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  • Congratulations to Dr. Frank de la Teja on his most recent article, “The Treason Case of Erasmo Seguín: A Story of Texas’s First War of Independence,” which appears in the current issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly.


    Congratulations to Dr. Louie Valencia on the media attention around his upcoming Honors course. In case you missed it, the course, Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet, and European Pop Culture, has been covered by NPR's All Things Considered and in an extensive online interview, BBC, CNN, NBC News, The Guardian, The Times, The Today Show, Elle, Jezebel, GQ, Vanity Fair, NME, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Bloomberg, The Texas Standard, Dazed, Teen VogueSeventeen, The Irish News, L’essentiel, Cosmopolitan, Paper, Grazia, Nylon, Complex, Hola!People, Digg, Bustle, Gay Times, Gay.IT, amongst hundreds of local and international media outlets—with more to come.

    The press coverage has been extremely positive. And Louie’s including it as a coda to a book that he’s finishing for UT Press on Harry Styles, celebrity and internet culture.


    Dr. Ruby Oram Interviewed by the Chicago Sun Times

    Dr. Ruby Oram was interviewed by the Chicago Sun Times about the significance of her nomination of Chicago Vocational School to the National Register of Historic Places.


    Dr. Ron Brown Given 2022 Mining History Association Rodman Paul Award

    During the 2022 Mining History Association Conference, Dr. Ron Brown's colleagues surprised him with the 2022 Rodman Paul Award. This signature award in the field is presented only when a worthy recipient has been nominated. The MHA recognized Dr. Brown for the excellence of his monograph, Hard-Rock Miners: The Intermountain West, 1860-1920, his co-authored book, No One Ailing Except a Physician: Medicine in the Mining West, 1848-1919, as well as his several articles and his founding role and continuing leadership in the MHA.


    Dr. Pliley featured in Texas Tribune article about Texas Abortion Restrictions

    Dr. Jessica Pliley was interviewed by Jaden Edison (TX State alumni) at the Texas Tribune about the relationship between abortion restriction in Texas and Safe Harbor laws.


    Dr. Bishop Awarded Fellowship at the Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM)

    The "Maghreb" is the region of North Africa bordering the Mediterranean. Dr. Elizabeth Bishop was honored by the Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM) and awarded a short-term research fellowship to take part in the Interdisciplinary Fellows Group V "Identities & Beliefs" at the Université de Tunis during March-June 2022.

    Based at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Project MECAM represents a collaboration of the Forum transregionale Studien, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, the Institut Tunisien des Études Stratégiques (ITES), University of Leipzig, and l'Université de Sfax.


    Margaret E. Menninger to give GSA Distinguished Lecture 2022 at the Free University of Berlin

    Dr. Margaret Menninger will be giving the GSA Distinguished Lecture, titled: Normality as a Serious Matter and True Joy, at the Free University of Berlin on July 6, 2022.  Those interested in attending must email to the BProgram by July 1, 2022. 


    Congratulations to History Faculty on Tenure and Promotion

    Congratulations to all of our candidates up for tenure and promotion to associate professor and full professor!

    • Sara Damiano, Carrie Ritter, and Louie Dean Valencia will all be tenured associate professors as of September 1, 2022.
    • Jessica Pliley, Ana Romo, and José Carlos de la Puente will all be full professors as of September 1, 2022.

    Dr. Tom Alter interviewed in Current about his new book

    Dr. Tom Alter was recently interviewed in Current's "Author's Corner" about his new book, Toward A Cooperative Commonwealth: The Transplanted Roots of Farmer-Labor Radicalism in Texas.


    MA Alum, Dr. Brian Brown, Successfully Defended Dissertation

    Our MA alum, now Dr. Brian Brown, successfully defended his dissertation at Rutgers University yesterday. The dissertation, "'With Misery by Honor': Social Class Interactions in the Public Markets of Oaxaca, Mexico, 1870-1970,” examines how market vendors organized to advance their interests and contest the power of municipal authority.


    Graduate Student Awarded Research Fellowship

    Congratulations to public history graduate student, Railey Tassin, who has been awarded a research fellowship from the Center for History and Culture at Lamar University in support of her thesis project, "Commemorating Spindletop."


