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UNLV Department of History Newsletter - Spring / Summer 2017
From the Chair
As I finish my term as Chair of the History Department, I have the opportunity to reflect on all the exciting achievements of our students and faculty since I took up my post in January of 2015. While the atmosphere is challenging in so many ways, our collective is united by a strong belief in the relevance of the past for the issues that we face in the present and future. I have been privileged to head this dynamic group, and I welcome enthusiastically my successor, Dr Andrew Kirk, who brings much wisdom, experience, and enthusiasm to the task leading our collective to ever greater heights. The baton is now yours, Andy!

Paul W. Werth Paul W. Werth
Department Chair
Big Events
On 3-4 March the Department hosted the inaugural Desert Workshop in Russian History, featuring intense discussion of papers and the participation of scholars from numerous institutions across the desert Southwest. The workshop will be held again at UNLV, in February of 2018, before roaming on to other universities.
21 April saw the grand opening and ribbon-cutting of the new Multicultural Academic Resource Center, "The Intersection," in the Student Union, with our own Maria (Raquel) Casas as its assistant director. Thanks to her for this contribution to the life of our campus and a more inclusive atmosphere for all.
The Department held its award ceremony, along with Phi Alpha Theta's induction, on 4 May. It was an exceptionally well-attended event that demonstrated the vibrancy of our collective and the enthusiasm of our students for the study of history and a strong sense of community.
Student News
Ian Michael Baldwin
Ian Michael Baldwin won the inaugural 2017 John D'Emilio LGBTQ History Dissertation Award from the Organization of American Historians at their April meeting. His dissertation, "Family, Housing, and the Political Geography of Gay Liberation in Los Angeles County, 1960-1986" was supervised by Dr. Marcia Gallo, at UNLV. Baldwin currently is Assistant Professor of history at University of Redlands. Congratulations!

Margaret Huettl received the UNLV Outstanding Dissertation Award for her thesis titled "Nindanishinaabewimin: Ojibwe Peoplehood In The North American West, 1854-1954." She is currently in the first year of her tenure-track position at University of Nebraska Lincoln. Stormy applause for Dr Huettl!

Maryse Lundering-Timpano (MA, May 2017) has accepted admission to the University of Michigan, Master of Science in Information program. Go Blue and Go Maryse!

Stephen Bohigian, a PhD student now writing his dissertation, received the College of Liberal Arts Graduate Research Award.

Sean Cortney (BA, December 2016) was selected as a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award after a competition featuring 3,600 candidates. He will spend the academic year in Changsha, Hunan, China at Hunan Normal University. He will study the transformation of Yuelu Academy (c. 976) to Hunan University in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and how it reflected a landmark transition toward modernity in Huxiang culture and society. 萧韩, 太好了!

Kylie Johnson became the recipient in May of the 2017 University Libraries Lance & Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Award in the Advanced Undergraduate Research Category for her project "British Appeasement 1936-39."

And finally - but certainly not least - Marie Reff won the Vista Group Outstanding Senior Award from the College of Liberal Arts.

Congratulations to all on their achievements and success. They have all made our department proud!
Faculty News
After a lengthy process of review, Elspeth Whitney and William Bauer will be promoted to the rank of full professor on July 1. We congratulate them with this highest achievement! Our faculty also won prestigious awards at the college level: Dr Bauer received both College Diversity Faculty Award and the William Morris Award for Excellence in Scholarship, while Michael Green won the William Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching (keeping that award in our department after Cian McMahon's receipt of the award last year). Meanwhile, Dr Whitney was a Black Mountain Institute Fellow with a Research Fellowship Award.
Faculty Publications & News
The British Empire and the Armenian Genocide
Our faculty continues to excel in the area of scholarly publication. Leaving aside the many excellent articles that were published and highlighting only the most recent books, we note:
Michelle Tusan's The British Empire and the Armenian Genocide: Humanitarianism and Imperial Politics From Gladstone To Churchill
Miriam Melton-Villanueva's The Aztecs At Independence: Nahua Culture Makers In Central Mexico, 1799-1832
Andrew Kirk's, Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic Testing
Tom Wright's Latin America Since Independence: Two Centuries Of Continuity And Change - the last book showing that our faculty never stop, even after retirement!
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