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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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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Prof. Hasegawa on BBC and Cited in New York Times

Op-ed on “The Myth of Nuclear Necessity” references Hasegawa’s research. In December 2012 the BBC’s National Geographic Channel aired a program: “Nagasaki: the Forgotten Bomb,” in its series titled, “Seconds from Disaster.” UCSB’s own Prof. Tsuyoshi Hasegawa figures prominently in the program. Watch Nagasaki – The Forgotten Bomb (45 mins.) on youtube. (Hasegawa is in the trailer and starting at […]

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Prof. McCray contributes to NPR Science item on 2012 breakthroughs

Author of The Visioneers says “breakthroughs” aren’t always recognized at the time. ‘McCray, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, says revolutionary discoveries don’t necessarily announce themselves when they happen. Consider this story: In 1988, a French scientist and a German scientist independently discovered a basic physics phenomenon known as giant magnetoresistance. ‘The discovery seemed so arcane it didn’t make […]

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UC’s Efforts to Deal with Decreasing Public Funding

Page with links to news & commentary to foster discussion of this issue(Jan. 2011 to Feb. 2012) Feb. 22, 2012, U to the Rescue blog: “Police Violence and the First Amendment .” Michael Meranze’s update on the status of the investigation and lawsuits arising from the November pepper-spraying at UC Davis. Feb 17, 2012, Remaking the University blog: “Davis Agonistes.” […]

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Cold War Comics!

UCSB History Associates event draws enthusiastic audience. UCSB History PhD student Paul Hirsh drew an enthusiastic crowd for his talk, “Why Are These Men Smiling? The Cold War in the Comics,” held at the Unity Church in Santa Barbara on Tuesday, October 23. Hirsh’s dissertation focuses on American comic books and foreign policy from 1940-1960. Hirsh’s talk was sponsored by […]

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October 2012 Historia now available

With articles on comics in the Cold War, new faculty and graduate students, and much more. In this issue: — Cold War Comics, Oct. 23 — Peter Alagona’s big year — new faculty, new grad students — alumna Vera Mae Walsh’s encounter with history — columns by Ann Moore and Beth DePalma Digeser A color pdf of the complete issue […]

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2012-2013 Graduate Students: Meet the Entering Class

Seventeen new students joined the History graduate program this Fall.We extend a warm welcome to our newest colleagues! Pictured at this year’s orientation meeting are (standing, left to right): Chichi Peng (U.S.), Samir Sonti (U.S.), Maria Fedorova (U.S.), Brian Griffith (Modern Europe), Chris Nofziger (Ancient Mediterranean), Paul Warden (U.S.), Will Thompson (Early Modern Europe), Stephanie Seketa (Modern Europe), Susan Schmidt […]

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California Higher Education in Focus

UCSB Faculty Association to Host Open Forum on October 17th Higher Education and California Voters: Can this Election Save UC? A forum sponsored by the Faculty Association at UC Santa Barbara Wednesday, October 17, 4 p.m. McCune Conference Room, 6th floor Humanities and Social Science Building (HSSB 6020) Participants will include: Nelson Lichtenstein, MacArthur Foundation Chair in History and Director […]

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Lecture Series To Focus on Financial Disasters

UCSB Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy brings distinguished speakers to campus. Historian Scott Reynolds, author of A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America’s Financial Disasters, will kick off the series with a talk on Friday, October 11 at 1pm in Room 4041 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSSB 4041). Read the full […]

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Prof. Majewski in the Ventura County Star

Majewski to speak at exhibition on Lincoln and the Civil War. CSU-Channel Islands to host Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War Traveling Exhibition Read More:http://www.vcstar.com/news/exhibit-explores-lincolns-presidency-ep-363029435-351946301.html jwil 26.ix.2012

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Prof. Alagona to Lead 2013-14 Sawyer Seminar

UCSB Receives $175,000 from Mellon Foundation for Seminar on Comparative Study of Pacific Cultures. UCSB’s proposal for the Mellon Foundation’s 2012 Sawyer Seminar competition has been approved by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The proposal, “Sea Change: Integrating the Historical Study of Human Cultures and Marine Environments in Three Pacific Regions,” involves History professor Peter Alagona as lead author and […]

