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  • Olga Dror…From Russia to Aggieland

    A polyglot, scholar, and mother who found her way from Russia to Texas A&M University.

  • History Peeps: Ian Seavey, Ph.D. Student

    A Florida native with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa, Ian Seavey remembers the culture shock he experienced when he first saw Texans on campus in Western boots and cowboy hats. “I really thought that was just a funny stereotype,” the graduate student relates. “I had no idea anyone actually still dressed like […]

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    Sonia Hernandez wins OAH Book Award

    Dr. Sonia Hernández won the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award for her monograph, For a Just and Better World:  Engendering Anarchism in the Mexican Borderlands, 1900–1938 with the University of Illinois Press! 

  • Lorien Foote wins OAH Book Award

    Dr. Lorien Foote, the Patricia & Bookman Peters Professor in History, won the OAH’s Civil War and Reconstruction Book Award for her 2021 monograph, Rites of Retaliation:  Civilization, Soldiers, and Campaigns in the Civil War with the University of North Carolina Press.  This prestigious OAH award goes to “the most original book on the coming […]

  • Revolutionary Women of Color

    For women of color in America, racism and sexism can only be understood in an intersectional framework. In late March, the History Department hosted a two-day conference, The Second Wave: Revolutionary Women of Color, to advance such scholarship and honor three pioneer activists from the 1960s and 1970s.

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    Sonia Hernandez wins AHA-NEH grant for public history project “Refusing to Forget”

    Congratulations to Sonia Hernandez, who has won an AHA-NEH Grant to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations, through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

  • History Peeps: Dr. Jessica Herzogenrath, Instructional Assistant Professor

    Dr. Jessica Herzogenrath’s fascination with history began at a young age, but not in the classroom. It began in her grandmother’s home, reading notes on every antique and artifact salvaged from the local community that had made its way into her grandmother’s care. History was the family passion, passed down from grandmother, to mother, to […]

  • Faith and Power – Latino Religious Politics Since 1945

    A one-day symposium, both in-person and online via Zoom, bringing together historians from across the country and world to discuss the significance of Latino religious politics, April 14, 2022.

  • Animal Histories of the American Civil War Symposium

    The first-of-its kind symposium exploring how the relationship between humans and animals shaped the American Civil War, and how the war shaped the life of animals. We will feature expert Civil War historians in conversation with TAMU’s animal studies scholars. DATE: April 08, 2022

  • Ashley Vance named a 2022 HWW Career Diversity Fellow

    Ph.D. candidate Ashley Vance has been named a 2022 Humanities Without Walls Career Diversity Workshop Fellow. Congratulations Ashley—and thanks for all your good work as the history department’s career diversity fellow.

  • The Second Wave: Revolutionary Women of Color

    The History Department is hosting a panel featuring three pioneers of the Second Wave of feminism, Frances Beal, Martha Cotera, and Yvonne Swan, March 24, 2022 and an all-day conference on March 25, 2022.

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    History Peeps: Dr. Jonathan Coopersmith, Professor of History

    Technology and history may seem like opposites to many people, but not here at Texas A&M. The History Department is fortunate to have Dr. Jonathan Coopersmith, who explores the long history of technology, including both its successes and failures, and how technology has shaped the human experience across national boundaries. His jubilance and creativity have […]

  • Dr. Rebecca Schloss publishes an article in Early American Studies

    Dr. Rebecca Hartkopf Schloss has just published “Furthering Their Family Interests:  Women, French Colonial Households, and Mobility in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic” in Early American Studies  20:1  (Winter 2022), 113-151. This article examines how three elite white women furthered their families’ social and economic status around the nineteenth-century Atlantic basin.  They and the enslaved and free […]

  • Standing in Solidarity Against Anti-AAPI Racism: A Symposium

    The Asian American Studies Task Force presents:  Standing in Solidarity Against Anti-AAPI Racism:  A Symposium, March 9 - 10, 2022. * Separate Registration for Each Event is Required * Registration links are included in the article.

