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Many scholarship and fellowship recipients attended this year’s awards ceremony on April 29. Thanks to great alumni and friends, the department is blessed with numerous scholarships available to our majors.  Many undergraduate and graduate students have excelled in research, writing, and academic excellence.

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Dr. Steven Kale, Chair of the Department of History, introduced Dr. Jennifer Thigpen and Dr. Matt Sutton who gave students certificates. Several students earned more than one scholarship or fellowship.
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Dr. Jennifer Thigpen discussed each undergraduate awardee’s accomplishments and focus of study.
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Dr. Matt Sutton and Graduate student, Greg Atkins.


See the 2016 Awards Program.

Yvonne Berliner – Mexican Feminism in the Twentieth Century

Yvonne BerlinerYvonne Berliner, the department’s Latin American History instructor, will present a paper on ‘Mexican Feminism in the Twentieth Century’ at a Colloquium on Mexico to be held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. February 9-11, 2016.

Berliner will trace the struggle for political rights for women in Mexico, culminating in the right to vote in 1953. In addition, the presentation will include the bridging of class differences among women, as the fight for political rights began as a middle class initiative and only became more inclusive in the 1970s. In the last decades of the 20th century, feminism with popular and indigenous roots joined in advocating for gender and class equality. Industrial workers, employees, agricultural workers and indigenous community groups from poor urban sectors have become part of a wider movement for gender equality in Mexico.

In 2015 Berliner co-authored a book on the Mexican Revolution and a chapter on Feminism in the Americas for another book, with special emphasis on Mexico.

Jesse Spohnholz: New book accepted for publication

Jesse SpohnholzJesse Spohnholz’s new book, The Convent of Wesel: The Event that Never Was and the Invention of Tradition, has been accepted for publication with Cambridge University Press, and his co-edited volume Archaeologies of Confession: Writing Histories of Religion in Germany, 1517-2017 has been accepted for publication with Berghahn Press. Both books will be available within the year.

Lawrence Hatter: Oregon standoff

A long-running dispute over land use in Oregon escalated into the armed occupation of the federal Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by a “militia” led by the rancher Ammon Bundy on Jan. 2. Bundy and his followers dispute the constitutional right of the U.S. government to manage public lands in Oregon, which was also the cause of a standoff between Ammon’s father, Cliven, and federal officials in southern Nevada in 2014.

Read the rest of the opinion piece published in Portland’s The Oregonian:
Oregon standoff: Bundy-style land management has been tried and rejected (OPINION)

Clif Stratton: Teaching The Past Through the Lens of the Present

“This is not a course on the state of the contemporary world,” I tell my students on day one in Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI), a 100-level, one-semester course required of all students entering Washington State University. The course topic may not be the contemporary world, but it pushes students to understand specific events and processes unfolding all around them by encouraging close examination of the historical origins of change and cultivating intellectual skills useful to a range of disciplines and career pursuits.

Read more of Clif Stratton’s blog post at Process: A Blog for American History, “Teaching The Past Through the Lens of the Present.”



Reed Simock Internship

Reed Simock will be working in Senator Andy Bilig’s office for the duration of the 2016 legislative session. He’ll be responsible for tracking legislation for the Senator, attending committee hearings and legislative meetings, and helping answer constituent questions and concerns.

Amir Selmanovic receives doctorate

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Amir Selmanovic

On November 20, Amir Selmanovic successfully defended his PhD thesis titled “Self-Managed Tuzla: The Development of a Working Class City.”

His committee consisted of Brigit Farley, PhD, Chair; Raymond Sun, PhD; and Steven Kale, PhD.


Join us: Theorizing DH

To mark its inaugural academic year, the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC) will host a brown-bag discussion series introducing faculty and graduate students to the fundamentals of Digital Humanities. This series aims to acquaint participants with key debates, terms, and concepts that ground Digital Humanities in various interpretive and computational methods.

Theorizing DH

Wednesday, October 28th
1:10 p.m.

Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC), Fourth Floor Holland Library


We will serve coffee and cookies. Contact David Squires ( for more information.