History Department Announcements
|To celebrate the centennial of Camus's birth, the History Department is hosting an interactive and multilingual exhibit on Camus's life and oeuvre designed by the Institut français. The exhibit, which is currently on display in the department's elevator lobby, consists of chronological posters featuring barcodes that you can scan with a free Apple or Android app on your smartphone or tablet.|
|History undergrads held a day-long event on Tuesday, November 19th to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Here are photos of the day and a Heights article detailing the event.|
|At the annual conference of the American Society for Legal History (ASLH) in Miami on November 9, Dr. Hidetaka Hirota (Ph.D., History, 2012) won the Cromwell Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation in American legal history and the Paul L. Murphy Award, which supports the completion of a book on civil liberties in American history.|
|Prof. Robin Fleming was named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow for her work as a medieval historian. Here is BC's press release, her MacArthur profile, and interviews with WBUR-FM and the Boston Globe.
|Prof. Jeremy Clarke, SJ, appeared on NECN's "Broadside" to comment on Pope Francis's progressive statements in his interview in the Jesuit publication America.|
|Prof. Dana Sajdi's book The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant was published by Stanford University Press in the fall of 2013. The book explores the trend of history writing by people outside the learned establishment and the new phenomenon of nouveau literacy.
|The Virgin Mary and Catholic Identities in Chinese History by Prof. Jeremy Clarke, SJ, was published by Hong Kong University Press in the fall of 2013. Fr. Clarke traces the living roots of the Chinese Catholic Church back to the late sixteenth century and its historical roots back to the Yuan dynasty and examines paintings and sculptures of the Virgin Mary and the communities that produced them.
|Prof. Seth Jacobs received the James P. Hanlan Book Award from the New England Historical Association for his book The Universe Unraveling: American Foreign Policy in Cold War Laos.|
|The department is pleased to welcome Penelope Ismay and Priya Lal to its faculty as assistant professors and Ian Delahanty, Jonathan Kuiken, Matthew Schauer, and John Spiers as postdoctoral fellows.
|Prof. Martin Summers was named a 2013-2014 National Humanities Center Fellow for his work on the project Race, Madness, and the State: A History of Saint Elizabeth's Hospital and Washington, D.C.'s African American Community, 1855-1987.|
|Prof. Seth Jacobs was featured in the Faculty Publication Highlights series for his recent book The Universe Unraveling: American Foreign Policy in Cold War Laos.|
|The Journal of American History published Hidetaka Hirota's article "The Moment of Transition: State Officials, the Federal Government, and the Formation of American Immigration Policy" in their March 2013 edition. Additionally, they used one of the images from his article for their cover.|
|PhD alum Sarah Nytroe (and current Assistant Professor of History at DeSales University) is the recipient of the first Junior Faculty Research Grant (JFRG) awarded by the American Catholic Historical Association. Her area of research focuses on faith and American life during the Civil War period.|
|In honor of African American History Month, the History Department will be featuring a special film series on BC History TV (channel 49). Tune in every Thursday night at 10:00 pm from January 24th to February 28th.|
|PhD candidate Jesse Tumblin was awarded the Smith-Richardson World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship. The fellowship funds policy-relevant dissertations that directly inform challenges facing the United States.|
|PhD candidate Jonathan Kuiken won the Saki Dockrill Memorial Prize from the International History Seminar of the Institute of Historical Research.|
|Post-Doctoral Fellow Hidetaka Hirota received the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation Fellowship from the American Society for Legal History. The Cromwell Foundation promotes and encourages scholarship in legal history, particularly in the colonial and early national periods of the United States.|
|Prof. Heather Cox Richardson recently published an opinions article entitled "When Republicans Deliberately Sowed a Financial Crisis." The piece connects two seemingly distant dates, 1892 and 2012, when the election of a Democratic government created a discourse of fear surrounding the failing economy, especially among discontented members of the Republican party.
|Gregory Walsh, a recent graduate of the Ph.D. program, received the 2012 Alfred E. Driscoll Prize from the New Jersey Historical Commission for an outstanding dissertation dealing with New Jersey History. His dissertation was entitled, "Splintered Loyalties: The Revolutionary War in Essex County, New Jersey."
|In his recent article for the Chronicle of Higher Education, "The Importance of Eric Hobsbawm," Prof. James Cronin remembers the life and work of a figure critical to understanding how the past influences our present world. A lifelong Marxist, Hobsbawm sought to evaluate history systemically, investigating the various links between nations, time periods, and economic models.
