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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!


HIST/WST 298 at WSUV visited by author Michael Helquist!

Undergraduate students in Dr. Mercier’s Women’s History course loved Michael Helquist’s book about the fiery and uncompromising radical physician Marie Equi. Students not only find Equi fascinating—a professional woman in a man’s world, an open lesbian, a committed activist for the causes affecting women and workers—but they especially connect to someone who lived in their own backyard of the Pacific Northwest. Helquist’s balanced, gracefully written, and accessible study pieces together scattered sources to tell a terrific story, one that introduces students to important themes of early 20th century, such as the Progressive era, suffrage movements, the IWW and workers’ struggles, the Red Scare, women’s social and political networks, and women’s health issues and illegal abortion. This is a book that will be useful to teachers and professors wishing to engage a wide variety and level of students.

Michael Helquist provided a detailed report of his visit to Washington State University Vancouver and his interaction with the students of HIST/WST 298. Take a look at his kind words here.

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