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Smith Teaching and Learning Grants

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!

Dr. Bob Bauman and Robert Franklin release Echoes of Exclusion

Dr. Bob Bauman and WSU Tri Cities lecturer, Robert Franklin (MA 2014, WSU), have released their new co-edited book, Echoes of Exclusion and Resistance: Voices from the Hanford Region. Echoes of Exclusion and Resistance “focuses on the experiences of non-white groups such as the Wanapum, Chinese immigrants, World War II Japanese in carcerees, and African American migrant workers from the South, whose lives were deeply impacted by the Hanford Site,” (WSU Press). You can read more about this new book by clicking here!

2017 Celebration of Assessment Excellence

The Department of History is honored to receive praise from the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning for not only the success of the general history courses being offered, but also for the success of the Roots of Contemporary Issues UCORE program. History as a whole department was recognized for its high quality learning and assessment practices while RCI was recognized for its exemplary student learning assessment system for a UCORE program in partnership with WSU Libraries.

Marina Tolmacheva attends summer conferences

As we settle into this new academic year we want to take a moment to look back and appreciate some achievements that were not previously recognized over the last few months as we transitioned through staff changes!

Marina Tolmacheva traveled to two international meetings this summer. In August, she attended the 25th International Congress of the History of Science and Technology in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tolmacheva presented a paper in the symposium on the “History of Islamic Science: Global and Local,” and also gave the academic year’s Inaugural Lecture in the Geography Program at the Universidade Federal da Integração Latino-Americana (Foz do Iguaçu, Parana). In July, she attended the regional conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. The conference was hosted by the American University of Central Asia. In addition to presenting a paper, Tolmacheva was invited to speak at two other local universities: the International Relations Faculty at Balasagyn National University and in the Department of Foreign Languages at the International University of Kyrgyzstan.

Review the conferences and their content at the links below!

http://www.escas.org/conferences/

http://www.ichst2017.sbhc.org.br/site/capa

Professor Sue Peabody has a new book out!

Professor Sue Peabody has published a new book: Madeleine’s Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets, and Lies in France’s Indian Ocean Colonies.

Madeleine’s Children is rare narrative in world history of an enslaved person challenging his status in court and winning his freedom. It is the first full length biography tracing slavery in the Indian Ocean world and contains a detailed family saga of love, betrayal, hope, and struggle set against the broader context of plantation slavery, Parisian society, and colonization.

Madeleine’s Children

History Faculty


Raymond Sun with students

WSU history faculty have a number of responsibilities: teaching, research, and service to the department, the university and the profession.

Our faculty consists of Full, Associate, Assistant, and Clinical Professors, as well as Instructors and Senior Instructors. All ranks participate in the department’s research and teaching mission.

Our professors have published extensively in a wide range of fields and have earned a reputation for high-quality classroom teaching.  Our senior faculty routinely teach undergraduate courses and participate in faculty-mentored student research at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Whether you are a freshman, a transfer student, or a senior, you will find many opportunities to interact with a wide variety of committed and talented teachers and scholars.

Guide to Graduate Fields of Study & Major Professors

Faculty MemberE-mail
Bauman, Robert (Tri-Cities)
American history and public history
rbauman@wsu.edu
Boag, Peter (Vancouver)
American West, the Pacific Northwest, modern America, the environment, and sexuality
boag@wsu.edu
Brecher, W. Puck (Pullman)
Early and Modern Japan
wbrecher@wsu.edu
Chastain, Andra (Vancouver)
Modern Latin America, transnational history, urban history, and the history of technology
andra.chastain@wsu.edu
Farley, Brigit (Tri-Cities)
Russian and East European history
bfarley@wsu.edu
Gordillo, Luz Maria (Vancouver)
Transnational and immigration studies, Chicana feminist theory, transnational sexualities, and global feminism
gordillo@wsu.edu
Hatter, Lawrence B. A. (Pullman)
Early America, Atlantic World, Borderlands history
lawrence.hatter@wsu.edu
Heidenreich, Linda (Pullman)
Chicana/Chicano Studies, Queer Studies, History and Culture of 19th-Century Greater Mexico
lheidenr@wsu.edu
Kale, Steven D. (Pullman)
19th-century Europe, modern France, and postwar Europe
kale@wsu.edu
Kawamura, Noriko (Pullman)
U.S. foreign relations, U.S.–East Asian relations, and modern Japanese history
nkawamura@wsu.edu
McCoy, Robert (Pullman)
Public history
rmccoy@wsu.edu
Mercier, Laurie (Vancouver)
United States, the American West, the Pacific Northwest, immigration and migration, and American labor
lmercier@wsu.edu
Peabody, Sue (Vancouver)
Early modern Europe, Atlantic and Indian Ocean, world slavery and race, History in Media and Popular Culture
speabody@wsu.edu
Sanders, Jeffrey (Pullman)
Environmental, Pacific Northwest, and U.S. West history
jcsanders@wsu.edu
Spohnholz, Jesse (Pullman)
Early modern European social, cultural, and religious history
spohnhoj@wsu.edu
Sun, Raymond (Pullman)
Social history of religion, modern German history, Holocaust and genocide studies, military history
sunray@wsu.edu
Sutton, Matthew A. (Pullman)
20th-century United States, cultural, and religious history
sutton@wsu.edu
Svingen, Orlan (Pullman)
Public and United States history
svingen@wsu.edu
Thigpen, Jennifer (Pullman)
19th-century U.S. history, women and gender, colonialism, and the West
jthigpen@wsu.edu
Wang, Xiuyu (Vancouver)
Modern Chinese history, ethnicity, religion and nationalism in China, modern East Asian history, and world history
xiuyuwang@wsu.edu
Wright, Ashley (Pullman)
Modern Britain, colonial Burma, British Empire, World History
ashley.wright2@wsu.edu

History Club


The WSU History Club is a recognized student organization open to students from any major.  History Club members participate in in a variety of social, educational, and service activities.

   Join the Facebook HERE!

History Department Chair and French historian, Dr. Steve Kale, delivers a talk and answers questions from more than 230 students as part of a History Club-sponsored presentation following the ISIS attack on Paris in late 2015.

The History Club’s goal is to help students, of any year and major, explore their historical interests and interact with lovers of history on campus.

This year the History Club has elected an entirely new panel of student leaders and is planning a year full of on campus events, trivia, debate, and internship opportunities.

2021 – 2022 Officers and Meeting Info

 

Presidents:  Timothy Treffery

 

Vice President:  Mary Dugger

 

Treasurers:  Dalton Cardoso & Carson Holland

 

Secretary: Jillian Paxon

 

Public Relations: Cole Harbour & Hannah Chalom

 

RSO Advisor: Theresa Jordan

 

 

 

Meetings are held on Mondays

in Wilson-Short 6 @ 3:15

(ground floor)