Congratulations to Alex Aviña for being awarded a Stephen Risley Family Fellowship in the College of Arts and Sciences to pursue research and writing.

The Risleys set up this endowment to provide teaching release to allow additional time to pursue research and/or writing projects.

History Department have 8 nominees for this year's Faculty Awards.

And the nominees are....

University Distinguished Teacher Award - Congratulations to Maxine Jones, Neil Jumonville and Pam Robbins for being nominated for the University Distinguished Teacher Award. They have been recognized for their excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

University Teaching Award - Congratulations to Alex Avina, Peter Garretson and Kristine Harper for being nominated for the University Teaching Award. They have been outstanding in many aspects of teaching which contribute to successful teaching and learning.

Graduate Faculty Mentor Award - Congratulations to Darrin McMahon for being nominated for the Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. Dr.Darrin McMahon has been outstanding in his service to graduate students.

Richard Mizelle was one of the editors of Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita, published by Brookings Institution Press. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005. Commentary and analysis typically focused on what went wrong in the post-disaster emergency response. This forward-looking book, however, presents a more cautiously optimistic view about the region’s ability to bounce back after multiple disasters.

We are delighted to welcome Kurt Piehler, the new director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, to the FSU history department.  Dr. Piehler is a specialist in twentieth century American history, and has published widely.  He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers, where he was founding director (1994-1998) of the Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II.  He comes to us from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Jonathan Grant published Rulers, Guns, and Money: The Global Arms Trade in the Age of Imperialism with Harvard University Press.  "An ambitious and wide-ranging history of the arms export trade over the half century leading up to the First World War. Grant provides a great deal of new information on unfamiliar topics, such as the Argentina-Chile naval race of the 1890s and Ethiopian emperor Menilek's purchase of European rifles. He also offers fresh material on better-known episodes, such as the modernization of Meiji Japan and arms sales to the Balkans." --David Stevenson, London School of Economics and Political Science

Producer Mark Baker used the Reichelt Oral History Program’s collection of interviews on the history of the Florida Park Service as background for The Story of Florida’s State Parks, a three-part television series that chronicles the dramatic times and remarkable characters behind the formation of Florida’s award winning state park system. A compelling narrative and untold stories are visualized through high definition images of the wonders of the state parks.

Andy Bruno (Ph.D. University of Illinois, 2011) will be joining the Department of History at FSU as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2011-12 before becoming an Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University. The postdoc is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF ARC 0922651) and under the supervision of Prof. Ronald E. Doel. Bruno's research focuses on Soviet environmental history. He has published several articles and book chapters, including one in the International Review of Social History

Edward Gray published The Making of John Ledyard: Empire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler with Yale University Press.  "Daring, ambitious, and theatrical, John Ledyard seems to step out of a great eighteenth-century novel into this vivid and revealing history. Following Ledyard's clues, Edward Gray draws readers through a compelling and global story of ambition, adventure, and empire."—Alan Taylor, author of The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution.  “Ledyard’s career opens up the entire world, in the most literal sense. His is a really grand story, one that transcends all sorts of conventional boundaries.”—Edward Countryman, Southern Methodist University

Jennifer Lisa Koslow published Cultivating Health: Los Angeles Women and Public Health Reform with Rutgers University Press. "An original and fine-grained study of the far-reaching activities and impact of an early generation of white affluent female reformers in a rapidly growing multicultural West Coast metropolis. This book adds rich detail and depth to our understanding of the history of Progressive-era Los Angeles, urban reform, public health, and women's volunteerism."—American Historical Review