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UCSB History Alumna Donates Funds for Graduate Student Award

2009 PhD Ingrid Dineen-Wimberly makes generous gift, to be matched by History Associates. An excerpt from the article in the July 20, 2012 UCSB GradPost: With gratitude for the assistance she received as a student, and mindful that “grad students need support now more than ever,” Ingrid established the Ingrid Dineen-Wimberly Award for parents raising children while working on their […]

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“Birthers’ attack on Obama is not only bogus, it’s irrelevant”

Prof. Spickard publishes op-ed in June 16 Silicon Valley Mercury-News, generates lots of discussion in “comments” section “Paul Spickard: Birthers’ attack on Obama is not only bogus, it’s irrelevant“ This is clearly a hot-button issue for many readers, generating many emailed responses as well as comments at the bottom of the newspaper’s online article page. hm 6/18/12

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June 2012 Historia now available

With articles on the silent film era in SB, China’s “Dead Sea” scrolls, and much more In this issue: * A program on the 100th anniversary of Santa Barbara’s Flying A Studios * China’s “Dead Sea Scrolls” * Recipients of History awards * Memories of UCSB in the 50s from alum David Hood A color pdf of the complete issue […]

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History Graduate Students (and Alumni) Win National Awards and Fellowships

updated June 17, 2012 Congratulations to graduate students who have won national fellowships and awards, and to our alumni as they move up the career ladder! Niccole Coggins (Prof. Spickard) was awarded a prestigious UC Pacific Rim Research Fellowship to do research for her dissertation, “Welcome to the ‘Rock,’ Boys! The US Military’s Influence on the Territory of Hawai’i, 1898-1959.” […]

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Prof. Peter Alagona wins Harold J. Plous Award for 2012-2013.

Plous Award is highest honor UCSB College of Letters and Science can bestow on an Assistant Professor. Prof. Peter Alagona is Assistant Professor in the UCSB History Department, specializing in Environmental History and the History of Science. The Plous Award was established to honor Harold J. Plous, an Assistant Professor in UCSB’s Department of Economics until his untimely death in […]

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Prof. Barbieri-Low working on the ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ of China.

Dating from the 3rd-2nd centuries BC, the texts are a gold mine of information for ancient China’s social and legal history. In an ancient tomb in China’s Hubei Province, archeologists discovered a basket of medical, mathematical, and legal texts that date back to the late third and early second centuries B.C. A historian at UC Santa Barbara is working to […]

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UCSB Supports Student Veterans.

UCSB offers priority registration, preferred housing, academic mentoring, and other support services for student veterans. UCSB offers priority registration, preferred housing, academic mentoring, and other support services for student veterans. There is also a Student Veterans Organization (SVO) on campus. For more information, visit the UCSB Veterans Benefits web site. The UCSB SVO website can be found here. jwil 29.v.2012

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May 2012 Historia now available

With articles on the Honors Colloquium, and many awards and fellowships In this issue: –Honors colloquium on May 25 –History awards ceremony June 7 –Public History honors Lindsey Reed –New award for Nelson Lichtenstein –Grad student fellowships –A report from HA President Ann Moore –An update on Harold Kirker hm 5/21/12

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UCSB History Grads Publish, Win Jobs and Fellowships

Also alumni/ae news and history majors going to grad school. JOBS & POSTDOCS Rafaela Acevedo-Field (Latin America; Prof. Cline) has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in History at Whitworth University (Spokane, WA). Rafaela earned her M.A. in the Latin American and Iberian Studies program and will complete her doctorate in History, writing on crypto-Jews and the Mexican Inquisition during the […]

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New faculty and graduate student publications in 2011-2012

An overview of the latest books and articles from UCSB historians. Beth Depalma Digeser, The Threat to Public Piety: Christians, Platonists and the Great Persecution (Cornell UP, 2012) (amazon) In A Threat to Public Piety, Elizabeth DePalma Digeser reexamines the origins of the Great Persecution (AD 303-313), the last eruption of pagan violence against Christians before Constantine enforced the toleration […]

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Prof. John Majewski on Princeton Review’s “Best 300 Professors” list.

