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Grisell Ovalles (History Senior)
Grisell Ovalles
Congratulations to History Senior, Grisell Ovalles, for being named a  URECA Researcher of the Month!  Grisell completed a senior honors thesis under the mentorship of Professor April Masten, focusing on the Latin American immigrant experience of education in the United States. Grisell also received the History Department’s Alex and Zach Traum Research Award for Outstanding Research Paper for this work.

Professor Joshua Teplitsky
Joshua Teplitsky
Joshua Teplitsky's recent book, Prince of the Press: How One Collector Built History's Most Enduring and Remarkable Jewish Library  (Yale, 2019) has been selected as winner of the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in the category of “Modern Jewish History and Culture.”  This award recognizes outstanding scholarship and represents one of the highest honors that the Association for Jewish Studies awards to its members.  More info  here

Professor Shobana Shankar  
Professor Shobana Shankar published, “A Tale of Two Gandhis in Ghana,” in  Black Ambassadors of Politics, Religion and Jazz in India: Afro-South Asia in the Global African Diaspora  vol. 3. 

Giovanni Bello (Phd student)

Phd student Giovanni Bello has commented on the current political situation in Bolivia in the online journal, New Politics. The country held elections last October after President Morales was forced out of power in 2019. Read his work here

Clarence (Jeff) Hall (PhD 2014) Jeff Hall Jr

Congratulations to  Clarence (Jeff) Hall (PhD 2014), Assistant Professor of History at Queensborough Community College (CUNY), on the publication of his book,  A Prison in the Woods: Environment and Incarceration in New York's North Country (Univ. Mass. Press, 2020), based on his doctoral dissertation.

Professor Lori Flores

Associate Prof. Lori Flores has co-edited the newly-revised 4th edition of The Academic’s Handbook. She also contributed “A Few Rules of Thumb about Conference Presentations and Invited Talks.”  To see the table of contents and the intro, click here.

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Catherine Lugar (PhD alumni) 
Sadly we note and celebrate the life of alumna Catherine Lugar (PhD, 1980) who passed away from Covid-19.  A remembrance can be read  here.

The Mexican Restaurants of New York City website is ready!

This project, put together by professor Lori Flores and PhD candidates Ximena López and Fernando Amador, maps the presence of Mexican cuisine in NYC during the last couple of decades. Visit the site here

History Department Statement on the Protests Against Anti-Black Violence, read here.


LIHJNew Issue of Long Island History Journal is out here.  

History Graduate Student Association Statement on the Current Protests

In light of recent events, the History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) commits its support to the Black Lives Matter Movement. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Ahmaud Arbery, and many other black people by police and white vigilantes in the United States are intolerable hate crimes that the HGSA refuses to condone or excuse. PDF found here.

The History Department's Statement can be found here.

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In The Media

Sara Lipton

Prof. Sara Lipton recently published  "Life, Death, and the Levys"  in the December issue of   The New York Review of Books . 

Given the recent changes in the composition of the Supreme Court, Professor Chris Sellers has written an Op Ed commenting on the environmental history of this Judicial institution. Read the text here.

Nancy Tomes

Distinguished Professor Nancy Tomes was interviewed by CBS News. There, she discussed the varied responses to the uses of masks during the pandemic of 1918. For more, click here.

Professor Sara Lipton is managing a rotating twitter account—Tweeting historians. On it, she has tweeted about images IN history and images AS history. See the account here

Juan Pablo Artinian
Juan Pablo Artinian (PhD, 2013) recently published an article concerning the current conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, "
Armenia y Azerbaiyán: Una guerra entre los ecos del genocidio "

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The Mexican Restaurants of New York City was praised and commented in Eater, New York. See the write-up here.   

Professor  Chris Sellers  writes about workplace standards in the COVID era.  See his opinion piece in USA Today clicking  here.

Professor Nancy Tomes appeared in the New York Times article, "In NYC's Spring Virus Surge, a Frightening Echo of 1918 Flu." Read the whole article here.

Manisha Sinha, a former M.A. student from Stony Brook History, and  now  James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History  at the University of Connecticut, published an evocative New York Times editorial  about racial politics in the 2020 election. See her work here.

Professor Robert Chase is a contributor to the NPR podcast entitled "Criminal Justice During Protest and Pandemic." Find the podcast here. Professor Chase was also recently interviewed on Talking Legal History, find the podcast  here.

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