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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.

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).

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.

History Department Teach-In at Occupy Davis

The following are videos of a teach-in as part of the Occupy Davis movement on the Quad

History Department Statement on the Campus Crisis

Statement on Occupy UC Davis

The faculty of the History Department unanimously condemns the recent deployment of riot police and the use of violent crowd control techniques, including pepper spray, against non-violent protestors on our campus.

Instead of treating these protestors as the enemy, we suggest that the administration should embrace the protestors’ opposition to the privatization of the University of California. Privatization, which has resulted in relentless tuition increases and crushing student debt, will exacerbate socio-economic stratification statewide while undercutting the University of California’s core mission: fostering publicly engaged scholarship and producing an educated citizenry.

Furthermore, we reject as inimical to our campus culture proposals that may lead to lower admission standards for out-of-state students and any move to sink additional resources into Division I athletics.

Finally, we believe that the current campus crisis provides an opportunity to restore shared governance to the University, governance that must include all members of our community in decision-making as we face the challenges that lie ahead.

The faculty of the History Department respectfully suggest that the administration, partnered with the rest of the Davis campus and the broader University of California community, should lead in opposing any further privatization of the University rather than surrendering to its inevitability. We call on the administration to join forces with students, faculty, and staff to lobby and demonstrate for restoring public funding to the University of California, while rejecting any further tuition increases as counterproductive to the broader project in which we all engage: using public education as the foundation upon which to build a civil society that can be a model for the rest of the nation.

History Department Seminar

Professor Kyu Hyun Kim will speak on "The Great Rabbit Pet Boom of 1872 and Other Curious Cases from the  Cultural History of Late 19th Century Japan." Wednesday, May 29th, 12:10-1:30 in 2303 SSH (Andrews Room).

History Department Liu Lecture

Prof. Janet Theiss of the University of Utah will deliver this year's History Department Liu Lecture, in honor of the late K.C. Liu, Professor Emeritus of the department. Prof. Theiss' lecture, entitled "Illicit Intimacies in the “Flourishing Age”: A Scandal and Its Afterlife in 18th-Century China," will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at 4pm in the Andrews Conference Room.

History Department Colloquium

Peter Holquist, University of Pennsylvania
"Crimes against Humanity: Genealogy of a Concept, 1815-1945"
Monday, May 13th, SSH 2203 (Andrews Room), 12:10-1:30. Co-sponsored by MESA

Many people identify the concept of "crimes against humanity"with the Nuremberg Trial and view it as a reaction to the Holocaust. In fact, the first penal use of the concept had come three decades before, in the Allies' May 24, 1915 Note to the Ottoman government regarding the Armenian genocide. Professor Holquist's presentation will examine three stages of the emergence of this concept: first, the nineteenth-century precedents of the concept of "crimes against humanity"; second, the negotiations and drafting of the 1915 note and debates around the use of the term "crimes against humanity"; and, finally, the fate of the concept in the interwar years, leading up to the Nuremberg Trials in 1945-1946. In particular, the presentation will trace the remarkable and overlooked prominence of imperial Russia in the development and usage of this concept.

History Department Colloquium

James Sweet (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

“Beyond Slavery: Africanizing Atlantic History”

Monday, February 4

12:10-1:30 pm

SSH 2203 (Andrews Conference Room)

James Sweet (author of Recreating Africa: Culture, Kinship, and Religion in the African-Portuguese World, 1441-1770and Domingos Alvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World) will present from his forthcoming work on creolization in the early modern Atlantic world. Drawing on examples from Brazil, the Caribbean, and West Africa, Professor Sweet will talk about the ways in which European colonizers Africanized during the early modern Atlantic world.

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!

Hartigan-O'Connor wins fellowship

Professor Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor has won the Social Sciences Innovation Award for Research and Scholarship.

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.

What's a History major worth?

According to a new report on Payscale.com, 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!

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.

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.

