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History Affiliates Recognized By Dean's Office

Five members of the History Department have received Dean's Innovation and Accomplishment Awards. Professors Corrie Decker and Diana Davis won Dean's Innovation Awards; graduate program coordinator Grace Woods won a Dean's Staff Accomplishment award; and graduate students William San Martin and Zoey Lin won Dean's Doctoral Fellowships for Excellence.

Congratulations to all!

UCHRI Award for Jean-Baptiste

Rachel Jean-Baptiste, an Associate Professor in the History Department, has received a grant from the University of California Humanities Research Institute in support of a new faculty working group. Co-directed with Anneeth Kaur Hundle of UC-Merced, the group, "The Crisis of Diversity Within the Multiversity: Rethinking African and Africana Studies at the University of California," will gather scholars from around the UC system in two interdisciplinary workshops. Its goal is to explore the connections between contemporary research in African and Africana Studies and new possibilities for diversifying and internationalizing the UC system.

Hartigan-O'Connor Receives NEH Fellowship

Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor, an associate professor in the History Department, has received a prestigious fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of her current book project, _America Under the Hammer: Auctions and Market Culture, 1700-1850_. Hartigan-O'Connor's book will be the first monograph on auctions in early America. Combining social, cultural, and economic history, she uses auctions to uncover the importance of frequently marginalized actors, especially women, who were vital to the making of American capitalism. NEH support has given Prof. Hartigan-O'Connor the opportunity to draft her manuscript during a sabbatical year.

Temporary Position Application 2016-17 Available

The Department of History of the University of California, Davis intends, pending administrative approval and funding, to make temporary appointments of lecturers for one or more courses in the following fields:

7B-History of Latin American to 1700 (Winter Quarter)
159-Women and Gender in Latin American History (Fall Quarter)
165-Latin American Social Revolutions (Spring Quarter)

6-Introduction to the Middle East (Spring Quarter)
193D-History of Modern Iran, From 1850 to Present (Fall Quarter)

105 – Teaching History (Fall Quarter)


Preference will be given to candidates with the Ph.D., but those who have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation will be considered. Relevant teaching experience at the college level is required. Compensation is contingent upon qualifications and experience. The application deadline for full consideration is May 1, 2016. Positions will remain open until filled.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for 1-3 referees, statement of teaching, and, if available, documentation of teaching ability.

CONTACT: Vice Chair, Department of History, University of California – Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616-8578 ( Applications will be accepted online only at

The University of California, Davis, and the Department of History are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus that supports equality and diversity. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit.

CCWgH Lecture: Nancy Cott, November 4th

The UC Davis Cross-Cultural Women’s and gender History Program is pleased to welcome Nancy F. Cott as this year’s guest lecturer for the annual Nathalie Esteban Collin Memorial Lecture on November 4, 2015. This event will take place in the Andrews Conference Room (SSH 2203) from 4-5:30 PM with a reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Nancy F. Cott is the Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University. Her scholarly work focuses on questions of gender, sexuality, feminism, legal history, social movements, and citizenship in the U.S. from the early republic to the 20th century. Published in 2002, her seminal book, Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation, disavows us of the common notion that marriage in American history was a matter between two people. Marriage, she argues, has always been a public institution. From tenets of British Common law in the early Republic, to contestations with Native Americans and emancipated slaves, and to the policies of the New Deal, Cott demonstrates how the federal government, legislators, and jurists have excluded and encouraged certain forms of marriage to form particular notions of citizenship and nation.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor; the Department of Native American Studies; the Davis Humanities Institute; the American Studies Program; and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program.

Oropeza to appear in PBS documentary

Prof. Lorena Oropeza will be featured in a documentary on PBS, On Two Fronts: Latinos and Vietnam, to be aired September 22nd at 10 PM.

The documentary traces the history of Mexican-American military service from its origins to the rise of an anti-war movement during the Vietnam War. Its director describes Oropeza, an expert in the history of the Chicano movement, as "the most crucial resource I leaned on during the making of this film."

Look for the documentary on September 22nd at 10 PM; Sacramento-area views will find it on KVIE Channel 6.

Job recruitment: History of Brazil

The UC-Davis Department of History is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of Brazil (colonial or modern periods). We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for differences.

For further details on the position and to apply, please see our recruitment portal.

Chuck Walker awarded endowed chair

Professor Charles Walker, a prize-winning specialist in the environmental and social history of Peru, has been appointed to one of the UC system's MacArthur Foundation Chairs. He will hold the MacArthur Chair in International Human Rights.

The author of multiple books, most recently on the Tupac Amaru rebellion, Walker intends to embark on a new project, a global history of the Shining Path movement, in his new position.

More details on Walker's appointment and on the MacArthur chairs may be found here.

Clarence Walker wins teaching award

Prof. Clarence Walker, a pioneering scholar in African-American history, has received the 2015 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.

The award, based upon the nominations of students, professors, and research peers, recognizes Prof. Walker's outstanding service to the University, bringing a critical and dynamic perspective on the history of race relations to generations of UC Davis students.

Click here for more details on Prof. Walker's accomplishment, and on his distinguished record of research and teaching at UC Davis.

