25 May 2017 — Stony Brook University has appointed Prof. Paul Kelton to be the inaugural Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History. The Department is thrilled to welcome Kelton and his family to Long Island.
17 May 2017 — David Yee (Ph.D. candidate) has written an essay for The Metropole, the blog of the Urban History Association: "The Radiant City: Public Housing in Modern Mexico."
11 May 2017 — The Department has singled out the following Ph.D. students for its annual awards: Eron Ackerman (writing fellowship); Ashley Black (best dissertation chapter); Michael Conrad (writing fellowship); Matthew Heidtmann (best T.A.); Kelly Jones (innovation in teaching); Kevin Murphy (research award); and Emmanuel Pardo (research award). Congratulations to all!
9 May 2017 — Stony Brook's Center for Inclusive Education has given its 2017 Scholar Award for Excellence to Ph.D. candidate Aishah Scott.
1 May 2017 — The Graduate Student Organization of Stony Brook University has given its Emerging Leader Award to Ph.D. candidate David Purificato.
26 April 2017 — The Carnegie Corporation of New York has named Prof. Jared Farmer as one of the 2017 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows.
24 April 2017 — Ph.D. candidate Gonzalo Romero has won the James R. Scobie Award from the Conference on Latin American History for his preliminary dissertation research on hydroelectricity and state power in Peru.
22 April 2017 — In an Earth Day op-ed for Vox, Prof. Chris Sellers explains "How Republicans Came to Embrace Anti-Environmentalism."
4 March 2017 — Ph.D. candidate Richard Tomczak has won a Fulbright Canada fellowship! During his scholarly sojourn he will be affiliated with the University of Ottawa, doing research at the Library and Archives Canada and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.
2 March 2017 — Ph.D. candidate Sergio Pinto-Handler has won the 2017–18 African and African Diaspora Studies Dissertation Fellowship from Boston College for his work on transatlantic histories of abolition and the Brazilian abolition debate in the nineteenth century. Congratulations!
28 March 2017 — The National Public Radio program Here and Now has interviewed Prof. Nancy Tomes on the origins of the U.S. health care system.
24 March 2017 — Prof. Shobana Shankar has been awarded a research fellowship from AFRASO, a German-funded initiative that focuses on the complexity of African-Asian interactions in "Afrasian spaces." Glückwünsche!
14 March 2017 — Fantastic news: As reported in the New York Times, Prof. Nancy Tomes has won the Bancroft Prize—one of the most prestigious awards in U.S. history—for her recent book, Remaking the American Patient.
13 March 2017 — Ph.D. candidate David Yee has received the SBU Faculty-Staff Dissertation Fellowship Award to support his archival research in Mexico.
4 March 2017 — Prof. Lori Flores has received the happy news that Grounds for Dreaming has won the Best First Book Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. This annual prize for early career scholars recognizes best book on any aspect of the immigration and ethnic history of the U.S. and/or North America. Mazel tov!
27 February 2017 — Back in 2012, Gregory Rosenthal (Ph.D., '15) published an article in Environmental History called "Life and Labor in a Seabird Colony: Hawaiian Guano Workers, 1857–1870." Now, five years later, Gregory's article has been selected for inclusion the 40th Anniversary Virtual Issue of the journal as an example of "path-breaking scholarship that has shaped our field."
19 February 2017 — Congratulations to newly minted Ph.D. Ying-Ying Chu ('16), who has found full-time employment as an assistant professor of history at National Taipei University.
1 February 2017 — A new Spanish edition of Prof. Paul Gootenberg's Andean Cocaine (UNC Press, 2009) was recently released in Peru, and has now been named one of the "Top 10 Books" of 2016 in Peruvian history.
23 January 2017 — As part of its program to promote public understanding of science and technology, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded Prof. Jared Farmer a grant toward his next book—a study of our long-term relationships with long-lived plants.
18 January 2017 — Prof. Sara Lipton has been elected to serve a three-year term as Councilor of the Medieval Academy of America. This is a major honor from the preeminent U.S. society for medieval studies. Macte hac gloria!