    Boko Awards, Program Award Winners

    The Student Organizations Council's "May Newsletter" includes the good news that Texas State University's Model Arab League (MAL) team was recognized by SOC with the "Outside the Box" Boko Award. The Boko Awards Ceremony is held every year to honor those who make a commitment to leadership, service and excellence; this is not the first time MAL has been acknowledged at the all-University level (nominated for “Academic Organization of the Year” during 2017).


    Review Essay: "Political Activism and the Everyday in Cold War Japan"

    Dr. Peter Siegenthaler had the opportunity to review three recent books on radical politics in 1960s Japan in his latest article, "Political Activism and the Everyday in Cold War Japan," published in the History Workshop Journal.  He thanks members of the Swinney Writing Group for their comments on an early draft.


    Graduate Student Interviewed For Chilean Internship

    Congratulations to Master's Student, Steven Bradford, who recently completed a virtual internship with a Chilean University, Universidad Gabriela Mistral, where he served as an editing intern for the Chilean Journal of Medieval Studies. Steven was interviewed about his experience during the internship which was published in the Universidad Gabriela Mistral press.


    History Alumni Accepted into Graduate Programs

    Dawson Scriber, one of our undergraduate history majors who is graduating in May, will be entering the history graduate program at NYU in September.  He plans to study medieval history.

    In addition, a Public History alum of our MA program, Stephen F. Austin, has been accepted into the University of Idaho history doctoral program with funding. Stephen worked as a historian for the WA State Dept. of Transportation from 2015-2021 and most recently is a PI in cultural resource management and architectural history for a private firm.


    Dr. Coleman's New Book Wins Prize For Best Monograph

    Congratulations to Dr. Sara Coleman whose book, The Walls Within: The Politics of Immigration in Modern America has won the Western Association of Women Historians’ Francis Richardson Keller-Sierra prize for best monograph.


    Congratulations to undergraduate student, Kinsey Brooks, who has been selected for an internship built around research in graduate school with the University of Wisconsin (Madison) Center for Humanities Summer Research Opportunity Program. Undergrad students selected are introduced to graduate research and paired with a faculty member to develop potential research topics for future graduate study. 


    Dr. Anadelia Romo talks about her new book on the New Books Podcast

    Dr. Anadelia Romo's newest book, Selling Black Brazil: Race, Nation, and Visual Culture in Salvador, Bahia, was recently showcased in an hour-long podcast on the New Books Network. Dr. Romo discusses her research on blackness and visual culture in Salvador, Brazil with Dr. Reighan Gillam.


    IU IAS Repository Research Fellowship

    Congratulations to Dr. José Carlos de la Puente who has been named one of the 2022 Repository Research Fellows of the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study.  He will be spending two weeks researching at the Lilly Library in Bloomington during the summer.


    History Graduate Student Happy Hour ImageGraduate Student Appreciation Week Celebration

    On Friday, April 8, the department's Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. de la Puente, hosted a happy hour to celebrate our outstanding graduate students. Current students, alumni, and even at least one graduate student from another program in Liberal Arts joined in the celebration with Dr. de la Puente, Dr. Rivaya-Martinez, Dr. Alter, and Dr. Helgeson


    Dr. Tom Alter was interviewed by Texas Public Radio on the recent unionization drive by Starbucks workers as well as the efforts of the IWW to unionize the Alamo Drafthouse's South Lamar location in Austin.


    Announcing the publication of Dr. Margaret Menninger's latest book, A Serious Matter and True Joy: Philanthropy, the Arts, and the State in Leipzig (1750-1918) with Brill publishers. Also, the book will be available as part of Brill’s “My Book” program whereby a paperback copy can be purchased for $25 provided the user has access to the e-book via his/her/their institution.


    Monumental Crossroads Event ImageOn Tuesday, April 19, at 5:30pm, the Department of History, the Center for Texas Public History, and the Center for the Study of the Southwest are hosting a screening and discussion with the filmmaker of a new documentary film, Monumental Crossroads, on the political tensions over Confederate Monuments in the U.S. South. Director/Producer Tim van den Hoff will be visiting us from the Netherlands, and will join our faculty and students in a post-screening discussion. The screening and discussion will be held in Flowers Hall 341. The event is co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, English, Geography, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, World Languages and Literatures, and the Center for International Studies.