|The department is co-organizing "The 2012 Election in Comparative and Historical Perspective" with the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy on Oct 19 and 20.|
|Prof. Jeremy Clarke's "Beyond Ricci" website, which features digitized versions of the Jesuitica collection at the Burns Library, was selected as the "Digital Library of the Week" by American Libraries Direct on September 19, 2012.
|Prof. Seth Jacobs appeared on NECN's Morning Show today to discuss how teaching 9/11 has changed with more recent generations of college students. As the events become more distant in the past, Professor Jacobs argues, they allow for rational debate and a deeper understanding of how to place 9/11 in a historical perspective. Click here to watch the interview.|
|In honor of the 2012 election, the History Department put together a series of election-themed movies which will air on BC History TV. The series will include films ranging from The Ides of March and Milk to Frost/Nixon and The Manchurian Candidate.|
|The History Department is now on Facebook! Click here to view our page.|
|Prof. Jeremy Clarke has launched the website Beyond Ricci. The website explores the transactions between East and West through historical texts in the Jesuitica collection of Boston College's own Burns Library, focusing on depictions of life in China in early modern history from the perspective of Jesuit missionaries.
|Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Jeffery Dyer who received a Fulbright Award to study in Istanbul, Turkey during the 2012-13 academic year.|
|Prof. Philipp Stelzel received the 2012 Edmund Spevack Award for Transatlantic Studies from the Lasky Center of the University of Munich.|
|The department is pleased to announce that five Post-Doctoral Fellows will be with the department in 2012-2013: Laura Baines-Walsh, Hidetaka Hirota, Andrey Ivanov, Austin Mason, and Philipp Stelzel|
|Prof. Robin Fleming has taken over as chair of the department while Prof. Prasannan Parthasarathi has taken over as Director of Graduate Studies and Prof. Julian Bourg has taken over as Core Moderator.|
|Prof. Prasannan Parthasarathi received the 2012 World History Association Book Prize for his book Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850 (Cambridge). This award is given annually in order to recognize outstanding contributions to world history|
|The department is pleased to welcome Thomas Dodman, Zachary Matus, and Ling Zhang to its faculty.|
|Dr. Hidetaka Hirota received the Donald and Helene White Dissertation Prize at the 2012 Commencement Ceremony for his dissertation "Nativism, Citizenship and the Deportation of Paupers in Massachusetts, 1837-1883."|
|As part of the New York Times "Campaign Stops" series, PhD candidate and Clough Center Graduate Fellow Seth Meehan published an essay -- "Catholics and Contraception: Boston, 1965" -- providing historical context to the current birth control debate http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/15/catholics-and-contraception-boston-1965/ . Meehan discussed his research recently with the National Catholic Reporter http://ncronline.org/news/politics/cardinals-role-end-states-ban-contraception.|
|PhD candidate Jared Hardesty received the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium's fellowship. It carries a $5,000 prize and enables him to do research at 20 different repositories across New England. http://www.nerfc.org/|
|Congratulations to Prof. Julian Bourg, Prof. Owen Stanwood, and Prof. Prasannan Parthasarathi, all of whom received promotions in February. Prof. Bourg and Prof. Stanwood were promoted to associate professor with tenure and Prof. Parthasarathi was promoted to full professor.|
|Dr. Hidetaka Hirota's manuscript, "The Moment of Transition: State Officials, the Federal Government, and the Formation of American Immigration Policy" was chosen to receive the Organization of American Historians Louis Pelzer Memorial Award.|
|Deborah Holman, a graduate of the MA program, was named Headmaster of Brookline High School starting on July 1, 2012.|
|PhD candidate Alexander Noonan received the W. Stull Holt Dissertation Fellowship from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).|
Professor Heather Cox Richardson's book, Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre, was named the Must Read Nonfiction book of 2011 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, which is the Commonwealth's affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. For more information, visit www.massbook.org.