  • History Peeps: Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs, Melbern G. Glasscock Professor of History

    Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs grew up down a two-mile dirt road on the far outskirts of San Diego, California. As a child, she vividly remembers the weekly drive to the local library miles away to check-out novels featuring heroines of ancient Egypt, medieval England, and revolutionary France. After returning home, she would make a peanut butter […]

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    Felipe Hinojosa co-edited collection, Faith and Power

    Dr. Felipe Hinojosa’s co-edited collection, Faith and Power:  Latino Religious Politics Since 1945 with NYU Press (co-edited with Maggie Elmore of Sam Houston State University and Sergio González of Marquette University), is being released next week.  The link is here…. https://nyupress.org/9781479804528/faith-and-power/

  • Albert Broussard: Building a Better World With Black History

    By Tiarra Drisker ‘25 Photos by Anna Burson ’24     Albert Broussard, once a poor Black kid in San Francisco, now teaches what he wishes he had been taught: Black history. Even as a child growing up in a poor, single-parent household in San Francisco, Albert Broussard was curious about Black history. He had […]

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    Exploring the Margins of History Conference, February 18th & 19th, 2022

    Texas A&M’s HGSO will host the “Exploring the Margins of History” graduate student conference this Friday and Saturday.  It’s FREE and OPEN to the public and emphasizes an inclusive approach to understanding historical narratives.                     Our keynote speaker, Dr. Caleb McDaniel, recently received the Pulitzer Prize […]

  • Adam Seipp speaks on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    By Tiarra Drisker ‘25     Seventy-seven years after the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, there are still lessons to be learned from the atrocities of the Holocaust, the systematic genocide that killed an estimated 5.7 million European Jews by the Nazi German regime and its collaborators. The Nazis also targeted and persecuted Roma […]

  • History Peeps: Kelly Cook, Business Coordinator II

    Kelly Cook’s Texas roots run deep. Her family has ranched in the area for over one hundred years, on six hundred acres divided between two properties known as the Olden Ranches. She remembers hearing stories about how her great-grandfather sold land on Walton Drive at twenty-five cents an acre. “I could just imagine what it […]

  • History Peeps: Dr. Evan Haefeli, Associate Professor of History

    Approaching history imaginatively makes the past more fluid and alive. It means questioning the inevitability of events and looking past obvious answers. For Evan Haefeli, growing up surrounded by his father’s history books in Westhampton, New York, the long hours he spent thumbing through their glossy illustrations first sparked his imagination. To him, these books […]

  • Sonia Hernandez

    Sonia Hernandez publishes, For a Just and Better World

    Dr. Sonia Hernández has just published For a Just and Better World:  Engendering Anarchism in the Mexican Borderlands, 1900–1938 with the University of Illinois Press, a national leader in labor history! 

  • History Peeps: Raymond Mitchell, Graduate Student

    Life is unpredictable. Its path twists and weaves. Sometimes it challenges us to abandon our comfortable routines and calls us to venture into the murky unknown. Although many ignore the invitation, a brave few accept it. In 2014, during Raymond Mitchell’s most profitable—and, arguably, his most outwardly successful—year as an oil and gas attorney in […]

  • Walter Kamphoefner publishes, Germans in America: A Concise History

    Dr. Walter Kamphoefner has just published his highly anticipated, big book on the German American presence in U.S. history, Germans in America:  A Concise History, with Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

  • History Peeps: Dr. Olga Dror, Professor of History

    Born in the Soviet Union, Olga Dror studied Vietnamese language and literature at the School of Oriental Studies at Leningrad State University. She recalls that admission to the program explicitly “gave preference to boys over girls, and I liked the challenge.” But sex discrimination proved easier to overcome than discrimination against Jews. After she graduated […]

  • Lorien Foote publishes, Rites of Retaliation

    Dr. Lorien Foote, the Patricia & Bookman Peters Professor of History, has just published Rites of Retaliation:  Civilization, Soldiers, and Campaigns in the American Civil War with UNC Press.  This monograph is based on the Steven and Janice Brose Lectures at Pennsylvania State University that she gave in the fall of 2019. 