    The History Department is co-sponsoring an event, "I Stand with Ukraine," hosted by Ludmila Krylova and facilitated by the Philosophy Dialogue Series, Friday, April 8, 12:00 pm, Comal 116 and on Zoom. 

    Advanced Registration Required


    Phi Alpha Theta's Spring Induction Banquet, will be held on Friday, April 22, 2022 at 6:00 pm in the TMH Courtyard.  Dr. Corey Capers will be the Keynote Speaker. They will also be inducting our new members, and honoring PAT 2022 graduates. Cost is $25 a person, and includes 2 drink tickets for those over 21. Register at our events portal.


    At the OAH meeting in Boston last week, Dr Coleman's book, The Walls Within: The Politics of Immigration in Modern America, won the Immigration and Ethnic History Society's Theodore Saloutos Book Award for the best book on the immigration history of the United States.


    Dr. Justin Randolph has received a 2022 ACLS Fellowship! The fellowship will support his work on his book project, “Mississippi Law: The Long Crisis of Policing and Reform in America’s Black Countryside, 1890 to 1980.”  Information on the program can be found on the ACLS website.


    On March 24, Dr. Justin Randolph attended the inaugural John L. Nau Conference on Texas History at UTSA. The conference theme was "Racial Justice and Policing in Texas" and his remarks were titled "The Invasion of Texas: Mississippi Militiamen on the Southern Border and Circuits of Police Power."


    Congratulations to Dr. Peter Dedek on the publication of his latest book, The Women who Professionalized Interior Design, by Routledge.


    The College of Liberal Arts at Texas State Magazine, Human Inquiry, featured Dr. Ruby Oram's research on the Lucy Flower Technical School for Girls for Women's History Month.


    The National Park Service featured Dr. Ruby Oram's National Register application for the Lucy Flower Technical School for Girls for Women's History Month, one of three sites featured nationally.


    Congratulations to History Department student Ahn Adams who has been accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Summer Research Opportunity Program. This program allows undergraduates from across the country to work closely with faculty members to develop an original research project.


    The call for papers for the Phi Alpha Theta History Conference had been extended to Tue., March 22 at 5 PM. Presenters should submit a 250-500-word abstract and a brief (3-5 sentence) biographical abstract to our conference portal no later than Tue., March 22 at 5 PM. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by March 25. Full papers and virtual presentations will need to be submitted to the portal by Fri., April 8 at PM, for the judges and commentators to review them. Papers should be 8-10 pages and presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes. Visit the Conference Portal for more information.


    Congratulations to International Studies student, Rylie Taylor, who has won admission to the 1-year Master of Arts in Global Risk program at Johns Hopkins University, which includes a year of study in Italy.


    Congratulations to History Department MA program, Blake Gandy, who has accepted admission (with a generous funding package) to the PhD program in history at TCU. Blake won the 2020–2021 Graduate College Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award for his thesis, “‘To Guard and to Keep’: Busing, Desegregation, and National Racial Politics in Fort Worth, Texas, in the 1970s.” He is planning to continue his studies in the 20th-century history of urban politics.


    Texas State's College of Liberal Arts Magazine, Human Inquiry, featured research from Dr. Ruby Oram, on women's vocational education for Women's History Month.


    Center for Texas Music History Presents:

    On Monday, March 28th, author Alice Embree will give a book talk on her new memoir Voice Lessons from the University of Texas Press. The book recounts her life in Texas activism and beyond: on the front lines of civil rights, feminist, and antiwar activism in Austin in the 1960s and 1970s; as editor of the underground newspaper The Rag and contributor to Sisterhood Is Powerful; her experiences at Woodstock, during the 1968 Columbia University strike, and much more, Taylor Murphy Hall 101. 6:30 pm.

    Visit the CTMH Facebook page for more information.


    Texas State History Presents:

    Gender Identity and Professional AuthorityGender Identity and Professional Authority:
    The Case of AMA Latino Physicians

    A discussion with Dr. Jessica Pliley and Dr. John Mckiernan-González

    Thursday, April 14, 2022 | 5:00-6:00 pm, Taylor Murphy 104 and Online via Zoom.

