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. 

4/16/20
UB History doctoral student Ashley Morin received the Keith F. Otterbein Award for War and Peace Studies to support her research in Belfast on the Troubles. Congratulations, Ashley!
4/15/20
Prof. Kristin Stapleton’s book Civilizing Chengdu: Chinese Urban Reform, 1895-1937 (Harvard Asia Center, 2000) has been published in Chinese translation this week (April 12th)  by the Sichuan Literature and Arts Press. 
4/15/20
Emeritus Professor Roger Des Forges’s book, The Mythistorical Chinese Scholar-Rebel-Advisor Li Yan: A Global Perspective, 1606-2018 (Brill), examines the puzzle of Li Yan, a Chinese scholar who advised the rebel Li Zicheng (1605-1645), and helped him to overthrow the Ming, only to die at his hands. For more than three centuries, Li Yan’s identity and even existence were seriously questioned. Then, in 2004, there was discovered a genealogical manuscript which includes a Li Yan (1606-1644). He now appears to be the principal historical reality behind the Li Yan story, which became a powerful metaphor for the rise and fall of Li Zicheng’s rebellion. 
4/13/20
History alum Bob Plumb, '64, published The Better Angels: Five Women Who Changed Civil War America on March 1st, with the University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books. Plumb's book explores how five women from diverse backgrounds came to display courage, truth, and patriotism during the American Civil War era. Congratulations, Bob Plumb!
11/20/17
Our graduate students are out there doing amazing things! A quick roundup of good news from the Fall 2017 semester:
4/6/20
Prof. Erik Seeman's book, Speaking with the Dead in Early America, won the 2020 Lawrence W. Levine Award from the Organization of American Historians, for the best book in American cultural history. Congratulations, Prof. Seeman!
4/6/20
Prof. Tamara Thornton has been appointed a Council Member of the National Board of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society. Congratulations, Prof. Thornton!
3/30/20
Congratulations to Shanleigh Corrallo who successfully defended her PhD dissertation, "Rustbelt Radicals: Black Power in Buffalo and Rochester, New York in the 1960s-1980s" on February 26, 2020!
3/30/20
Congratulations to Maria Daxenbichler who successfully defender her PhD dissertation, "Knowing the Uterus: The Role of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Abortion in the Professionalization of American Medicine, 1880-1920" on March 11, 2020! 
3/30/20
Congratulations to Elizabeth Masarik who successfully defended her PhD dissertation, "Out of the Realm of Sentiment: Infant Mortality, Single Mothers, and the Formation of the Welfare State, 1883-1927" on March 27th!