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!
GO HISTORY! GO COUGS!
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.
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.
|Barclay, Jenifer (Pullman)|
Disability, race, and gender in history
|Bauman, Robert (Tri-Cities)|
American history and public history
|Boag, Peter (Pullman)|
American West, the Pacific Northwest, modern America, the environment, and sexuality
|Brecher, W. Puck (Pullman) |
Early and Modern Japan
|Chastain, Andra (Vancouver)|
Modern Latin America, transnational history, urban history, and the history of technology
|Farley, Brigit (Tri-Cities)|
Russian and East European history
|Gordillo, Luz Maria (Vancouver)|
Transnational and immigration studies, Chicana feminist theory, transnational sexualities, and global feminism
|Hatter, Lawrence B. A. (Pullman)|
Early America, Atlantic World, Borderlands history
|Heidenreich, Linda (Pullman)|
Chicana/Chicano Studies, Queer Studies, History and Culture of 19th-Century Greater Mexico
|Hoch, Steven (Tri-Cities)|
Modern Russian history, European agrarian history, and historical demography
|Kale, Steven D. (Pullman)|
19th-century Europe, modern France, and postwar Europe
|Kawamura, Noriko (Pullman)|
U.S. foreign relations, U.S.–East Asian relations, and modern Japanese history
|McCoy, Robert (Pullman)|
|Mercier, Laurie (Vancouver)|
United States, the American West, the Pacific Northwest, immigration and migration, and American labor
|Peabody, Sue (Vancouver)|
Early modern Europe, Atlantic and Indian Ocean, world slavery and race, History in Media and Popular Culture
|Sanders, Jeffrey (Pullman)|
Environmental, Pacific Northwest, and U.S. West history
|Spohnholz, Jesse (Pullman)|
Early modern European social, cultural, and religious history
|Sun, Raymond (Pullman)|
Social history of religion, modern German history, Holocaust and genocide studies, military history
|Sutton, Matthew A. (Pullman)|
20th-century United States, cultural, and religious history
|Svingen, Orlan (Pullman)|
Public and United States history
|Thigpen, Jennifer (Pullman)|
19th-century U.S. history, women and gender, colonialism, and the West
|Wang, Xiuyu (Vancouver)|
Modern Chinese history, ethnicity, religion and nationalism in China, modern East Asian history, and world history
|Wright, Ashley (Pullman)|
Modern Britain, colonial Burma, British Empire, World History
The WSU History Club is a recognized student organization open to students from any major. History Club members participate in in a variety of social, educational, and service activities.
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The History Club’s goal is to help students, of any year and major, explore their historical interests and interact with lovers of history on campus.
This year the History Club has elected an entirely new panel of student leaders and is planning a year full of on campus events, trivia, debate, and internship opportunities.
2018 – 2019 Officers and Meeting Info
President: Hunter Orcutt
Vice President: Colton Steele
Treasurer: Elizabeth Biggs
Secretary: Timothy Shevchuk
Meetings are held bi-weekly on Thursdays
in Wilson Short 03 @ 4:10 – 5:00 PM
(ground floor next to the Ombudsman’s Office)
Through the Hanford History Project, WSU leads a coalition of community partners in preserving—and enabling research on—the history of the greater Hanford community.
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.
Professor of History
Program Leader /
Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1995
Academic & Professional Interests
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).
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1993
Academic & Professional Interests
Sue Peabody, Meyer Distinguished Professor of History and Liberal Arts, specializes in the history of slavery, freedom and the law in the French empire, 1600-1850. She is past president of the French Colonial Historical Society and serves on the editorial board of French Colonial History. She teaches early modern European society and culture, especially France and England; European colonialism 1450–1850; the Atlantic history of slavery, abolition and emancipation; and European women’s history.
Professor Peabody’s research examines the law of race and slavery in France and its Atlantic and Indian Ocean colonies and the people affected by those laws. Her first book, There Are No Slaves in France: The Political Culture of Race and Slavery in the Ancien Régime (Oxford University Press, 1996), recovered the lost history of slaves’ freedom suits in France based on France’s Free Soil principle and legislation known as the Police des Noirs. Her subsequent works address France’s non-white residents in greater chronological and geographical scope, including: The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France, ed. with Tyler Stovall (Duke University Press, 2002); Slavery, Freedom and the Law in the Atlantic World, with Keila Grinberg (Bedford Books, 2007); The Free Soil Principle in the Atlantic World, with Keila Grinberg (Routledge, 2014); Le Droit des Noirs en France au temps de l’esclavage(L’Harmattan, 2014) and articles in French Historical Studies, Journal of Social History, and Annales: Histoire/Sciences Sociales, among others.
Her new book, Madeleine’s Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets and Lies in France’s Indian Ocean Colonies (Oxford, 2017), is a microhistory of a mixed-race family in slavery and freedom in Réunion and Mauritius during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It is the winner of three book prizes.
Selected Awards and Honors
- Meyer Professor of Liberal Arts, Washington State University (2010-2013, 2017- in perpetuity)
- David H. Pinkney Prize (2018) awarded to Madeleine’s Children by the Society for French Historical Studies for “the most distinguished book in French history, published for the first time the preceding year by a citizen of the United States or Canada.”
- Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize (2018), awarded to Madeleine’s Children by the Western Association of Women Historians for “the best monograph in the field of history published by a WAWH member.”
- Mary Alice and Philip Boucher Prize (2018), awarded to Madeleine’s Children by the French Colonial Historical Society for “the best book dealing with the French colonial experience from the 16th century to 1815.”
- American Council of Learned Societies Sabbatical Fellowship (2013-2014)
- Humanities Washington Project Grant (2010)
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, The Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (2008)
- American Philosophical Society Sabbatical Fellowship (2007-2008)
- Associate Fellow, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University (1999)
- Research Associate, African American Religion: A Documentary History Project, Amherst, MA (2001)
- American Historical Association’s Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant Award (1990)