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Department of History


Announcements

Congratulations! Two history professors won graduate teaching awards on December 6, 2016. Professor Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professors of History won the Graduate Mentoring Award. Professor Bill Caferroalso Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History won the Graduate Teaching Award. These awards were presented by Dean Benton and Senior Associate Dean Stassun. (see the first slide above). Link to announcement here.

Listen to Professor Igo's comments in this recently-aired BBC radio program, "The Inquiry": Why Did the Polls Get it Wrong? (Or Did They)? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04h8rr7http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04h8rr7

Professor Jefferson Cowie has two pieces in TIME magazine regarding Trump's election.
Essay: Donald Trump and History's Competing Visions of America's 'Forgotten Man' | TIME
Small thing: How Historians of Tomorrow Will Interpret Donald Trump's Election | TIME

Presidential historian at Vanderbilt University Thomas Schwartz discusses the history of peaceful transfers of political power in American presidential elections, going back more than 200 years.
http://www.npr.org/2016/10/22/498987455/bitter-and-contested-elections-in-americas-history.

NEW BOOK! The Codex of Justinian: A New Annotated Translation, with Parallel Latin and Greek Text (Cambridge University Press, 2016), a 3-Volume Hardback Set. Bruce Frier, General Editor; Fred. H. Blume Translator; Thomas McGinn, leading contributor. Link here.

The Department of History is delighted to introduce six new colleagues: Ari Bryen (Ancient Rome; law); Brandon Byrd (19th and 20th century U.S.; African American); Jefferson Cowie (20th century U.S.; labor, class, and politics); Emily Greble (20th century Balkans and Eastern Europe); Thomas McGinn (Ancient Rome; law); Kimberly Welch (19th century U.S.; slavery and U.S. south) . Welcome to Vanderbilt!

NEW BOOK! Lauren Benton and Lisa Ford, Rage for Order: The British Empire and the Origins of International Law, 1800-1850 (Harvard University Press, 2016). Link here.

NEW BOOK! Christopher Loss and Patrick J. McGuinn, editors, The Convergence of K-12 and Higher Education: Policies and Programs in a Changing Era (Harvard Education Press, 2016). Link here.

NEW BOOK! Translated by Joel Harrington, The Executioner's Journal: Meister Frantz Schmidt of the Imperial city of Nuremberg (University of Virginia Press, 2016). Link here.

NEW BOOK! David Blackbourn, Landschaften der deutschen Geschichte: Aufsätze zum 19. Und 20.Jahrhundert (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht , 2016). Link here.

NEW BOOK! Celso Castilho, Slave Emancipation and Transformations in Brazilian Political Citizenship (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016). Link here.

A project directed by Jane Landers, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, to preserve endangered African and Afro-descended slave records has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Digital Extension Grant. See article here.

Laura Stark has been awarded the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching , Vanderbilt University.

Thomas A. Schwartz presents the tenth annual Schwan Lecture, "The Diplomacy of Henry Kissinger: Realist, Idealist, or Politician?," presented by the Politics and Government Department at North Park University, Chicago, March 31, 2016.

Lance Ingwersen, Graduate Student, has been awarded a 2016-2017 Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship. This fellowship will offer a year of support to enable full-time work on his dissertation.

Cassandra Painter,
Graduate Student, has been named a Fellow at the University of Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study for the academic year 2016-17. She has also been selected to participate in the German Historical Institute (GHI)'s Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar in Washington, DC on May 25-28, 2016.

Jane Landers has been named U.S. Representative, International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project, 2015 http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/dialogue/the-slave-route

Ari Joskowicz has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) 2016 Fellowship for his project Jews and Roma in the Shadow of Genocide.

The Vanderbilt Historical Review released its first issue (Spring 2016) on January 12. It has articles written by students from Vanderbilt, Boston College, University of Chicago, University of Edinburgh, Stanford University, Yale University and University of Virginia. "My colleagues and I have been deeply impressed by the analytic rigor and consistently high writing standards evident in all the articles," said Joel Harrington, Centennial Professor of History and chair of the department at Vanderbilt University. "We are also very proud of Robert and his editorial team for producing such a high quality scholarly publication." See also the second issue (Summer 2016) at the link below.
Link to article in MyVU
Link to journal
Link to VHR home page

Paul Kramer has received an NEH fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year.

Congratulations to Catherine Molineux and Christopher Loss , who have been named 2016 Chancellor Faculty Fellows.

Jefferson Cowie's The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics has just been released by Princeton University Press. Cowie has become a faculty member at Vanderbilt University, Department of History, as of January 1, 2016. Welcome!


updated December 2, 2016

See all of the new faculty book publications here.

See many more announcements about Professors and Graduate Students here.


History at Vanderbilt

History has been an integral part of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum at Vanderbilt since the University was founded, in 1873. The first undergraduate students of the discipline immersed themselves in subjects as various as the Roman Empire, English constitutional history, the history of religion (including Islam), political economy, and contemporary American politics. Graduate study came early—in the 1880s—to Vanderbilt. Taught in weekly seminars, a new instructional form, students were expected to master the standard texts—in ancient history and in legal history, for example—while the more advanced among them engaged in innovative research on such issues as the Civil War, local government in the South and Southwest, and the tariff, Henry George and socialism. Vanderbilt’s first PhD in history was awarded in 1899, one of only three awarded in the South before 1900.

Today, the Department of History’s 42 full-time faculty members offer courses that span the globe—from Africa and Asia to Europe, Latin America and the United States—and that introduce students to a range of historical questions and methodologies. The undergraduate program attracts over 150 majors, and the graduate program annually enrolls about 10  students in a variety of fields. Department faculty are at once devoted and skilled teachers on the one hand and innovative and accomplished researchers and writers of history on the other.

updated May 13, 2016