Greetings! I am happy to share with you some highlights of the past year and a brief preview of the year to come. This year we welcome Professor Sara Matthiesen, a specialist in U.S women’s history. Sara’s arrival fills a longstanding gap in the department’s research and teaching profile. Her exciting work on reproductive politics will be of great interest to professional scholars and students alike.
This has been a banner year for faculty accomplishments. Four faculty members published major books to noteworthy acclaim. Tyler Anbinder’s City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York won the Mark Lynton History Prize, the New York Book Prize, and was named one of the New York Times’ 50 best non-fiction books. David J. Silverman’s Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America received glowing reviews in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times Book Review. This past spring saw the publication of Jenna Weissman Joselit’s Set in Stone: America’s Embrace of the Ten Commandments and Gregg Brazinsky’s Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry during the Cold War. Finally, Andrew Zimmerman won prestigious fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the ACLS, and the Institute for Advanced Study.
The department hosted a highly successful symposium on “Citizenship and Subjecthood in Comparative Perspective” featuring renowned historian Frederick Cooper and an international panel of experts. Our students continue to do the department proud, sweeping the awards at the regional Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society Conference.
Looking forward, we have ambitious plans to connect our students to relevant job opportunities and rebuild our traditional strength in early modern European history.
We greatly appreciate your continuing interest in the History Department. Your support has made a real impact on our research and on the experiences we are able to offer our students. If you are in the D.C. area, please stop by. We would love to see you at one of our events or in the hallways for a chat. Thank you again!