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Graduate Student Publication Announcement:

(posted May 7, 2015)

Doctoral student Jake Newsome was recently published in the journal The Holocaust in History and Memory. His article, entitled "'Liberation was only for Others:' Breaking the Silence in Germany surrounding the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals," questions the notion of "liberation" for homosexual concentration camp survivors since many were re-incarcerated after the war and the Nazi version of Germany's anti-sodomy law remained on the books unchanged until 1969. By examining how different groups in West Germany did (or did not) remember the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, the article demonstrates the very real political, legal, social, and financial consequences of memory politics for gay men and women living in post-war West Germany. 

Newsome, W. Jake. "'Liberation was only for Others:' Breaking the Silence in Germany Surrounding the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals," in The Holocaust in History and Memory, Vol. 7 (2014): 53-71

Congratulations, Jake!


Faculty Publication Announcement

(Posted April 17, 2015)

Jonathan Dewald's newest book, Status, Power, and Identity in Early Modern France: The Rohan Family, 1550-1715 was released last month. The book explores the European nobility by focusing on one of its most prominent families. Congratulations, Professor Dewald!


History Department Student Accomplishments

(Posted March 20, 2015)

Phillip Guingona, a PhD candidate, and undergraduate history major Jack Ding have earned prestigious accolades in the last week from the University.

Phillip has been named a winner of the Graduate School's Excellence in Teaching Award. This annually awarded honor was established to "publicly recognize those graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional performance in the execution of their teaching responsibilities."

Jack, a senior and member of the UB chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, is this year’s winner of the Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research, awarded by the UB Libraries and co-sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. 

Congratulations to Philip and Jack!


Sasha Pack Awarded a Fulbright Grant for 2015-2017

(Posted February 20, 2015)

Sasha Pack, an associate professor in the History Department, has been named a Fulbright Scholar to Spain for 2015-2017.  He will be a visiting scholar at the International History Research Group at the Complutense University of Madrid and with the History Department of the University of Seville. He will also be working on his book manuscript, "The Deepest Border: The Strait of Gibraltar and the Ibero-African Borderlands, 1850-1970". Congratulations Professor Pack! 


2014 Willie Lee Rose Prize for the best book on Southern history written by a woman or women in 2013. - See more at:
2014 Willie Lee Rose Prize for the best book on Southern history written by a woman or women in 2013. - See more at:
2014 Willie Lee Rose Prize for the best book on Southern history written by a woman or women in 2013. - See more at:


Andreas Daum Awarded NEH Fellowship for 2014-2015

Andreas W. Daum, professor in the History Department, has been awarded a research fellowship for 2014-15 by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for his book project on “Alexander von Humboldt and the Emergence of the Global World.” Humboldt (1769-1859) is generally regarded as one of the last universal scientists in history. He traveled widely in Europe, the Americas, and into Asia, and he established a vast network of communication that transcended cultural and state borders. Humboldt authored a wide-ranging oeuvre of texts, books as well as literary essays and scholarly articles, which blend what later scholarship has separated into distinct disciplines: observations on nature as much as intriguing analyses of the history, sociology, and artefacts of the human societies living in these natural habitats.  Daum’s book will use a biographical storyline to rethink the narratives that depict the development of a world—lived, experienced and analyzed by Humboldt—that was becoming more “modern” and more global. It will present Humboldt as an early advocate of ecological thinking and inter-cultural dialogue who was firmly embedded in the transformations that civil society went through around 1800—and as a human being who grappled with his emotions and multiple identities, engaged in political discussions while remaining, at the same time, ironic and defiant of simple formula or political programs.  Several of Andreas Daum’s previous works on Humboldt are listed on his web site.


History Department Senior Featured Speaker at College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship and Award Reception

The College of Arts and Sciences hosted the 2014 Scholarship and Awards reception on Oct. 24, in the Center for the Arts. The evening event highlighted student excellence and recognized alumni with special awards. Destiny Johnson, a History major and one of the winners of the Milligan Scholarship was a featured speaker. Congratulations, Destiny!