The History Project and Professor Omnia El-Shakry win NEH Award

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded historian Omnia El Shakry and The History Projectteam a grant to support a 3-week NEH Summer Institute for teachers called “Roots of the Arab Spring: Understanding the Historical Context for the Arab Uprisings.” It will be held here on campus from July 15 through August 2, 2013. Prof El Shakry will direct the project; History Project leaders will connect the content to the classroom and offer instructional strategies designed to support participants in developing curricular materials. UC Davis scholars Suad Joseph, Keith Watenpaugh, Susan Gilson Miller, Noha Radwan, and Flagg Miller will also contribute. Teachers from across the U.S. may apply by March 4, 2013; 30 will be selected by competitive application.

The Atlantic puts Professor Emeritus Arnold Bauer's memoir in list of "Top 5 Books of 2012"

In 2012, Arnie Bauer, retired professor of Latin American history, published his memoir, Time's Shadow, with the University of Kansas Press. In his list of "Books of the Year 2012: The Top 5 and the Runners Up," Benjamin Schwarz, the literary editorof The Atlantic, placed Professor Bauer's book in the number two slot. "Bauer's portrait of life in rural Kansas from the 1930s to the 1950s conjures with extraordinary thoughtfulness and grace a world we have lost."

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 ( alisaac@ucdavis.edu). Applications will be accepted online only at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF00865.

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.

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.

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.

Susan Mann, Professor Emerita, to be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Susan Mann, Professor emerita, has just been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest and most prestigious honorary societies in the country. A specialist in the history of Qing dynasty (1644-1911) China, Mann has been a pioneer is bringing the study of gender to the field of Chinese history. In three books, an edited volume, and innumerable articles, Mann's innovative and trenchant scholarship reshaped our understanding of Chinese government and society. A natural leader, she  served as chair of the History department and as President of the Association for Asian Studies, the most important scholarly organization in the Asia field. Mann is widely renowned for her graciousness and unstintingly generosity; she enjoys the widespread esteem and friendship of her colleagues and the enduring appreciation of former students.

Slavery, Emancipation, and Sexual Violence: A View from the History of African American Women

US women's historians Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor and Lisa Materson will discuss the roles of gender and sexual violence in the histories of slavery, emancipation, and the civil rights movement in the United States.

Part of the Campus Community Book Project, this presentation will take place on November 5, 2013 at noon in the DeCarli Room, Memorial Union.

Professors Ari Kelman and Eric Rauchway to Direct Workshop on Transcontinental Railroad

Ari Kelman and Eric Rauchway will co-direct “The Transcontinental Railroad: Transforming California and the Nation,” a Landmarks in American History & Culture workshop funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH grant will fund two, week-long workshops. These will be held at historic sites in Sacramento on June 23-28 and July 7-12, 2013, with day trips to Donner Pass and to the Bay Area to visit Stanford University  and San Francisco. Guest scholars include Stanford’s Richard White and Richard Orsi (emeritus, CSU East Bay). The History Project’s involvement ensures  that participating teachers, the Co-Directors, guest scholars, and community partners have ample support to carry out the program. History Project leaders will provide specific attention to translating the experience into classroom applications. Teachers from across the U.S. may apply by March 4, 2013; 80 (40 for each week) will be selected by competitive application.

Evidence in the Seventeenth Century

English Professor Fran Dolan and History Professor Daniel Stolzenberg will be discussing their new books, The Relations: Reading Literature and Evidence in Seventeenth-Century England and Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher and the Secrets of Antiquity. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 8th from 12:00 to 1:30 pm in the Andrews Conference Room (2203 SSH).

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.

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).

Corrie Decker receives fellowship

Professor Corrie Decker has received the UC Davis Hellman Fellowship, which will allow her to continue her research on the history of sex education on the Swahili Coast in the twentieth century. Her work will take her to Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, and London during Spring 2012.

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.

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.