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Prof. James O'Toole spoke about the closure of a Scituate following the parishioner's 11-year vigil with the New York Times.
PhD alum and Post-doctoral fellow Peter Moloney in the Irish Times regarding the Brexit vote in the UK.
In May, USA Today named BC as the fifth best college in the country to study history.
Along with Sociology Professor Charles Derber, Prof. Heather Cox Richardson appeared on WGBH's "Greater Boston" to discuss how things became so angry and violent this election cycle.
Prof. James O'Toole discussed the end of an 11-year vigil at St. Frances X. Cabrini Catholic Church in Scituate with
On March 16th, Prof. Heather Cox Richardson discussed the historical precedent for the GOP upheavel on WGBH Radio News.
On NECN's "The Take," Prof. Heather Cox Richardson discussed Donald Trump's place in GOP history.
Following violent outburts at several Trump rallies, Prof. Heather Cox Richardson appeared on WNYC's "The Takeaway" to discuss the turbulent political climate today and in the past.
Prof. Heather Cox Richardson discussed the appeal of outsider candidates in both political parties on WBUR's "Radio Open Source" on March 3rd.
Following Super Tuesday, Prof. Heather Cox Richardson commented to about the turbulant state of the GOP.
Prof. Heather Cox Richardson appeared on WBUR's "Radio Boston" to participate in a preview of Super Tuesday.
An online version of the "Historical Monuments, Monumental Histories" exhibition was designed by Jack McGrath (History, Class of 2016) and can be viewed here.
Prof. Heather Cox Richardson commented on the popularity of Donald Trump's candidacy for's article "How Donald Trump took the Republican Party by Storm."
In late September, Prof. Rob Savage met with Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, to present a copy of his book The BBC's Irish Troubles, Television, Conflict and Northern Ireland.
Prof. Arissa Oh was interviewed by PRI "The World" regarding South Korea starting the international adoption movement.
Prof. Devin Pendas commented to the Boston Globe about a Natick museum's acquisiton of a message sent to Adolf Hitler.
In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Prof. Heather Cox Richardson discussed the historical messages sent by the Confederate flag.
Prof. James O'Toole commented about the 11-year vigil at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Scituate to the New York Times.
The History Department is pleased to welcome new Assistant Professors Nicole Eaton and Yajun Mo
PhD candidate Adam Rathge wrote the featured article in the August edition of The American Historian.
Prof. Julian Bourg was named the Associate Dean of the Core


Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Carol Morris Petillo, a long-serving and beloved colleague at Boston College.
"It's time to repeal all religious exemptions that unconstitutionally protect parents at the cost of a child’s death," writes Prof. Alan Rogers in the New York Times.
Prof. Sylvia Sellers-Garcia was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
Prof. Robin Fleming was inducted as a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.
Prof. Patrick Maney discussed the way in which the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday portrays the civil rights leader's legacy in an interview on WGBH News.
On "CBS This Morning" on January 7th, Prof. Alan Rogers discussed the significance of the contents of the recently-discovered time capsule in Boston which was buried by Samuel Adams and Paul Revere in 1795.
On January 5th, Prof. Heather Cox Richardson discussed the late Senator Edward Brooke with WBUR.
In January 2015, Carolyn Twomey and Peter Cajka were honored at an AHA/ACHA banquet for winning 2014 Graduate Student Summer Research Grants from the American Catholic Historical Association.
Prof. Marilynn Johnson wrote an op-ed piece about New York City police reform for the New York Daily News in mid-December.  In it, she explained that NYC forces police reform every 20 years.
The University of Wisconsin Press recently published A Greater Ireland: The Land League and Transatlantic Nationalism in Gilded Age America by Prof. Ely Janis.  Janis is a graduate of BC's PhD program and is now an associate professor of history at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
John Rentoul of The Independent praised Prof. James Cronin's new book Global Rules: America, Britain and a Disordered World, saying that Cronin"writes considered and balanced prose that respects the complexity of postwar history but which tries to make sense of the longer trends and important moments in the story." See the full review
Prof. Penelope Ismay's "Between Providence and Risk," has been published in Past and Present.
Prof. Deborah Levenson won the NECLAS Marysa Navarro Best Book prize for Adiós Niño: The Gangs of Guatemala City and the Politics of Death.
USA Today ranked Boston College as the seventh best college in the country for students to major in history.   

