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. 

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!
On December 6, 2018, the Department of History's branch of Phi Alpha Theta inducted 11 new members! Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society for undergraduate and MA students in the field of history, with 860 chapters on college and university campuses across the nation. Membership is a mark of intellectual accomplishment and commitment, and brings with it participation in local, regional, and national Phi Alpha Theta events.
28th Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference
Elisabeth C. Davis, PhD Candidate, has been awarded the John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award by the American Catholic Historical Association.  The Ellis Dissertation Award is granted to an advanced graduate student studying some aspect of Catholic History.  It comes with a grant of $1500 with Elisabeth will use to complete research on her dissertation, "The Centralization Controversy: Nuns, Bishops, and the Developement of American Catholicism, 1800-1865."  Congrats Elisabeth!
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!