News

We are delighted that Katherine Mooney and Laurie Wood will join the department in August. Dr. Mooney (PhD Yale, 2012) is a specialist in cultural history of the U.S. South in the 19th century. In the fall semester, she will lecture on Civil War & Reconstruction and lead a senior seminar on the evolution of slavery in the U.S. Dr. Wood (PhD Texas, 2013) specializes in the legal history of early modern France and its empire in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. In the fall, she will teach a survey of European history from 1500-1800 and a course called "Patriots and Pirates: Law in the Atlantic World." Welcome! 

The irreplaceable James Jones, who retires this week after 57 years, was recently the subject of a Tallahassee Democrat article and video.

In honor of Professor Peter Garretson’s more than 30 years at FSU, the FSU Middle East Center will present a symposium, "New Directions in World History: Essays in Honor of Peter P. Garretson." Papers will discuss various aspects of world history and are presented by past students of Garretson. The final panel is a roundtable to discuss the future of the field of world history. Program

Please join us on Friday, March 7th at 1:00PM in BEL 421 for a presentation by Walbolt Dissertation Fellowship recipient Weston Nunn. Weston will discuss his experiences and preliminary research findings in a presentation entitled “Food Politics in Denikin’s Russia: Stavropol' Province, 1918-1919.” After the presentation members of the Walbolt Committee will hold a workshop for anyone interested in applying for a Walbolt Fellowship. The deadline for this semester’s competition is Friday, March 28, 2014 with a Friday, April 11, 2014 decision date.

The history department and the College are very pleased to announce a special lecture by Philip D. Morgan of Johns Hopkins University in honor of our esteemed friend and colleague James P. Jones, as he completes his 57th year on the FSU faculty. The lecture will take place on March 27th, 5:30 pm at the Alumni Center Ballroom.

STEM boosters take note: history knows microscopes! Ryan Patterson, a student in Charles Upchurch's Gender, Class, and Sexuality course last spring, is the recipient of this year's North American Conference on British Studies Undergraduate Essay Award. Ryan's paper, "The Contagious Diseases Acts: Under the Microscope," will be recognized at this year's annual meeting of the NACBS in Portland and the prize carries a $100 award. 

Ph.D. candidates Anna Amundson and Rebecca Shriver are recipients this semester of the Ermine M. Owneby, Jr. Travel Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations!

Scott Craig has been awarded the Spring 2014 Walbolt Dissertation Fellowship.  The award will fund research outlined in his proposal entitled “Punishing the Periphery: The Transportation Act and Political Power in the Atlantic World, 1718-1775.”  Scott is a student of Ed Gray

Ben Weider Professor Darrin McMahon has published Divine Fury: A History of Genius (Basic Books). From the publisher's description: "The first comprehensive history of this elusive concept, Divine Fury follows the fortunes of genius and geniuses through the ages down to the present day, showing how—despite its many permutations and recent democratization—genius remains a potent force in our lives, reflecting modern needs, hopes, and fears." This week Professor McMahon writes on genius in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New Republic. The book also has its own website--genius!