Last month, Oxford University Press released Prof. Alex Aviña's book Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside. "Specters of Revolution offers a penetrating account of guerrilla struggles in modern Mexico. Alexander Aviña captures how peasant longings, political repression, and the violence of poverty created a daring movement for justice. The state's response-a dirty war-evokes the darkest moments of Latin America's military regimes. At times hopeful, at times tragic, Aviña provides a profoundly moving Cold War drama." --Tanalís Padilla. Get it at your local bookstore, or online. Congratulations Alex!

This week Katherine Mooney, our new historian of the 19th century US south, published Race Horse Men: How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack (Harvard University Press). “Writing with exceptional polish and élan, Katherine Mooney succeeds brilliantly at restoring humanity to black jockeys and trainers. This superb book says as much about the cruelties and distortions wrought by racism in nineteenth-century America as any single book can.”—W. Fitzhugh Brundage, author of The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory. Buy it at your local bookstore or online. Congratulations Professor Mooney!

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 Department of History has lost one of its most cherished benefactors. On April 15th, Dan Walbolt passed away after a short illness. Dan and Sylvia, his wife of almost 50 years, endowed three fellowships that allow FSU history graduate students to pursue their thesis research.  Dan received his Bachelor of Science in history from F.S.U. in 1962, having studied with, among others, Dr. Jim Jones. In 1965, Dan received his law degree from NYU, and after practicing law for several years he began a career in academic administration at the University of South Florida. In 1995, Dan and his son Dan Walbolt Jr. founded the company Best Evidence. Dan is survived by his wife Sylvia, his son Dan Jr., five grandchildren, and his brothers, Tom and Mike. Dan was an incredibly personable and kind man who was also a dedicated advocate for the department, its faculty, and its students. His and Sylvia's generosity has immeasurably helped the department advance its goals of serving the University, its students, and the history profession. He will be missed.

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

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.

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.

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!