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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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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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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Alice O’Connor blogs on the Huffington Post

What lessons can we draw from the Great Depression for the Great Recession? What We Can Learn From E. Wight Bakke: Recovery without jobs is no recovery. As part of the Roosevelt Institute’s series on the Jobs Crisis, running on the New Deal 2.0 blog from Nov. 12-30, Alice O’Connor was asked to reflect on what can be done to […]

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November 2009 Issue of Historia now available online

Historia has more in-depth articles about many of the News items on this webpage, as well as features such as the Chair’s column. The current issue (and all past issues) of Historia, the newsletter of the UCSB History Associates, is now available on the History Associates web page. The November 2009 edition features articles about: – Prof. Farmer’s testimony about […]

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Assessment Links and Information

In October 2010, UCSB designated the History Department one of 3 departments on campus to pilot the creation of assessment tools–ways of measuring how well we as faculty teachers meet our stated goals. What follows are links to some resources that can help the dept. committee charged with developing metrics. Links to 14 college and institutional history assessment documents, compiled […]

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Department Chair’s Message to History Majors

Read about how the History Department is dealing with the effects of the severe budget cuts on undergraduate courses. Dear History Majors, As you are no doubt aware, the University is in the midst of a potentially catastrophic budget crisis. The crisis is already having a big impact on the faculty, staff, and students. For the faculty, the budget cuts […]

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2009-2010 Graduate Students: Meet the Entering Class

The History Department extends a warm welcome to its 11 newest members! From left to right: Samantha Thompson (History of Science), Clinton Smith (U.S. history), Melissa Barthelemy (U.S. history), Peninah Walpo (Late Antiquity), Jay Stemmle (Medieval Europe), Alison Jefferson (Public History), Paul Barba (U.S. history), Chris Kegerreis (Ancient Mediterranean). Seated: Graduate Program Assistant Darcy Ritzau, History Chair John Majewski. (photo […]

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September 2009 Issue of Historia now available online

Historia has more in-depth articles about many of the News items on this webpage, as well as features such as the Chair’s column. The current issue (and all past issues) of Historia, the newsletter of the UCSB History Associates, is now available on the History Associates web page. The Sept. 2009 edition features articles about: -Prof. Lichtenstein’s new book about […]

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Prof. Lichtenstein’s “The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business” attracts national media attention.

It was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air and reviewed in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, among other places. In July 2009, Prof. Lichtenstein’s The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business was published. It quickly garnered attention and praise from the national media: “Nickel and Dimed”, review in the New York Times by […]

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May 2009 Issue of Historia now available online

Historia has more in-depth articles about many of the News items on this webpage, as well as features such as the Chair’s column. The current issue (and all past issues) of Historia, the newsletter of the UCSB History Associates, is now available on the History Associates web page. hm 5/26/09

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History Grad Student Elizabeth Shermer Gives Graduate Commencement Address about Clark Kerr and the Past and Future of the UC System”

The full text is available in this News item.>br> UCSB History Ph.D. Elizabeth “Ellie” Shermer (homepage) was the 2009 commencement speaker at the June 14 ceremony for those receiving graduate degrees. Her talk considered the legacy of Clark Kerr, the UC President who refounded the University in the 1950s and 1960s (Kerr Wikipedia page). Added June 16, 2009; The text […]

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Prof. Emeritus Dimitrije Djordjevic passed away on March 5, 2009

A celebration of Dimitrije’s life was held in Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 16. We record with sadness the death of our colleague, Professor Emeritus Dimitrije Djordjevic. Dimitrije was born in Belgrade in 1922, and died on March 5, 2009 at age 87. He is survived by his wife Nan, his daughter Jelena Markovic, two grandchildren and one great granddaughter, […]

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Dramatic Rescue of Colleague’s Home from Jesusita Fire

Prof. Lindemann was able to save his house from the firestorm. See his story and a Santa Barbara Independent article about how. The photos on the left are some shots taken by Al’s son Tim on the afternoon of Wed., May 6, when the fire hit Tunnel Road. Al writes the following in an email: The fire storm surrounded our […]

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April Haynes wins Lancaster Dissertation Award

Humanities and Fine Arts Prize will be awarded at Commencement April Haynes has won the UCSB Lancaster Dissertation Award in Humanities and Fine Arts, for the best dissertation over a two-year period on campus. April will be presented with the award at the Commencement Ceremony, and her dissertation will be entered in a national competition sponsored by the Council of […]

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UCSB Historians win campus-wide teaching prizes.