9 January 2017 — Recent Ph.D. alumna Nichole Prescott ('15) has landed a great job: Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. In her new position, Prescott will focus on helping minority and underrepresented students succeed in college.
7 December 2016 — For the New York Times, Prof. Chris Sellers has written an op-ed called "Will the Next Deepwater Horizon Be in Mexico?"
11 November 2016 — In the Boston Review, Prof. Robert Chase has a review essay called "Slaves of the State: Prison Uprisings and Lessons of Attica."
11 November 2016 — Kelly Hacker Jones, Ph.D. candidate, has been chosen to present a paper at an international conference on "Gender and Pain in Modern History" at University of London in 2017. Jones's paper is called "Strong Relief for Little Pains: OTC Analgesics and Depictions of Pain, 1950–1990."
4 November 2016 — Prof. Lori Flores has contributed a how-to blog entry called "From Dissertation to Book: Writing a Book Proposal."
6 October 2016 — Prof. Sara Lipton has written an essay for the Los Angeles Review of Books on anti-Semitic imagery and the U.S. presidential election.
26 September 2016 — Ph.D. candidate Erica Muhkerjee has won a prestigious and highly competitive Fulbright-Hays award for doctoral dissertation research abroad. She will do research in India and England for her project "Imagined Infrastructure: Railways, Embankments, and Canals in Colonial Bengal, 1820–1860."
9 September 2016 — Congratulations and felicitaciones to Prof. Lori Flores for winning the prize for best history book from the 2016 International Latino Book Awards.
10 August 2016 — As part of its Public Scholars Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Prof. Jared Farmer a grant to write a book for the general public on the problem of long-term thinking in a time of rapid environmental change.
29 July 2016 — Prof. Lori Flores's book, Grounds for Dreaming, has been featured on Process: A Blog for American History (a joint project of the OAH, the JAH, and The American Historian).
27 July 2016 — The online edition of CNN has run an op-ed by Prof. Robert Chase titled "How Can We End the Cycle of Racial Violence?"
1 July 2016 — For this coming academic year, Prof. Joshua Teplitsky has won two visiting fellowships, one at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, another from the Yad Hanadiv/Beracha Foundation Programme in Israel.
7 June 2016 — The Western Association of Women Historians has awarded Prof. Lori Flores an Honorable Mention for the Gita Chaudhuri Book Prize (for best book on the history of women in rural environments in any era and region of the world) for Grounds for Dreaming.
31 May 2016 — Parissa Djangi (Ph.D. candidate) has received the highly competitive North American Council on British Studies Dissertation fellowship for 2016–17.
9 May 2016 — Prof. Jennifer Anderson has won the John Murrin Prize from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies for the best article in Early American Studies. Her article, "A Laudable Spirit of Enterprise: Renegotiating Land, Natural Resources, and Power on Pre-Revolutionary Long Island," appeared in the spring 2015 issue.
6 May 2017 — Prof. Kathleen Wilson has been named Distinguished Professor, the highest faculty rank in the SUNY system. She is the fifth member of the department to earn this promotion.
12 April 2016 — Stony Brook's College of Arts & Sciences has presented Prof. Jennifer Anderson an Outreach Award for her collaborative work with local and regional museums and education groups.
7 April 2016 — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has released a podcast of an interview with Prof. Sara Lipton on the history of anti-Semitism in Christian art, and the the larger relationship between images of intolerance and acts of hatred.
28 March 2016 — Prof. Lori Flores recently appeared on a C-SPAN segment regarding new research on the history of Mexican-American civil rights.
16 March 2016 — Congratulations to recent Ph.D. graduate Dexter Gabriel, who has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Connecticut. Gabriel's dissertation, "A West Indian Jubilee in America," examines the effect of abolitionism and emancipation in the British Empire on the free black community in the antebellum United States.
8 March 2016 — Prof. Eric Beverley has been interviewed about his new book by a prominent South Asian history blog.
24 February 2016— Charles Conti, class of '16 and the most recent recipient of the department's annual Catherine Wang Award, has been highlighted by Stony Brook Alumni for his outstanding undergraduate research.
