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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

Committee Service for 57th Conference of the Western History Association

Dr. Debbie Kang and Dr. Jill Watts served on the local arrangements Committee for the recent 57th Conference of the Western History Association in San Diego. Dr. Jill Watts chaired a panel, “The Digital and New Media Frontiers: Doing Digital History in Western Contexts.” Dr. Carmen Nava presented a paper at this panel, “Identity & Visuality in Public Commemorations of Cesar E. Chavez.”

Article Published: Beyond the Black Jacobins

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. Beyond the Black Jacobins

Book Published: New Directions in French Holocaust Film

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).

Book Published: The Modern History of Iraq

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

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The Modern History of Iraq