great Society at Fifty: Democracy in America Initiative

The program of courses, panel discussions, conferences, public lectures, and symposia runs throughout the 2013-14 academic year. A new History Department webpage has been launched as part of an ongoing initiative to recognize a sweeping array of social policy innovations from 1964 to 2014. Visit The Great Society at Fifty webpage to learn about upcoming courses, lectures, and other events […]

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Prof. Soto-Laveaga talks about her research on radio program “Border Crossings: A History of US-Mexico Relations”

Mexican peasants played an important role in the sourcing of synthetic hormones for birth control. Twenty years ago, NAFTA — the North American Free Trade Agreement — removed barriers to trade between the United States and Mexico, marking a more cooperative phase in what has often been a contentious relationship over the centuries. In this episode, Peter, Ed, and Brian […]

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Professor McCray wins Emme; elected APS Fellow

His 2013 book The Visioneers chosen for American Astronautical Society award; also named Fellow of the American Physical Society. In late November 2013, the American Astronautical Society announced W. Patrick McCray was selected as the recipient of the 2012 Eugene E. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature for his book The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, […]

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Prof. Alagona offers expertise on the Endangered Species Act

Environmental historian describes legacy of 40-year old policy Prof. Peter Alagona was recently interviewed for his views on the history of the Endangered Species Act. Alagona appeared in a variety of national and regional venues including National Public Radio’s weekly show Science Friday as well as KQUED’s Forum and Minnesota Public radio. December 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the […]

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Prof. O’Connor appears in NPR programs about the history of poverty in the U.S.

Contributes to UCSB’s 2013-14 Critical Issues in America Series on “The Great Society at 50.” Prof. Alice O’Connor, an expert on poverty and U.S. social policy, appeared on NPR’s Marketplace and All Things Considered in segments broadcast on Jan. 8: Marketplace: “American presidents and the rhetoric of poverty.” All Things Considered: “Five Decades Later, Time To Change The Way We […]

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New Jobs, Publications, and Honors for UCSB History PhDs in 2013

Updated Nov. 12, 2013 Headings on this page (click to jump down to that category) Pre-Doctoral Awards and Fellowships New Jobs and Fellowships for Recent PhDs New Publications by History Alumni/ae New Honors and Awards for History Alumni/ae From the News Archive Pre-Doctoral Awards and Fellowships (back to top) Abby Dowling (Farmer) has received a Dumbarton Oaks summer dissertation fellowship. […]

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October 2013 Historia Available

Alumni and supporter newsletter features in-depth articles about department news & events In this issue: — Robin Fleming’s MacArthur Fellowship — Lisa Jacobson program on beer, Oct. 24 — Bus trip to Getty Malibu, Nov. 16 — New faculty, new grads — columns by History chair and History Associates president Please go visit the History Associates to download the full PDF […]

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2013-2014 Graduate Students: Meet the Entering class

Nine new students joined the History graduate program this Fall.We extend a warm welcome to our newest colleagues! The 2013-14 entering class of grad students in the UCSB History Department: Standing (l. to r.): Kashia Arnold (US), Ibrahim Mansour (Middle East), Patricia Morland (Ancient), Sasha Coles (US), Director of Graduate Studies Alice O’Connor, Ryan Minor (Africa). Seated (l. to r.): […]

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Job Opening (Closed): Modern Middle East/North Africa (deadline Nov. 12)

Applications invited for tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of the Middle East/North Africa since 1800. The Department of History of the University of California at Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of the Middle East/North Africa since 1800. We are open to a wide variety of research specializations, including, for example, gender studies, […]

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Prof. Lichtenstein Publishes Op-Ed in the LA Times

Historical comparison of tactics used to resist desegregation and Affordable Care Act OP-ED Obamacare: New fight, old tactics Opponents of the healthcare law are following in the footsteps of Southern segregationists half a century ago. By Nelson Lichtenstein September 8, 2013 Last month, Americans took pride in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Unfortunately, we are also […]

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Recruitment: Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship (deadline Nov. 1)

History of Modern Biological/Life Sciences The Department of History of the University of California at Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the History of Modern Biological/Life Sciences since the seventeenth century. We are open to a wide variety of research specializations, including, for example, genomics/genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, the biological field sciences, and evolution/Darwinism. Scholars whose […]

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UCSB Researchers Publish Book on History of Surfing

Neushul and Westwick’s highly readable history traces surfing from a sport of Hawaiian kings & queens to a billion-dollar worldwide industry. Peter Neushul and Peter Westwick’s new book on the history of surfing is out! It’s based on their popular History of Surfing course, sponsored by the UCSB history of science program. The book is available for $18 at amazon.com. […]

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Historia June Awards Issue

Alumni and supporter newsletter reports on the end-of-year awards garnered by undergrads, grads and faculty In this issue: –Chinatown event set for June 13 –Honors for Sarah Cline and Paul Spickard –Awards, awards, awards Click the link below for the downloadable pdf for this issue. hm 6/6/13

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Honors for Prof. Cline and Prof. Spickard