Professor Eric Rauchway to air on C-SPAN3's American History TV

A lecture by University of California, Davis professor Eric Rauchway will air on C-SPAN3’s American History TV (AHTV) this Saturday, January 24, at 8:00 p.m. ET. In Davis, California, C-SPAN3 is available on channel 98.

In this class, Professor Rauchway talks about the role the British Royal Air Force played as part of the Allied strategy during World War II. He describes how proponents of air power -- still fairly new at the time -- had to compete with the army and navy for resources. One of the major air force campaigns was the British bombing of Cologne which was viewed as retaliation for the bombing of London by German forces.

Each Saturday at 8:00 p.m., a different college lecture is featured as part of the channel’s “Lectures in History” series.

Professor Rauchway’s class will available for online viewing in its entirety after it airs at

About C-SPAN:

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Walker's book one of 2014's best

The Financial Times has selected Prof. Charles Walker's The Tupac Amaru Rebellion (Harvard, 2014) as one of the best books of 2014. The editor praises Walker for a "masterly treatment" of an event whose "impact resonates in modern Latin American politics" even now.

The rest of the Financial Times list can be seen here.

What's a History major worth?

According to a new report on, a humanities degree from UC-Davis may be more lucrative than you think. UCD ranks third in salary potential for humanities majors among the universities the Payscale study reviewed, with a mean starting salary of $41,400 and a mean mid-career salary of $96,200.

Check out the report here, and when you're done, take a look at our winter courses!

Susan Mann Receives AHA Award for Scholarly Distinction

Susan Mann, professor of History, emerita, has been announced as one of three winners of the American Historical Association's 2014 Award for Scholarly Distinction. These annual awards "honor senior historians in the United States for lifetime achievement in the discipline."

The AHA's prize committee highlighted the distinguished contributions of two of Mann's prize-winning monographs, Precious Records: Women in China's Long Eighteenth Century (1997) and The Talented Women of the Zhang Family (2007). In sum, the committee concluded, Prof. Mann "is unquestionably the premier historian of women and gender in late imperial/early modern China."

Prof. Mann will be honored at a ceremony at the 129th Annual Meeting of the AHA in New York, NY, January 2-5, 2015.

Daniel Stolzenberg receives 2014 Marraro Prize

Egyptian OedipusThe American Catholic Historical Association is pleased to announce that the 2014 Howard R. Marraro book prize has been awarded to Daniel Stolzenberg of the University of California, Davis forEgyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher and the Secrets of Antiquity published by the University of Chicago Press.  In announcing its decision, the Marraro Committee noted that “In this carefully researched and skillfully argued book, Stolzenberg provides both an in-depth analysis of Athanasius Kircher’s work on Egyptian hieroglyphics, and an explanation for the book’s popularity for over a century after its publication.  By meticulously re-creating the intellectual milieu of 17th-century Europe, the author demonstrates how, even in its fundamental unreliability, Egyptian Oedipus reflected important intellectual trends, combining both the past and the future of European scholarship.” Professor Stolzenberg will be honored during the annual ACHA Presidential Luncheon to be held on Saturday, January 3, 2015, in New York City.

Charles Walker declared an "Honorary Professor"

Charles Walker, Professor of History and Director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, was declared an "Honorary Professor" by the History Department at the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cuzco (Peru) on August 6.  Professor Walker taught at the UNSAAC in 1989 and 1990 and has returned most summers since, offering a course in Cusco under UCD's Summer Sessions International program.

Members of the History Department and the UNSAAC administrators honored Professor Walker in a closing ceremony at a National History Conference in Cusco attended by more than 300 people.  Chancellor Germán Zecenarro lauded Professor Walker's publications on Cusco and his close collaboration with students and faculty.

Alan Taylor Wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize

Congratulations to Alan Taylor, Professor of History, for winning the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book "The Internal Enemy:  Slavery and War in Virginia: 1771 - 1832" (WW.Norton)

Kelman wins 2014 Bancroft Prize

Congratulations Ari Kelman, Professor of History, History Project Faculty Advisor, and associate vice provost of Undergraduate Education for Honors, for winning the Bancroft Prize for his monograph: A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek (Harvard University Press, 2013).

Cross-Cultural Women's and Gender History Guest Seminar Lecture

Dr. Anjali Arondekar will present a lecture entitled "In the Absence of Reliable Ghosts: Sexuality, Historiography, South Asia”

Professor Arondekar is an associate professor in the Department of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz and author of For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India (Duke, 2009).

The lecture will take place on February 6th from 4:00 to 5:30 in the Andrews Room (2203 SSH).

American Women's History and the Global Turn

Over the last decade, transnational and global history has transformed the field of US women’s history. Join US women's historians Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor and Lisa Materson on December 5 from 9:30-11:30 on the campus of the University of California at Davis for a lively discussion about this foundational shift in the field.

For more information about this event, please visit the workshop webpage.

Peter Kornbluh: "Understanding the U.S. Role in Chile: 40 Years after the Coup"

National Security Archive Senior Analyst Peter Kornbluh will lecture on the declassified record of U.S. intervention in Chile and its legacy forty years later.

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