U.S. historian Majewski one of ten UC professors named in new book. Ten University of California faculty members and lecturers are included in The Princeton Review’s new guidebook for the country’s best undergraduate professors. Seven professors and lecturers from UC Berkeley and one each from UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz are profiled in “The Best 300 […]

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Rick Santorum vs. History at UC

In fact, UC campuses including UCSB regularly offer both U.S. History and Western Civilization courses. Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum recently sent a letter to MSNBC anchor Rachael Maddow apologizing for his incorrect statement that no U.S. History courses are offered at UC campuses. In his apology, Santorum added that he meant to say no UC campuses offer Western […]

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March 2012 Historia now available

With articles on an upcoming conference, new faculty publications, the 1942 “Battle of Santa Barbara,” a grad’s experience in Argentina, and more. In this issue: — Peter Neushul’s upcoming talk on the science of surfing — History Associates President Ann Moore reports on last month’s talk by John Majewski — Grad student Damian Nemirovsky describes his climb up Argentina’s Mt. […]

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Prof. O’Connor publishes on the “Occupy” movement in Salon.com:

“How to make Occupy catch on: To build a fairer economy, we need to reclaim time-tested progressive narratives.” The article begins: “Were history a guide to today’s politics, progressives would be redoubling their efforts to turn the still-unraveling crisis of capitalism into an opportunity for system-changing reform. Certainly they would be doing everything within their power to combat the logic […]

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February 2012 Historia now available

With articles on political mudslinging in history, power teachers, student bloopers and more. In this issue: — John Majewski to speak on political mudslinging — Ingrid Dineen-Wimberly starts new fund for grad parents — Senate historian Betty Koed reflects on her graduate training — Pat Cohen to take presidency of SHEAR — History’s power teachers — a new raft of […]

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January 2012 Historia now available

With articles on the Egyptian elections, a profile of history alum UC Regent George Kieffer, a memorial of Prof. Bonadio, and more The new issue of Historia, the UCSB History Department’s newsletter for alumni and supporters, is (or soon will be) available for download from the History Associates web page (link at upper left on that page). Articles include: — […]

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Spring 2012 Graduate Seminar Descriptions (updated 3/6/12)

HIST 209B: The Academic Profession of History, Prof. Cohen, Spring 2012 The class will meet Thursdays from 11 to 1. Listed below are weekly topics as I’ve done them in the past. This time I’d like to devote more time to the current lively debate about broadening our vistas about what PhDs in History can do. The Perspectives of the […]

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Tutino Wins Book Prize; McCray Elected AAAS Fellow

Department faculty’s latest accolades from the American Catholic History Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science December 2011Prof. Stefania Tutino‘s Empire of Souls: Robert Bellarmine and the Christian Commonwealth has won the American Catholic History Association’s Howard H. Marraro Prize. The prize is given annually to the author of a book that is judged by a committee […]

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October 2011 Historia now available

With articles on new faculty hires, the new class of Ph.D. students, upcoming events and more. The new issue of Historia, the UCSB History Department’s newsletter for alumni and supporters, is (or soon will be) available for download from the History Associates web page (link at upper left on that page). Articles include: -Two new faculty hires in the Department […]

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2011-2012 Graduate Students: Meet the Entering Class

Nineteen new students joined the History graduate program this Fall.We extend a warm welcome to all! U.S. history drew eight of the new students, followed by Medieval Europe with four, History of Science with three, and one each for Modern Europe, East Asia, Ancient Mediterranean and Middle East. Standing (l. to r.) Brian Tyrell, David Baillargeon, Ryan Boghosian, Jason Zeledon, […]

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Prof. Matthew Sutton (UCSB Ph.D 2005) publishes NY Times Op-Ed on “Why the Antichrist Matters in Politics”

Then heckler calls Pres. Obama “Antichrist” & interviews follow On Sept. 25, 2011 prof. Matthew Sutton (Washington State U; UCSB Ph.D 2005), author of a book on “the Resurrection of Christian America” (Harvard UP, 2009; link) published an op-ed in the New York Times, “Why the Antichrist Matters in Politics.” Listen to this 7:42 min Sept. 30 interview with Matt, […]

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NRC: UCSB History graduate program ranks in top 10 nationally

