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Department of History

Edward Wright-Rios, Searching for Madre Matiana: Prophecy and Popular Culture in Modern Mexico (University of New Mexico Press, 2014) Samira Sheikh, co-editor, After Timur Left (Oxford University Press, 2014) Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos (left) presents the 2014 Earl Sutherland Prize to Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History. (Joe Howell/Vanderbilt) Leor Halevi, co-editor, Religion and Trade: Cross-Cultural Exchanges in World History, 1000-1900 (Oxford University Press 2014) Moses Ochonu, Africa in Fragments: Essays on Nigeria, Africa, and Global Africanity (Diasporic African Press, New York 2014) Julia Phillips Cohen, co-editor, Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History, 1700-1950 (Stanford University Press 2014)

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 40 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 200 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.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Marshall Eakin, Professor of History, was awarded $50,400 by the National Endowment for the Humanities to pursue research to complete his book  Shadows of the Soul: Brazilian Identity in the Twentieth Century.

Edward Wright-Rios , Searching for Madre Matiana: Prophecy and Popular Culture in Modern Mexico (University of New Mexico Press, 2014)

Here are two C-SPAN broadcasts by History Professors. Sarah Igo's intellectual history class (HIST 275a): http://series.c-span.org/History/Lectures-in-History/ and Kevin Kim talks about Herbert Hoover, and Henry Wallace, and the U.S. policies that led to the Cold War: http://www.c-span.org/video/?321524-2/herbert-hoover-henry-wallace-cold-war-america

JUST PUBLISHED! Peter Lorge is editor of a books series called Asian States and Empires, the fifth book in this series has just been published China's Second Capital: Nanjing under the Ming, 1368-1644 by Jun Fang (Routledge, 2014)

JUST PUBLISHED! Samira Sheikh, co-editor, After Timur Left (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Celso Thomas Castiho's "Performing Abolitionism, Enacting Citizenship: The Social Construction of Political Rights in 1880s Recife, Brazil," was selected as the 2014 winner of the Kimberly S. Hanger Article Prize, awarded annually by the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association.

Lauren R. Clay's book, Stagestruck: The Business of Theater in Eighteenth-Century France and Its Colonies, (Cornell University Press, 2013), was awarded Honorable Mention for the Barnard Hewitt Award, given by the American Society for Theatre Research for the best book in theatre history or cognate disciplines published in 2014, and, was selected as a finalist for the 2014 George Freedley Award, given by the Theatre Library Association.

Jane Landers was awarded the prestigious Earl Sutherland Prize for Achievement in Research during Vanderbilt University’s Fall Faculty Assembly. Landers, an international expert on slavery and emancipation during the 18th and 19th centuries, holds the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in History.

Joel Harrington was presented the Chancellor's Awards for Research. Harrington, Centennial Professor of History, was noted for his book The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century.

JUST PUBLISHED! Leor Halevi, co-editor, Religion and Trade: Cross-Cultural Exchanges in World History, 1000-1900 (Oxford University Press, 2014)

JUST PUBLISHED! Moses Ochonu , Africa in Fragments: Essays on Nigeria, Africa, and Global Africanity (Diasporic African Press, New York, 2014)

JUST PUBLISHED! Julia Phillips Cohen , co -editor, Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History, 1700-1950 (Stanford University Press, 2014)

Helmut Walser Smith  was named a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow. As a Guggenheim Fellow, Smith will be finishing a book titled Finding Germany: A History of Discovery and Salvage, 1500 to 2000, which will be published with W. W. Norton in the United States and C. H. Beck in Germany.

Vanderbilt University faculty members Samira Sheikh , Tony Stewart , and David Wasserstein will be co-directing an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities on the theme " When the Fringe Dwarfs the Center:  Vernacular Islam Beyond the Arab World" during the 2015/2016 academic year.


See many more announcements about Professors and Graduate Students here.