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. 

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

Faculty Accomplishments

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.

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.”

Visiting faculty member Eden Knudsen recently accepted a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor of History at Auburn University

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox has recently published two books.   He edited Vietnam and the West: New Approaches (Cornell University Southeast Asia Publications, 2010), which examines the history of Western countries and VIetnam from the sixteenth century to the present, and wrote Allegories of the Vietnamese Past (Yale Southeast Asia Monographs, 2011), which examines how historians remade the past in the image of their present during the Vietnam War.

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