The new National Research Council study puts our program squarely among the very best in the nation. Update Sept. 14, 2011: US News & World Report ranked UCSB as the no. 10 public university in the nation: UCSB Ranked Top University. The National Research Council recently announced the results of a new study of Ph.D. programs in the United States. […]

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Prof. Guerrini’s op-ed about Google ngrams as history:

“Analyzing Culture with Google Books: Is It Social Science?” OPINION: Discovering fun facts by graphing terms found among the 5 million volumes of the Google Books project sure is amusing — but this pursuit dubbed ‘culturomics’ is not the same as being an historian. published in MIller-McCune, Aug. 9, 2011. Colleague Stephen Humphreys comments: “A very interesting piece, and I […]

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UCSB Historian Peter Alagona receives NSF CAREER Award

He will be studying the University of California’s Natural Reserve System Santa Barbara, Calif. –– Four assistant professors at UC Santa Barbara have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awards. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of the early career development activities of those teacherscholars who are most likely to […]

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Prof. Hasegawa cited on 66th Anniversary of Hiroshima

“Why did Japan surrender? Sixty-six years ago, we dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. Now, some historians say that’s not what ended the war.” Boston Globe, Aug. 7, 2011 An excerpt from the article:In recent years, however, a new interpretation of events has emerged. Tsuyoshi Hasegawa – a highly respected historian at the University of California, Santa Barbara – has […]

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History Education in US Schools: How good is it?

Information about the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) study of History education. While much of the UCSB History Department’s News is about the various accolades we’ve received, we also discuss substantive educational issues related to history education. This News item is devoted to providing information about history textbooks and historical literacy among US-American students in the […]

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UCSB Library Exhibit Traces the Origins of the Modern Bible

UCSB Press release about exhibition curated by Prof. Farmer and History students This exhibit was curated by six undergraduate history majors and Prof. Sharon Farmer. It is on display in the Davidson Library Department of Special Collections on the third floor of the library until July 15. Click the link below to see the full story. hm 5/27/11

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Nelson Lichtenstein Publishes Op-Ed in the New York Times

“Wal-Mart’s Authoritarian Culture” — About the US Supreme Court’s decision not to allow a class action suit MONDAY’S Supreme Court decision to block a class-action sex-discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart was a huge setback for as many as 1.6 million current and former female employees of the world’s largest retailer. But the decision has consequences that range far beyond sex discrimination […]

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Larry Badash Memorial Lecture Series looks toward the future

Donations ensure 5 years of support UCSB’s Department of History is delighted to announce that a trio of private donors will provide funding to continue the annual Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture. For the next five years, Nancy Hofbauer, Larry’s life partner, and his two children, Bruce Badash and Lisa Jones, will generously support the annual lecture series. (The photo shows […]

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Professor Paul Spickard awarded Loving Prize by Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival

Award honors those who illuminate Mixed racial and cultural experience. Professor Paul Spickard has been awarded the Loving Prize by the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival, a project of the New York Foundation for the Arts. The Loving Prize, established in 2008, is awarded annually to outstanding artists, storytellers and community leaders for inspirational dedication to celebrating and illuminating […]

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UCSB Ranked in Top 10 Public Universities Nationally

In addition to the latest US News & World Report rankings, updates link to Times Higher Education and Washington Monthly‘s rankings —————— Update 12/9/10: edhat.com: “UCSB in Citation Leader.” Update 9/17/10: A British ranking in Times Higher Education puts UCSB at no. 29 of 200 universities worldwide: “UCSB Ranked High by Brits.” The rankings include 13 separate performance indicators across […]

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Graduate Seminar Descriptions for SPRING 2011

Detailed descriptions of many of this year’s graduate seminars are available here, to assist in choosing classes. Below are detailed description of the History graduate seminars that will be offered in 2010-11. For more information on a particular seminar, please contact its instructor. NOTE: All information is subject to change. Our Courses page may be more up to date. If […]

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March 2011 Historia now available

With articles about upcoming Charlie Chan talk, Tom Szigorich, Alice Dreger lecture, the Breezeway Mystery, and more. The new issue of Historia, the UCSB History Department’s newsletter for alumni and supporters, is available for download from the History Associates web page (link at upper left on that page). Articles include: -preview of Prof. Yunte Huang’s March 23 talk for the […]