|This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Professor Emeritus and University Historian Thomas O'Connor wrote an article in the Boston Globe in August 2011 looking at the unexpected results that the war had on Boston. Please click here to read the article.|
|Ph.D. candidate Peter Cajka was awarded First place in the category of Best Feature Article in a Scholarly Magazine at the 2011 Catholic Press Conference for his article, "Riding with Saint Paul in the Passenger Side”: The Archdiocese of Milwaukee Enters the Automobile Age, 1920-1965," published in the summer 2010 edition of the journal American Catholic Studies. Of Cajka's article the CPC wrote, "This article offers a great exploration of how technology and religion interact. Its moral implications stand next to a solid analysis of past and present use of technology within the Catholic faith."|
|The History Department is pleased to welcome Heather Cox Richardson and Sylvia Sellers-Garcia to its faculty.|
The History Department held its annual undergraduate luncheon on May 9th. The recipients are: Marie Conger (winner of the Allen Wakstein Award), Alex Gilman (winner of the Thomas O'Connor Award), Erica Lewis (winner of the Raymond McNally Award), Erin Garrity (winner of the Janet James Award), Ethan Stevenson (winner of a special Faculty Award), Caitin Cain (winner of the Rev. Francis Murphy Award), Christopher Griesedieck (winner of the Patrick Durcan Award - given annually to the highest ranking history major), Lake Coreth (winner of the Shannon Lowney Award), Eric Neumann (winner of the Andrew Bunie Award), William Cody (winner of a special Faculty Award).
|Congratulations to 2011 Ph.D. graduate Jill Bender for receiving the Donald and Helene White Dissertation Award for her dissertation "Fears of 1857: The British Empire in the Wake of the Indian Rebellion."|
|Aditya Ashok, an undergraduate majoring in history and biochemistry, is the recipient of a 2011 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Please click here for more information.|
|Ph.D. candidate Edward Miller was recently presented a research travel grant by the Eisenhower Foundation. Each year the Eisenhower Foundation awards $10,000 in research travel grants to scholars wishing to use the historic holdings in the archives of the Eisenhower Library in Abilene. Please click here to view more information.|
|Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Mimi Cowan, who received a 2011 OAH-Immigration and Ethnic History Society John Higham Travel Grant from the Organization of American Historians|
|Prof. Rob Savage received the 2010 James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for the Best Book in History and the Social Sciences from the American Conference for Irish Studies for his book A Loss of Innocence?: Television and Irish Society, 1960-72.|
|Prof. Jeremy Clarke, S.J., organized the exhibition Binding Friendship: Ricci, China, and Jesuit Cultural Leanings, which is on view at the Burns Library from March 21 to October 31, 2011. Please click here to view the archive of digital material related to the exhibit, here for a brief description of the exhibit, and here for the catalogue in PDF form.|
|Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Austin Mason for receiving a 2011-12 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.|
|PhD candidate Seth Meehan received the Peter Guilday Prize from the American Catholic Historical Association for his article "From Patriotism to Pluralism: How Catholics Initiated the Repeal of Birth Control Restrictions in Massachusetts."|
|Joo Yeon Koo, an undergraduate History major, was selected as one of the ten Gilder Lehrman Scholars for the summer of 2011. Please click here to read more about the Gilder Lehrman Institution of American History and their scholars program.|
|Congratulations to Prof. Sarah Ross, who was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.|
|Prof. James O'Toole explains in an article the Catholic Lenten practice of eating fish on Friday.|
|In October 2010, Prof. Lynn Lyerly was featured in the PBS documentary God in America. Please click here to view more about the documentary.|
|Boston College hosted the 29th International Conference of the Charles Homer Haskins Society, a society dedication to the study of the history of the central Middle Ages. For more information on the conference, please see: http://haskinsatbostoncollege.blogspot.com/.|
|The History Department is partnering with the Reading Public Schools and eight other Metro North school districts (Danvers, Dracut, Lowell, Haverill, North Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and Wilmington) in a $1 million Teaching American History grant program. Funded by the US Department of Education, the Reading TAH grant (known as History Connected) offers school day workshops and summer institutes in professional development for high school and middle school teachers in US History. During 2009-2010, the program offered a series of lectures and workshops on Equality, Citizenship and the Law, which featured presentations by BC Professors Alan Rogers, Cynthia Lyerly, Patrick Maney, and Marilynn Johnson. In 2010-11, the series will focus on War, Society, State and Citizenship and will include workshops by Professors Owen Stanwood, Seth Jacobs, Marilynn Johnson, and Franziska Seraphim. While History faculty have participated in teacher workshops and institutes for many years now, our work with History Connected is the department’s first official partnership in a Teaching American History Grant. The program will run for three years, concluding in the summer of 2012. For more information on the program, see: http://historyconnected.org/.|