Prof. Pat Cohen named outstanding graduate mentor; Laurence Christian selected as outstanding teaching assistant. Two History Department members have won campus-wide outstanding teaching awards for 2008-2009. Professor Patricia Cohen won the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award. Professor Cohen is the third historian to win this award since it was created four years ago. Professor (now Emeritus) Hal Drake won the award […]

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Spring Insight Open House for prospective freshmen and transfers

Numerous admitted students stop by History Department table On Saturday, April 4, 2009, the History Department’s Table at the Academic Fair offered friendly advice and information 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 location, UCSB’s History program offers a broad array of […]

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Prof. Barbieri-Low’s book wins its *fourth* prize

Barbieri-Low’s Artisans in Early Imperial China has won the AHA Breasted Prize, the College Art Association’s Morey Book Award, and two others. We are pleased to announce that Tony Barbieri-Low‘s already celebrated Artisans in Early Imperial China (2007) has won another major award: The Joseph Levenson Prize for work on China pre-1900. The award, announced on March 26, is given […]

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National fellowships and honors for UCSB History graduate students

Breaking news about awards and grants for 2009-2010.(updated April 2009) Update October 2009: UCSB PhD Rick Fogarty has won the Phi Alpha Theta Best First Book Prize for his book Race and War in France: Colonial Subjects in the French Army, 1914-1918 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). Rick now teaches at SUNY Albany (SUNY faculty page, publisher’s page, amazon.com page). […]

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Faculty Searches now complete

Two faculty positions have just been filled: Sub-Saharan Africa and Modern China To read the original job announcements please go to SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA FACULTY POSITION (application deadline: Nov. 7, 2008) and MODERN CHINESE HISTORY FACULTY POSITION (application deadline: Oct. 7, 2008) TWA 5/14/09, hm 5/14, 5/18

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History of Surfing course to be offered in Spring 2009.

History 103S will be crosslisted with ES 103S. In Spring 2009, the UCSB Department of History and the Environmental Studies Program will again offer a course on the history of surfing (History 103S), supported by the History of Science, Technology, Medicine, and Environment field with the Associated Students Coastal Fund and taught by Peter Neushul and Peter Westwick. UCSB first […]

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Latest issues (Jan.& March 2009) of Historia now available online

Full color versions are available as pdfs on the History Associates web page. The March issue of Historia contains, among other things, news items about two prizes won by Pekka Hamalainen’s new book on the Comanche empire, announcements of Prof. Ogelsby’s talk on March 8, and a report about Josh Ashenmiller’s talk about the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill.. The […]

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Prof. Barbieri-Low awarded College Art Association Book Award

Artisans in Early Imperial China wins Charles Rufus Morey Book Award Prof. Barbieri-Low‘s Artisans in Early Imperial China has been named as the winner of the College Art Association Charles Rufus Morey Book Award. The Charles Rufus Morey Book Award, named in honor of one of the founding members of CAA and first teachers of art history in the United […]

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New York Times catches Prof. Kalman at Reagan Library

Reporter finds UCSB prof. poring over newly released documents.Update Dec. 8: Prof. Lichtenstein commentary on CNN. CNN, Dec. 8, 2008: “Chicago factory sit-in fits nation’s mood,” by Nelson Lichtenstein and Christopher Phelps. The article begins: “– The factory occupation by 200 workers at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago, Illinois, recalls one of the most storied moments in American history, […]

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Professors Lansing and Barbieri-Low win AHA Book Awards.

Professor Lansing to receive Marraro Prize; Professor Barbieri-Low takes Breasted Prize. Two UCSB History faculty have won major book prizes from the American Historical Association. Carol Lansing will receive the Howard R. Marraro Prize in Italian History for her book Passion and Order: Restraint of Grief in the Medieval Italian Communes (Cornell University Press, 2007). The Marraro Prize was established […]

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2008-09 Graduate Students: Meet the Entering Class

The History Department extends a warm welcome to its 25 newest members! 25 graduate students have joined our department in 2008-09. Seated, from left to right: Scarlett Aldebot, Nicole Coggins, Tiffany DiMaggio, Joe Figiulo, Peggy Beedle. Standing: Sunny Lim, Margaret Jesser, Henry Maar, Director of Graduate Studies Sharon Farmer, Jason Stohler, Jason Linn, Damian Nemirovsky, Dustin Walker, Greg Goalwin, Jackson […]

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UCSB History faculty publish eight new books in 2008.

Alumni and graduate students have been prolific as well. Update: See also this 10/6/08 UCSB press release. Update 2: Some 2008 graduate student and alumni publications added at bottom, as well as links to our 2007 and 2009-10 publications. UCSB History faculty have been busy publishing new and innovative historical research. Here are some of the most recent titles. (Note […]

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Historians win three campus-wide teaching prizes.

