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Faculty Highlights

Dr. Alyssa Sepinwall has published “Beyond The Black Jacobins: Haitian Revolution Historiography Comes of Age,” Journal of Haitian Studies 23, no. 1 (Spring 2017), 4 - 34.

Dr. Debbie Kang's book, The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the US-Mexico Border, 1917-1954 was published by Oxford University Press in January 2017.

The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the US-Mexico Border, 1917-1954

Dr. Octavio Garcia is teaching a course in U.S. Foreign Policy in the History department this semester. He completed his undergraduate degree at UCSD and an M.A. in Latin American Studies at SDSU (2007). He completed a Ph.D. in History from the University of Arizona (2015).  Dr. Garcia's research examines African slavery in eighteenth century Latin America.

Octavio Garcia

Dr. Alyssa Sepinwall has published "New Directions in French Holocaust Film: The Origin of Violence, Once in a Lifetime, and Victor 'Young' Perez" in Fiction and Film for French Historians (Jan. 2017).

Ibrahim al-Marashi and Phebe Marr will publish their 4th edition of The Modern History of Iraq (Westview Press) in February 2017.

The Modern History of Iraq

Student and Alumni Highlights

Tony Acevedo (BA, CSUSM, 2004; MA, SDSU, 2007) has published an article in the Community Colleges Humanities Review: "The Importance of Looking at Rocks." Tony was recognized by the CSUSM History Department as the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus.

Tony Acevedo

Charla Wilson (MA 2016) has published in the Journal of San Diego History.

Journal of San Diego History

Doris Morgan (MA 2016) has published a book review in  Journal of San Diego History.

Journal of San Diego History

CSUSM History grad Julia Friedman is the current Collections Manager at the Women's Museum of California. She has curated the current WMC exhibit titled "Rockin' the Political Boat: Women of the Second Wave." It will be on display from September 2 to October 30

Julia Friedman

Mayela Caro (M.A. in History 2015) was awarded the prestigious Smithsonian Minority Awards Program-Visiting Student Internship. As part of the 10-week internship at the National Museum of American History, Mayela is helping to plan the national museum and research center’s Hispanic Heritage Month Festival that will be held September 17. Mayela is in the Ph.D program in History at UC Riverside, and her dissertation research focuses on the representations of gender and ethnicities in film, media, popular culture, print culture, and material culture.

Mayela Caro

Doris Morgan (M.A. In History, 2016) had a book review published in The Acentos Review, a quarterly literary and arts journal that promotes and publishes LatinX work. She reviewed Rosario Tijeras by Jorge Franco.  She recently completed her M.A. Project, “Crime, Kids, and a Panic on the Border."

Fawad Alizada is set graduate with a BA in History. He was accepted to the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies for an M.A in Middle Eastern history. He was also accepted into London School of Economics M.A. Program in the history of international relations. He will attending LSE and will focus his thesis on a transitional history of terrorism of Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda and ISIS.    

Fawad Alizada

Zane Cooper (M.A. in History 2016) has been accepted to the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania with full funding. His thesis, Raw Data: The Geopolitical History of Hard Drive Technology, 1978-2016, concerns the material and infrastructural history of digital storage, focusing specifically on the mining, processing, and acquisition of rare earth magnets. He plans to continue this work at UPenn and expand it into a dissertation. He presented his research at the History of Science Society Annual Conference in November.

Zane Cooper

Laura Padilla (B.A. History; Minor in Ethnic Studies, 2014) is completing her first year of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Graduate Program at SDSU. Her thesis will consider immigration reform discourse from the 2006 marches with regards to the family as a mode of reproducing heteronormativity which isolates and excludes non-normative individuals/families that identify as LGBT or Queer.

Laura Padilla

Sarah Wolk FitzGerald, a Ph.D. candidate and CSUSM history department alumna ('12), will be joining the team at the Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site as their new Curator. The Rancho, located in Long Beach, is a public museum housed in a Monterey-style adobe built in 1844. The museum's collections and programs reflect the Native, Spanish, Mexican, and American history of the site and region. The site also includes historic gardens, archives, and a research library. The Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site offers tours, public programs, and other events on a regular basis 

Sarah Wolk FitzGerald

CSUSM History M.A. Student Chelsea Snover had a book review published: Snover, Chelsea. Review of Religious Liberty and the American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases and Documents, by Vincent Phillip Muñoz. Western Legal History: The Journal of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society 27, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2014): 232-234. The working title of Chelsea’s thesis project is "All Are Welcome: The New Thought Movement in San Diego, 1900-1930."

Jason Halub (History, 2004, magna cum laude), Major, U.S. Army, has completed two years at West Point as Instructor of International History and International Division Executive Officer. He will be attending Peking University as a senior visiting student in their History Department. The Department of History recognized Jason as a Distinguished Alumni in 2009.