Congratulations to Professor Sarah Case!

Congratulations to Professor Sarah Case, who has been awarded the Southern Association for Women Historians‘ Anne Firor Scott Mid-Career Fellowship. The Fellowship is given every two years to fund a second book or equivalent project in Southern Women’s History. Professor Case is currently working on a book on women undergraduates in the 1930s in the South, focusing on Georgia. Her […]

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New Issue of Studies in Late Antiquity Now Available

Studies in Late Antiquity, edited by UCSB’s Professor Elizabeth DePalma Digeser, is a forum for innovation and reflection on global Late Antiquity (150-750 CE) which questions and expands on received models and methods. Primary points of interest include interconnections between the Mediterranean and Africa, Iran, Arabia, the Baltic, Scandinavia, the British Isles, China, India and all of Asia, as well […]

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New Issue of The Public Historian Published

The November issue of the academic journal The Public Historian has been published and can be viewed here. Since 1978, The Public Historian has made its mark as the definitive voice of the public history profession, providing historians with the latest scholarship and applications from the field. The Public Historian publishes the results of scholarly research and case studies and addresses the broad […]

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Undergrads Cook Up Some Food Histories

Rather than have her students write traditional essays in HIST 193F: Food in World History, Elizabeth Schmidt, a graduate student in history, had something else in mind for her summer session class: Historical Recipe Projects and Food History Museum Exhibits. The results were delicious. Have a look!  I. Historical Recipes How did they do this, you might ask? Well, students […]

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Good News Comes in Threes

Three pieces of good news to celebrate! On 28 August 2020, Josh Rocha successfully defended his dissertation! His thesis, Military Spectacle in Interwar Britain: Militarism, Propaganda, and the Shadows of World War, is a fascinating account of how the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force used popular spectacles to compete for public and political support for their services during the 1920s […]

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UCSB History Department Statement on Floyd Uprising

History Department Statement  George Floyd’s slow, excruciating, and brutal death on May 25, 2020 has sparked a global uprising. The UCSB History Department grieves and stands in solidarity with colleagues and students on campus and in the community, and with Black people around the world. The Floyd Uprising has, like many Black led movements in the past, launched our reckoning […]

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Emergency Graduate Student Support

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Our students are facing unprecedented financial circumstances as a result of the global COVID pandemic. Fellowships and research grants have been cancelled or postponed, leaving many without income for the summer. As one grad student reports, “All potential summer internships in my field were cancelled, and they included a stipend and housing.” Another adds, “I am now faced with the […]

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New Student Wellbeing Website

To help support students as they face current  covid-19 and remote learning challenges, the university has created a new “Student Wellbeing” website. This website includes resources for financial and food insecurity, technology rentals, mental health, physical health, support groups and much more. Please visit the website HERE for more information. 

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Congratulations to Evelyne Laurent-Perrault!

Professor Evelyne Laurent-Perrault has recently been recognized for her accomplishments on multiple fronts. She received a Faculty Career Development Award and a Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library. Additionally, the volume Demando mi libertad: Mujeres negras y sus estrategias de resistencia en la Nueva Granada, Venezuela y Cuba, 1700-1800, to which Professor Laurent-Perrault […]

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Civil Rights Scholarship of Nelson Lichtenstein Recognized by Journal of American History

In honor of Black History Month, the Journal of American History asked Professor Peniel Joseph of the University of Texas to curate a special on-line issue designed to highlight ten key articles, previously published in the JAH, illuminating the theme, “Black Power, American Democracy, and Dreams of Citizenship.” Among those selected was “Opportunities Found and Lost: Labor, Radicals, and the […]

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Alumna Caitlin Rathe’s LBJ Podcast Now Available

The first episode of a podcast that alumna Caitlin Rathe (PhD, 2019) has been a part of creating since August 2018 has gone live! The NEH-funded project, LBJ and the Great Society, tells the story of Johnson’s remarkable domestic policy legacy piecing together oral histories, telephone calls from the White House, and other archival audio sources. The podcast website describes […]

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JOB POSTING: TEMPORARY LECTURER IN HISTORY

The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary lecturers to teach a course (or courses) in History for upcoming openings. The number of positions varies from quarter to quarter and may include summer terms, depending on the needs of the department. Courses needed may include: • Hist 2A, 2B, […]

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“Gender and Intimacy across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands” out now! Read here.

