History Alumni

Recent Alumni Notes


Stephen Brain (PhD '07), Associate Professor of History and Graduate Coordinator at Mississippi State University, will serve as the next editor of Environmental History​, the flagship journal in its field. 


Heather Ferguson (PhD '09), now Associate Professor of Middle East and Ottoman History at Claremont McKenna College, recently published her book The Proper Order of Things: Language, Power, and Law in Ottoman Administrstive Discourses with Stanford University Press (2018). Building on the excellent historiographic and theoretical training received during her graduate work, Ferguson argues that the "natural order of the state" was an early modern mania for the Ottoman Empire. As Ottoman territory grew, so too did its network of written texts: a web of sultanic edicts, aimed at defining and supplementing imperial authority in the empire's disparate provinces. Ferguson transcends the question of what these documents said, revealing instead how their formulation of the "proper order of things" configured the state itself.


S. Deborah Kang (PhD '05) recently published her first monograph, The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the US-Mexico Border, 1917-1954 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). The book offers one of the first comprehensive legal histories of the INS in the Southwest and traces the myriad conflicts and contingencies that informed the shaping of US immigration law and the US-Mexico border in the twentieth century.


Karen Guthertz Lizarraga (BA '60), ever grateful for the guidance and inspiration furnished by Prof. Engel Sluiter and many years later Robert Brentano, David Keightley and Bill Taylor, notable among others, recently self-published a historical narrative, Defining Postcolonialism: A San Francisco/Berkeley Perspective. Her book is the result of 50 years of living, study and activism back and forth on the road less traveled from San Francisco/Berkeley to the Peruvian Andes. A limited edition of of 25 hand-finished copies, the book will soon be joining earlier work on the shelves of the Cal Library, NYPL and SFPL.


Joseph Patrouch (PhD '91) is now in his second term as Director of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta. It is one of a network of nine such centers in seven countries which are all supported by the Austrian government. The newest one just opened at Berkeley and is directed by Jeroen Dewulf in the Department of German. Dr. Patrouch recently co-curated an exhibition in the Peel Special Collection Library at the University of Alberta about the prince-bishopric of Salzburg in the early modern period. The catalog is available through the University of Alberta Press.

Career Diversity Initiative

As a participant in the American Historical Association's Career Diversity Initiative, the Department is working to better prepare graduate students and early-career historians for a range of career options, within and beyond the academy. If you're an alum who's interested in getting involved with this initiative, contact Career Diversity Fellow Sarah Stoller.

History Homecoming

Our annual panel and alumni reception is held at the beginning of each spring term. This is your chance to mingle with fellow alumni and current students after enjoying a sampling of presentations from history faculty! The next History Homecoming will take place at Alumni House on February 6, 2019. Check back here in the winter for more information.