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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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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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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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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Change in the Proseminar requirement–History majors take note!New “DR” (directed readings) courses will also satisfy the “P” requirement.

Until now, all History majors have had to take a Proseminar course (with a “P” in its course number). Starting in Fall 2007, new courses with “DR” (Directed Readings) in their number will satisfy that requirement as well. For more information, see Mike Tucker in the History main office. jwil 11.ii.09

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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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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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