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. 

Derek Taylor, PhD Candidate, received an award from the Andrew C. Duncan Catholic History Trust to help fund his dissertation research. It follows an award he won from the David Rogers Research Fund, which is through the Catholic Record Society.  Derek's dissertation is a study of George Conn, the papal legate to the court of Henrietta Maria from 1636-39. Unlike most other legates through the period, Conn was a Scot (a native of Aberdeenshire), and in fact helped advise Charles I in his handling of the First Bishops' War. Often mentioned in histories of the period just prior to the English Civil War when religious tensions in England are assessed, no biography or study that places him at the center of such assessments exists.  Congrats Derek! 
Emily Bowlus-Peck was accepted into a prestigious seminar program at the Folger Library Institute.  The year old seminar, Researching the Archive, is geared towards advanced doctoral candidates, who have successfully completed their course work and qualifying exams and who will materials from the Folger’s collections in their dissertation.  The seminar meets once a month in Washington D.C. and is run by historians Carole Levin and Alan Stewart.  Congratulations Emily!
Justin Higner, MA student, has an exhibit of various model and sculptural ships on display at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. The show, entitled "The Higner Maritime Collection: A Retrospective," uses locally salvaged material to create models of historical and imagined cargo ships, cruise ships, ocean liners, salvages, shipwrecks, tankers, and tenders. Many have extensively decorated interiors. Justin has been creating these ships for over twenty-five years and has exhibited them at various local events, fairs, workshops, and contests, including the Lewiston Council on the Arts: Edmund Fitzgerald presentation and music event, held Nov. 3, 2018.   In addition to ship building, Justin is an active volunteer at various local historical sites throughout the area and is Wheatfield, N.Y.’s Town Historian.  "The Higner Maritime Collection" will run through March 17, 2019.  Admission is free.  More fine examples can be found at the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center until December. Congrats Justin!
Kristin Stapleton was one of only a few historians invited to contribute an essay to the Routledge Handbook of Modern Chinese Literature, which has just been published. Stapleton’s chapter in the handbook, “Ba Jin’s Fiction and The Family,” draws on work she did for her 2016 book, Fact in Fiction: 1920s China and Ba Jin’s Family
Shanleigh Corrallo has received a competitive Fellowship on Women & Public Policy through the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, through the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. She was awarded a field placement with the Child Support Services division of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The fellowship trains graduate students and mid-level professionals on public policy and offers direct experience with legislators, advocacy organizations and state offices. Fellowship alumnae have gone on to become the CEO of health associations, Executive Directors of state councils and senior staff with legislators.  Shanleigh will be in Albany from January-June 2019.  Congrats Shanleigh!
Recent PhD Sarah Handley-Cousins' article, "'Wrestling at the Gates of Death:' Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Nonvisible Disability in the Post Civil War North" was published in the Journal of the Civil War Era. The article, drawn from Sarah's Dissertation, is available on Project Muse. Congratulations, Sarah!
Congratulations are in order for both Professors Michael Rembis and Camilo Trumper, who have recently announced new publications and prizes. Professor Michael Rembis has co-edited a handbook, The Oxford Handbook of Disability History, which will be published by Oxford University Press in July. Professor Camilo Trumper, who joined the department this spring, has won several prizes for his recent book, entitled Ephemeral Histories: Public Art, Politics, and the Struggle for the Streets in Chile, including the Best Book Award, Historia Reciente y Memoria Section, Latin American Studies Association,  the Marysa Navarro Best Book Prize from the New England Council of Latin American Studies, the Best Book Prize in the Humanities from the Latin American Studies Association Southern Cone Studies Section,  and the Murdo J. MacLeod Book Prize from the Southern Historical Assocation, Latin American and Caribbean Section (Honorable Mention). 
The Department of History held its 31st annual departmental graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 19. It was a wonderful time for faculty, students, and families to come together to celebrate our wonderful and talented History majors. The faculty announced their annual awards and scholarship winners. Lauren Kacherski was named the Outstanding Senior of 2018. Corrine Cardinale's honors thesis,  "A Penny for Your Rags: Rag Pickers and the Paper Industry in the Later 19th Century," won the Honors Thesis Prize. Samuel Trzaska and Elizabeth Hart both received an Honorable Mention for their honors theses. Victoria Gagliardi won the 2018 Seminar Paper prize. Madeline Chiarella won the John D. Mulligan & Family Scholarship. Kelly Brown received the John T. Horton Scholarship of 2018, and Christiana Johnson received the Julius W. Pratt Scholarship, the Milton Plesur Scholarship, and the Selig Adler Scholarship. Congratulations to all! 
Our graduating MA students, and some of our graduating Honors undergraduates, gathered on Friday, May 11 to share their research as part of our annual MA Colloquium. Will Kawalec presented his research on slave resistance in the antebellum South, Xuening Kong shared her research on education in China, Joshua Keil discussed his work on military music and homesickness during the Civil War, and Patrick Nash presented work from his thesis on the Korean War. Honors Thesis writers Colleen Grabar, Lauren Kacherski, and Corrine Cardinale also shared the products of their thesis research. 
Several of our history majors were invited to present their research as a part of the Celebration of Student Excellence at the Center for the Arts last week.