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Historian Ted Beatty wins 2016 AHA Friedrich Katz Prize

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Edward “Ted” Beatty, professor of history, associate dean for academic affairs at the Keough School of Global Affairs, and faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Friedrich Katz Prize for his book Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico (University of California Press, 2015). The Katz Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA) to honor the best book in Latin American and Caribbean history. Read More

Department of History adds scholars of American and French history to faculty

Author: Tom Lange

Notre Dame’s Department of History adds three new faculty members this fall, strengthening its scholarship in 19th century American history, 20th century American history, and 18th and 19th century French history. Katie Jarvis and Emily Remus join the department as assistant professors, while James “Jake” Lundberg will be director of undergraduate studies. Read More

History majors explore research interests in Asia

Author: Arts and Letters

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One examined South Korea’s relationship with the United States during a tumultuous movement toward democracy in South Korea in the 1970s. The other investigated how Chinese white-collar and factory workers are changing their views of the reigning Communist Party. Seung-Jae “David” Oh ’16 and Matt Souza ’16 in Notre Dame’s Department of History received funding to conduct independent research in South Korea and China, respectively, in summer 2015.  Read More

Six history graduate students win Fulbright Awards in record-breaking year

Author: Carrie Gates

From investigating the lives of medieval Islamic scholars to studying 15th-century manuscripts from the confessors of Burgundy, history graduate students at Notre Dame are traveling the world to conduct original research. Six Ph.D. students in the Department of History have been awarded 2016-17 research grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Read More

Recent faculty books

Author: Arts and Letters

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A sampling of recently published works from the Department of History faculty.

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Professor, Cushwa Center director begins leadership of American Catholic Historical Association

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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Pope Francis has ignited increased public interest in the future of the Catholic Church, and Kathleen Sprows Cummings hopes she can use that to remind people of the Church’s past. Cummings, an associate professor of American studies and history and the William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at Notre Dame, begins her term this month as vice president/president-elect of the American Catholic Historical Association. Read More

Historian wins Phi Beta Kappa award for book on philology

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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For his book pulling together the complex history of philology and how Western humanistic learning split into the modern humanities that we know today, Notre Dame historian James Turner has received the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award. The honor is given for books in literary scholarship or criticism and is named for a distinguished Princeton University scholar, teacher, and dean. Turner’s book, Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities, looks at how learned researchers once included languages, history, and texts in a single broad field of study that came to be known as philology. Read More

Notre Dame, Holy Cross lead transformational liberal arts education program at Indiana prison

Author: Josh Weinhold

Driven by a commitment to Catholic social teaching and a strong belief that a liberal arts education can transform lives, Notre Dame and Holy Cross College faculty are teaching college-level courses for inmates at Indiana's Westville Correctional Facility. Since 2013, nearly 100 inmates have earned college credit and 11 have earned associate degrees as of this month. But developing a strong foundation in reading, writing, research, public speaking, and critical thinking offers benefits that go far beyond the professional opportunities a degree might one day provide. Read More

Video: Historian Darren Dochuk on the power of religion and oil in America

Author: Todd Boruff

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Notre Dame historian Darren Dochuk’s research primarily focuses on the United States in the long 20th century, with emphasis on religion, politics, and the rising influence of the American West and Sunbelt Southwest in national life. His current project examines religion and politics in North America’s age of oil, 1890 to the present, through the lens of two prominent oil families, the Rockefellers and the Pews. “Oil sparked a certain imagination of progress, a certain ambition for American dominance in the world in the twentieth century, and then religion helped frame that imagination,” he said.

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Historian George Marsden elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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George Marsden, the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected a member of the 2016 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). He will be formally inducted at a ceremony at the AAAS headquarters Oct. 8 in Cambridge, Mass. Read More

Video: History undergraduate conducts research in South Korea

Author: Todd Boruff

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Seung-Jae “David” Oh, a senior history major, spent the summer of 2015 in Seoul doing archival research at the Diplomatic Archives of Korea. He gathered documents produced by the South Korean foreign ministry to get a better understanding of the bilateral relationship between South Korea and the United States. His research, supported in part by the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, will inform his senior thesis, focusing on a tumultuous period between 1979 and 1983 when a movement for democracy clashed with South Korea’s authoritarian government. Read More

Economics and history alumnus finds sports marketing a perfect fit

Author: Carrie Gates

Matt Ardell ’10

Matt Ardell ’10 grew up dreaming of working for Nike. Now, five years after graduating from Notre Dame with a degree in economics and history, he is living his dream at Nike’s corporate headquarters in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. As a football marketing field rep, Ardell travels the country building relationships with head coaches, athletic directors, and teams. The foundation for his success in the business world, he said, is his liberal arts education. Read More

Exemplary mentoring boosts undergraduate scholarship

Author: Morgan Lee

The mentoring of undergraduates is both a calling and a passion. It requires much of both the faculty member and the student—but the rewards can be enormous.

“Engagement at Kellogg is an intellectual, deep engagement,” says Kellogg Assistant Director Holly Rivers. “Excellent mentoring can propel an already-outstanding student into one who is passionate about both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate studies.” Read More