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Professor Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall Wins the Wang Family Excellence Award

Dr. Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall was honored with the Wang Family Excellence Award for oustanding faculty teaching. This is the top teaching award in the CSU, chosen from all 23 campuses in the state. 

Read more in the press release.

The San Diego Union-Tribune ran a feature profile of Dr. Sepinwall to commemorate the award.

Congratulations, Dr. Sepinwall!

Dr. Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall


History Professor Named Fellow by National Research Institute

Dr. Suzanna Krivulskaya

Dr. Suzanna Krivulskaya has been named a public fellow by the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization based in Washington, D.C. Krivulskaya was one of 16 interdisciplinary scholars chosen as part of the PRRI’s fifth cohort of fellows and the second cohort under the organization’s Religion and Renewing Democracy Initiative. She will work alongside PRRI researchers and staff to generate public scholarship focused on contemporary issues at the intersection of religion, culture and politics.

Through the Religion and Renewing Democracy Initiative, the fellows will be organized into peer groups of four whose work will be aligned with PRRI’s major research areas: religious, racial and ethnic pluralism; racial justice and white supremacy; immigration and migration studies; and LGBTQ rights. Krivulskaya is in the category of LGBTQ rights.

New Research Published in Iberian History

Dr. Antonio M. Zaldívar published a co-edited volume in Iberian history. The book, Constructing Iberian Identities, 1000-1700, brings together twelve essays from a diverse group of international historians who explore the formation of the multiple and overlapping identities, both individual and collective, that made up the Iberian peninsula during the eleventh through seventeenth centuries. 
Constructing Iberian Identities, 1000-1700

Book Published: The Black Cabinet

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 written a co-authored article titled “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 U.S. merchant Philip DePeyster (forthcoming). 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 the hashtag on Twitter: #peyster1812 

US merchant Philip DePeyster

Book Published: A Concise History of the Middle East

A Concise History of the Middle East (Routledge).

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

2017-2018 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award

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

JIll Watts