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Ryan Booth, doctoral student, selected for Washington Indian Gaming Assoc. Scholarship

Doctoral student Ryan Booth received notice in May that he was awarded a Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA) Scholarship. The award is for enrolled members of the WIGA Tribes and Indian students in Washington state to attend two-year and four-year colleges and universities, as well as to pursue advanced degrees.

Booth will use the scholarship to fund research for his dissertation on U.S. Indian scouts, including travel to Washington, D.C., where most of the needed information is in the National Archives. He is currently examining the history of the scouts in the U.S. West. The scouts were attached to Army units throughout the West to aid the Army in their efforts to subdue hostile tribes. Read more about Ryan’s research.

Dan Kotin, PhD candidate at WSU Vancouver, gives WHA talk

In February 2017, Dan Kotin of WSU Vancouver, presented a paper at the conference of the regional affiliates of the World History Association (WHA) in Honolulu and was awarded a student paper prize.

His paper, titled “‘Soundscapes’ of the Black Atlantic: Memory, Recreation, and Society in the African Diaspora,” centers on two popular musical genres, Trinidad calypso and Ghanaian highlife, to examine the impact of public cultural expressions upon collective memory and the generation of black nationalism across the Atlantic World during late colonialism and decolonization. Dan argued that music and musical performances formed critical sites of negotiation of and challenges to British imperialism and the European civilizing mission.

PhD candidate Randal Powell presented at GPSA Research Exposition

At this year’s Graduate and Professional Students Association (GPSA) Research exposition in March, Randal Powell presented research done for his master’s thesis while at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Titled “Building a ‘Christian Moral Empire’ in Africa: American Protestantism, Human Rights and the Congo Reform Movement,” his research orbits early 20th-century American Protestant missionaries and clergymen as they joined the first global human rights movement to stop the exploitation and murder of indigenous Africans in the Congo Free State. Aside from presenting his own research, he also viewed the research of other graduate students across WSU while visiting with them and learning about their experiences in other departments. Participating in the exposition not only allowed him to share his research with a broader audience but also connected him to the larger academic community on campus. 

MA Candidate, Taylor Smith, reflects on GPSA Academic Showcase experience

“I most appreciated the chance to share my research with people from a variety of different fields and backgrounds. The Showcase was attended by students and faculty from across the university, as well as community members. I presented historical research to retirees, journalists, entomologists, artists, nursing students, and more. These face-to-face conversations provided a great opportunity to enhance my articulation of the significance of my study to an audience not predisposed to find it interesting. I look forward to applying what I learned, particularly to public presentations and grant applications.”  Taylor W. Smith


Graduate students visit National Archives in Maryland

In March, Laura Briere, MA candidate, and Jared Chastain, PhD candidate, visited the National Archives II and 161st Infantry Regiment Record Group 407. The Archives are located in College Park, Maryland. The next day found them at the National Guard Association of the United States archives.