News and Events

News and Events



The fall 2012 edition of the History Department newsletter is now available!Read about what the department was up to during the summer and so far this year.

Congratulations, graduates! Read about our recent grads in the commencement issue of the History Department newsletter.

Read the April 2012 History Department newsletter here!

• Sara McDougall presented papers at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women and at the Sixth Annual Symposium of the International Medieval Society of Paris in June 2011. Her book, Bigamy and Christian Identity in Late Medieval Champagne, will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in spring 2012.

• Anissa Helie has given several invited talks, including "Dialogue on Women's Human Rights, Imperialism, Militarism, and the Religious Right", Center for Constitutional Rights and Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University, NJ, (October, 2011); "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom: 30th Anniversary Conference", Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) and the Population and Development Program, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. (April, 2011); "Religion and International Law" Symposium, respondent to Seval Yildirim's "Global Tangles: Laws, Headcoverings and Religious Identity", Santa Clara University School of Law, (February, 2011); "Looking at Religious Fundamentalisms through a Gender Lens", International Women's Human Rights Law School, CUNY, New York, (February, 2011), as guest lecturer;(invited) "Sex and Salvation in Muslim Contexts: Rights, Restrictions and Resistance", Isha L'Isha – Haifa Feminist Center and Kayan – Feminist Organization, Haifa, Israel, (October, 2010).

• Barbara Josiah published an article entitled "Organizing Within the Diaspora: Claude H.A. Denbow, Howard University, and the League of Coloured Peoples" in theJournal of African American History, vol. 95 #2 (Spring 2010).

• On 30 September 2010, Barbara Josiah presented a paper entitled "From Shaw University to the 'Booker T. Washington of British Guiana': Hon. E.F. Fredericks and contributions of HBCUs to the African Diaspora" at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Annual Convention held in Raleigh, North Carolina.

• A. J. Abraham published a book entitled Lebanon in Modern Times (University Press of America, 2009).

• Sara McDougall has had an article published in Gender and History 22:2 entitled "Bigamy: a male crime in medieval Europe?"

• The department appointed a new tenure-track faculty member, Sara McDougall, at the assistant professor level, beginning fall semester, 2010.

• Michael Pfeifer has had an article accepted for publication in The Journal of American History. His article, entitled "The Northern U.S. and the Genesis of Racial Lynching: The Lynching of African-Americans int he Era of the Civil War," will appear in the JAH's December 2010 issue.

• Michael Pfeifer delivered the 2010 Rondel Davidson History Lecture at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas, on February 25. Pfeifer's lecture was on "Texas, the Southwest, and the Origins of Lynching in the United States." On March 26, Prof. Pfeifer served as commentator on a panel, "Folk Violence in Southwest Louisiana," at the Louisiana Historical Association Annual Meeting in Lafayette, Louisiana.

• The department appointed two new tenure-track faculty members, David Munns and James De Lorenzi, at the assistant professor level, beginning fall semester, 2009.

• Allison Kavey edited a book that recently appeared, entitled World Building in the Renaissance Imagination (Palgrave, 2010).

• Jonathan Epstein has written a review of Geirr H. Haarr's "The German Invasion of Norway, April 1940" that appeared in the January 2010 of The Journal of Military History.

• Simon Baatz has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor.

• Michael Pfeifer presented a paper entitled "The Midwestern Making of Racial Lynching: The Lynching of African-Americans in the Civil War and Reconstruction" at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in January, 2009.

• Michael Pfeifer presented a paper, "Lynching, Law, and Sectional Identity in the Antebellum Border States" at the Filson Institute Academic Conference on Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis on October 25, 2008, in Louisville, Kentucky.

• Allison Kavey has been awarded a $15,000 faculty development grant by CUNY to fund a proposal 'Teaching Portfolios: An Analysis of Their Uses for History Pedagogy'.

• Mary Gibson has received two prestigious awards – a Senior Fulbright Research Grant and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship – to complete her forthcoming book on the history of prisons in modern Italy.

• Simon Baatz has published For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago (New York: HarperCollins, 2008). An excerpt from the book appeared as: "Criminal Minds," Smithsonian Magazine 39 (August 2008): 70-79.

• Michael Pfeifer has received a 2008/2009 State Historical Society of Iowa Research Grant ($1,000) to support an article manuscript entitled "Lynching, Murder, and Community in Late Antebellum Iowa."

• Itai Sneh has recently published his first book, The Future Almost Arrived: How Jimmy Carter Failed to Change U.S. Foreign Policy, a study of Jimmy Carter's approach to human rights and its influence on policy-making during his presidency.

• Mary Gibson has recently published "On the Margins of Citizenship: Women Prisoners after Italian Unification" – in Storia delle donne n. 3 (2007): 187-207.