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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.

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.

Bossler Wins Social Science Dean's Award

Professor Beverly Bossler won the Social Science Dean's Award for Innovation in Research. Professor Bossler also recently published a book entitled Courtesans, Concubines, and the Cult of Female Fidelity.

Bob Reinhardt wins ACLS Faculty Fellowship

Bob Reinhardt, who finished his PhD in our department in Spring 2012, has been chosen as one of 25 American Council of Learned Societies Faculty Fellows.  This prestigious award, for which some 500 people competed, funds a two-year post-doctoral fellowship. His dissertation is entitled, "Remaking Bodily Environments: The Global Eradication of Smallpox."

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.

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)

Eugene Lunn Memorial Lecture 2013

The Eugene Lunn Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, May 23 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the AGR Room in the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. The lecture will feature Dr. Ian Morris, The Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Stanford University .