3 February 2016 — Our recent graduate Dr. Gregory Rosenthal (now a tenure-track assistant professor at Roanoke College) has been awarded the
2016 Rachel Carson Prize for best dissertation in environmental history. The American
Society for Environmental History singled out Rosenthal's doctoral thesis, "Hawaiians
who Left Hawai'i: Work, Body, and Environment in the Pacific World, 1786–1876," for
its excellence in writing, research, documentation, analysis, and overall contribution
to the field.
25 January 2016 — The New York Times has glowingly reviewed Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers, the new book by Prof. Nancy Tomes.
25 January 2016 — Prof. Chris Sellers provides a deep-context explainer in his online essay, "Piping as Poison: The Flint Water Crisis and America's Toxic Infrastructure."
14 January 2016 — In a podcast from the "Farm Report" (a program about current issues
in agriculture produced by the Brooklyn-based Heritage Radio Network), Prof. Lori Flores discusses her new book, Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker
11 December 2015 — In today's New York Times opinion page, Prof. Sara Lipton explores the historical relationship between hate speech and violent acts: "The Words That Killed Medieval Jews."
23 November 2015 — Prof. Elizabeth Newman is the winner of the James Deetz Book Award from the Society of Historical Archaeology for her book Biography of a Hacienda: Work and Revolution in Rural Mexico.
15 November 2015 — In an op-ed for the Detroit Free Press, Prof. Lori Flores explains how "legal loopholes put lives of migrant workers at risk."
12 November 2015 — The American Jewish Studies Association has awarded the 2015 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in the category of Cultural Studies and Media Studies to Prof. Sara Lipton for her book Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography.
4 November 2015 — In a op-ed for CNN, Prof. Chris Sellers, a leading expert on the history of industrial pollutants, reminds us that even today "lead threatens health of millions of Americans."
2 November 2015 — Recent B.A. graduate Jonathan Lewis (Class of '11) has written a blog essay for the American Historical Association called "From History to Logistics: How My Degree in History Helps My STEM Career."
28 September 2015 — Congratulations to recent Ph.D. Michael Murphy, who has secured a full-time position in the Office of the Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives. The position primarily involves the production of oral histories.
24 September 2015 — The History Department is pleased to be co-hosting a special conference organized by Prof. Robert Chase, "From the Color Line to the Carceral State," to be held October 27. The event is free and open to the public.
21 September 2015 — Prof. Joshua Teplitsky has co-organized a colloquium, "Cultures of Communication," on the history of the book. The colloquium includes a series of seminars and lectures with distinguished scholars. For the fall 2015 calendar, click here.
9 September 2015 — Process, the blog of the Journal of American History, has interviewed Prof. Robert Chase about his recent JAH article on the prisoners' rights movement and how it contributes to the contemporary debate over how to dismantle the carceral state (aka the "prison-industrial complex"). Another high-ranking journal, The Journal of Urban History, has its own special issue on "Urban American and the Carceral State," which features a new article by Prof. Chase.
8 September 2015 — This academic year, the History Department and the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center are proud sponsors of the New York City Workshop on Latin American History (NYCWLAH). This seminar brings together graduate students and faculty from Stony Brook, Columbia, NYU, CUNY, and the New School. Contact David Yee to join the mailing list or to receive pre-circulated papers. Click here for the schedule.
8 September 2015 — Froylán Enciso, a doctoral student from Mexico, recently published a book, Nuestra Historia Narcotica: Pasajes para (Re)legalizar las Drogas en México (Our Drug History: Passages to (Re)legalise Drugs in Mexico). The book has attracted a great deal of media attention both within and outside Mexico, including The Independent and the Spanish-language edition of Newsweek.
1 September 2015 — For the website PopMatters, Prof. Lori Flores analyzes the portrayal of California Latinos in the recently concluded second season of HBO's True Detective.
28 August 2015 — In the latest New York Review of Books, Prof. Sara Lipton offers an illustrated review essay on Jewish visual art, "Books of Jewish Beauty."
