Recent News

The students, faculty, and alumni of the Department of History are active both as scholars and as public intellectuals. Explore these achievements to learn more about our community. 

Registration is now open for the Western New York Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference, hosted by UB's Department of History.  To register, please fill out the registration form.   For participants not affiliated with the University at Buffalo, there will be a $10 registration fee due at the time of the conference. 
On March 8-9, 2019, the Graduate History Association held their annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference.  The keynote was Dr. Katherine Ott from the National Museum of American History. The Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference is the longest continuously running graduate conference at the University at Buffalo.  It attracts not only students from the United States, but also hosts international students. 
In February 2019, Professor Andreas Daum published a biography of the naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), an intellectual globalizer who is regarded as one of the last universal scholars.  Daum’s book provides an overview of the transatlantic life, widespread oeuvre and networks of Humboldt.  Today Humboldt enjoys renewed appreciation for his comparative views on the natural environments, culture and history of the various spaces in Europe, the Americas and Asia he visited (C. H. Beck Publishers, Munich).
Congrats to Dr. Mark Nathan for his recent promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure and for the publication of his book, From the Mountains to the Cities: A History of Buddhist Propagation in Modern Korea. Congratulations Dr. Nathan!
Congratulations to PhD Candidate Emily Bowlus-Peck for being accepted into 2019 Residential Summer Institute in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the Huntington Library. The program teaches the students how to use the Huntington Archives while also conducting research for their dissertations. Congrats Emily!
Andreas Daum, professor of modern history, has been awarded the Humboldt Research Prize by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of his entire achievements and impact on the historical scholarship.  He will be hosted during the academic year 2019-20 by the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, with additional support by the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation.
PhD Candidate Elizabeth Masarik's article, “Por La Raza, Para La Raza: Jovita Idar and Progressive Era Mexicana Political Maternalism along the Texas-Mexico Border,” was recently published in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly Vol. XXII, No.3, January 2019. Congrats Elizabeth!
Professor Sasha Pack’s latest book, The Deepest Border: The Strait of Gibraltar and the Making of the Modern Hispano-African Borderland, was published by Stanford University Press on January 8, 2019.  Pack’s monograph conceptualizes the Afro-Spanish borderland centered on the Strait of Gibraltar, allowing him to gain further understanding of the dynamics of sovereignty and international order in this highly contested region over the past two centuries. 
On January 3-6, 2019, several UB History graduate students presented at the 133 Annual American Historical Association (AHA) Conference, held in Chicago, IL.  Saturday was the busiest day for our representatives.  Elizabeth Masarik was part of a roundtable on public feminist history.  Marissa Rhodes presented on middle class maternity in the Anglo-Atlantic world.  Elisabeth Davis presented on women religious in the antebellum period at an affiliated conference, the American Catholic Historical Association, held in conjunction with the AHA in Chicago.   On Saturday evening, UB students and faculty met at the AHA Career Diversity Reception.  Congratulations to all our presenters and attendees for a successful conference in Chicago!