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Professor Ari Kelman wins the Guggenheim Fellowship!

Professor Ari Kelman wins the Guggenheim Fellowship!

From the Press Release on April 10, 2019: 2019 Fellows—United States and Canada On April 9, 2019, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of 168 scholars, artists, and writers. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-fifth competition.

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Serpa-Flack Wins Fulbright Scholarship

Serpa-Flack Wins Fulbright Scholarship

The History Department congratulates doctoral candidate Ashley Serpa-Flack, who has received a Fulbright award for her dissertation research in Portugal during the next academic year.

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Fellowship established in memory of Brenda Medina-Hernandez

Fellowship established in memory of Brenda Medina-Hernandez

Friends of a recent UC Davis History PhD, Brenda Medina-Hernandez, created a GoFundMe campaign for a fellowship in her memory.

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Professor Jean-Baptiste wins Chancellor's Award for International Engagement

Professor Jean-Baptiste wins Chancellor's Award for International Engagement

Congratulations to Professor Rachel Jean-Baptiste on receiving the UC Davis Chancellor's Award for International Engagement.

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Professor Decker receives Global Affairs Seed Grant

Professor Decker receives Global Affairs Seed Grant

Professor Corrie Decker has been awarded a UC Davis Global Affairs Seed Grant for International Activities to conduct oral history workshops in Uganda.

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Congratulations to Ashley Serpa!

Congratulations to Ashley Serpa!

Ashley was granted an Oberlin College Frederick B. Artz Summer Research Grant to conduct research in the Herbert Shore Collection in Honor of Eduardo Mondlane. Mondlane was the leader of the Mozambican Liberation Front (FRELIMO). Ashley will make a research visit to the Oberlin College Archives in the summer.

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Author of 'Little, Big' and other novels to give Lunn Lecture

Author of 'Little, Big' and other novels to give Lunn Lecture

John Crowley will talk on 'transformative historical fiction.'

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Congratulations to History graduate student, Ashley Serpa!

Congratulations to History graduate student, Ashley Serpa!

Ashley has recently been awarded the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Fellowship from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. This award will allow her to conduct research for her dissertation.

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Prof. Sudipta Sen's new book on the Ganges making a splash in the media!

Prof. Sudipta Sen's new book on the Ganges making a splash in the media!

Professor Sudipta Sen's new book, Ganges: The Many Pasts of an Indian River (Yale University Press, 2019), has made a big splash in the media since it came out in January. Click here for links to the reviews and more.

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History graduate student Carrie Alexander to work for the Delta Protection Commission

History graduate student Carrie Alexander to work for the Delta Protection Commission

Carrie Alexander has been hired to manage the Delta Protection Commission's historical and cultural archives.

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Marianna Daniel Earns History Degree at 84

Marianna Daniel Earns History Degree at 84

Russian émigré Marianna Daniel overcomes language, age and health challenges to graduate from UC Davis.

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Professor Chiang wins the Yu Ying-shih Award in Humanities Research

Professor Chiang wins the Yu Ying-shih Award in Humanities Research

Professor Chiang won the Yu Ying-shih Award in Humanities Research (Monographic Book Category) to write his next book on the history of Chinese psychoanalysis and transcultural psychiatry.

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Department of History's Statement of Values

This campus and others have periodically been the target of hateful posters and other media designed to incite fear and loathing of various groups of people. Recent incidents have attempted to encourage anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, and anti-African-American hatred, among others. As historians, we are all familiar with the frightful history of this type of dehumanizing rhetoric, and aware of its devastating cost to the communities in which it is mobilized and tolerated.

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Professor Cynthia Brantley, 1943-2018

Professor Cynthia Brantley, 1943-2018

The Department of History mourns the passing of Dr. Cynthia Brantley, Emerita professor of African history and friend to many at the university.

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Career Development Resources

With resources made available from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the UC Davis History Department earned the American Historical Association's Career Diversity Implementation Grant, through which we work to help graduate students develop and cultivate key occupational and academic skills. The History Department's Career Development and Diversity Team serves graduate students at any level in the program, and encourages creating a strong support structure throughout your academic career. On an ongoing basis, the team develops and coordinates internships, seminar sessions, workshops, and lectures geared to better prepare students to enter a variety of career paths. Remember to check back frequently for updated news and opportunities. We also encourage you to explore the AHA's vast resources on their site: https://www.historians.org/jobs-and-professional-development/career-diversity-for-historians

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Professor Ari Kelman receives Graduate Mentoring Award

Professor Ari Kelman receives Graduate Mentoring Award

Professor Ari Kelman has been awarded a Graduate Studies Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentoring Award. He will be formally honored at the Graduate Studies Honors and Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, May 23, 4pm-6pm at the ARC Ballroom.

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Meet the Students of the History Department at UC Davis

Meet the Students of the History Department at UC Davis

Read what our peer advisors have to say about UC Davis

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Greg Downs elected to the Society of American Historians

Greg Downs elected to the Society of American Historians

Professor Greg Downs was elected to the Society of American Historians in recognition of the literary and scholarly distinction of his historical writing.

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UCD History Department awarded AHA Career Diversity Implementation Grant

The UCD Department of History has been chosen as a recipient of the American Historical Association's 2018–20 Career Diversity Implementation Grants, part of the Career Diversity for Historians initiative.

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Louis Warren wins Bancroft Prize

Louis Warren wins Bancroft Prize

Louis Warren, the W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of U.S. Western History at UC Davis, was named winner of a 2018 Bancroft Prize for his book, "God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America."

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Chuck Walker awarded ACLS Fellowship

Chuck Walker awarded ACLS Fellowship

Professor Chuck Walker has been awarded the American Council of Learned Societies fellowship for next year for his research on the history of the Sendero Luminoso in Peru.

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Greg Downs wins Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award

Greg Downs wins Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award

Professor Greg Downs has been awarded UCD Academic Senate's Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award, which honors "exceptional faculty who continue the tradition and demonstrate the commitment of the Davis campus to public service.”

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Louis Warren wins R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellowship

Louis Warren wins R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellowship

Professor Louis Warren was awarded the R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellowship in the Humanities at the Huntington Library.

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Rachel St. John awarded Huntington Library fellowship

Rachel St. John awarded Huntington Library fellowship

Associate Professor Rachel St. John won a year-long fellowship at the Huntington Library.

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Cecilia Tsu wins ACLS fellowship

Cecilia Tsu wins ACLS fellowship

Associate Professor Cecilia Tsu was awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

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Omnia El Shakry wins both Stanford Humanities Center fellowship and UC Davis Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowship

Omnia El Shakry wins both Stanford Humanities Center fellowship and UC Davis Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowship

Professor Omnia El Shakry has been awarded both the Stanford Humanities Center fellowship and the UC Davis Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowship for next year to support her research on the encounter between Catholicism and Islam in twentieth-century Egypt.

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