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Visiting Faculty Profile: Prof. Michael North

The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Modern German Studies discusses his experiences at UCSB. The UCSB College of Letters & Science web page features this profile of Prof. Michael North, who is spending 2010-2011 at UCSB as a member of the History Department. Michael North, who is visiting the College of Letters & Science this year as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair […]

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Prof. Hasegawa edits a new book:

The Cold War in East Asia, 1945-1991 (Stanford Univ. Press, 2011) The Cold War in East Asia studies Asia as a second front in the Cold War, examining how the six powers—the United States, the Soviet Union, China, Japan, and North and South Korea—interacted one another and forged the conditions that were distinct from the Cold War in Europe. The […]

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Prof. emeritus Frank Frost publishes new short story

“He Likes Cats,” about a homeless man in Santa Barbara, available on edhat.com The community news aggregator has published Frank’s latest story “He Likes Cats.” Edhat also has photos of Frank’s 2010 Thanksgiving in the Provence–he has to improvise for lack of whole turkeys. See also Prof. Frost’s faculty webpage, and his 2001 book Subversives Stories at amazon.com, with the […]

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November 2010 Historia now available

With articles about the Dept’s top NRC ranking, Prof. Hasegawa’s Research Lecturer award and many others The new issue of Historia, the UCSB History Department’s newsletter for alumni and supporters, is available for download from the History Associates web page (link at upper left on that page). hm 11/18/10

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New faculty and graduate student publications in 2009-2010

An overview of the latest books and articles from UCSB historians.(updated January 2011) UCSB History faculty have been busy publishing new and innovative historical research. Here are the most recent titles, listed alphabetically by author. This year’s graduate student and alumni publications are listed below. Larry Badash, A Nuclear Winter’s Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s (MIT Press, 2009) […]

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UCSB Press Release about our colleague Laura Kalman

“UCSB Historian Examines Ford, Carter Presidencies and the Rise of Conservatism” (Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– It was the decade of disco music, mood rings, and leisure suits. Oil and energy crises took center stage, inflation topped 13 percent, and for the first time in the nation’s history, a U.S. president resigned from office in the face of impeachment. It was […]

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October 2010 Historia now available

With articles on the passing of Prof. Badash, UCSB’s top rankings in new studies, the administrative reorganization in the HSSB, and more The new issue of Historia, the UCSB History Department’s newsletter for alumni and supporters, is available for download from the History Associates web page (link at upper left on that page). hm 9/28/10, 10/3

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2010-2011 Graduate Students: Meet the Entering Class

The History Department welcomes its 7 newest members! Standing (l. to r.): Eun Ah Kim, Annette Kassis, Joshua Rocha, Hanni Jalil, Director of Graduate Studies Sharon Farmer, History Chair John Majewski, Cody Stephens. Seated (l. to r.): Elijah Bender, Graduate Assistant Darcy Ritzau, Jason Saltoun-Ebin. Note: Each graduate student will soon have their own departmental webpage. See the full listing […]

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Fulbright Chair in German Studies at UCSB in 2010-11

Prof. Michael North from the University of Greifswald, Germany, will be joining our department for a year of research and teaching. Update 10/12/10: Prof. North’s UCSB email is: mnorth@history.ucsb.edu. Professor North, whose home institution is the University of Greifswald in Germany, is a distinguished historian of early modern and modern Europe. His research and teaching interests are quite broad, and […]

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Prof. Cecilia Mendez receives LAIS award

Prof. Mendez was the recent recipient of the 2010 LAIS Faculty Mentor Award, an award selected by LAIS graduates and undergraduates to recognize faculty who have displayed exemplary mentorship. The award was presented at LAIS’s end of the year party by Jeremy Simer, an LAIS graduate student. Students said they selected Cecilia, who was “the toughest professor” they had ever […]

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June 2010 Historia now available

With news about many recent faculty and graduate student awards and accolades The new issue of Historia, the UCSB History Department’s newsletter for alumni and supporters, is now available for download from the History Associates web page (link at upper left on that page). hm 5/30/10

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History Honors Seminar Colloquium

