Prof. Chikowero writes on Music and Politics in Zimbabwe

Prof. Mhoze Chikowero is a featured correspondent in the June 20, 2017 issue of The Herald, Zimbabwe’s largest daily newspaper.  Click here to read Prof. Chikowero’s essay on Cde Dickson “Chinx” Chingaira, a leading Chimurenga (“liberation” in the Shona language) musician and veteran of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle.  The essay draws from Prof. Chikowero’s recent book, African Music, Power, and Being […]

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Professors Castillo-Muñoz, Farmer, and Seikaly Celebrate New Books

UCSB History professors Verónica Castillo-Muñoz, Sherene Seikaly, and Sharon Farmer celebrate their new books with Chancellor Henry Yang. Prof. Castillo-Muñoz has just published The Other California: Land, Identity and Politics on the Mexican Borderlands with the University of California Press. Prof. Seikaly recently published Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2016). Prof. Farmer recently published […]

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UCSB History Students Garner Five 2017 Commencement Awards

 Paola De La Cruz Paola de la Cruz, a History of Public Policy major, has received the Thomas More Storke Award for Excellence, which is the campus’s highest student honor for outstanding scholarship and extraordinary service to the university, its students, and the community. Paola is completing a senior thesis that examines the history of the Ventura School for Girls, […]

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UCSB at WAWH 2017!

April 27-29th marked the 49th annual conference of the Western Association of Women Historians in San Diego. UCSB was extremely well represented at the conference, with more than a dozen historians on the program! In addition to those pictured, 5 other UCSB students and professors were at WAWH 2017: Professor Veronica Castillo-Munoz, Professor Miroslava Chávez-García, Professor Carol Lansing, Laura Hooton, and Susan […]

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History Is Not a Useless Major: Fighting Myths with Data

Perspectives on History, the news magazine of the American Historical Association, recently published findings on the job outcomes of students who graduated with an undergraduate degree in history, titled “History is Not a Useless Major“. Contrary to popular myths, history majors are not underemployed or paid less than graduates in other fields. The article concludes, “Majoring in history does not doom […]

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New journal goes live! Studies in Late Antiquity

Issue 1.1 of Studies in Late Antiquity went live on 23 February 2017. UC Press publishes the new multidisciplinary journal with a focus on global late antiquity. UCSB professor Beth DePalma Digeser is Editor-in-Chief, and Graduate Student Lisa Meyers is Editorial Assistant. Associate Editors include UC faculty, Emily Albu (Davis), Ra’anan Boustan (UCLA), Susanna Elm (Berkeley), Michele Salzman (Riverside) and Ed […]

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History Lead TA, Melissa Barthelemy, highlighted in The Bottom Line

The most recent TA Spotlight published in campus paper, The Bottom Line, highlights Lead TA Melissa Barthelemy and her work inside and outside of the classroom at UCSB. Barthelemy has been very active in events commemorating the Isla Vista Shootings of 2014 and central to efforts on campus to promote love and care in the wake of this tragedy. Congrats, Melissa, on […]

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“A Workable Future”: Alumna Anne Petersen, Director of the SB Trust for Historic Preservation, featured in the UCSB Current

From The Current: UC Santa Barbara’s Public History Ph.D. program, the nation’s first, prepares students for careers outside academia   (Santa Barbara, Calif.) — Anne Petersen realized as an undergraduate that for her, a career in history would be best experienced outside of a classroom. It was her second summer in college, and she was a volunteer at the Jackson Hole […]

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Job Posting: Summer Lecturer in History

Background in addition to the formal job announcement below: Most positions are for 4 lecture days per week over 6 weeks, either in session A (June 26-Aug. 4) or session B (Aug. 7-Sept. 15). [see Summer sessions calendar] Applicants should note in their cover letter whether they would be willing to relocate to Santa Barbara for a relatively short 6-week […]

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Job Posting: Lecturer in History

Job #: JPF00938 About: The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for temporary, part-time lecturer positions for the 2017-18 academic year. Courses needed may include: • World History Survey, (pre-history to 1000 CE; 1000-1700 CE; 1700 CE to Present) • Western Civilization Survey, (1050-1715 CE; 1715 to Present) • The American People (US survey, all […]

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American Historical Association Condemns Executive Order Restricting Entry into the United States

AHA Condemns Executive Order Restricting Entry to the United States January 30, 2017   The American Historical Association strongly condemns the executive order issued by President Donald J. Trump on January 27 purportedly “protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.” Historians look first to evidence: deaths from terrorism in the United States in the last fifteen […]

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UC statement on President Trump’s executive order

President Janet Napolitano and the Chancellors of the University of California on Jan. 29 issued the following statement: We are deeply concerned by the recent executive order that restricts the ability of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the UC community from certain countries from being able to enter or return to the United States. While maintaining the […]

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Professor Emeritus Elliot Brownlee interviewed by Parisian journal on President Trump’s tax policies

Professor Emeritus Elliot Brownlee gave an interview to the Parisian newspaper Liberation on what to expect from President Trump’s tax and fiscal policies (the interview is in French). During the month of January, 2017, Professor Brownlee holds a position as directeur d’études invité at the internationally acclaimed Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, where he is giving a series of […]

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14 Black Classicists, Exhibit AD&A Museum Jan 14- Apr 30, 2017

