This award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association honors individuals who have provided outstanding teaching, course development, and mentoring of students, and recognizes those who have made significant contributions to credit or noncredit programs within professional, continuing, or online education. Congratulations Dr. Whelchel!
Teaching Post Doctoral Instructor
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The first in his family to attend college in China and study abroad in Scandinavia and the United States, Yanqiu Zheng studied philosophy, education, and human rights before receiving his Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University. As a historian of modern China, he is broadly interested in the politics and pedagogy of intercultural encounters. Having conducted extensive archival research in the United States, Taiwan, and mainland China, he also enjoys teaching a wide range of courses from Chinese to East Asian and world history. His book manuscript, In Search of Admiration and Respect: Chinese Cultural Diplomacy in the United States, 1875-1975, is currently under review. He is now working on a second book project, tentatively titled Chinese Food on the Margins: A Transnational History. Besides these book projects, he has published articles on the Chinese ethnographic photographs during World War II and the contested legal status of U.S. troops in post-extraterritoriality China.
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Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 2021
M.A., University of California, Riverside, 2017
B.A., California State University, Northridge, 2015
Academic and Research Interests
Dr. Alan Malfavon received his Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of California, Riverside in 2021. Malfavon is a historian of late-colonial and early independent Latin America. His research interests center around Afro-Mexican, Greater Caribbean, Atlantic World, Veracruz, and African Diaspora Histories. His work focuses on the understudied Afro-Mexican population of the Port-City of Veracruz and its hinterland of Sotavento (Leeward) and reframes the historical and historiographical transition between the colonial and national period, arguing that Afro-Mexicans facilitated, complicated, and participated in multiple socio-political processes that reshaped Veracruz and its borderlands. Malfavón’s work interrogates and subverts archival silences that have sought to erase Black and Afro-Mexican agency from narratives of identity and nation-state formation and seeks to diversify these narratives by foregrounding the voices, perspectives, and actions of Afro-descendants as essential political and intellectual players in Mexico’s political and social consolidation as an independent nation.
Selected Honors and Awards
2021 Lindon Barret Award in Black Studies- University of California, Riverside
2021 University Teaching Certificate- University of California, Riverside
2020-2021 Center for Ideas and Society, Global 19th Century Fellow- University of California, Riverside
2020 Chancellors Doctoral Incentive Program Dissertation Fellowship Award- CSU Office of the Chancellor
2019-2020 Huntington Library Short-term Fellow- Huntington Library
2018-2019 CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Scholar- CSU Office of the Chancellor
Dr. Homberger has just been appointed as tenure-track assistant professor for modern European history in the History Department at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He is also publishing a revised version of his dissertation with the University of Massachusetts Press, forthcoming in November 2021.
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Congratulations Dr. Homberger!
The Journal of Ancient History has published Dr. Nikolaus Overtoom’s most recent article, “Reassessing the Role of Parthia and Rome in the Origins of the First Romano-Parthian War(56/5–50 BCE).” For more information, please click here.
In addition, The Parthians’ Failed Vassalage of Syria: The Shortsighted Western Policy of Phraates II and the Second Reign of Demetrius II (129–125 BCE) was published in Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae. Please click here to read the article.
Congratulations Dr. Overtoom!
Three WSU History alums are direct contributors to the planning for the Nez Perce National Historical Park’s renamed Spalding-Allen Collection and related museum collections holdings – Trevor Bond, Tabitha Erdey, and Kristine Leier.
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For more information on Dr. Sun’s virtual talk, held virtually on Tuesday, July 13 at 12pm PT, please visit the Holocaust Center for Humanity website.
Jacob Wells, who graduated with his MA in 2015 under the supervision of Jesse Spohnholz , has accepted an exciting new position with Perkiomen School. Read about it here.
Dr. Puck Brecher’s new book Japan’s Private Spheres: Autonomy in Japanese History, 1600-1930. You can take a look at Dr. Brecher’s book by clicking here.
The Smith Teaching and Learning Grants are awarded by the Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement to faculty members who submit proposals supporting innovative ideas that enhance teaching and learning at WSU. This year’s recipients include Dr. Nikolaus Overtoom as well as Dr. Tracey Hanshew and instructor Robert Franklin for a joint proposal. Congratulations to all award recipients!