PhD student Kate Densford has been awarded a 2016-17 Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Austria and the Czech Republic for her dissertation on "The Collapse of Provincial Austria in the First World War." Congratulations, Kate!
News and Events
Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Chi, the GW chapter of the National History Honor Society, swept the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference at the University of Baltimore on Saturday April 22. Our undergraduate history students took home three of the four available awards: Best Paper in European History by Joseph Albanese (B.A. '17), Best Paper in World History by Samuel Pfister (B.A. '18), and Best Paper in U.S. History to 1865 by Kathryn White (B.A. '17)! The faculty advisors are Tom Long and Denver Brunsman. Congratulations to all!
The History Department is pleased to announce the creation of the Dr. Charles Herber Annual Scholarship. This scholarship, supported by alumnus Ron Denham '67, will be awarded to an undergraduate majoring in History with a preference for a student who is the first in their family to attend college. Providing this scholarship will help alleviate some of the financial strains facing our students, allowing the recipient to more thoroughly engage in the History curriculum and pursue their academic interests.
Dr. Charles Herber, Associate Professor Emeritus of History and International Affairs, has instilled lifelong learning in countless of his students. We are privileged to receive this support on behalf of our students and in honor of Dr. Charles Herber and his years of dedication to his students and the department.
Frederick Cooper gives 2017 Kayser Lecture
Dr. Fred Cooper, Professor of History at New York University, gave the 2017 Kayser lecture on March 2, 2017 in the Gelman Library 7th floor Teamster's Room. His lecture, titled "Locating Citizenship: Empire, Nation, Federation," tackled the topic of citizenship. Dr. Cooper's discussion evaluated conceptual issues in the study of citizenship and the historical question of where it has been located.
Arie Dubnov Joins History Faculty
Professor Arie M. Dubnov joined the department in Spring 2017 as our new Associate Professor of History and Max Ticktin Chair of Israel Studies. Professor Dubnov is a historian of twentieth century Jewish and Israeli history, with emphasis on the history of political thought, the study of nationalism, decolonization and partition politics, and with a subsidiary interest in the history of Israeli popular culture. Prior to his arrival at GW, Dubnov taught at Stanford University and the University of Haifa. His current research project seeks to trace the genealogy of the idea of partition in the British interwar Imperial context, and to uncover other alternative, neglected federalist political schemes that were circulating at the time. Welcome, Professor Dubnov!
Read more about Professor Dubnov's work here.
Professor Joel Blecher joined the department in Fall 2016 as our new specialist in the History of Early and Medieval Islam. Professor Blecher's current research focuses on the social and intellectual life of hadith commentary. His book project, In the Shade of the Hadith: Islam and the Politics of Interpretation across a Millennium, finds that the meanings of hadith (the collected sayings of the prophet Muhammed) were shaped as much by commentators’ political, cultural and regional contexts as by the fine-grained intellectual debates that developed over long periods of time. His next project, Profit and Prophecy: Islam and the Spice Trade from Venice to India, will explore how Muslim scholars and merchants in the Mamluk period (13th-15th centuries) mixed religion and business along trade and pilgrimage routes that stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the Arabian Sea and beyond. In the fall, he will be teaching History 3801: The Formation of Islam to 1500. Welcome, Professor Blecher!
Read more about Professor Blecher's work here.
Marcy Norton receives Guggenheim Fellowship
Professor Brunsman has been awarded this year's Morton A. Bender Teaching Award. Professor Klemek was awarded both the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for Teaching Excellence and the WID (Writing in the Discipline) Distinguished Teaching Award. Congratulations, Professors Brunsman and Klemek on these three outstanding achievements!
Pulitzer Prize winner gives 2016 Kayser Lecture
Dr. Elizabeth "Lil" Fenn, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in history for her book Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, gave this year's highly anticipated Kayser Lecture on February 18, 2016. The acclaimed University of Colorado Boulder professor discussed Sacagawea's Capture and the History of the Early West.
The department was delighted to welcome Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History and the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, to present the 2015 Kylan Jones-Huffman Memorial Lecture on the American and Ottoman Civil Wars. Read more.
Justin Pope, who earned his Ph.D.
Nick McGrath ('14), has published an article on the history of Fort Devens, Massachusetts in the Spring 2015 issue of On Point: The Journal of Army History.
Caitlyn Borghi ('15) has won a Gilder Lehrman Scholar Award, which covers an all-expense paid trip to New York City to participate in a week of seminars and archival visits with leading American historians. The prestigious national award "recognizes outstanding college juniors and seniors who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history or American studies as well as a commitment to public service and community involvement." Congratulations!
On February 10, Prof. Eric Arnesen was installed as the James R. Hoffa Teamsters Professor in Modern American Labor History.
Prof. Erin Chapman received a fellowship from GW's Global Women's Institute for her book project, Making Freedom Real: Gender and Emancipation in the African American Imaginary, 1865-1965. The book will investigate the thought of five exemplary black feminists and argue that the prevailing definition of freedom in patriarchal terms functioned at odds with black feminist critique.
Professor Dane Kennedy was appointed to a two-year term to head the National History Center. Founded in 2002 by the American Historical Association, the Center aims to reinforce the critical role that history and historical knowledge play in public decision-making and civic life. Among its many programs are its Congressional Briefings, its International Seminars on Decolonization, and its Washington History Seminar. Congratulations!
David Silverman will be the Barra Sabbatical Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania for the 2014-15 academic year. The fellowship will support Professor Silverman's current project, entitled Thundersticks: Firearms and the Transformation of Native America, which is forthcoming with Harvard University Press.
Benjamin Hopkins has received a fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Professor Hopkins intends to use the fellowship, which runs from January-August 2015, to finish his current book project which is a comparative history of frontier governance in the late nineteenth century.