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Dr. Stefan Bradley interviewed in Washington State Magazine

Stefan Bradley (’98 MA History) was recently interviewed and highlighted in a Washington State Magazine article by Tom Kertscher, titled “Working Forward.” Now a professor of African American Studies and coordinator for diversity and inclusion initiatives at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Dr. Bradley studied with Dr. LeRoy Ashby during his time in our program. We celebrate Dr. Bradley’s success and hope you’ll take the opportunity to read more about his books and work at Loyola Marymount. You can access the Washington State Magazine article by clicking here.

COVID-19 Update

Update regarding COVID-19

Note from the Chair:


The Department of History urges all members of its community—our students, faculty and staff—to be safe and stay safe during this unprecedented time. We are now under a State Executive Order to stay in our homes, but we are all still working toward our common goal of delivering a high-quality history education together. Our faculty worked extremely hard over the Spring Break to be ready for the process of distance learning. On March 24, 2020 they began with this new format.

Considering the difficulties that lie ahead, I would encourage everyone (students, faculty, and staff) to practice empathy and compassion toward each other. If you are a student experiencing financial difficulties, we encourage you to call the Office of the Dean of Students and inquire about its Student Emergency Fund (509) 335-5757 or There is also some need-based funding available from the provost’s office here: We also encourage you to stay in touch with your classmates and your professors–make sure you communicate with your professors. This is of utmost importance.

And for everyone: let’s continue to use social media to stay in touch with each other and to tell our stories, as we develop new ways of working and new ways of learning. Academics are consecrated storytellers, and we need to tap into that particular skill set right now to document this new reality as it unfolds.

Stay safe and be well,

Matthew A. Sutton


Click here for WSU’s COVID-19 Response – Get the latest news and updates

PhD candidate Binczewski wins Meyer Prize!

Please join us in congratulating Jennifer Binczewski on this very impressive recognition!

Jennifer, a PhD candidate in our department, has been awarded the Meyer Prize by the Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, the international scholarly organization devoted to interdisciplinary research on the early modern era (defined as c.1450-1660). The prize is awarded to the best conference paper delivered at the annual meeting by a scholar who is still in graduate school or has earned the Ph.D. in the last five years. At the 2016 conference in Bruges (Belgium) was entitled, “Bestowed Upon God: The Movements of Catholic Children in Post-Reformation England and Beyond.” Binczewski will be recognized at the 2017 conference in two weeks’ time.

Binczewski’s dissertation, from which this research came, is entitled “Solitary Sparrows: Widowhood and the Catholic Community in Post-Reformation England, 1580-1630.” She plans to defend this coming November.


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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.

Amir Selmanovic receives doctorate

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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.