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    Brian Rouleau publishes, Empire’s Nursery

    Dr. Brian Rouleau just published, Empire's Nursery: Children’s Literature and the Origins of the American Century with the highly regarded New York University Press.

  • Jonathan Brunstedt publishes, The Soviet Myth of World War II

    Dr. Jonathan Brunstedt shares with the Department a copy of his just released monograph, The Soviet Myth of World War II:  Patriotic Memory and the Russian Question in the USSR published by Cambridge University Press! 

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    History Peeps: Dr. Lorien Foote, Professor of History

    A small puppy changed Dr. Lorien Foote’s life forever in 2015. She admits, “I am somebody that did not grow up with pets and had no interest in animals at all.” But a spring break trip to Washington, D.C., converted her. While mining the National Archives for research material, Dr. Foote stayed with a dog-owning […]

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    College of Liberal Arts interviews Armando Alonzo for National Hispanic Heritage Month

    In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, faculty from the College of Liberal Arts talk about Tejano origins and the importance of studying their history.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs publishes in the Los Angeles Times

    America’s schoolchildren don’t resist learning from history. Policymakers do. Op-Ed: Lessons from Afghanistan for a high school history class

  • History Peeps: David Vaught, Professor of History

    History shows that finding one’s way sometimes requires the courage to reject a predetermined path. “When I first went to college out of high school, I tried to be a math major because my father was a math professor,” Dr. David Vaught states. “I failed miserably,” he adds. In 1979, in the middle of his […]

  • History Peeps: Dr. Tristan Osteria, Ph.D. 2016

    Growing up in the Philippines in the 1990s, Dr. Tristan Osteria looked forward to unwrapping books on his birthday and at Christmas. Whether reading “Hardy Boys” mysteries or histories of World War II, Dr. Osteria saw himself as a detective, piecing together the past bit by bit. America loomed large in Dr. Osteria’s imagination as […]

  • Jonathan Brunstedt interviews with the Wilson Center in Washington D.C.

    Drawing Lessons from the Soviet-Afghan War: A Conversation with Title VIII Research Scholar Jonathan Brunstedt

  • History Peeps: Angela Hudson, Professor and Associate Department Head

    When Dr. Angela Hudson was about nine years old, her family took her to a used book sale at the Spartanburg, S.C., community library. As she rummaged through the messy piles, she became enthralled by the glamorous images sprawled across the glossy pages of Life magazines from the 1940s. Her parents, hoping to nurture her curiosity, loaded […]

  • Felipe Hinojosa’s ‘Apostles of Change’ tells how secular Latino activists protested by seizing sacred spaces

    As historian Felipe Hinojosa said, "We know very little about Latino and Latina religious leaders that were prophets, that were religious radicals — people who stood up to faith and justice."

  • History Peeps: April Hatfield, Associate Professor

    Dr. April Hatfield’s interest in history began in her fifth-grade social studies classroom in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Hatfield’s fifth-grade teacher was a former civil rights activist who imparted a passion for justice to her students. Dr. Hatfield states that when Mrs. Fields discussed her participation in marches, “I got the depth and strength of the African […]

  • Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs and colleagues encourage Americans to Invent Goals for the Next 100 Years

    An opinion piece in The Hill, by Douglas Brinkley, Ph.D., Elizabeth Cobbs, Ph.D., AND David Robinson, offers an updated “Fourteen Points” to open a conversation about how to shift away from outdated security paradigms and set new goalposts.

  • Four A&M professors contribute to 2021 C-Span Survey on the Presidents, the most of any U.S. faculty.”