The special issue, “Gender and Intimacy across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,” with guest editors Miroslava Chávez-García and Verónica Castillo-Muñoz has just been released! This issue focuses on the primacy of gender and intimacy in the 19th and early 20th C borderlands. Features articles by Celeste R. Menchaca on sexual regulation at the border, Erika Pérez on several generations of the biethnic […]

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Job Posting: Assistant Professor in Middle Period Chinese History

The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Middle Period Chinese history, c. 618-1644, to begin July 1, 2020. We welcome applications from scholars who research any aspect of Middle Period Chinese history. We are especially interested in candidates whose work connects with other scholars in the department and […]

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History Associates to Feature “Electric” Presentation by Prof. Stephan Miescher

flyer for History Associates to Feature "Electric" Presentation by Prof. Stephan Miescher

History Associates will kick off the 2019-2020 year with a presentation by UCSB’s Professor Stephan Miescher titled Ghana’s Electric Dreams. It is based on his forthcoming monograph on the history of Ghana’s most ambitious development project, the Volta River Project and the Akosombo Dam, and their importance for the process of nation-building. It will include the showing of part of a […]

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Prof. Kate McDonald Awarded NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant

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The NEH awarded UCSB History Professor Kate McDonald and her colleague, Prof. David R. Ambaras of NC State University, a $100,000 Level II Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to complete the second edition of their digital spatial history project, Bodies and Structures 2.0 and to create new analytical tools for Scalar, the project’s platform. Congratulations, Kate and David!

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History Senior Honors Colloquium

group image of students and professor from the 2019 History Senior Honors Colloquium

The History Honors Senior Thesis Colloquium was a great success this year thanks to Professor Adrienne Edgar and all the students, discussants, friends and family who put so much time and energy into the event.  The papers covered a wide range of themes but many examined how race, gender, and political machinations undercut individual rights in the 19th and 20th […]

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History Celebrates with Alumni at All Gaucho Reunion

History Celebrates with Alumni at All Gaucho Reunion

The history department welcomed back its alumni on April 26th as part of the campus homecoming event, All Gaucho Reunion.  We invited alumni to participate in a lunch and career-panel moderated by the president of our History Club, Veronica Andrade.  Four amazing former History undergraduates Avery Barboza (2018), Kilma Lattin (2002), Rebecca Stephens Loman (2006), and Avi Ross (2001) told […]

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UCSB graduate student wins article award

Congratulations to Doug Genens, who was recently awarded the 2019 Everett E. Edwards prize for his article “Fighting Poverty in the Fields: Legal Services and the War on Poverty in Rural California,” which is slated for publication in spring 2020. The Edwards prize is given to the best article by a graduate student accepted for publication in Agricultural History in […]

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UCSB grad lands job as Director of Academic Affairs at Marist College

Congratulations to Stephanie Seketa, a department graduate who has just been hired as the Director of Academic Affairs at Marist College in New York. This position manages college-wide projects (under the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs) including: academic events such as commencement, convocation, and high-profile lectures; public relations; regulatory compliance and accreditation oversight such as leading faculty in […]

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New Issue of Studies in Late Antiquity Available!

Studies in Late Antiquity is edited by Prof. Elizabeth DePalma Digeser of the UCSB History Department.  Check out the contents of the latest issue below. Studies in Late Antiquity Spring 2019; Vol. 3, No. 1 THE EDITOR Embodying the Past Elizabeth Depalma Digeser Stud Late Antiq 2019; 3.1: 1-3 doi:10.1525/sla.2019.3.1.1 http://sla.ucpress.edu/content/3/1/1 VIEWPOINT ESSAY Advancing Feminism Online: Online Tools, Visibility, and […]

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Professors Juan Cobo and Verónica Castillo-Muñoz land fellowships

Both Professors Cobo and Castillo-Muñoz have been awarded prestigious library fellowships, which is a testament to the quality of their scholarship. Professor Cobo won a yearlong John Carter Brown Library fellowship for his project “The coming of the kingdom: the Muisca, the Catholic Reformation, and the Spanish monarchy in the New Kingdom of Granada.” The John Carter Brown Library, at Brown University, […]

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Another UCSB History Ph.D. gets on the tenure track

Congratulations to Tim Paulson, who has accepted a faculty position at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. Tim’s graduate research, which combined economic, labor, social, and environmental history, focused on the history of the American beef cattle industry–from ranch to table–and its place in a changing world economy. In addition to his dissertation, Tim taught courses in three departments, held […]

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UCSB History Department PhDs get tenure track positions

Congratulations to Cheryl Jiménez Frei, who just accepted a position in Public History at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and to Ben Ma, who has accepted a position at the University of Macau after a year-long post-doc at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Future professors Frei and Ma graduated in 2017 under Professors Sarah Cline and Anthony Barbieri-Low, […]

