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!

Robert Gellately, Earl Ray Beck Professor of History, was interviewed by Marshall Poe about his new book Stalin's Curse. The interview is available here, and there are many more available on the New Books in History podcast.

On November 1, US Air Force Colonel Terrance J. McCaffrey III will lecture on “Rising China—Responsible Stakeholder or Nascent Enemy? US-China Policy from a Military Perspective” (details), and on November 13, Anthony Austin will lecture on "A Teenager in Occupied Japan" (details). These events are organized by Prof. Annika Culver, our energetic new Asian historian.

History major Kayleigh Whitman received the John W. Day III Undergraduate Research Award for her Honors Thesis, prepared under the direction of Nathan Stoltzfus. The thesis is titled "The Debate of Pope Pius XII's Silence in the Holocaust." The award is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research.

The history department is delighted to welcome Annika Culver, our new East Asian specialist. Prof. Culver received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and comes to us from UNC Pembroke. Her recent book Glorify the Empire: Japanese Avant-Garde Propaganda in Manchukuo examines the intersection of politics and art in twentieth century Japan. 

Weston Nunn, a PhD candidate, has been awarded a Walbolt Dissertation Fellowship for his proposal entitled "Between State and Peasantry: The Dynamics of Military Administration in Volunteer-Occupied Russia, 1918-21." He will use the fellowship to research and acquire materials from the Volunteer military regime's justice, food, and interior directorates at the State Archives of the Russian Federation (GARF) in Moscow.

Thanks to a generous gift from Dan and Sylvia Walbolt, the department is able to provide this award, which includes a stipend and travel funding, to one graduate student every semester.

Congratulations Weston!



Professor Suzanne Sinke is spending the spring semester of 2013 at the University of Salzburg as a Fulbright scholar. Read the feature story, then follow Professor Sinke's blog for tales of migration and other adventures.

Congratulations to Earl Ray Beck Professor of History Robert Gellately on his new book, Stalin's Curse, Battling for Communism in War and Cold War published with Knopf.

Read the following reviews on Stalin's Curse published in THE Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

We recently mailed out the department's newsletter for 2012. If you missed it, you can catch up on all our news (in PDF form) here.