    Professors Terry Anderson, Elizabeth Cobbs, Jason Parker and David Vaught of the Department of History at Texas A&M University contribute to the 2021 C-Span survey on the Presidents. https://www.c-span.org/presidentsurvey2021/?page=participants

  • David Vaught on The History of Baseball

    Historian David Vaught steps up to the plate to discuss the origins of America’s pastime.

  • Angela Pulley Hudson

    Dr. Angela Hudson publishes article in the Summer 2021 issue of Journal of Social History

    Dr. Angela Hudson’s most recent article, “The Indian Doctress in the Nineteenth-Century United States:  Race, Medicine, and Labor” is now out in print (it has been available online for a while) in the Summer 2021 issue of the  Journal of Social History. This article focuses on Native and non-Native women who worked in the “Indian […]

  • History Peeps: David Hudson, Instructional Professor and Associate Graduate Director

                      Dr. David Hudson came a long way to join the History Department at Texas A&M. As a child he was entranced by the rich legacy of past generations that he saw scattered across the British landscape. He particularly recalls the historical sites at which his father […]

  • History Peeps: Aggie alumnus Kyle Ryman

    Aggie alumnus Kyle Ryman, class of 2009, decided to join the military during his junior year in high school. Motivated by Tom Cruise’s heroic character in the film Top Gun and by the events of 9/11, Mr. Ryman felt compelled to volunteer. Texas A&M provided Mr. Ryman with the college experience he craved and one […]

  • Daniel Bare (Ph.D. 2017) publishes first book

    Dr. Daniel Bare, a 2017 HIST PhD also under Dr. Hinojosa who is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies here at Texas A&M, has just published Black Fundamentalists: Conservative Christianity and Racial Identity in the Segregation Era from New York University Press, which began as a dissertation here in our department.  The web like for the […]

  • Grajales wins 2021-22 fellowship

    Manny Grajales, Ph.D. student, has just won a one-year, non-residential dissertation fellowship from the Louisville Institute.

  • History Peeps: Jonathan Carroll, Graduate Student

    Jonathan Carroll, a third-year Ph.D. student in the Texas A&M History Department, has had an adventurous and unexpected trek from his rural small town in Celbridge, Ireland, to his new home in College Station, Texas.  Mr. Carroll reminisces, “I took a total gamble. I packed up everything I owned, which wasn’t much, mostly books (not […]

  • History Peeps: Brian M. Linn, Ralph R. Thomas Professor in Liberal Arts

    Professor Brian Linn believes history is made—or at least written—by those who show up. “Even if it’s 500 words a day, moving the project forward—even if you know those 500 words are all going to get thrown away the next day. Just keeping at it, that’s how you write books,” he says. Born in Hawaii […]

  • History Undergraduate Essay Prize Winners

    Congratulations to Elizabeth Crisp, Dana Lamkin, and Jimmy Ardoin, the winners of our department’s annual Undergraduate Paper Prize! Their fascinating essays are a tribute to the wonderful and highly original historical research our students are engaged in each semester!

  • Jonathan Brunstedt wins Summer NEH

    Jonathan Brunstedt has won an NEH Summer Stipend Fellowship for his second book project on the entangled cultural representation of the U.S.-Vietnam (1961-1975) and the Soviet-Afghan (1979-1989) wars!

  • History Peeps: Troy Bickham, Professor of History

    Professor Troy Bickham has a talent for making people feel welcome. His openness to experience, curiosity about the world around him, and sense of humor make it easy for others to open up. Whether chatting about politics in the early American republic, the joys and perils of puppy parenthood, or the hot and sweaty process […]

  • Honoring Women througout History

    The National Women’s History Museum will be the 20th museum in the Smithsonian’s collection. McNamara and Hernandez said they are thrilled to see its creation and are excited about how it will educate the public. By Mia Mercer ‘23

  • Katherine Unterman

    Katherine Unterman – talks about her research from Arts & Humanities Fellowship

    Katherine Unterman, associate professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts, studied the effects of a 1901 Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution does not fully apply to American citizens living in the five populated U.S. territories. Division of Research - 2016 Arts & Humanities Fellows

