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 Dr. Jill Watts

In May 2020, Dr. Jill Watts published her fourth book, The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt (Grove Atlantic). This extensively researched work vividly narrates the history, evolution, impact, and ultimate demise of what was known in the 1930s and 1940s as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Black Cabinet. This unofficial group of African Americans advised FDR as he navigated the complicated politics of the Great Depression and the New Deal.

New Research Published in Digital  History

Dr. Suzanna Krivulskaya has co-published an article entitled, “Networks of Piety and Slavery Among Late Eighteenth-Century Rural Maryland Catholics” in Current Research in Digital History, which is published by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

 Suzanna Krivulskaya

Recent Presentations by History Faculty

 Dr. Olga Gonzalez-Silen

Dr. Olga Gonzalez presented the paper, “’Nunca ha sido esclavo ni en España podía serlo de nadie’: Crossing the Spanish Atlantic While Black in 1809,” at the panel, “Going Beneath the Documents and Finding Other Things: Part Deux,” at the Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 Dr. Antonio Zaldivar presented the paper, “Language as a Diplomatic Instrument in the Correspondence between the Aragonese and Majorcan Royal Chanceries, 1341-1349,” at the conference, Movement and Mobility in the Medieval Mediterranean (6th – 15th Centuries), in Barcelona, Spain. 

Book Pending 

Dr. Olga Gonzalez-Silen has written a book on the travel diary of the US merchant Philip DePeyster (forthcoming in 2020). In preparation for its publication, she is now tweeting each diary entry on the date that Peyster wrote 207 years ago. 

She observes:

To my knowledge, this is the only diary of a witness to the First Venezuelan Republic and one of a few precious contemporary documents. Once the republic collapsed, a catastrophe that Peyster chronicled with flair, almost all incriminating sources were destroyed and only a few have come to the attention of historians.

Follow on Twitter: #peyster1812 

US merchant Philip DePeyster

Book Published: A Concise History of the Middle East.

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Marashi has published a co-authored book, A Concise History of the Middle East (Routledge).

A Concise History of the Middle East (Routledge).

Book Published: The INS on the Line

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 Society for History in the Federal Government has awarded her book the 2018 Henry Adams Prize.  The Immigration and Ethnic History Society recognized the book with its Theodore Saloutos Book Award for presenting a major new scholarly interpretation related to the immigration history of the United States. The book won the annual book prize for the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. The South Texas College Center for Mexican American Studies recognized INS on the Line as the best nonfiction book on Latino/a, Chicano/a, or Mexican American studies with the Americo Paredes Book Award. The Western History Association has recognized the book with the W. Turrentine-Jackson Award.

The INS on the Line

2017-2018 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award

Dr. Jill Watts has been selected by President Karen Haynes as the 2017-2018 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award. The award recognizes Dr. Watt’s outstanding work in teaching, research and service, and is the highest honor a faculty member may receive at this university.

JIll Watts