20 June 2015 — Prof. Robert Chase appeared on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show to discuss the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and the legacy of the Confederate flag.
18 June 2015 — The Journal of American History has released a new special issue, "Historians and the Carceral State," including
an article by Prof. Robert Chase. In recognition of the immediacy of the topic, the issue has been made free to the public.
12 June 2015 — Recent Ph.D. graduate Clarence Jefferson Hall, author of the dissertation "Prisonland: Environment, Society, and Mass Incarceration on New York’s Northern Frontier, 1845–1999," has been interviewed by the New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN, and other news outlets in regard to the recent prison outbreak in upstate New York.
31 May 2015 — Newly graduated doctorate Gregory Rosenthal has accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.
20 May 2015 — Prof. Nancy Tomes has been promoted to Distinguished Professor, the highest professorial rank in the SUNY system.
29 April 2015 — Twelve of our undergraduate students presented original research at the annual History Department Undergraduate Conference, part of the University-wide URECA Celebration. With subjects ranging from Aztec rituals to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the students offered lively accounts of archival sleuthing and surprising results, and demonstrated their mastery of the techniques of history scholarship.
22 April 2015 — The Organization of American Historians has given the Ray Allen Billington Prize to Prof. Jared Farmer for his book Trees in Paradise: A California History. The Billington Prize is a biennial award for the best book about American frontier history, which is defined broadly to include the pioneer periods of all geographical areas, and comparisons between American frontiers and others.
19 April 2015 — Prof. Eric Zolov appeared as a guest specialist on the cable news program Fresh Outlook to discuss the removal of Cuba from the U.S. State Department's list of sponsors of international terrorism.
14 April 2015 — Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate María-Clara Torres Bustamante, who won a 2015 Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Field Research
Fellowship for her dissertation, "Coca in Colombia: The Roots of an Illegal Peasant
31 March 2015 — Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Erica Mukherjee, who has been awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship for 2015–16. The grant will support
nine months of research in India for her dissertation project, "The Real and Imagined
Environments of the Colonial Indian Railways."
23 February 2015 — Prof. Lori Flores was recently interviewed on the television news program Fresh Outlook on the subject of U.S. immigration policy.
20 January 2015 — Prof. Nancy Tomes appears as a "talking head" in the documentary film The Forgotten Plague: Tuberculosis in America, which airs on the PBS series American Experience on February 10.
18 January 2015 — The recent resumption of U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba motivated
Prof. Eric Zolov to pen an op-ed, "Let’s Revisit Helms-Burton," which appeared in the Huffington Post series "90 Miles: Rethinking the Future of
15 January 2015 — As Boko Haram continues its deadly campaign, Prof. Shobana Shankar explores parallels between Boko Haram and other marginalized groups in the history of northern Nigeria.
18 November 2014 — This past week Prof. Jared Farmer went to Dallas, Texas, to pick up the Hiett Prize in the Humanities—a prestigious national award—and separately received the news that his book Trees in Paradise won the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Award from the Forest History Society.
14 November 2014 — On the heels of a New York Times profile of Prof. Sara Lipton and her new book, Dark Mirror, on anti-Semitism in medieval art, the New York Review of Books and Religion Dispatches have published related essays by her.
5 November 2014 — In an online essay, Prof. Chris Sellers puts the recent People's Climate March in New York City in historical perspective.
3 November 2014 — Prof. Joshua Teplitsky has published an op-ed for the Jewish Daily Forward on contemporary lessons that can be drawn from the quarantine of Jews during Europe’s final outbreak of plague in 1713.
21 October 2014 — As a counterpoint to sensational news coverage of the ebola outbreak in west Africa, Prof. Nancy Tomes discusses the history of "germ panic" in a timely interview with Popular Science.
19 May 2014 — Recently graduated doctorate Eric Cimino has accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Molloy College, Rockville Centre,
29 March 2014 — Ph.D. candidates Ashley Black and Andrew Ehrinpreis both received dissertation fellowships from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Black's research concerns Mexico City as a site of Latin American exile in the 1950s. Ehrinpreis's project is "Constructing Coca: A History of Bolivian Coca Nationalism and the War on Drugs, 1920–2000."