Research Grant Awarded to Department Senior Lauren Wehner

Recognized for her scholarship in post-Civil War culture and violence in the American South, Emberton was honored for her book, “Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the South after the Civil War” - See more at:

Southern Association for Women Historians
Southern Association for Women Historians

Senior honors major Lauren Wehner has been awarded a research grant by UB’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA) so that she can do thesis research in the archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—yes, the Oscar people—in Beverly Hills.

Her thesis, which she is writing under the direction of Prof. David Herzberg, is titled “Cold War Ideology or Corporate Profit?: The Motivation behind Hollywood’s Movietime U.S.A Tours, 1951-1952.” Almost all CURCA awardees are in the sciences, so we can be especially proud of Lauren for showing the flag for the humanities!


Carole Emberton Recognized by The Southern Association for Women Historians

Professor Emberton's book, "Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence and the South after the Civil War" (University of Chicago Press, 2013), has been awarded the 2014 Willie Lee Rose Prize for the best book on Southern History written by a woman or women in 2013.  Professor Emberton was awarded this prize at the Southern Historical Association Convention in Atlanta last November.  Congratulations, Dr. Emberton! 


History Department Undergraduates to Present at

Phi Alpha Theta Conference

Three of our undergraduate history majors will be presenting papers at the “History Across the Humanities” conference at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, in February 2015.  The conference, which will host both undergraduate and graduate student researchers, is sponsored by the YSU chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society.   Our UB presenters, all members of UB’s Phi Alpha Theta chapter and of the History Honors Program, will present research they have conducted as part of their senior honors theses.  Victoria Iachetta will present a paper titled “’No Wonder Pizza is Already as American as Apple Pie!’: The Assimilation of an Ethnic Dish into 1950’s America.”  Victoria is a double major in History and English, writing her thesis under the direction of Professor Gail Radford.  Zoltan Roka’s paper is titled “Serving Beyond his Proper Estate: The Development of the English Peerage, Gentry and Chivalric Classes 1450-1509.”  Zoltan, who is working with Professor Claire Schen on his thesis project, is a recipient of SUNY, Buffalo’s Provost Scholarship and a cadet in Army ROTC.  Lauren Wehner will offer a paper titled “Cold War Ideology or Corporate Profit?: The Motivation behind Hollywood’s Movietime U.S.A Tours, 1951-1952.”  A recipient of the History Department’s Argo Memorial Scholarship, she is completing her thesis with mentor Professor David Herzberg. 



Humanities and the Public University

The Humanities Institute Annual Conference

Thursday, April 16

Friday, April 17

8:30am-5:00 pm

107 Capen Hall

Conversations Across the Waters

Thursday, March 26 2015

107 Capen

8:30 am-4:00 pm

The History Department and the Department of Transnational Studies with support from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Humanities Institute and the Cultures and Texts Strategic Strength are proud to announce a one-day symposium, Conversations Across the Waters: The African Diaspora in Art and History. Lunch will be provided.


The Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference

Saturday, March 7 2015

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Each year, the GHA hosts the annual Milton Plesur Conference, a graduate conference named in honor of the late Milton Plesur, a distinguished professor of History who taught at the University at Buffalo from 1955 to 1987. The conference has no overarching theme, and all works of historical inquiry are considered, with no restrictions placed upon the themes, chronological periods, or general areas of study that the papers can cover. Like the GHA, the conference embraces interdisciplinary approaches to the study of history, and graduate students from a number of different disciplines have presented papers on a wide variety of historical topics since the conference was first held on April 15, 1993.

The G.H.A. is pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Tong Lam, Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lam’s research interests include modern China and Southeast Asia, postcolonial studies, cultural studies, and science and technology studies. His keynote will address urban spaces, the nation-state, and colonialism in modern and contemporary China. Moreover, he will evaluate how visual art can be used for historical analysis.






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