|The department is pleased to welcome Prof. Julian Bourg, Prof. Charles Gallagher, S.J., and Prof. Arissa Oh to Boston College. Additionally, Prof. Jeremy Clarke, S.J., has been promoted from a Visiting Assistant Professor to an Assistant Professor.|
|Congratulations to Prof. Rebecca Nedostup, who received the Research Grant for Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies from the Center for Chinese Studies, National Library, Taiwan, for the fall of 2010.|
|Prof. Sarah Ross is the recipient of the 2010-2011 Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant for Independent Research in Venice. The foundation strives to promote the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the arts.|
|Prof. Dana Sajdi received a fellowship from the Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) in Istanbul for the 2010-2011 academic year. The university annually awards a small number of fellowships to junior and senior scholars specializing in the archaeology, art history, history, and allied disciplines of Anatolia (and Istanbul) from the Neolithic through the Ottoman eras.|
|Jill Bender, a PhD candidate, received the Internationals Security Studies (ISS) Predoctoral Fellowship at Yale for the 2010-11 academic year. These awards are given to advanced doctoral candidates in the field of security studies with particular emphasis on international, diplomatic, and military history.|
|PhD candidate Rachel Ball has been awarded the Fulbright-Nehru fellowship for 2010-2011. This venerable fellowship enables her to continue her research in India during the upcoming academic year.|
|Congratulations to recent PhD graduate Jeffrey Malanson as he received the Donald and Helene White Dissertation Award for his dissertation "Addressing America: Washington's Farewell and the Making of National Culture, Politics, and Diplomacy, 1796-1852."|
|At the invitation of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Professor David Northrup participated in a study-tour of Israel, June 11-20, 2010, along with a dozen other Massachusetts academics.|
|At the invitation of the Intersections Project of Boston College, Prof. Northrup was also a participant in the "Focus On: Jamaica Summer" (August 7-10, 2010). The faculty group observed and assessed BC student volunteers who were teaching rural Jamaican youth and interacting with the larger community.|
|The department is pleased to announce that Prof. Kevin Kenny has received this year's Doctoral Teaching Award from the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.|
|As director of Asian Studies, Prof. Rebecca Nedostup was the grant author and lead faculty on a grant for Asian and Asian American Studies (which of course includes many History faculty and students) to create initiatives leading to formation of a Global Asia Center, including a film series, seminars, and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students and inviting administrator-researchers to lead faculty practicums. This received $11,000 from the Institute of Liberal Arts (http://www.bc.edu/centers/ila/major_grants.html)|
|Prof. Seth Jacobs is now excerpted in both of the leading Vietnam War anthologies: Major Problems in the History of the Vietnam War, Robert McMahon, ed.; and Light at the End of the Tunnel, Andrew Rotter, ed. McMahon excerpted a chapter from America's Miracle Man in Vietnam, and Rotter did the same thing with Cold War Mandarin.|
|The Fall 2009 edition of the Boston College Magazine includes a feature on Prof. Kevin Kenny's new book Peacable Kingdom Lost: The Paxton Boys and the Destruction of William Penn's Holy Experiment. Please click here to read the article.|
|The History Department congratulates Prof. David Quigley, as he was recently named dean of the University's College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences after serving as interim dean for a year.|
|Congratulations to Dr. Andrew S. Finstuen, a graduate of the PhD program, who just published Original Sin and Everyday Protestants: The Theology of Reinhold Niebuhr, Billy Graham, and Paul Tillich in an Age of Anxiety. Grant Wacker of Duke University commented that "this book is simply brilliant."|
|Prof. James O'Toole offered his insight to the Boston Globe regarding the past, present, and future of the sacrament of confession.|
|On June 11th, Prof. Kevin Kenny published an op-ed article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. His forthcoming book, titled Peaceable Kingdom Lost: The Paxton Boys and the Destruction of William Penn's Holy Experiment, will be published in mid-July.|
|Dr. Ed Rugemer, a graduate of the department's PhD program, won the Francis S. Simkins Award from the Southern Historical Association for the best book published in 2007 or 2008.|
|The department is pleased to announce that Dr. Rugemer has also been awarded the 2009 Avery O. Craven Award of the Organization of American Historians for his book The Problem of Emancipation: The Caribbean Roots of the American Civil War.|
|The department is pleased to welcome Prof. Owen Stanwood to Boston College|
|Prof. Jim Cronin has taken over as the Chair of the History Department.|