What's New in the History Department?

Student Accomplishments

Sophomore Sean Keenan received an internship at the Mark Twain House and Museum, Samuel Clemens' main residence from 1874 to 1891, for summer 2012.    Sean also studied abroad in China in the fall 2013 semester.

Alumnus Ryan Bachman has been selected as a finalist for the Deerfield Institute Fellowship.

Patrick Shea was named the Janick Fellow in Archival Management at the WCSU archives.

Faculty Accomplishments

Surekha Davies has recently been awarded the Jay I. Kislak Fellowship at the Library of Congress, and also won the Hardison Fellowship at the Folger Library.   She will take up both fellowships in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Jennifer Duffy has published Who's Your Paddy? Racial Expectations and the Struggle for Irish-American Identity (NYU Press, 2013), which she has presented at a university-wide talk at WCSU.

Leslie Lindenauer recently published I Cannot Call Her Mother (Lexington Books, 2013), which examines the cultural history of stepmotherhood in the United States.   She has presented her arguments from the book in several fora, including at Brown University and at WCSU.

Kevin Gutzman recently published James Madison and the Making of America (St. Martin's Press, 2012).   The book was selected as the History Book Club's main selection in February 2012 and has been favorably reviewed by the Wall Street Journal and Kirkus Reviews, among many others.   He has made recent appearances on many syndicated talk shows and on major television networks.   His book presentation was covered on C-SPAN and his book can be seen in the background of many episodes of the hit television series House of Cards.

Joshua Rosenthal recently published Salt and the Colombian State (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012).   James Sanders of Utah State University called the work “the best sort of local history, as the story of the La Salina salt works wonderfully illuminates the larger history of nineteenth-century nation and state formation. Rosenthal adroitly demonstrates how the weak state still profoundly affected demography, land holding, labor opportunities, social structure and even the daily lives of many Colombians. Rosenthal convincingly argues that the relations between state and society are crucial to understanding nineteenth-century Spanish America, providing a lasting contribution to Latin American historiography.”


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