    Email Dr. Jessica Pliley to join.


    Texas State History Presents:

    The DecoratorsThe Decorators:
    The Women Who Professionalized Interior Design

    A discussion with Dr. Jessica Pliley and Dr. Peter Dedek

    Thursday, March 31, 2022 | 5:00-6:00 pm, Taylor Murphy 104 and Online via Zoom.

    Email Dr. Jessica Pliley to join.


    Texas State History Presents:

    Mothers, Sons, and HIV/AidsMothers, Sons, and the HIV/AIDS Crisis in Europe

    A discussion with Dr. Jessica Pliley and Dr. Louie Valencia

    Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 5:00-6:00 pm, Taylor Murphy 104 and Online via Zoom.


    History department lecturer, Dr. Jeremy Roethler, appeared on a podcast discussing the historical context for the current crisis in Ukraine.


    Congratulations to graduate student, Steven Bradford, who has been accepted into the University of California-Berkely History Ph.D. Pipeline Program. This ten-week program provides general information and personalized guidance for prospective History Ph.D. students from historically excluded and under-represented backgrounds.


    Congratulations to Dr. Deirdre Lannon on passing through the finalist stage, and being named an alternate, for the Fulbright Global Scholar Award, 2022-2023. This is an exceptional achievement, and even more so than usual as Fulbright indicated that they had fewer slots than usual for this particular award because the scholars awarded for the 2021-2022 cycle had to delay their participation due to COVID-19 and there were more new applicants than usual.


    Please join us in congratulating Dr. Tom Alter on the publication of his book, Toward A Cooperative Commonwealth: The Transplanted Roots of Farmer-Labor Radicalism in Texas, with the University of Illinois Press.


    The week of February 21, 2022 is "Dialogue & Diplomacy" in the Philosophy Dialogue series.

    • Monday, February 21, 2022, 3:00 p.m.: The Abraham Accords: The Changing Diplomacy of the Middle East & North Africa Dustin Hampton (Philosophy Graduate Student)
    • Monday, February 21, 2022, 4:30 p.m.: Panel on Opportunities for Student Engagement and Dialogue
    • Texas State Ethics Bowl Team; Advisor, Vaughn Baltzly Model Arab League; Advisors, Elizabeth Bishop & Jesse Silva Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy Honor Society); Advisors, Amelie Benedikt and Rebekah Ross International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC); Advisor, Carrie Crisp
    • Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 12:30 p.m.: The Other Side of the Wall-A Palestinian Christian Perspective on Peace and Justice Special
    • Guest Speakers (Bethlehem Bible College): Daniel Bannoura (BBC & Notre Dame), Munther Isaac, and Jonathan Kuttab
    • Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 3:30 p.m.: Democracy, Dialogue, and Cold War Elizabeth Bishop (History) (San Marcos Public Library)
    • Thursday, February 24, 2022, 12:30 p.m.: Challenges of Diplomacy Elizabeth Bishop (History)
    • Friday, February 25, 2022, 12:00 p.m.: Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy Honor Society) Michelle Brown

    Congratulations to graduate student, Amber Leigh Hullum, who has been hired by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as an Ambassador for the Buffalo Soldiers Heritage and Outreach program.


    The History Department would like to congratulate our MA student, Nance Heise, on her admission to the PhD program in Communications at Texas A&M!


    The History Department is happy to announce that Dr. Angela Murphy will be the next Ingram Family Endowed Professor in History. Dr. Ron Brown’s successful tenure as the Ingram Professor ends this semester, and in Fall 2022 he will be presenting research from his time as the Ingram Professor.

    Dr. Murphy will serve as Ingram Professor from 2022 to 2025, while working on a new book project, “Agitation for Abolition: Addressing the ‘Question of Caste’ in the Reconstruction Era United States,” which promises to provide an extraordinary view into the legacies of slavery and abolitionism in the United States after the Civil War.


    Congratulations to Dr. Justin Randolph recently shared work from his book project "Mississippi Law" with the University of Edinburgh's American History Workshop.