Here you can view the program with the thesis titles, and some of the presentation powerpoints. Each year about a dozen of the best History students at UCSB participate in a two-quarter Honors Seminar course that culminates in the oral presentation of the students’ research projects. Here is a list of the 2010 theses, with links to three of the […]

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History Graduate Program Assistant Wins Campus Recognition

Darcy Ritzau is a recipient of the Getman Service to Students Award. History Department Graduate Program Assistant has won a Margaret T. Getman Service to Students Award for 2009-2010. Named for the former UCSB Dean of Student Residents, the Getman Awards recognize extraordinary commitment to the quality of student life at UCSB. Darcy was recognized in an awards ceremony at […]

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Nelson Lichtenstein named MacArthur Foundation Chair

Prof. Lichtenstein and Prof. Richard Applebaum have been awarded five-year chairs; they will focus on Human Rights in the Workplace: At Home and Abroad. Richard Appelbaum and Nelson Lichtenstein have been named recipients of the MacArthur Foundation chairs. Nelson Lichtenstein is Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy. Richard Appelbaum is […]

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UCSB History Ph.D.s Accept Tenure-Track Positions & Post-Docs

2009-10 job successes continue despite difficult economic situation. UCSB History Ph.D.s continue to distinguish themselves on the academic job market, even in an economic situation that has resulted in the cancellation of many job searches. As of May 3, 2010, 16 recent Ph.D.s or about-to-be-Ph.D.s have been offered and accepted professorships, teaching positions and post-docs (for information about dissertation research […]

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Prof. Soto Laveaga’s new book wins American Sociological Association award; recent reviews in TLS and UCSB Daily Nexus

Jungle Laboratories: Mexican Peasants, National Projects and the Making of the Pill UCSB history associate professor Gabriela Soto Laveaga recently released a book examining the origins of the oral contraceptive pill. May 14, 2010: Prof. Soto Laveaga’s book has won the Robert K. Merton Book Award. The Merton Award is given each year by the Science, Knowledge,and Technology (SKAT) section […]

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Graduate Students Win National Fellowships and Awards

History students receive Fulbrights, Mellon Fellowships, Rockefeller Foundation fellowships, and more. Dissertation Research Fellowships in 2010 — Some Highlights Megan Barber has been offered two year-long research fellowships: the CLIR Mellon Fellowship and the Fulbright fellowship. Her project is: “Students in the Streets: The Politics of Protest in Vichy France.” Megan has also won a Bernadotte Schmitt research grant from […]

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Sarah Cline Named Outstanding Graduate Mentor;Toshi Hasegawa Named UCSB’s Faculty Research Lecturer

History Dept. continues to dominate campuswide awards Apr. 11, 2010: The History Department is pleased to announce that Prof. Sarah Cline has been selected as a recipient of an Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award. This award is a testament to Prof. Cline’s skills and dedication as a mentor, and another piece of evidence confirming the high quality of our graduate program. […]

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Japan Foundation Grant to Support Professorship, Visiting Prof, Graduate Fellowships, and More

Prof. Luke Roberts coordinated the writing of the grant with Japanese Studies faculty. This grant will provide nearly $300,000 to support Japanese studies (particularly Japanese history) over three years. The grant will provide funds to support a post-doc, a visiting scholar from Japan, graduate student fellowships, and a summer institute for faculty and graduate students. One of the most exciting […]

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April 2010 Historia now available

With news about many recent faculty and graduate student awards and accolades The new issue of Historia, the UCSB History Department’s newsletter for alumni and supporters, is now available for download from the History Associates web page (link at upper left on that page). hm 4/22/10, 4/24

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UCSB History Ph.D.s win postdoctoral fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Nicole Archambeau and Ellie Shermer selected from amongst 1200 applicants in national competition. The UCSB History Department is delighted to announce that two of our recent alumnae– Nicole Archambeau and Ellie Shermer— have won Postdoctoral Fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies. The fellowships, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are part of the ACLS New Faculty Fellows […]

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Fellowships and New Books for History of Science Faculty

ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship Award to McCray; New books from Soto Laveaga and Badash The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announced in January 2010 that W. Patrick McCray, professor in the history of science and technology (faculty page), would share a Collaborative Research Fellowship with Prof. Mara Mills (UCSB, Dept. of English) and Prof. Cyrus Mody (Rice University, Dept […]

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