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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

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.