Prof. Digeser Distinguished Teaching, Prof. Spickard Outstanding Graduate Mentor, and Lily Welty Outstanding Teaching Assistant. Three UCSB Historians have won campus-wide outstanding teaching awards for 2007-2008. Professor Elizabeth Digeser won an Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Paul Spickard won the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award. Professor Spickard is the second historian to win this award since it was created three […]

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UCSB History lecturer Peter Westwick wins Gardner-Lasser book award.

Dr. Peter Westwick, a lecturer in UCSB’s Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, has been awarded the 2008 Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Westwick received the Gardner-Lasser Award for his book Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004 (Yale University Press, 2007). The Gardner-Lasser History […]

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Major fellowships and honors for UCSB History graduate students.

Seven external awards, and 17 campuswide fellowships and awards for 2008-09. The following UCSB History graduate students have won major fellowships or honors this year. The winners are listed below in two categories: national/regional and campus-wide. Within each category, winners are listed alphabetically. National & Regional Awards Rafaela Acevedo-Field (Latin America; Cline) has won a James R. Scobie Fellowship for […]

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History major degree audits available on GOLD.

History majors are now able to do a history degree audit via GOLD. This will check which history major requirements remain to be fulfilled. It will also show which GEs have yet to be completed. Instructions for running a degree audit 1) Log on to GOLD 2) Select “Academic History” 3) Click the tab titled “Degree Audit” 4) Click the […]

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UCSB History faculty published five new books in 2007.

This list of publications gives a sample of the interesting and innovative research produced by historians at UCSB. (note: missing from the photograph is Prof. Lee’s A Greek Army on the March; the photographer inadvertently included Prof. Sonnino’s 2008 Mazarin’s Quest instead of Prof. Miescher’s Africa after Gender; see the 2008 new publications News item photo.) Anthony Barbieri-Low‘s new book […]

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Professor Soto Laveaga wins LASA Best Article Prize for “Uncommon Trajectories: Steroid Hormones, Mexican Peasants, and the Search for a Wild Yam”

Prof. Gabriela Soto Laveaga has won the 2007 Best Article Prize for Health, Science, and Society at the Latin American Studies Association meeting in Montreal. The full citation for her article is: “Uncommon Trajectories: Steroid Hormones,Mexican Peasants, and the Search for a Wild Yam,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Cambridge. 36:4(December 2005): 743-760.

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2007-08 Graduate Students: Meet the Entering Class

The History Department extends a warm welcome to its 21 newest members! ALL SMILES. The 2007-08 entering class of grad students takes a break from their orientation meeting. Pictured (l. to r.): Brian Ernst (modern Europe), Rachel Winslow (US), Steve Campbell (US), José Luis Igue (Latin America), Eric Fenrich (US), Bianca Brigidi (Latin America) Tory Swim (Public History), Kelly Morse […]

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September 2007: UCSB History Associates Celebrates 20th Anniversary. The departmental support group has been bringing historians and community members together since 1987.

The departmental support group has been bringing historians and community members together since 1987. This year is the 20th anniversary of the UCSB History Associates. The departmental support group was created in 1987 with the dual purpose of bringing members of the community interested in history together with UCSB faculty through an annual program of lunches and lectures, and raising […]

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History Graduate Seminars for Spring 2008Descriptions of next quarter’s graduate seminars are now available.

The following History graduate seminars will be offered in Spring 2008. For more information on a particular seminar, please contact its instructor. Ancient History 201E: The Roman Revolution. Prof. Digeser, Time and room TBA. Students will be required to sit in on 112B of the same title. The course will be devoted to modern interpretations of the fall of the […]

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Professor Edgar wins Best Article Award from Berkshire Conference of Women Historians for her article on Muslim women in Soviet Central Asia.

The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians has recognized Professor Adrienne Edgar with its Annual Article Award for her article “Bolshevism, Patriarchy, and the Nation: The Soviet ‘Emancipation’ of Muslim Women in Pan-Islamic Perspective,” Slavic Review 65 (2006), 252-272. The award was announced in the December 2007 issue of Perspectives, the newsmagazine of the American Historical Association. In her article. Adrienne […]

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Friday, March 7 is Graduate Recruitment Day.A full schedule of events is now available.(with informational links at bottom)

Congratulations and welcome to students admitted to the History graduate program for 2008-9. On Friday, March 7, we will hold a full day of orientation, panels, and activities to acquaint potential new students with the department and faculty. There will be opportunities to meet current graduate students and to tour the UCSB campus. See below for a full schedule of […]

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