Department News

Laqueur Pens Opera "Death With Interruptions"

Hellen Fawcett Professor of History Thomas Laqueur has written an opera titled "Death With Interruptions" based off the Jose Saramago book of the same name. Below are stories from the UC Berkeley News Center and the California Alumni Magazine:




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Former Michigan Governor Granholm to Speak at History Commencement

The Department of History is pleased to announce Jennifer Granholm ’84, former two-term governor of Michigan and current Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy, will address candidates for graduation at the Department’s 2015 commencement ceremony... Read More

Alum Pens Historical Novel, Reflects on Skills Gained as History Major

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The debut novel of UC Berkeley History alumnus Justin Gakuto Go ’03 is an ambitious tale that... Read More

Professor Maureen Miller a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America
Professor Maureen Miller has been elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America... Read More
2014 Newsletter

It has been a busy year in the department! In our effort to stay connected with our friends and alumni across the globe, we are happy to share with you our annual newsletter. The 2014 Department of History Newsletter features faculty news, book reviews, a message from Chair Ethan Shagan, and much more.

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Midwestern History Association Names Top Prize After Professor Jon Gjerde

The Midwestern History Association has named its top book prize in Midwestern history in honor of Jon Gjerde, the former Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of History and Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at UC Berkeley. ... Read More

Carson Named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected history faculty member Cathryn Carson as a fellow. Awarded annually since 1874, fellows are nominated for their excellence in advancing scientific research or achievements in... Read More

Tulio Halperin Donghi 1926-2014

Tulio Halperin Donghi died on November 14, 2014 at age 88. He was Latin America's most distinguished historian and a member of Berkeley's History Department since 1971. Halperin was the author of 63 books and was a prolific and active scholar up to the very end... Read More

Martin Wins American Book Award for “Black Against Empire”

“Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party,” (University of California Press) co-authored by UC Berkeley History Professor Waldo Martin has... Read More

Activist and Author Alice Walker Visits History Department as Part of Free Speech Movement Anniversary

The study of history can be a laborious exercise. Hours spent in the library searching through obscure texts and late nights dedicated crafting new research on old subjects. But occasionally history is present, a living and breathing record of the world as it is known.

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Undergrad Wins NACBS Essay Prize

The North American Conference on British Studies has announced UC Berkeley Department of History student Tatiana... Read More

Three Faculty Receive 2014-2015 Presidential Chair Fellows Curriculum Enrichment Grants

UC Berkeley Department of History faculty members Carlos Norena, Elena Schneider, and Thomas Laqueur have received a 2014-2015 Presidential... Read More

Department Welcomes Two New Faculty
Chowning Wins Distinction from Latin American Studies Association Award

Professor Margaret Chowning’s article "The Catholic Church and the Ladies of the Vela Perpetua: Gender and Devotional Change in Nineteenth-Century Mexico," has been named the... Read More

UCBHSSP’s Director Reinhard Highlighted by AHA’s “What I Do” Series

UC Berkeley History-Social Science Director Rachel Reinhard has been featured on the American Historical Association’s “What I Do: Historians Talk About their Work” series.  Entering its... Read More

Graduate Student Sarah T. Hines Wins Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

UC Berkeley History graduate student Sarah T. Hines has been awarded The American Council of Learned Societies Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. The ACLS fellowship is given to 65... Read More

Dirks Elected to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Professor of History Nicholas Dirks is amongst seven of UC Berkeley’s best and brightest to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Over 200 of “the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists,... Read More

History’s Carson Wins Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award for Senior Faculty

The Graduate Division in collaboration with the Graduate Council of the Academic Senate has named UC Berkeley Associate Professor Cathryn Carson the 2014 Carol D. Soc Distinguished... Read More

Nylan Awarded Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship

UC Berkeley Professor of History Michael Nylan has been awarded the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship to further pursue research in East Asian Studies. Awarded annually for the past 19 years, the... Read More