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Professor Greg Downs Featured in New York Times

Professor Greg Downs Featured in New York Times

Professor Downs was recently featured in the NYT discussing Donald Trump's inaccurate claim about Robert E. Lee's postwar life.

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Professor Kathy Olmsted Writes Op-Ed for New York Times

Professor Kathy Olmsted Writes Op-Ed for New York Times

Professor Olmsted writes about the upcoming California recall election and the history of the recall process in California.

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Professor Greg Downs Featured in Article Discussing the Myths Surrounding Juneteenth

Professor Greg Downs Featured in Article Discussing the Myths Surrounding Juneteenth

Check out the column by Robin Washington, who sat down with Professor Downs to discuss some of the enduring myths surrounding Juneteenth.

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Check Out This Article on Professor Howard Chiang's Work in LGBTQ History

Check Out This Article on Professor Howard Chiang's Work in LGBTQ History

Professor Chiang was recently featured in a UCD Global Affairs article discussing his efforts to amplify LGBTQ history.

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Professor Rachel Jean-Baptiste Participates in the 2022 UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development

Professor Rachel Jean-Baptiste Participates in the 2022 UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development

The program is a dedicated to supporting the success and advancement of mid-career, women-identified professionals.

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Professor Andres Resendez Elected to Academy of Arts and Sciences

Professor Andres Resendez Elected to Academy of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to Professor Andres Resendez, who is among the new members elected to the Academy of Arts and Sciences!

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Professor Louis Warren Featured in PBS Documentary

Professor Louis Warren Featured in PBS Documentary

Professor Warren appeared in PBS's "American Oz," a documentary about the life and career of L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz.

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Professor Sudipta Sen Receives Fullbright-Nehru Academic Excellence Award

Professor Sudipta Sen Receives Fullbright-Nehru Academic Excellence Award

Congratulations to Professor Sudipta Sen, who has received the 2020-21 Fulbright-Nehru Academic Excellence Award for research on his next book project, “The Making of Puppet Nabobs: The Reinvention of Sovereignty in Early British India”!

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Professor Eric Rauchway's New Book Featured in New York Times Op-Ed

Professor Eric Rauchway's New Book Featured in New York Times Op-Ed

Congratulations to Professor Eric Rauchway, whose new book, "Why the New Deal Matters", features prominently in an op-ed published in today's New York Times!

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Professor Ali Anooshahr Named Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Professor Ali Anooshahr Named Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Congratulations to Professor Anooshahr for winning such a competitive fellowship!

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Professor Perez Melendez Receives Faculty Development Award

Professor Perez Melendez Receives Faculty Development Award

Congratulations to Professor José Juan Pérez Meléndez, who received the Faculty Development Award as he completes his book, "Peopling for Profit: Colonization and the Brazilian Empire, 1808-1921”!

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Professor Materson named P.L.A.C.E. Scholar of the Quarter for Winter 2021

Professor Materson named P.L.A.C.E. Scholar of the Quarter for Winter 2021

Congratulations to Professor Lisa Materson, who was named P.L.A.C.E. (Professors Leveraging A Community of Engagement) Scholar of the Quarter!

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Professor Olmsted Quoted in NPR Story on Disinformation

Professor Olmsted Quoted in NPR Story on Disinformation

Professor Kathy Olmsted, an expert on the history of anti-governmental conspiracy theories, was quoted in NPR's story, "Disinformation Still Swirls Concerning Legitimacy of Biden Administration"

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Professor Walker Wins 2021 PROSE Award

Professor Walker Wins 2021 PROSE Award

Congratulations to Professor Charles Walker for winning the 2021 PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers for his graphic history, Witness the Age of Revolution: The Odyssey of Juan Bautista Tupac Amaru!