25 March 2014 — Ph.D. candidate Gregory Rosenthal has won a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for his project, "Hawaiians Who Left Hawaii: Work, Body, and Environment in the Pacific
15 February 2014 — Prof. Jared Farmer's latest book, Trees in Paradise: A California History, has won the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize from the Foundation for Landscape Studies. In addition, Prof. Farmer recently wrote
an op-ed on the controversy surrounding non-native eucalyptus trees in California.
3 September 2013 — Prof. Chris Sellers has written a blog entry for Dissent on Mexican President Peña Nieto’s proposed "energy reform," in light of Seller's
own research into the recent history of Pemex's environmental impacts.
17 June 2013 — The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (dedicated to studies of violence and violence prevention) has awarded Ph.D. candidate
Froylán Enciso a fellowship for his dissertation, "Made in Sinaloa: From the Regional to the Global
History of the Mexican War on Drugs, 1909–1985."
17 May 2013 — Ying-Ying Chu (Ph.D. candidate) has won Taiwan’s year-long Academia Sinica fellowship to support her dissertation research and writing about Peruvian social sciences and
the national question from the 1950s to the 1970s.
8 May 2013 — Prof. Paul Gootenberg has been promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees. Distinguished professorships are reserved for scholars
who have achieved national or international prominence in their field.
3 May 2013 — Erica Mukherjee (Ph.D. candidate) has just received a Cornell University Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship and will use it to study Bengali at the South Asia Summer Language Institute at the
University of Wisconsin this summer.
26 April 2013 — Prof. Chris Sellers has written a online blog entry for the journal Dissent, reflecting on recent industrial disasters in Texas and Bangladesh, and drawing on
his edited volume Dangerous Trade: Histories of Industrial Hazard across a Globalizing World.
25 April 2013 — Later this spring, Ph.D. candidate Gregory Rosenthal will join eleven other scholars from across the country to participate in the Cornell
University Institute for the Social Sciences' 2013 Institute on Contested Landscapes.
Gregory also received two dissertation research awards for this summer and fall—one
from the Huntington Library, another from the Bancroft Library.
25 April 2013 — Raquel Otheguy (Ph.D. candidate) has been awarded the National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for her dissertation project, "Education in Nation, Empire, and Diaspora: Afro-Cubans
from 1878 to 1920."
23 April 2013 — Froylán Encisco (Ph.D. candidate) has won a year-long pre-doctoral residential fellowship at the U.S.-Mexico Studies Center at UC-San Diego, where he will complete his dissertation on the local and global origins of drug
trafficking in Sinaloa, Mexico.
22 April 2013 — Carlos Gomez Florentin (Ph.D. candidate) has been awarded the 2013 Social Science Research Council’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Florentin's research focuses on
the unintended environmental, social, and political consequences of dam-building for
mid twentieth-century Paraguay and Brazil.
7 March 2013 — Prof. Wolf Schäfer has won a residential fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, for his project "Finalization and Failure: A Comparative Management Study of Big Weapons Programs in World War II."
17 March 2013 — The online journal Common-place recently released a special issue, "Music and Meaning in Early America," which features the article "Partners in Time" by Prof. April Masten. Drawing on her new research, Prof. Masten discusses affinities between African American and Irish jigs, and the methodological challenges of interpreting the history of dance.
22 February 2013 — Prof. Sara Lipton serves as consultant for and appears in a new documentary, Jews & Money, released by Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lewis Cohen. The film traces the age-old stereotype of the rich Jew, from medieval moneylenders to Nazi propaganda to international capitalism. The first showing is at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival this month.
22 January 2013 — Prof. Nancy Tomes appears on This American Life, a weekly radio show that airs on more than 500 stations to about 1.8 million listeners, plus up to 700,000 podcast downloads. Tomes offers her views on the "Petticoat Affair" involving Andrew Jackson's cabinet members and their wives.