Prof. Heather Cox Richardson was interviewed by Radio Boston on WBUR (Boston's NPR station), C-SPAN Book TV, and U.S. News & World Report regarding her recently published book To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.

Seth Meehan, PhD alum and assistant director of the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, co-authored the book The Heights: An Illustrated History of Boston College, 1863–2013, which looks at the history of the first 150 years of the university.
Prof. Heather Cox Richardson's essay "How the GOP stopped caring about you" was published in the Washington Post on September 19th.
PhD alumnus Fr. Casey Beaumier was named director of the newly formed Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at BC.
In a letter to the New York Times, Prof. Priya Lal wrote that situating the Ebola epidemic in its historical and political context without minimizing its very real risks can provide understanding that can help to address the crisis.
On Wednesday, September 17th, Prof. James Cronin appeared on NECN to discuss the ramifications of Scotland's vote for independence.  He was also quoted on the subject in the Boston Herald.
The New York Times published an op-ed article by Prof. Heather Cox Richardson regarding the history of the Republican Party.  This piece is a precursor to her upcoming book To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.
PhD alum Andrew Finstuen was named the first Dean of the Honors College at Boise State.
Prof. Martin Summers is the new Director of the African and African American Diaspora Studies Program.
PhD students Whitney Abernathy, Peter Cajka, Michael Franczak, Elise Franklin, Amy Limoncelli, and Jesse Tumblin were all named Graduate Fellows of the Clough Center for the 2014-15 year.
The Department is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Simmons College.
Associate Professor Sylvia Sellers-Garcia discusses her new book "Distance and Documents at the Spanish Empire's Periphery," (published by Stanford University Press) in this video.
Professor Alan Rogers was featured in the BC Chronicle regarding his new book The Child Cases: How America’s Religious Exemption Laws Harm Children.

Penelope Ismay was named the Cooney Family Assistant Professor by Boston College. This appointment is part of a University initiative to recognize and support junior faculty members.

In early June, Prof. Franziska Seraphim hosted a workshop on the Juridical Arenas of the Allied War Crimes Trial Program which focused on discovering new methodologies that integrate quantitative information with qualitative analysis, and aimed at representing transnational and comparative historical insights visually
Former undergrad history major Michael Rossi made three short films for the PBS history series American Experience - one on Barney Frank, another on folk singer Julius Lester, and one on the activist Charles McLaurin.
Prof. Kevin Kenny wrote an article for the Boston College Magazine about diaspora and at the end is information about the Faculty Seminar on Diaspora and Global Migration which he initiated.
Prof. Kevin Kenny has taken over as Chair of the History Department, Prof. Julian Bourg has resumed his position as Core Moderator and Prof. Virginia Reinburg is serving as Interim Director of Graduate Studies for the year.