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Professor Eileen Boris wins inaugural Rachel Fuchs Award

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Professor Eileen Boris is, along with Professor Nupur Chauduri, a winner of the Coordinating Council for Women’s History’s (CCWH) inaugural Rachel Fuchs award. The award recognizes and applauds service to the profession, including mentoring. It is named in honor of the late Rachel Fuchs, who served as President of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, as President […]

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Professor Kate McDonald Launches New Digital Spatial History Site

Bodies and Structures 1.0: Deep-Mapping Modern East Asian History is now live. The website, a collaboration between Kate McDonald and North Carolina State University professor David Ambaras, is a platform for researching and teaching spatial histories of Japan, its empire, and the larger worlds of which they were a part. It begins from the premise that space and place are fundamental […]

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Job Posting: Temporary Lecturer in History

The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary lecturers to teach a course (or courses) in History for the upcoming openings. The number of positions varies from quarter to quarter and may include Summer terms, depending on the needs of the department. Courses needed may include: • Hist 2A, […]

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Professor Nelson Lichtenstein in the News

Professor Lichtenstein in his library

Professor Nelson Lichtenstein was featured in a WalletHub piece about the best and worst cities for jobs in California. He was part of a panel of experts who was asked to weigh in on the employment future of California, the challenges that job seekers face and the policies that help to level the playing field for disadvantaged workers.You can find […]

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Job Posting: Assistant Professor in Early North American history, c. 1700-1830.

The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Early North American history, c. 1700-1830. Appointment begins July 1, 2019. PhD expected at time of appointment or candidate must have completed all requirements for a PhD in History or a related field (or equivalent degree), except the dissertation (or equivalent), […]

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Notice of Application for Alien Employment Certification

This notice is provided because of the filing of an application for permanent alien labor certification for the following position: Assistant Professor. Concerned applicants for this position should report to University of California, Santa Barbara Department of History responsible for placing this position. Any person may provide documentary evidence bearing on the application to the attention of the certifying Officer […]

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In Memoriam, Professor Emeritus Harold Clark Kirker

UCSB Emeritus Professor of History, Harold Clark Kirker, died in San Francisco on May 30, 2018, just a few days before his 97th birthday.  Professor Kirker, who served in the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army from 1943-45, received his PhD from U.C. Berkeley in 1957.  After teaching at M.I.T. for nine years, he served on the faculty at […]

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UCSB History PhD Rudy Guevarra wins Ford Foundation Award

Rudy Guevarra, a 2007 UCSB History PhD, has been named one of two recipients of a 2018 Ford Foundation Senior Fellowship.  They give this description of his pathbreaking work: Rudy P. Guevarra Jr., Associate Professor Arizona State University, Asian Pacific American Studies, School of Social Transformation“Aloha Compadre: Latinxs in Hawai’i, 1832-2010” My research over the last eighteen years has focused […]

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In Memoriam, Professor Emeritus Carl Harris

The History Department was saddened by the death of Professor Emeritus Carl Harris on May 14 of this year. Professor Harris, who joined the UCSB history faculty in 1968 and retired in 2011, combined theoretical breadth, innovative social science, and in-depth research in primary sources to produce influential scholarship on the nature and sources of political power in the United […]

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New issue of Studies in Late Antiquity now available!

Studies in Late Antiquity is edited by Prof. Elizabeth DePalma Digeser of the UCSB History Department.  Check out the contents of the latest issue below.   Studies in Late Antiquity Summer 2018; Vol. 2, No. 2   THE EDITOR The Chain of Hermes: Late Ancient Founders and Traditions Elizabeth Depalma Digeser Stud Late Antiq 2018; 2.2: 145-146 doi:10.1525/sla.2018.2.2.145 http://sla.ucpress.edu/content/2/2/145 ARTICLES […]

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UCSB Graduate Students Host Medieval Studies Conference

Last week, a number of UCSB History graduate students organized and participated in the biannual UCSB Graduate Student Medieval Studies Conference. This year’s conference theme was “The Politics of Pleasure: Social Networking in the Middle Ages.” The planning committee invited a number of scholars from diverse backgrounds to present on the varied ways in which pleasure leisure competition, entertainment, friendly […]

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UCSB Grad Dr. Holly Roose Heads Promise Scholar Program

Dr. Holly Roose completed her PhD in History at UCSB last June. Since then, Holly received offers of tenure-track professorships, but she has decided to pursue a higher calling.  She is now the Director of UCSB’s Promise Scholar Program.  The program guides several hundred students who have extremely high financial need through their university careers.  She advises them, makes sure they […]

