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.
The Department of History is honored to receive praise from the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning for not only the success of the general history courses being offered, but also for the success of the Roots of Contemporary Issues UCORE program. History as a whole department was recognized for its high quality learning and assessment practices while RCI was recognized for its exemplary student learning assessment system for a UCORE program in partnership with WSU Libraries.
Congratulations professor Whelchel! Aaron Whelchel, a history professor currently located at WSU-Vancouver, was awarded the Provost’s Featured Faculty Member recognition this month by Chancellor Netzhammer and Renny Christopher.
Professor Whelchel will be present in Pullman for the homecoming game on October 21st where he will be recognized for his accomplishments!
As we settle into this new academic year we want to take a moment to look back and appreciate some achievements that were not previously recognized over the last few months as we transitioned through staff changes!
Marina Tolmacheva traveled to two international meetings this summer. In August, she attended the 25th International Congress of the History of Science and Technology in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tolmacheva presented a paper in the symposium on the “History of Isla…mic Science: Global and Local,” and also gave the academic year’s Inaugural Lecture in the Geography Program at the Universidade Federal da Integração Latino-Americana (Foz do Iguaçu, Parana). In July, she attended the regional conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. The conference was hosted by the American University of Central Asia. In addition to presenting a paper, Tolmacheva was invited to speak at two other local universities: the International Relations Faculty at Balasagyn National University and in the Department of Foreign Languages at the International University of Kyrgyzstan.
Review the conferences and their content at the links below!
Jesse Spohnholz’s article, co-written with his Dutch colleague Mirjam van Veen, titled “The Disputed Origins of Dutch Calvinism: Religious Refugees in the Historiography of the Dutch Reformation” appeared in the most recent issue of Church History.
Professor Sue Peabody has published a new book: Madeleine’s Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets, and Lies in France’s Indian Ocean Colonies.
Madeleine’s Children is rare narrative in world history of an enslaved person challenging his status in court and winning his freedom. It is the first full length biography tracing slavery in the Indian Ocean world and contains a detailed family saga of love, betrayal, hope, and struggle set against the broader context of plantation slavery, Parisian society, and colonization.
WSU history faculty have a number of responsibilities: teaching, research, and service to the department, the university and the profession.
Our faculty consists of Full, Associate, Assistant, and Clinical Professors, as well as Instructors and Senior Instructors. All ranks participate in the department’s research and teaching mission.
Our professors have published extensively in a wide range of fields and have earned a reputation for high-quality classroom teaching. Our senior faculty routinely teach undergraduate courses and participate in faculty-mentored student research at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Whether you are a freshman, a transfer student, or a senior, you will find many opportunities to interact with a wide variety of committed and talent teachers and scholars.
From its crucial role in the Manhattan Project through the present-day focus on environmental cleanup and lingering health effects, the history of the Tri Cities is fundamental to major historical questions regarding national security, urban planning, the American West, science and technology, the environment, and other topics.
Through contract with the US Department of Energy and donations from community partners, the Hanford History Project is developing an archive and museum from major collections of never-before-seen documents and unique artifacts. Current priorities include digitizing our collection of oral histories and connecting them to relevant researchers. Student interns are hard are work cataloging the archival collections we have received from the Department of Energy, after which we will turn towards developing finding aids and making the collections accessible to scholars.
Eventually, we hope to establish a museum and archival reading room near (or at) the planned visitor center for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, of which Hanford represents one-third (along with Los Alamos and Oak Ridge). This will help in bringing local residents and tourists into these historical conversations.
Laurie Mercier teaches the history of the United States, the American West, the Pacific Northwest, immigration and migration, and American labor. She is former associate director of the Center for Columbia River History, a former president of the Oral History Association, and co-director of the Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive project.
Mercier’s recent publications include Speaking History: Oral Histories of the American Past, 1865–Present (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010), with Sue Armitage; Anaconda: Labor, Community, and Culture in Montana’s Smelter City (University of Illinois Press, 2001); “Reworking Race, Class, and Gender into Pacific Northwest History” (Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, 2001); “Instead of Fighting the Common Enemy: Mine Mill and the Steelworkers Unions in Cold War Montana” (Labor History, fall 1999); “We Are Women Irish: Gender, Class, Religious, and Ethnic Identity in Anaconda, Montana” (in Writing the Range: Race, Class, and Culture in the Women’s West, University of Oklahoma Press, 1997); “Creating a New Community in the North: Mexican Americans of the Yellowstone Valley” (in Stories from an Open Country: Essays on the Yellowstone River Valley, University of Washington Press, 1995).