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Ray Sun and Zili Chang on “Papers, Ships, and Tweets: American Policy toward European Jews in the 1930s and its Memory in Contemporary Battles over Refugees”

Raymond Sun, an associate professor in the Department of History and a specialist in the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, will show the historical parallels and roots of current official attempts to restrict the number of refugees admitted to the United States by presenting an overview of the United States’ unwelcoming policy and hostile public opinion toward German and Austrian Jews seeking safe haven between 1933 and 1939.  Zili Chang, a senior History major, will present research from her Honors thesis that examines the current memory and political usage via social media of the infamous case of the passenger liner St. Louis, whose +900 Jewish refugees were not allowed to disembark in Cuba or the United States and were forced to return to Europe, where over 250 were eventually murdered in the Holocaust. Verification of attendance available.

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Menard to YVC!

J. T. Menard, who graduated with his MA this Spring under the supervision of Rob McCoy, has accepted a full-time faculty position in the history department at Yakima Valley College. This is a tenure track position, located at YVC’s satellite campus in Grandview, WA.

Congratulations J.T.!

Brian Stack publishes article in the Journal of the History of Sexuality

PhD candidate Brian Stack has published an article in the Journal of the History of Sexuality. The May 2019, volume 28, opens with Stack’s work titled, “From Sodomists to Citizens: Same Sex Sexuality and the Progressive Era Washington State Reformatory.”

Use your WSU Libraries access provided to faculty, staff, and students to read the article on Project Muse, here!


Ryan Booth wins Fullbright!

Congratulations to doctoral student Ryan W. Booth who has received a Fulbright U.S. Student award to spend nine months in India exploring socio-cultural characteristics attributed to indigenous soldiers during the British Raj up to a century ago.

His work adds an international element to his dissertation, and may well lead to a new global thread of research in the area of military history.

Booth is WSU’s 62nd student to receive a Fulbright since 1949, the ninth from the history discipline, and the fifth to study or teach in India; the next-most-recent studied there in 1965.

Read the Indian Country Today article in full here!

2015 PhD graduate Jacki Tyler receives book contract!

Jacki Tyler, PhD 2015 (Boag), who is now assistant professor at Eastern Washington University, recently received a book-contract from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln after a successful peer-review process. She is now working on revisions. The tentative title of her book is The Power of Political Chatter: Settler Colonialism and the Construction of Race, Gender, and Citizenship in Oregon.

Jose Velazquez, history undergrad, attends HICE with department & CAS support!

The department would like to congratulate Jose Velazquez, undergraduate history major, on the successful presentation of his senior research project at the Hawaii International Conference on Education. Jose received funding for his trip from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History, the Department of Sociology, and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office!

Jose hopes to eventually work in higher education as an administrator where he can assist students from underprivileged communities in accessing higher education opportunities. Great work Jose!


Daniel Fogt awarded residential research fellowship in Michigan!

We are happy to announce that Daniel Fogt, a PhD candidate in our department, has been awarded a Graduate Student Research Fellowship at the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, in Grand Rapids Michigan. The fellowship offers a residential fellowship at the center and comes with a stipend to support his research. Fogt’s work will include research relating to his dissertation, tentatively titled “Regulating Marriage and Socio-Religious Boundaries: The Reformation and Acts of Nonconformity in Netherlandish Refugee Communities, 1550-1590.” Congratulations, Daniel!
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