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. 

  • 5/27/20
    On Monday May 27, 2020, Prof. Victoria Wolcott published an opinion piece in the New York Daily News, "’A black man in a white space’: America has a long and troubled history of segregated public parks."
  • 5/20/20
    Professor Andreas Daum published an essay in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung on what we can learn in today’s crisis from Alexander von Humboldt’s take on infectious diseases.
  • 4/30/20
    Doctoral Candidate Shuko Tamao successfully defended her PhD dissertation, "Memories of Asylums: A Narrative Examination of Postwar State Hospital Experiences," on April 27, 2020. Congratulations, Shuko!
  • 4/22/20
    On April 20, 2020 Dr. Sarah Handley-Cousins was interviewed by the National Parks Service for their Ranger Chat series. Dr. Handley-Cousins discussed the challenges faced by disabled veterans navigating through the Reconstruction era Federal bureaucracy. Check out the interview here.
  • 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!