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Check Out Professor Decker's OpEd in the Washington Post

Check Out Professor Decker's OpEd in the Washington Post

Professor Corrie Decker and Professor Elisabeth McMahon (Tulane University) discuss how ideas of American greatness across the political spectrum are rooted in a global history of anti-black racism

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Professor Decker Appears on Interview with the New Books Network Podcast

Professor Decker Appears on Interview with the New Books Network Podcast

Have a listen to Corrie Decker and Elisabeth McMahon (Tulane University) discuss their new book, The Idea of Development in Africa

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History Graduate Students Selected as 2021 Mellon Public Scholars

History Graduate Students Selected as 2021 Mellon Public Scholars

The History department is proud to announce that the Davis Humanities Institute has selected two History graduate students, Brianna Tafolla Riviere and David Morales, to join the 2021 cohort of Mellon Public Scholars.

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Professor Downs Quoted in New York Times and Published in Washington Post

Professor Downs Quoted in New York Times and Published in Washington Post

Professor Greg Downs analyzes and discusses the Storming of the US Capitol

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Check Out Professor Downs's Editorial on How to Run a Public Discussion on School Renaming

Check Out Professor Downs's Editorial on How to Run a Public Discussion on School Renaming

Professor Greg Downs writes for the San Francisco Chronicle, calling for "more history"

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Professor Oropeza's Book Appears on 2020 List of Outstanding Academic Titles

Professor Oropeza's Book Appears on 2020 List of Outstanding Academic Titles

CHOICE names Professor Lorena Oropeza's book on Reies López Tijerina as must-read in 2020

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Professor Downs Helps Craft Amicus Curiae Brief Supporting Movement for Black Lives

Professor Downs Helps Craft Amicus Curiae Brief Supporting Movement for Black Lives

Professor Greg Downs and three other historians on Reconstruction helped craft the brief against the Trump Administration for violating Reconstruction-era civil rights enforcement laws

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Professor Decker Releases New Book

Professor Decker Releases New Book

Professor Corrie Decker and co-author Elizabeth McMahon release The Idea of Development in Africa: A History

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Congratulations to Professor El Shakry for Receiving Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award!

Congratulations to Professor El Shakry for Receiving Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award!

The Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award is rewarded to teachers of history who "taught, guided, and inspired their students their students in a way that changed their lives."

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Professor Downs Featured in New York Times Article

Professor Downs Featured in New York Times Article

Professor Greg Dows appears in NYT Article discussing the many historians who gathered at Civil War sites throughout the country

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Professor Walker Awarded $50,000 Grant to Digitize Endangered Peruvian Archive

Professor Walker Awarded $50,000 Grant to Digitize Endangered Peruvian Archive

A new project led by Professor Charles Walker will digitize documents of the Peruvian Peasant Confederation and make them accessible online

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Check Out Professor Downs's Article in the San Francisco Chronicle

Check Out Professor Downs's Article in the San Francisco Chronicle

SF Chronicle publishes Greg Downs's timely piece on the history of expanding the Supreme Court.

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Professor Holloway Wins 2020 CLAH Distinguished Service Award

Professor Holloway Wins 2020 CLAH Distinguished Service Award

Congratulations to Tom Holloway for receiving this honor from The Conference of Latin American History for his contributions to Latin American and Brazilian scholarship!

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Professor Downs' Op-Ed Published in SF Chronicle

Professor Downs' Op-Ed Published in SF Chronicle

Professor Greg Downs discusses the toppling of the Ulysses Grant statue in San Francisco and how we need to engage in more meaningful debates about history.

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Read Professor Downs's Recent Article in Talking Points Memo

Read Professor Downs's Recent Article in Talking Points Memo

Greg Downs discusses the history of political reform in the 1860s and questions why Democrats today are so hesitant in implementing similar change.

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Check Out Professor Rauchway's Article in The Guardian

Check Out Professor Rauchway's Article in The Guardian

Eric Rauchway discusses Roosevelt's New Deal, urging our society to follow FDR's footsteps when addressing issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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