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IT’S HISTORY, MAN: Majors screen Easy Rider at the Browning Cinema

Author: Alex Wimberly

As part of their History Workshop class last fall, Notre Dame history majors gathered to see the counterculture classic Easy Rider. After viewing the film at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Browning Cinema, the students—all taking the introductory course for new majors, HIST 33000/History Workshop—headed to dinner for a chance to discuss the film with Professor Dan Graff. Read More

From Startups to Fortune 500 Companies, History Graduates Find Success In Varied Fields

Author: Mary Kate Martin

Jimmy Bettcher '07

University of Notre Dame graduates Jimmy Bettcher ’07 and Emily Dore Yuhas ’10 are just two examples of the many ways history majors can thrive in the business world. Yuhas works for a startup technology company developing e-learning courses, while Bettcher manages corporate social responsibility initiatives at Cummins, Inc. Notre Dame history majors pursue myriad career paths, from business and investment banking to law, journalism, medicine, and politics, said Dan Graff, director of undergraduate studies in the department. Read More

Medieval History Graduate Student Awarded Rome Prize

Author: Carrie Gates

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David Morris, a Ph.D. candidate in Notre Dame’s Department of History, has been awarded a prestigious Samuel H. Kress Rome Prize fellowship in medieval studies by the American Academy in Rome for the 2014-15 academic year. Established in 1896, the Rome Prize is awarded annually to approximately 30 emerging artists and scholars who represent the “highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities.” Read More

History Professor Alexander Martin Wins Book Prize

Author: Mike Danahey

Alexander Martin

University of Notre Dame Professor Alexander Martin has been awarded the 2013 Marc Raeff Book Prize for Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762 – 1855. The annual prize, awarded by the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association, honors the best book in any discipline or language on the history and culture of Russia during that time period. Read More

Two New Hires Bring Expertise in Chinese History

Author: Aaron Smith

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Notre Dame’s Department of History has significantly broadened and deepened its coverage of China with the appointments of Elisabeth Köll and Liang Cai, two scholars “who are doing extraordinarily exciting and complementary work,” said Madden-Hennebry Professor of History Patrick Griffin, chair of the department. “These two historians enjoy established reputations in their subfields,” Griffin said. “They are also committed to teaching, and they will fit in beautifully to a department that prides itself on its scholarly and teaching prowess.” Read More

AOV Initiative Funds Strategic Hiring in Department of History

Author: Carrie Gates

The University of Notre Dame selected the Department of History as one of 10 essential research areas to receive funding through a new strategic hiring initiative—a key component in the University’s Advancing Our Vision (AOV) program. The hiring initiative, announced in December 2013, will create approximately 80 faculty positions across campus and draw on $10 million in annual funds that have been reallocated from lower-priority expenditures. Read More

Historian Catherine Cangany Explores Detroit, the Frontier Seaport

Author: Mike Danahey

Catherine Cangany

Notre Dame Historian Catherine Cangany’s first book, Frontier Seaport: Detroit’s Transformation into an Atlantic Entrepôt, posits that 18th-century Detroit—600 miles inland—could be seen as a coastal town. “Detroit was the seaport of the West, located in the heart of the Great Lakes,” said Cangany, assistant professor in the Department of History. “During the 18th century, it functioned in all the ways that a larger Atlantic seaport like Boston or Philadelphia did.” Read More

Noteworthy

History Major Brenna Gautam Wins 2015 Yarrow Award

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The Department of History would like to congratulate Brenna Gautam, a senior studying History and Peace Studies, on winning the Kroc Institute's 2015 Yarrow Award. The Yarrow Award is given annually to a peace studies undergraduate student who demonstrates academic excellence and commitment to service in peace and justice. Please join us in congratulating Brenna on this incredible honor. To learn more about Brenna, visit the Kroc Institute website.

Congratulations

To Alex Martin - this year’s Marc Raeff Book Prize winner, for his recently published monograph Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762-1855.  This prize is awarded annually by the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association for the best book, in any discipline or language on the history and culture of 18th century Russia.

To Prof. R. Scott Appleby on his appointment as founding dean of the forthcoming Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs. The first new college at Notre Dame in nearly a century, the School of Global Affairs is set to open in August 2017. To learn more, follow this link.

History Faculty Books

"Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762-1855"
Alexander Martin
Oxford University Press (2013)

"Rebel Mexico"
Jaime Pensado
Stanford University Press (2013)

History faculty win Joyce teaching awards

Congratulations to Brad Gregory and Jon Coleman, recipients of the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.