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Smith Teaching and Learning Grants

The Smith Teaching and Learning Grants are awarded by the Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement to faculty members who submit proposals supporting innovative ideas that enhance teaching and learning at WSU. This year’s recipients include Dr. Nikolaus Overtoom as well as Dr. Tracey Hanshew and instructor Robert Franklin for a joint proposal. Congratulations to all award recipients!

Dr. Charles Weller edited collection available now

Book cover imageDr. Charles Weller’s edited collection (including two essays of his own, is available now!

R. Charles Weller and Anver Emon, eds., Reason, Revelation and Law in Islamic and Western Theory and History (Islam and Global Studies Series, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).

(Ch 1) “Introduction: Reason, Revelation, and Law in Global Historical Perspective” (pp 1-24)

(Ch 2) “The Historical Relation of Islamic and Western Law” (pp 25-45)


Learn more about Reason, Revelation and Law in Islamic and Western Theory and History by clicking here!



Dr. Stefan Bradley celebrated in Washington State Magazine

Dr. Stefan Bradley
Stefan Bradley, image from Working Forward, courtesy of Loyola Marymount University 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.

Dr. Andra Chastain publishes article in Comparativ

Dr. Chastain’s article on French metro-building in Latin America was just published! This article, “Rethinking Basic Infrastructure: French Aid and Metro Development in Postwar Latin America,” is part of a special issue of Comparativ on urbanization and international development in Africa and Latin America since 1945. You can read more about the article by clicking here!


Dr. Bob Bauman and Robert Franklin release Echoes of Exclusion

Dr. Bob Bauman and WSU Tri Cities lecturer, Robert Franklin (MA 2014, WSU), have released their new co-edited book, Echoes of Exclusion and Resistance: Voices from the Hanford Region. Echoes of Exclusion and Resistance “focuses on the experiences of non-white groups such as the Wanapum, Chinese immigrants, World War II Japanese in carcerees, and African American migrant workers from the South, whose lives were deeply impacted by the Hanford Site,” (WSU Press). You can read more about this new book by clicking here!

Dr. Shawna Herzog releases Negotiating Abolition

Dr. Shawna Herzog is celebrating the release of her new book, Negotiating Abolition: The Antislavery Project in the British Straits Settlements, 1786-1843! Negotiating Abolition “provides an important new perspective for scholars of slavery interested in Southeast Asia, British imperialism in the Indian Ocean world and Asia, the East India Company in the Straits, and gender and sexuality in the context of empire,” (Bloomsbury Academic). You can read more about Dr. Herzog’s book by clicking here!