  • History Peeps: Mary W. Johnson, Executive Assistant II

    Mary Johnson has literally seen it all. Supporting History faculty and students since 1978, Ms. Johnson started as a clerk-typist preparing book manuscripts in the days before faculty had their own computers, when the department was in the Academic Building. She now heads an administrative staff of four people in the Glasscock Building, and has […]

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    History Peeps: Dr. Carlos K. Blanton, Department Chair

    We all want a place where we belong, where we feel welcomed and valued. Dr. Carlos Blanton found his when he arrived at Texas A&M University as a junior faculty member in 2001 and discovered his “peeps.”

  • Remembering Betty Miller Unterberger, Texas A&M’s First Female Professor

    In honor of Women’s History Month, we take a walk down memory lane to reflect on Betty Miller Unterberger's life and the difference she made on campus as the first woman named full professor in university history. By Mia Mercer ‘23

  • Albert Broussard

    Albert Broussard: Building a Better World with Black History

    As a pioneer and trailblazer in Black history, it’s no surprise that history professor Albert Broussard’s work is inspiring a better future.

  • Lisa Cobbs

    Renewed efforts to place Harriet Tubman on America’s $20 bill

    Elizabeth Cobbs is interviewed about the renewed effort to place Harriet Tubman on America's $20 bill in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote.

  • Evan Haefeli

    Evan Haefali edits new book, Against Popery: Britain Empire, & AntiCatholicism

    Although commonly regarded as a prejudice against Roman Catholics and their religion, anti-popery is both more complex and far more historically significant than this common conception would suggest. As the essays collected in this volume demonstrate, anti-popery is a powerful lens through which to interpret the culture and politics of the British-American world.

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    Sonia Hernandez Wins 2020 Chancellor’s Fellowship

    Texas A&M University Announces 2020 EDGES Fellows The award for mid-career faculty is aimed at investing in talent and retaining promising researchers and educators. By Brandon V. Webb, Texas A&M University Office of Provost Communications….October 7, 2020 Nineteen distinguished Texas A&M University faculty have been honored as 2020 Chancellor Enhancing Development and Generating Excellence in […]

  • Brian Linn

    Brian McAllister Linn Dissertation Research Fellowship in Military History

    The Department of History at Texas A&M is very pleased to announce the creation of the Brian McAllister Linn Dissertation Research Fellowship in Military History. This award will provide funds for graduate students in the department to pursue dissertation research on war and the military institutions that wage it in all periods of American military history.

  • Fall 2020 Doctoral Commencement

    Congratulations to four new PhDs: Drs. Neil Dimmitt, Mike Morris, Dale Weeks and Micah Wright

  • Angela Pulley Hudson

    Angela Hudson Wins 2020 Arrington-Prucha Essay Prize

    Dr. Angela Hudson has been awarded the 2020 Arrington-Prucha Prize from the Western History Association for her essay “There is no Mormon Trail of Tears:  Roots, Removals, and Reconstructions.” The Arrington-Prucha Prize is awarded to the best essay on the religious history of the American West.

  • Rohrbaugh Speaks at Huntington Library

    Doctoral Candidate Colin Rohrbaugh Speaks at Huntington Library

  • Elizabeth Cobbs on AI and the History and Future of Work

    Elizabeth Cobbs won an Emmy and Telly Award for this new public television documentary.

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    Stephen Riegg interviewed on the New Books Network

    Stephen Riegg interviewed on New Books Network regarding recent book: Russia's Entangled Embrace

  • To teach in person, or not: That is the question

    Jonathan Coopersmith from the Department of History discusses returning to the classroom during a pandemic.

  • Sarah McNamara named Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader

    Sarah McNamara is one of ten Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders for 2020 at the WW National Fellowship Foundation

  • It Takes a Long Time to Vote

    In this article, which was originally published by The Conversation, history professor Jonathan Coopersmith explains the importance of shortening wait times to vote.

