Angela Rothman wrote her honors thesis, “Well-Intentioned But Ineffective: A Legislative History of the California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 2001,” under the direction of History Professor Jeff Ostler.
Our colleague in the Clark Honors College, Vera Keller and her collaborator, Anna Marie Roos (University of Lincoln), have received a grant for “Collective Wisdom: Collecting in the Early Modern Academy” from the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK.
The American Council of Learned Societies has awarded a $141,000 Collaborative Research Grant to Marsha Weisiger, of the History Department, and Stephanie LeMenager, of the English Department; together, they co-direct the UO Center for Environmental Futures.
History Professor Lisa Wolverton has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for 2018-2019, in support of her project titled “Henry and Vratislav: Medieval Central Europe Transformed.”
In Fall 2017, Steve Beda joins the UO History faculty. Dr. Beda specializes labor history, environmental history, and Pacific Northwest history.
Professor of History and Department Head David Luebke has been named the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Gerald Strauss Prize for his book, Hometown Religion: Regimes of Coexistence in Early Modern Westphalia.
Alumna Angela Rothman (History, ’17) has been featured in the Fall 2017 issue of CAS Cascade Magazine!
In Fall 2017, Curtis Austin joins the UO History faculty. Dr. Austin specializes in African American history, with a focus on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, the Black freedom struggle, and the history of American race relations.
Nick Squires (History, ’17) has been awarded a General University Scholarship to help support his post-graduate work in the College of Education.
In Fall 2017, Leslie Alexander joins the History faculty at the UO. Dr. Alexander specializes in early African American History, with a specific focus on political consciousness, culture, and resistance movements. Her current research project examines Black activism in the African Diaspora during the nineteenth century.
Cary Barber joins the History faculty at the UO as a Visiting Professor of Ancient History for Academic Year 2017-18.
In Winter 2017, Ryan Jones joins the History faculty at the UO. Ryan’s interests include Russia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment. His most recent book, “Empire of Extinction: Russians and the North Pacific’s Strange Beasts of the Sea, 1741-1867,” was published in 2014.
Kristen Donheffner (History, ‘10) turns dense texts into bullet-point brilliance as a policy staffer for a U.S. representative.
As a naval intelligence officer in Iraq in 2006, Clair Wiles applied the skills she learned as a history major to discern patterns and understand cultures. The result? “Hundreds of lives saved.”
Paulla Santos (BA History 2016) writes that “my experience as an undergraduate history student at the University of Oregon has allowed me to embrace various aspects of my identity.”
“My BA in history was outstanding preparation for the study of law,” says Karsten Rasmussen (BA History 1978), the Presiding Judge in the Lane County Circuit Court. “Critical thinking, rigorous method, and broad perspective were all actively encouraged by my undergraduate professors and these skills have served me well over my years in law practice, politics, and in the judiciary.”
“Without the analytical skills and historical understanding of the American West that he gained as a history major,” writes Nate Barrons (BA History 2003), “I would not be as effective in my current position, nor would I enjoy the people and places to the depth and level that I do.”
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For Nayeon Kim (BA History 2015), studying history led to a position as a legal assistant in a non-profit called Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso. She hopes one day to study law.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that my history degree from the University of Oregon gave me an advantage – and helped me achieve a dream – in a way that few other majors can provide.”
UO History Professor Ellen Herman was part of a team of historians who filed influential amicus briefs that are cited in the Supreme Court’s historic judgment on same-sex marriage.