    Dr. Louis PoerterI will be a panelist the week of February 14th for an event hosted by the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The event, "Missed Histories: Overlooked Stories in Russian Studies from the Overlooked," will feature Black scholars of Russia and Eurasia, focusing on their personal experiences in the field and their research. The event will take place via Zoom, Thursday, February 17, 12PM-1:30PM Central.


    The Texas State University Department of History and Phi Alpha Theta, Sigma Zeta Chapter, are pleased to announce our annual conference, to be held Saturday, April 23. Please visit the PAT website for more information.


    On Wednesday, February 16, 2022, The Texas State History Club will feature a presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Bishop speaking on "Dancing to Make a Difference: The Role of Egyptian Dance in the Cold War." 7 pm on Zoom.  Email Dr. Paddison for a Zoom link.


    Congratulations to Public History graduate students Railey Tassin and Amber Leigh Hullum who have been approved by the Texas Historical Commission for an "undertold story" historical marker for the Manhattan Club. This will be Texas's first LGBTQ+ historical marker, and will be paid-in-full by the THC.


    Congratulations to Dr. John Mckiernan-González who will appear on Austin PBS on Blackademics Season 9 and is available to stream beginning Tuesday, February 1, 2022.


    History Department Alumna, Amber Leigh Hullum, has become a semi-finalist for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in the Czech Republic for next school year. She will know by March is she becomes a finalist for this award.


    Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) is hosting a virtual internship fair on March 3rd! TPWD offers paid ($13.50 an hour) summer internships for graduate students - these are a great opportunity for public history students interested in conservation and cultural resource management.  Advanced registration required.


    Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Bishop on the publication of her book chapter, "The Yugoslav Presidential Yacht Galeb, Tito, and Nasser," in From Iberia to China: Some Interactions of the Islamic World with the West and the East, Abdallah Abdel-Ati Al Naggar, Agnes Judit Szilagyi, and Zoltan Pranther, editors (Budapest, Hungary and Cairo, Egypt) (2022).


    Congratulations to Dr. Justin Randolph who published an opinion essay on the historical resonance of an anti-Critical Race Theory law and resistance in Mississippi. The piece appeared in The Washington Post's Made by History.


    As editor responsible for North Africa with the Digital Orientalist, Dr. Elizabeth Bishop's most recent blog post "Decolonize University-Based Databases," has been published on the Digital Orientalist website. 


    Dr. Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez's article, “Territorialidad y territorio entre los nómadas del norte de Nueva España y México. El caso comanche” has appeared in print in the journal Memorias de la Academia Mexicana de la Historia [60 (2021): 125-166].

    Dr. Rivaya-Martínez has passed along this summary:
    Nomads’ territoriality differs strikingly from our own, which has often been used to legitimize their dispossession. In this article I analyze the ways in which the once nomadic Comanches defined territorial boundaries, related to the land, and conceptualized land ownership. My sources include documentary, linguistic, ethnographic, and archaeological evidence, as well as personal interviews with contemporary Comanches.


    Congratulations to Dr. José Carlos de la Puente who has been elected to the board of directors of the Institute of Andean Studies, founded by archaeologist John H. Rowe at Berkeley in 1960. The IAS is the first scholarly society devoted to Andean studies in the U.S.


    Research by public history graduate students Amber Hullum and Railey Tassin on the Manhattan Club was added to the state history encyclopedia, the Handbook of Texas History. Hullum and Tassin uncovered the history of the Manhattan Club, Austin's earliest documented gay bar, in my local history seminar last spring.


    Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ana Romo on the publication of her latest monograph, Selling Black Brazil: Race, Nation, and Visual Culture in Salvador, Bahia (University of Texas Press).

    About the Book
    In the early twentieth century, Brazil shifted from a nation intent on whitening its population to one billing itself as a racial democracy. Anadelia Romo shows that this shift was centered in Salvador, Bahia, where throughout the 1950s, modernist artists and intellectuals forged critical alliances with Afro-Brazilian religious communities of Candomblé to promote their culture and their city.


    On January 20, from 3 to 4p.m. CT, Dr. Justin Randolph will participate in the Southern Historical Association's Junior Scholars Workshop. His chapter, "Moonlight and Militias: Paramilitary Police Power and the Dawn of Jim Crow in Mississippi," will receive feedback from commentators and the audience.