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Professor Zheng Publishes New Book

Professor Zheng has just published her monograph The Politics of Rights and the 1911 Revolution in China with Stanford University Press. China’s 1911 Revolution was a momentous political transformation. Its leaders, however, were not rebellious troublemakers on the periphery of imperial order. On the contrary, they were a powerful political and economic elite deeply entrenched in local society and well-respected both for […]

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Professor Chavez-Garcia publishes Migrant Longing

bookcover of Miroslava Chavez Garcia's Migrant Longing Letter Writing Across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Professor Miroslava Chavez-Garcia has just published her new monograph, Migrant Longing: Letter Writing Across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, with the University of North Carolina Press. Drawing upon a personal collection of more than 300 letters exchanged between her parents and other family members across the U.S.-Mexico border, Professor Chávez-García recreates and gives meaning to the hope, fear, and longing migrants experienced in […]

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Professors Perrone and Seikaly Awarded UC Presidents’ Fellowships

Two UCSB History faculty — Giuliana Perrone and Sherene Seikaly — have been awarded UC Presidents’ Research Fellowships in the Humanities, which will enable them to spend the 2018-2019 academic year working on their next monographs. Professor Perrone’s project, Reconstructing the Law: Slavery in Post-Emancipation Southern Courts, tells the story of “legal Reconstruction,” which was the process by which all […]

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History graduate student wins UK post-doc

David Baillargeon, who works with Prof. Erika Rappaport on the British colonial empire, has just accepted a position as college fellow at the University of Nottingham. It is a three year research position in which he will be leading a segment of an interdisciplinary collaborative research project funded by the European Research Council entitled “Spaces of Occupation in Twentieth Century […]

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Book Prize Awarded to Prof. Rappaport

Prof. Erika Rappaport’s book A Thirst for Empire: How Tea Shaped the Modern World was recently awarded the biannual Book Prize at the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (the PCCBS is an affiliate of the North American Conference on British Studies). A Thirst for Empire previously won the Gourmand award for Best Book on Tea in the World and has received excellent reviews in […]

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Prof. McCray Selected for Smithsonian Fellowship

Prof. Patrick McCray is the newest recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellowship. The position is offered for 2018-2019 by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The fellowship was awarded to McCray for his project “Artists as Inventors, Inventors as Artists” which aims to broaden our understanding […]

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History graduate students fight for food justice

four History graduate students fight for food justice

This January, history graduate student Caitlin Rathe received funding to start a new organization, Students for Food Justice (SFFJ). Working with fellow history graduate student, Nicky Rehnberg, and partnering with the Blum Center for Sustainable Development and Global Poverty Alleviation, SFFJ aims to expand the conversation around student food insecurity by looking beyond meeting immediate needs. While a lot of attention on campus has […]

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Sarah Case’s book reviewed on H-Net

Dr. Sarah Case, who is Managing Editor for The Public Historian, published her book Leaders of Their Race: Educating Black and White Women in the New South last year. It has just been reviewed for H-Net. Professor Case has also been invited to be a feature author at the Decatur book festival this coming August/September.

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Senior History Major Zingha Foma chosen as first recipient of Parker-Tiampo Award

  Senior Honors Thesis student Zingha Foma has been chosen as the first  Parker-Tiampo Family Scholar.  The scholarship will support Foma’s research on her senior honors thesis, “The Origin of Dutch African Prints: An Investigation into the history of the Dutch owned African textile company, Vlisco.”  The project emerged from her discovery that today Vlisco, a European company, is the […]

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In memoriam: Alan Vu
March 1989-February 9, 2018

Alan Vu, during his first trip to Spain

The History Department faculty and students, along with the staff of HASC, and numerous colleagues from around UCSB, mourn the tragic, untimely death of Alan Vu, our beloved undergraduate advisor. Alan brought sunshine wherever he went, was a major problem solver, and always went the extra mile for students and faculty alike. If there is any consolation in this terrible […]

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George Washington Visits UCSB History Class

George Washington Visits UCSB History Class

Gen. George Washington recently made an appearance at UCSB, visiting with the students of Dr. Eric Fenrich’s Colonial and Revolutionary America course (History 161B). Gen. Washington addressed the class, then answered questions ranging from the role of religion in Washington’s life (“It’s private”), to his evolving views on slavery (“I resolved that I could not break a family apart by selling […]

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HISTORY CLASSES TO TAKE IN SPRING 2018!

