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Congratulations to our recently announced History Department Undergraduate Awards Winners:  Donald Jimenez (Catherine Wang Award), Franklin Eck (Traum Research Award), Joshua Berkowitz (Staudenraus Award), Rachel Steigerwald (Martin Scholarship), Veronica Buhler (Stony Brook Foundation Award), Gina Parisi (Wunderlich Memorial Award), and Tyler Bakunas (Ferguson Award).  For a full description of prizes see our awards page.

Adrian Nicolas

Congratulations to Latin American History PhD students Adrián Márquez ("Risky Business: From Places of Vice to Illicit Networks in the South Atlantic and Caribbean, 1919-1965") and Nicolás Barrientos ("The New Right, Aesthetics, and the Global Sixties: The Case of Patria y Libertad in Chile") for receiving the LACS Graduate Student Research Fellowships!    

Hong Kong Flu

Congratulations to Joy-Louise Gape (BA/MA '22) who presented a poster at the recent meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, "Covid-19 Discrimination Aimed at Asian-Americans: Medical Scapegoating in a Historical Perspective," and to Naveed Nickpour (School of Medicine) for his poster presentation, "Integration of Medicine and the Community: How the 1984 Family Doctor and Nurse Program in Cuba Transformed Health Care."  Both worked under the mentorship and supervision of Professor Nancy Tomes.

Chile Desperto

Prof. Eric Zolov's new book, The Walls of Santiago: Social Revolution and Political Aesthetics in Contemporary Chile, co-authored with Assoc. Professor Terri Gordon-Zolov (The New School), analyzes the Chilean social revolution of 2019 by focusing on the political graphics that channeled the demands of a leaderless, grassroots movement.  

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Congratulations to our 2022 Graduates!  Enjoy this short presentation of the wonderful accomplishments by our students this past year.

Graduation Presentation Spring 2022

UG Journal Launch

"Congratulations to the editorial team of the Stony Brook Undergraduate History Journal on the recent publication of Vol. 2 no. 4 of the journal!  Pick-up a print copy of the journal in the History Lounge and visit the journal's homepage to read the digital version and past submissions."

Women's History Mixer
Don't miss this excellent opportunity to  meet and mix with other women historians.  

Associate Professor Robert Chase has won a major Public Engagement grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), "Writing Beyond the Prison: Reimagining the Carceral Ecosphere with Incarcerated Authors," in collaboration with Susan Scheckel (English), Zebulon Miletsky (Africana Studies) and the Humanities Institute.   The project involves creating a "Living Archive" and building a curriculum around the written work of over one-hundred incarcerated authors and their families.   It is also an outreach effort beyond Stony Brook that involves two grass-roots organizations:  HERSTORY and the United Black Family Scholarship Foundation (UBFSF), which was founded by an incarcerated author who turned to writing and a life of the mind as an escape from his 23-hour-a-day isolation cell. 

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Anna May Wong

"Professor Shirley Lim discussed the historical problem of whitewashing in film and Asian-American representation for Turner Classic Movies before the screening of The Good Earth (1937) which featured the Chinese-American actress, Anna May Wong.  Wong had lost the lead role portraying a Chinese woman to a white actress, Luise Rainer."

Willie Mack

PhD student  Willie Mack published a blog essay, "The Success of the Valley Road Community: A Hidden History of Nassau County's African American and Indigenous People" for Preservation Long Island.  Mack is working with Associate Professor Jennifer Anderson this semester as a ACLS Public Scholars Fellow.


Professor Shobana Shankar recently did a podcast interview about her recent book, An Uneasy Embrace: Africa, India, and the Spectre of Race for the series, Afrofiles which features conversations with scholars of African Studies. Her book and research was also featured in a recent article in Stony Brook University News.

Shirley Lim Book
Prof. Shirley Lim recently published an article in The Conversation, "After Hollywood thwarted Anna May Wong, the actress took matters into her own hands" to coincide with International Women's Day.

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