Associate Professor Dana Sajdi received a yearlong fellowship from the Agha Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT as part of her book project, “Visualizing Damascus: Arabic Textual Representations from the 12th to the 20th Centuries.”
Professor Heather Richardson was interviewed in this video about the student-curated exhibit on Comics and American History, which was the brainchild of her students in "Making History Public"
PhD candidate Andrea Wenz received a Bernadotte E. Schmitt award from the American Historical Association.
PhD candidate Carolyn Twomey received an Institute for Historical Research Mellon Dissertation Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year.
PhD candidate Jared Hardesty was the 2014 recipient of BC's Donald and Helene White Dissertation Award for the best dissertation in the humanities.
Prof. Dana Sajdi discusses her new book  "The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant," published by Stanford University Press in this video.
Associate Professor Sarah Ross will spend the 2014-15 academic year as a fellow at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti) in Florence, Italy, working on a book tentatively titled “Performing Humanism in Counter-Reformation Italy: Letters, Drama and the Family Andreini.”
Associate Professor Owen Stanwood’s project, “Dreams of Silk and Wine: Huguenot Refugees and the Promise of New Worlds,” won a fellowship at the School for Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.
PhD candidate Elise Franklin won both the Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant from the AHA and the Marjorie M. Farrar Award from the Society for French Historical Studies
PhD candidate Jeffery Dyer received a Dissertation Writing Fellowship for from the Institute of Turkish Studies for the 2014-15 academic year.
Prof. Prasannan Parthasarathi will be a fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study during the 2014-15 academic year.
Ph.D. candidate Jesse Tumblin received the 2014-15 Smith Richardson Predoctoral Fellowship from Yale University's International Security Studies.
Nicholas Centrella ('15) was awarded an Atlantic Coast Conference International Academic Collaborative grant, and has been designated as an ACCIAC Thesis Research Fellow.
PhD student Whitney Abernathy won the Edward T. Gargan Prize for the BEST paper given at the Western Society for French History by a graduate student on modern France.
Former BC history major Timothy Broas was confirmed as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands.
Prof. Owen Stanwood organized the symposium "Early Modern France and the Americas: Connected Histories" which was held at BC on Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd.
Prof. Seth Jacobs participated in Oliver Stone's discussion “Bush and Obama: The Age of Terror” at BC on Saturday, April 5th.
The graduate-student organized 2014 Biennial Conference on the History of Religion was held over the weekend of March 28th.  The conference kicked off with a special teaching panel entitled "Leading Lives that Matter: What We Should Do and Who We Should Be" which was led by Dr. Andrew Finstuen and Dr. John Beiter (both received their PhDs at BC and are now faculty members at Boise State).
The monthly seminar on diaspora and global migration (which is organized by Prof. Kevin Kenny) was featured in the BC Chronicle.
Prof. David Quigley was named the Provost of Boston College.
Our student-curated comic book exhibit has been cited as an "exhibition of the month."
PhD candidate Peter Cajka won one of the two 2014 Dorothy Mohler Research Grants so he can conduct more research for his dissertation “The Greatest Awakening and Its Discontents: The Formation of Conscience and the Renewal of Moral Autonomy, 1939-1991.”
Prof. Patrick Maney appeared on Fox News Boston to discuss the newly released Clinton documents.
PhD candidate Rachel Ball was featured in Loksatta, the most popular Marathi newspaper. The article celebrates Marathi Language Day (2/27).
A great piece in the BC Chronicle, in which the students who created the comic book exhibit talk about the trials, difficulties, intellectual challenges and flat-out fun that stands behind a student-curated exhibition.
PhD candidate Adam Rathge contributed to this BackStory podcast (which was produced by the American History Guys) regarding drugs in American history.
Prof. Jeremy Clarke's fall course uncovered century-old Chinese pagoda miniatures in Somerville, MA.  The pagodas are now on view in the O'Neill Library and their discovery was featured in the Boston Globe.
Prof. Seth Jacobs and Prof. Deborah Levenson were promoted to full professors and Prof. Dana Sajdi was promoted to an associate professor.
The department held the second annual Feminist Coming Out Day on Monday, March 10th which coincided with Women's History Month and International Women's Day.  Take a look at a collection of photos from the day.
PhD alum Hidetaka Hirota received the Cromwell Dissertation Prize and the Paul L. Murphy Award at the annual conference of the American Society for Legal History.
PhD candidate Shannon Monaghan's article “Whose Country, Whose Soldiers, Whose Responsibility? First World War Ex-Servicemen and the Development of the Irish Free State, 1923–1939” was published in the February 2014 edition of Contemporary European History.
PhD alum and Postdoctoral Fellow John Spiers signed a book contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press to publish his book Contesting Growth: Politics, Social Action, and the Environment in Metropolitan Washington.
PhD alum Ted Miller signed a book contract with the University of Chicago Press to publish his book "Into Nut Country": Dallas Republicans, the Southern Strategy, and the American Right, 1952-1964.
PhD alum Austin Mason received the CGS/ProQuest Dissertation Award for last year’s best American dissertation in the Humanities and Fine Arts.
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.
To celebrate the centennial of Camus's birth, the History Department hosted an interactive and multilingual exhibit on Camus's life and oeuvre designed by the Institut français. The exhibit consisted of chronological posters featuring barcodes that could be scanned with a free Apple or Android app.
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 . Meehan discussed his research recently with the National Catholic Reporter
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.
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

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 AmericaPlease 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:
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:
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 (/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.