The Art, Design, and Architecture Museum opens a new exhibit, “14 Black Classicists.” The exhibit opens Saturday, January 14th and runs through April 30th, 2017. Shortly after the Civil War, a cadre of African-American classicists earned doctorates and taught Greek and Latin at the university and college level. The installation was created by Professor Michele Ronnick of Wayne State University, and […]

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New Book by Verónica Castillo-Muñoz

Dr. Verónica Castillo-Muñoz has just published, The Other California: Land, Identity and Politics on the Mexican Borderlands with the University of California Press. The Other California is the story of working-class communities and how they constituted the racially and ethnically diverse landscape of Baja California. Packed with new and transformative stories, the book examines the interplay of land reform and migratory labor on […]

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New Book Co-edited by Prof. Elena Aronova

A collection of essays co-edited by Prof. Elena Aronova titled Science Studies during the Cold War and Beyond: Paradigms Defected, has recently been published. This book – a contribution to the history of science during the Cold War-  explores the emergence of the field known as “science studies.” One of the main contributions of the collection – which Aronova co-edited with Simone Turchetti from the […]

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Prof. Farmer’s new monograph on The Silk Industries of Medieval Paris

Sharon Farmer’s latest monograph, The Silk Industries of Medieval Paris: Artisanal Migration, Technological Innovation and Gendered Experience, appeared in print at the beginning of Nov., 2016. Drawing on the evidence of tax assessments, aristocratic account books, and guild statutes, the book, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, explores the economic and technological contributions that Mediterranean immigrants made to medieval […]

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UCSB Alum Wins 2016 Davis Prize from History of Science Society

UCSB alum Jacob Darwin Hamblin is the most recent winner of the Watson and Helen Miles Davis Prize from the History of Science Society. The prize – awarded for the best book published in the history of science and written for the general public –  was for his 2013 Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism. Hamblin did his […]

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS-“Transnationalisms, Transgressions, Translations,” The 12th Annual Conference of the International Federation for Research on Women’s History

The 12th Conference of the International Federation for Research on Women’s History/ Federation Internationale Pour la Recherche en Histoire des Femmes (IFRWH/FIRHF) will be held August 12-15, 2018 at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, the home of the current President, Eileen Boris. This will be the first time that this international gathering of historians of women and gender […]

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New York Museum Features Work of Prof. Pat Cohen

Professor Pat Cohen’s 1998 book, The Murder of Helen Jewett, is taking on a new life next month in New York City. Helen Jewett will be featured as part of the first permanent exhibit at The Museum of the City of New York, New York at its Core . This exhibit features the stories of compelling persons and objects that helped make New York what […]

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History Professors Investigate Borderlands Around the Globe

UCSB History professors Verónica Castillo-Muñoz, Elizabeth Digeser, Ann Plane, and Gabriela Soto-Laveaga have chapters in a new edited volume, Globalizing Borderlands Studies in Europe and North America, just published by University of Nebraska Press. The volume was edited by UCSB professor John W.I. Lee and professor Michael North of the University of Greifswald, Germany.  Professor North was a Fulbright Distinguished […]

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Historia, October 2016

What’s in this issue of Historia?… Four New Faculty Members in 2016 A Spring in Iran Alexander DeConde UCSB Alum’s New Mission Presidio News Grad Triumphs Download October 2016 issue  

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New Book by Prof. Salim Yaqub Examines American & Arab Relations

Cornell University Press recently published Professor Salim Yaqub’s new book, Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.–Middle East Relations in the 1970s. Yaqub’s book argues that the 1970s were a pivotal decade in U.S.-Arab relations—a time when Americans and Arabs became an inescapable presence in each other’s lives and perceptions, and when each society came to feel profoundly vulnerable to the […]

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Welcome to our new graduate students of 2016!

Pictured: Professor Alice O’Connor, Chris MacMahon, Chloe Roberts, Mika Thornburg, Avian Johnson (tall), Julia Crisler, Sharon Farmer, Nora Kassner, Elizabeth Schmidt, Moriah Ulinskas, Darcy Ritzau, Rhiannon Parisse (not pictured: Neil Johnson, Sandy Governder, and Lei Dou). Welcome!

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UCSB History PhD Wins Book Award

Congratulations to this year’s winner of the Phi Alpha Theta Best First Book Award, Dr. Mateo M. Farzaneh, for The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership of Khurasani. Dr. Farzaneh is an Associate Professor of History of the Islamic World and the Modern Middle East at Northeastern Illinois University-Chicago. Dr. Farzaneh’s PhD is from UC Santa Barbara, where he studied […]

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Echoes of the Past: Grover Cleveland on UCSB’s The Current

A bitter election. Social unrest and violence at home and abroad that seem to augur ruinous times. A gaping political divide fed in part by new technology and ways to communicate. Sound familiar? Welcome to the 19th century. While the hyper-partisanship of today’s America might feel new, two UC Santa Barbara scholars note that we’ve been down this road before. […]

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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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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

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

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

Mesa of Sorrows book cover

“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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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”

"African Music, Power, and Being in Colonial Zimbabwe" book cover

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

Gender and Intimacy Across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands A Workshop at UC Santa Barbara September 30 – October 1, 2016 Loma Pelona Conference Center SCHEDULE Friday, September 30, 2016 5:00-5:15 pm: Welcome & Introduction, Sharon Farmer, Chair & Professor, History 5:15-6:00 pm: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Alexandra M. Stern, Professor of American Culture, Women’s Studies, History, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the […]

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

Mesa of Sorrows book cover

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”

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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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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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.   2016 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, […]

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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