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    A Message from the History Department Climate & Inclusion Committee

    We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter as well as others fighting for racial justice today. We will apply this solidarity to tangible change as we seek to overcome intersecting legacies of racial inequality at Texas A&M.

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    Former Student Wins 2020 Pulitzer Prize in History

    In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Texas A&M University former student Caleb McDaniel ‘00, ‘01 (M.A.) shares Henrietta Wood's story, which sheds light on what life was like for black women in America in the 19th century.

  • The Urgency of Peaceful Protest

    Elizabeth Cobbs, the Melbern G. Glasscock chair in American history, discusses how holding the moral high ground is crucial to advancing a cause in her op-ed for The Washington Post.

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    Religion in Quarantine: COVID-19, Sanctuary, and the Future of American Religion

    The following blog post by is an edited excerpt from an essay by Department of History's Felipe Hinojosa that will appear in the Network’s second eBook Project entitled "Religion in Quarantine: The Future of Religion in a Post-Pandemic World."

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    Unsung and Sung Heroes and Heroines of Black History

    In honor of Black History Month, we reflect on what it means to be African American and how stories of unsung heroes and heroines can inspire us today.

  • Texas A&M Professor David Vaught Honored By American Historians

    The longtime professor has been designated a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians for his scholarly works on labor history and baseball.

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    Shop Until You Drop in the Comfort of Your Own Home

    Today is Cyber Monday, the Monday following Thanksgiving, promoted by online retailers as a day for exceptional bargains. The College of Liberal Arts sat down with a history professor to discuss how technology shapes our views on shopping.

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    HGSO Conference

    11th Annual Texas A&M History Conference The Challenge of Change February 21-22, 2020   The History Graduate Student Organization of Texas A&M University is proud to announce our 2020 graduate and undergraduate history student conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “The Challenge of Change.” Our central focus for this conference is to create a […]

  • Beyond and Before “Boo”: A Halloween Story

    Halloween exists beyond symbols of “Boo!” and scary movies. Two professors in the College of Liberal Arts trace Halloween’s historical and cultural beginnings and explain the concept of “liminal spaces” in our world and that of the ancients.

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    National Book Month: Harriet and The Tubman Command

    October is National Book Month, and the College of Liberal Arts will be celebrating all month long! For our last feature we talked with historian Elizabeth Cobbs about the national conversation surrounding Harriet Tubman and why American history is needed now more than ever.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month: Latinx History as U.S. History

    Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15 each year. As we are in the middle of the month, it is important to remember what this month celebrates and how all histories should be shared.

  • A New Year in October: The Hope of Jewish Studies

    Do you hear the shofar blast? From sundown September 29 to sundown October 1 marks the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. To celebrate these good tidings, the College of Liberal Arts sat down with three professors whose teaching focuses on the ever-expanding Jewish studies.

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    Number, please? ‘Hello Girls’ answered the call in World War I

    History professor Elizabeth Cobbs resurrected the story of women soldiers in WWI with her book “The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers.”

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    Historical Awards

    Department of History doctoral candidate Tiffany Gonzalez earns two prestigious awards supporting women and students of color for her research on Latinas in politics.

  • “The First Pride Was a Riot”: The 50th Anniversary of Stonewall

    There's a well-known saying among the LGBTQ community: "The first Pride was a riot." We talk to history professor Terry Anderson about the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and how they shaped the modern fight for LGTBQ rights.

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    May the Fourth Be With You

    On Star Wars Day, a history professor highlights the brains and brawn of the Star Wars franchise and how close we might be to droid and force technology.

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    History Professor Elected as Chair for National Science Association

    Jonathan Coopersmith, professor in the Department of History, was elected as Chair-Elect, Chair, and Retiring Chair for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Section for the History and Philosophy of Science.