Prof. Spickard Wins American Studies Association Mentoring Award; Prof. Cline awarded LAIS Lifetime Achievement Award. The American Studies Association selected Prof. Paul Spickard for the 2013 Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award. This national award, from the Minority Scholars� Committee of the American Studies Association, recognizes individuals who demonstrate dedication to and excellence in mentoring. In its letter, the selection committee […]

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Nicole Pacino Wins Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

History Graduate Student Picks Up Coveted Academic Senate Award for 2012-13 Nicole Pacino was awarded the UCSB Academic Senate’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2012-13. Past winners of this award from the History Department include: Ingrid Dineen-Wimberly (2007) Laurence Christian (2009) Lily Anne Yumi Welty (2010) Jason Linn (2011) hm 5/31/13; jwil 31.v.2013

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May 2013 Historia Available

Alumni and Supporter Newsletter Features In-Depth Articles about Department Events. Note the Awards Ceremony on June 4! In this issue: — Awards ceremony June 4 — Tracey Watts lands Rome Prize — more grad fellowships — memories of a Pulitzer Prize winner Click the link at bottom to get to the downloadable pdf for the June 2013 issue. hm 5/24/13

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April 2013 Historia

Alumni and Supporter Newsletter Features In-Depth Articles about Department Events In this issue: — James Brooks on Southwest Borderlands, April 25 — Junipero Serra 300th anniversary event, May 11 — History undergrads receive Wilson fellowships (p. 1) — The 2012-13 Senior honors seminar (p. 3) — HA President Ann Moore on Santa Barbara’s Chinatown (p. 4) — Public History grad […]

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Prof. Barbieri-Low Wins Mellon New Directions Fellowship

Award of $238,700 to support Barbieri-Low’s comparative research on ancient civilizations. Professor Anthony Barbieri-Low has won a three-year (2013-2015) Mellon New Directions Fellowship to support his comparative research on ancient civilizations. The award will enable Prof. Barbieri-Low, a specialist in Ancient China, to undertake formal training in Egyptology. He will study ancient Egyptian language, scripts, archaeology, art, and culture. For […]

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History grad student Samir Sonti writes on Rosa Parks’ forgotten activist past

Essay published in Jacobin and Salon. Samir Sonti is a first year graduate student studying labor and economic history under Nelson Lichtenstein. “Black History Month just ended, which means grade schools nationwide recently celebrated how the Civil War abolished slavery, that George Washington Carver invented peanut butter, and, of course, how the Civil Rights Movement ended segregation and disfranchisement. Children […]

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Prof. Lichtenstein in the Los Angeles Times

His latest Op-Ed provides historical perspective on the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). For the full text of the Op-Ed, click here. Nelson Lichtenstein is MacArthur Foundation Professor in History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prof. Lichtenstein directs the UCSB Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy. Here are the first few paragraphs: If it is done […]

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February 2013 Historia Now Available

Alumni and Supporter Newsletter Features In-Depth Articles about Department Events Articles include: — panel discussion of Pope Benedict XVI March 5 — Historians take to the airwaves — Len Marsak remembered — Curating the Emancipation Proclamation hm 2/28/13

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Prof. Humphreys wins MEM Lifetime Achievement Award

Middle East Medievalists honor Humphreys for his contributions to the field. Middle East Medievalists (MEM), an affiliate of the Middle East Studies Association, brings together scholars studying the Islamic lands of the Middle East during period roughly 500-1500 C.E. The group recently honored Prof. Stephen Humphreys with its Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his distinguished service to the field. […]

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Prof. Chikowero Interviewed on Afropop.org

Listen to his interview on the PRI syndicated show, accompanied by Thomas Mapfumo’s music. UCSB History professor Mhoze Chikowero recently completed the first of two books based on his PhD research on Zimbabwean colonial and post-colonial history. That book, African Music, Power and Being, Colonial Zimbabwe, deals extensively with the role of music in the shaping of modern cultural and […]

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Prof. Emeritus Leonard M. Marsak died Feb. 4.

We offer here this short tribute by Prof. Sears McGee. A former member of this department, Leonard M. Marsak, died in Santa Barbara at age eighty-nine on February 4, 2013. He completed his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Cornell, and he retired from UCSB in 1986. He was the first Jewish graduate student to be accepted for history at […]

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Prof. Majewski Co-Curates Exhibition on the Emancipation Proclamation

Display in Library’s Special Collections runs through April 30, 2012. History professor John Majewski and Ph.D. student Maria Fedorova have curated a wonderful exhibit on the Emancipation Proclamation in the Library’s Department of Special Collections. We highly recommend seeing it on your next trip to the library.. Below is a link to the library page describing the exhibit: hm 2/1/23

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News about UC’s Online Education Efforts

This pages offers links to news and blogs about how online courses are being developed at UC. Feb. 20, 2013, Chronicle of Higher Education: “Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching.” A UC Irvine Economics professor resigned from his Coursera course because he refused to lower his standards to accommodate students who were only dabbling in his […]

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