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Dr. Bond featured in Washington State Magazine

Trevor Bond (PhD History 2017), Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections at the WSU Libraries and Co-Director of the Center for Arts and Humanities (CAH) was featured in the new Winter 2021 edition of Washington State Magazine:

Dr. Binczewski wins Harold J. Grimm Prize

Jennifer Binczewski (PhD 2017) has won the 2021 Harold J. Grimm Prize for the best article in Reformation Studies (any discipline) published the previous year, awarded by the Sixteenth Century Society & Conference for her article, ““Power in Vulnerability: Widows and Priest Holes in the Early Modern English Catholic Community,” British Catholic History 35, no. 1 (2020): 1–24. Past awardees include some of the leading scholars working in this field today (including her former advisor, Jesse Spohnholz in 2009). Binczewski was feted at the award ceremony at the society’s conference this last weekend in San Diego, California.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

Dr. Cook wins Natalie Zemon Davis Prize

Karoline (Kaja) Cook, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department from Fall 2013 through Spring 2016, writes that her article “Claiming Nobility in the Monarquía Hispánica: The Search for Status by Inca, Aztec, and Nasrid Descendants at the Habsburg Court” has won the Natalie Zemon Davis Prize for best article published in Renaissance and Reformation in 2020. Here is a link about the prize with a link to Kaja’s article:

Kaja is a Lecturer in the History of the Atlantic World at Royal Holloway University of London.  Here’s a link to her Royal Holloway website:

New Position for Dr. Andrea (McWethy) Hetley

 Andrea (McWethy) Hetley, who was here as a graduate student in US history from 2009-12, will start a new full-time job as the archivist for the Sisters of the Presentation in San Francisco after Thanksgiving.

The Sisters of the Presentation is a religious order that was started in 18th century Ireland.  Here is a link to a video about the history of the Sisters in the San Francisco region:

And here is a more personal view of life in the order by three older Sisters:

Exciting News for Dr. Torsten Homberger

Torsten Homberger, who received his PhD working with Raymond Sun in 2014, is starting an appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor for modern European history in the History Department at the University of Nebraska-Kearney after a number of years on the faculty there as an Instructor.

He is also publishing a revised version of his dissertation with the University of Massachusetts Press, forthcoming in November 2021.  Here is the link to his book:  The Honor Dress of the Movement (

Congratulations Dr. Homberger!

Brad Richardson Receives the David Douglas Award

Brad Richardson (B.A. History, WSU Vancouver, 2012), Director of the Clark County Historical Museum, has been awarded the David Douglas Award by the Washington State Historical Society! This award honors the significant contribution of an individual or an organization through projects, exhibits, publications or educational products  which informs or expands our appreciation of Washington State history during the year. Nominators spoke to Richardson’s leadership and the museum’s continued community engagement throughout the pandemic: “When the museum was shuttered, the work was not. The staff worked tirelessly to ensure that exhibits were virtually available; educational efforts continued; and outreach to the community did not stop.”

Good News to Share on the Work of WSU History Alumni

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.

See the full story:

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