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Dr. Ray Sun is the recipient of Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction

Dr. Ray Sun has been announced as a recipient of the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction! Dr. Sun specializes in modern German and modern European history, teaching upper-level courses on Nazi Germany and comparative genocide. He won the CAS Mullen Award for Teaching Excellence and is a charter member of the WSU President’s Teaching Academy. He created two new classes based on his research of collective memory, war and society and Holocaust rescue. He actively engages in public education, speaking to senior Army ROTC cadets on the value of military officers. He published the book “Before the Enemy is Within Our Walls: Catholic Workers in Cologne, 1885-1912: A Social, Cultural and Political History.”

Dr. Peabody receives the David Pinkney Prize!

Sue Peabody, Meyer Distinguished Professor of History of Washington State University Vancouver, is this year’s recipient of the Society for French Historical Studies’ David Pinkney Prize for the best book on any aspect of French history by a U.S. or Canadian author in 2017 for her book, Madeleine’s Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets, and Lies in France’s Indian Ocean Colonies (Oxford UP).

3 faculty members selected as LIFT Faculty Fellows!

The department is happy to announce that three faculty members in the History Department and RCI Program ­– Karen Phoenix, Matthew Unangst, and Michelle Mann – have been selected as LIFT Faculty Fellows. The LIFT Program (L.earn I.nspire F.oster T.ransform) is aimed at supporting committed educators at WSU to promote transformative student learning. It is part of WSU’s Transformational Change Initiative. Fellows join a group of educators working to share and learn techniques of student engagement and learning through Spring and Fall 2018.

Dr. Hatter’s book is reviewed in the American Historical Review

The American Historical Review published a review of Prof. Hatter’s book Citizens of Convenience: The Imperial Origins of American Nationhood on the U.S.-Canadian Border in its February 2018 issue. The review concluded that “Citizens of Convenience is a most impressive first book by a talented historian.”


See the review here!

Prof. Peabody’s recent book and community based oral history project gaining ground!

The history department would like to share the continued recognition of Professor Sue Peabody’s current projects. Both her book, Madeleine’s Children, as well as her community based oral history project have been highlighted by The Columbian, a Vancouver based newspaper.  If you are interested in following the continuing coverage of Madeleine’s Children, you can find more information through the WSU Vancouver’s marketing and communication coverage, here, or through the related coverage offered by The Columbian, here.

Her oral history project is titled “Clark County Stories: How We Came to this Place” and opened for community interaction and participation on January 27th.  Further discussion will be held over the next few months relating to the establishment of Clark County and the significant growth of the regional population.  If you are interested in the local research being done in Clark County then click here to follow the coverage being offered by The Columbian, or here for the coverage as it is being reported by the Camas-Washougal Post-Record.

Professor Herzog’s new article in The Journal of World History

We would like to recognize the arrival of Dr. Shawna Herzog’s new article, “Domesticating Labor: An Illicit Slave Trade to the British Straits Settlements, 1811 – 1845.”  It is part of a special edition of The Journal of World History that examines gender and empire.  It came out this January and her contribution demonstrates the ways gender complicated the enforcement of anti-slavery legislation on the colonial frontier.  

Please take a minute to read here and share!


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