With Spring 2018 registration beginning soon, here are some History classes to consider.  And, check out our full Spring 2018 schedule of classes. History 9: Introduction to Historical Methods– Hiroshima in History and Memory MWF 2:00-2:50pm, GIRV 2108. Professor Kate McDonald. How has the atomic bombing of Hiroshima been remembered and commemorated in the United States and Japan? This course […]

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JOB POSTING: LECTURER IN HISTORY

Job # JPF01193 The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary lecturers to teach a course (or courses) in history for the upcoming openings. The number of positions varies from quarter to quarter and may include Summer terms, depending on the needs of the department. Courses needed may include:  • […]

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Studies in Late Antiquity– New Issue Now Available.

Studies in Late Antiquity (SLA) is a forum for innovation and reflection on global Late Antiquity (150 – 750 CE) which questions and expands on received models and methods. Primary points of interest include interconnections between the Mediterranean and Africa, Iran, Arabia, the Baltic, Scandinavia, the British Isles, China, India and all of Asia, as well as disrupting the assumed connection […]

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New Study Shows Humanities Majors Financially, Emotionally Well-Off

A new study from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences challenges the myth of the underemployed, unhappy humanities graduate.  The study analyzed data from the U.S. Census and other government sources, plus Gallup polling of workers nationwide.  In contrast to stereotypes about humanities majors, the study reveals that workers with BA degrees in the humanities had a very low unemployment […]

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Graduate student Sergey Saluschev wins research fellowship

Congratulations to Sergey Saluschev, who has been awarded a 2018-2019 research fellowship from the American Councils Title VIII Research Scholar Program.  Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII), the American Councils Research Scholar Program provides full support for graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars […]

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Professor Manuel Covo wins Huntington Library Fellowship

Professor Manuel Covo has been awarded a research fellowship at the Huntington Library for the 2018-2019 academic year. During the tenure of the fellowship he will be finishing his first monograph, The Entrepôt of Atlantic Revolutions: Saint Domingue, Commercial Republicanism and the Remaking of the French Empire. This monograph will place the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions within a global context […]

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Professor Barbieri-Low awarded Honorable Mention for Hanan Book Prize

Anthony Barbieri-Low’s co-authored 2 volume work, Law, State and Society in Early Imperial China  (Brill 2015), has been accorded Honorable Mention status in this year’s Patrick D. Hanan Prize for translation from the Association for Asian Studies.  The prize is awarded biennially to an outstanding English translation of a significant work in any genre, from any work from any era that […]

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Professor Juan Cobo Receives UC Humanities Research Institute Award

Professor Juan Cobo Betancourt has won a $15,000 grant from the UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) to support his work on a digital archive of texts from Colonial Latin America.  Prof. Cobo has co-founded a non-profit foundation devoted to digitizing the holdings of endangered archives and libraries in Colombia, making the results available and accesible online for free, and promoting […]

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Professor Emeritus W. Elliot Brownlee appears in Washington Post podcast on tax reform bill

Professor Brownlee, author of Federal Taxation in America: a History and professor of economic history, appeared this week in the “Taxes” episode of the Washington Post podcast Constitutional. In the episode, he and Joseph Fishkin, professor of law at the University of Texas, Austin, discuss the history of the income tax in the United States in light of Congress’s historic tax reform bill. The […]

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Professor Brad Bouley publishes new book on the role of autopsy in the canonization process of the 16th and 17th centuries

bookcover of Bradford A. Bouley's Pious Postmortems - Anatomy, Sanctity, and the Catholic Church in Early Modern Europe

Professor Bouley’s Pious Postmortems: Anatomy, Sanctity and the Catholic Church in Early Modern Europe explores the complex connection between the spiritual and physical realms in Catholicism by exploring the widespread practice of using autopsies in determining sainthood in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The book, which was featured in the UCSB Current, considers the dozens of examinations performed on reputedly holy corpses in […]

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Professor Emeritus Tsuyoshi Hasegawa publishes another book on the Russian Revolution

bookcover of Tsuyoshi Hasegawa's The February Revolution, Petrograd, 1917 The End of the Taoist regime and the Birth of Dual Power

Professor Hasegawa has added to his impressive list of publications The February Revolution, Petrograd, 1917. It is the most comprehensive book on the epic uprising that toppled the tsarist monarchy and ushered in the next stage of the Russian Revolution. Professor Hasegawa presents in detail the intense drama of the nine days of the revolution, including the workers’ strike, soldiers’ revolt, the […]

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