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UNLV Department of History Newsletter - August 2016
As Chair of UNLV's Department of History, I have the pleasure of sharing with you our departmental newsletter! This is the first such newsletter in many years, and I personally am excited about all the remarkable events and achievements of our students, faculty, and alumni that I am able to report.

The History Department successfully completed the 2015-16 year, having taught 105 classroom sections and 4965 students in all. The year featured our Department's first Open House in the Fall and numerous activities throughout the year. Faculty continued with exciting new research, and students registered many notable achievements. The Spring commencement saw the graduation of 13 undergrad History majors, 3 master's students, and 2 PhD's. The Fall Semester of 2016 looks set to continue these remarkable trends.

We are always pleased to learn more about the successes and concerns of our students, parents, alumni, and other friends of the Department. Please feel free to share anything you would like with us at

Paul W. Werth Paul W. Werth
Department Chair
Student Awards and Achievement
Daniel Waqar
Our accomplished graduating senior, Daniel Waqar, gave the student commencement address. Well done, Daniel!
At the Department's Awards Ceremony on 27 April students were recognized for a wide range of achievements.
Catherine Wisnosky received the Outstanding Thesis Award for dissertation, "The Will of the Master: Testamentary Manumission in Virginia, 1800-1858." Congratulations!
Big Events
On 25 April, UNLV and the Department welcomed the famed presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to the campus. Before delivering an exciting Barrick lecture before a packed house, Dr. Goodwin met with students from History and other departments for an interesting question and answer.
In the summer of 2016, Michael Green (co-director) and presenters Willy Bauer, Greg Hise, Andy Kirk, and Gene Moehring, as well as alumnae Michelle Turk and Claytee White, participated in a Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop, "Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West," which was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (ca. $180,000). Over a two-week period, 72 teachers from across the U.S. studied in southern Nevada, including touring UNLV Special Collections.
Looking to the Fall Semester, we look forward to the opportunity to welcome Dr Louis Fisher to UNLV for the year's Constitution Day lecture, entitled, “Presidential Power: Legitimate and Fabricated Sources.” Dr Fisher is a Scholar in Residence at the Constitution Project, visiting scholar at William and Mary Law School, and previously worked for forty years (1970-2010) as a constitutional law expert for the Congressional Research Service. The lecture is on Monday, September 19, at 7:30pm in the Cohen Theatre in the UNLV Student Union.
Book News
California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History
William Bauer just released his second monograph California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History (University of Washington Press, 2016)
Todd Robinson's book, A City within a City (Temple University Press, 2012), was designated Book of the Year by the Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan
We await the publication in early Fall of Miriam Melton-Villaneuva's The Aztecs at Independence Nahua Culture Makers in Central Mexico, 1799–1832 (University of Arizona Press, 2016)
We also await the impending publication of Andrew Kirk's Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic Testing, A Graphic History (Oxford University Press, 2016)
Deirdre Clemente
On 1 July, we welcomed Deirdre Clemente into the ranks of the tenured associate professors.

Dr. Clemente received this promotion on the strength of numerous achievements, not least of all her book Dress Casual: How College Students Redefined American Style (North Carolina, 2014)
Faculty Awards
Our faculty continued to receive recognition both here at UNLV and further afield.
Among the more noteworthy cases:
Deirdre Clemente, UNLV Faculty International Development Award
Cian McMahon, William Morris Award for Excellence in Scholarship AND William Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching
Michelle Tusan, Love Prize of the North American Council on British Studies for the best article in British studies
Mary Wammack, UNLV Outstanding Teaching by Part-Time Faculty Award
Marcie Gallo, College of Liberal Arts Diversity Faculty Award
Paul Werth, Donald Schmiedel Lifetime Service Award
Alumni News
The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin
Liesl Carr-Childers (PhD, 2011), now at the University of Northern Iowa, published The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015), which received a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America in the Contemporary Nonfiction Category.
Dr. Winston A. Bowman (BA, 2003) earned his JD from Boston University and PhD from Brandeis University and has since accepted the position of Associate Historian at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C.
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