The Department of History is keeping busy during these challenging times. There are many accomplishments and updates to share and celebrate among our students, faculty, and staff.
Faculty and Staff News
- Ann Little was awarded one of three Howard H. Peckham Fellowships by the Clements Library, University of Michigan and co-edited the Fall 2019 issue of Early American Studies.
- Deborah Yalen published “The Toiling Froy and the Speculating Yidene: Discourses of Female Productivization in the Soviet Shtetl,” which was a contribution to a special issue of Jewish History (March 2020).
- Derek Everett published Colorado Day by Day (University Press of Colorado and History Colorado, 2020), gave the keynote addresses at three academic conferences, was gave an interview about the Spanish Flu for a podcast, and was promoted from instructor to senior instructor.
- Doug Sheflin published Legacies of Dust: Land Use and Labor on the Great Plains (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) and was promoted from instructor to senior instructor.
- Eli Alberts was promoted from instructor to senior instructor.
- Hongyan Xiang published “From a Diplomatic to a Domestic Issue: China’s Struggle with Church Properties in the Nanjing Decade (1927–1937),” in Twentieth-Century China and was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
- Jared Orsi was named a College of Liberal Arts Professor Laureate.
- Jessica Jackson published Dixie’s Italians: Sicilians, Race, and Citizenship in the Jim Crow Gulf South (LSU Press, 2020).
- Kristin Heineman was promoted from instructor to senior instructor.
- Leisl Carr Childers received a four-year $200,000 grant to write a history of the U.S. Forest Service.
- Mike Childers received a four-year $200,000 grant to write a history of the U.S. Forest Service.
- Nicole Archambeau secured a book contract with Cornell University Press for Souls under Siege: Stories of War, Plague, and Confession in Fourteenth-Century Provence.
- Ruth Alexander published “In Defense of Nature: The Path-Breaking Writings of Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson, and Betty Friedan,” in the Journal of Women’s History, and conducted oral history interviews in Todos Santos, Mexico as part of the College of Liberal Arts Community Engagement Program in Mexico.
- Sarah Payne and Amanda Wallander at CEMML (Center for Environmental Management Military Lands) were awarded a master cooperative agreement for cultural resources management work for the NPS (National Park Service).
- Sharon Van Gorder created a more efficient way to track faculty’s professional development funds and also wrote a travel guide for faculty.
Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships
The Department of History bestowed a number of awards and scholarships to excellent undergraduate students.
- Hayley Smith won the Norman Furniss Award
- Erin Meighen won the Sidney Heitman Award
- Anne Gebo won the Meyer Nathan Award
- Cassie Franks won the Rosser Family Scholarship
- Hailey Doucette, Cory Rubertus, and Claire Johnson won Harry Rosenberg scholarships
- Augusta Rudnick won the Mark Anthony Klein Scholarship
Graduate Awards and Scholarships
The Department of History had several noteworthy graduate students who won awards.
- Megan Clevenger, Eric Newcombe, and Andy Olson won Outstanding Graduate Students
- Jacie Rex won the Incoming Graduate Award.