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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

Darrin M. McMahon's recent book, Happiness: A History, has been selected by the New York Times as one of 100 Notable Books of 2006.

Nathan Stoltzfus published Courageous Resistance: The Power of Ordinary People with Palgrave MacMillan.  "This book is an especially welcome text for those teaching about human rights abuses.  For those who study grave injustices such as human rights abouses, there is often a sense of despair and hoplessness regarding what people can and have done to each other.  Uniquely, what this book offers is hope.  Pulling together research from multiple fields and providing a needed integrated interdisciplinary approach, this book explains how and when people choose to resist injustice.  Drawing on rich case studies ranging from Rwanda to Nazi Germany, it builds a compelling and theoretically informed argument for understanding how ordinary people can and do resist injustices of all types as individuals and groups and through institutions."  --Kathryn Sikkink, Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota

Will Hanley wins $50,000 Digital Humanities Startup grant from the NEH to support the development and testing of Prosop, an open source universal demographic history tool used to plot historical relationships of individuals in time, space, and society and to discover connections among historical networks of individuals.

Pamela Robbins received a University Undergraduate Teaching Award, and Frederick Davis received a University Graduate Teaching Award.

Kristine C. Harper published Weather by the Numbers: The Genesis of Modern Meteorology with MIT Press. History Category winner in the 2008 ASLI’s Choice Award given by the Atmospheric Science Librarians International. "Between 1945 and 1965, digital computers revolutionized weather forecasting, transforming an intuitive art into the first computational science. Deeply researched and beautifully written, Weather by the Numbers delivers the definitive account of this exceedingly important story, filled with complex, well-drawn characters, political maneuvers, risky physics, and creaky new technology."— Paul N. Edwards, School of Information, University of Michigan

Department Chair Neil Jumonville published two books: The New York Intellectuals Reader with Routledge and Liberalism for a New Century with the University of California Press.

Darrin McMahon will spend 2011 in Berlin.  Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of more than 24,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in over 130 countries worldwide, including 43 Nobel Prize winners.

The Guadalajara Census Project, under the direction of Rodney Anderson, released its CD Volume 1: The Guadalajara Censuses of 1821 and 1822.