News Archive


October 7, 2019

On November 20th, Professor Brian DeLay will be a featured speaker for a Morton L. Mandel Public Lecture organized by the Berkeley Program Committee of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, titled  “Arms Trafficking: Its Past, Present and Future”.

September 23, 2019

Berkeley News

On September 16th, Associate Professor Brian DeLay spoke on a panel titled “The 2nd Amendment: American Society’s Interpretation Across Time", at the Free Speech Movement Café in Moffitt Library. The panel, which also included Franklin Zimring, Professor of law, Paul Pierson, Professor of political science , and moderator Hannah Shearer, Litigation Director at Giffords Law Center, debated current issues around the Second Amendement from legal, historical, and political science perspectives.

September 19, 2019

 The Southern Historical Association has announced Assistant Professor Caitlin Rosenthal as the 2019 winner of the Francis B. Simkins Award, for Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management (Harvard University Press, 2018). 

According to the SHA's press release:

September 10, 2019

Today, Associate Professor Elena Schneider was announced as the winner of the Murdo J. MacLeod Book Prize by the Latin American and Caribbean Section (LACS) of the Southern Historical Association. This prestigious prize was awarded for Schneider’s 2019 title, The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade, and Slavery in the Atlantic World 

August 26, 2019

Undergraduate students, please join us on Tuesday, August 27th from 3-5 p.m. in 3335 Dwinelle.

You will hear from History faculty about the whys and wherefores of studying history, 
meet our student group leaders, and have all your questions about the major answered by qualified professionals!

Refreshments will be served. And this year – A HUGE FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY!

August 19, 2019

On August 30th, to mark the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in North America, UC Berkeley will host an initiative throughout the 2019-2020 academic school year, called "400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice".

August 2, 2019

On August 2nd, Associate Professor Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers was interviewed for The Washington Post about her most recent publication, They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American SouthIn this interview, Jones-Rogers  details her research process, discusses the stereotypes about white women that her research directly challenges, and the public reaction to her findings. 

June 24, 2019

On June 20th, assistant professor Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers was featured on an episode of KQED's radio program Forum, titled "As House Takes Up Reparations Bill, How Should the U.S. Pay Its Debts to the Enslaved?"

May 24, 2019

Ph.D. candidate Craig Johnson has been named as a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow for 2019. The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Each Fellow will receive a 12-month award of $25,000 to support their final year of dissertation work.

May 23, 2019

Berkeley News
Preston Hotchkis Professor Emeritus David Hollinger has been named to the advisory board of a project to produce an ambitious oral history of former President Barack Obama’s life. The project, launched by the Obama Foundation and Columbia University, is one of the largest oral history projects ever conceived for a president and will serve as a primary-source record that can be used by future historians. Hollinger, an expert in the history of religion and ethnicity in America, says he and other historians on the project’s advisory committee will help researchers “identify historically important questions to be asked of individuals being interviewed.” "I’m glad to work with the Columbia Oral History Program, since it is, like Berkeley’s, one of the finest in the world,” said Hollinger. More information about this story can be found here.

April 17, 2019

Dr. Sarah Gold McBride, visiting lecturer in the Department of History, has been selected as a recipient of the Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs). The award recognizes faculty who have provided GSIs outstanding mentorship in teaching at Berkeley and in preparing for teaching in future careers. Faculty receive this award based on nominations from their GSIs and letters of support from departmental chairs. The four recipients of this year's award will be honored at a ceremony and reception on May 15th at the Women's Faculty Club.

April 15, 2019

Two UC Berkeley history professors, Brian DeLay and James Vernon, have been awarded 2019 Guggenheim Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Guggenheim fellowships are grants that allow recipients the time and creative freedom to complete their research, books or other projects.

March 27, 2019

The Department of History recently launched the History Diversity Project, its first-ever crowdfunding initiative. The project, envisioned as an ongoing multi-year effort, will support and explore different kinds of diversity in historical scholarship. Donor gifts made to the project will fund a speaker series, as well as student research and travel funding. For 2019-20, the project will focus on Women and Gender in History.

Ethan Shagan has been selected to receive the 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award, UC Berkeley's most prestigious honor for teaching. The award, bestowed by the Academic Senate’s Committee on Teaching, recognizes teaching that incites intellectual curiosity in students, engages them thoroughly in the enterprise of learning, and has a lifelong impact. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate Professor Shagan and three other faculty recipients at a ceremony and reception on April 24, 2019 in Sibley Auditorium at 5pm.

March 17, 2019

Assistant Professor Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers' book, They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South (Yale University Press, 2019) has been recommended by The New York Times as an Editors' Choice selection. Called a "taut and cogent corrective" by Times critic Parul Sehgal, Jones-Rogers' book was reviewed in depth in the Books of the Times section (Feb. 26, 2019).
Assistant Professor Caitlin Rosenthal has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award for Early Career Faculty. Caitlin's nomination rose from a pool of numerous nominees for this campus-wide award that recognizes faculty for outstanding mentorship of graduate students at UC Berkeley. The award comes with a financial prize and a commemorative plaque, which will be presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 4:00-6:00 pm, at Anna Head Alumnae Hall.

March 10, 2019

Assistant Professor Caitlin Rosenthal has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award for Early Career Faculty. Caitlin's nomination rose from a pool of numerous nominees for this campus-wide award that recognizes faculty for outstanding mentorship of graduate students at UC Berkeley. The award comes with a financial prize and a commemorative plaque, which will be presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 4:00-6:00 pm, at Anna Head Alumnae Hall.

March 5, 2019

Assistant Professor Elena A. Schneider has won the 2019 FEEGI (Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction) Book Prize for her book, The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade, and Slavery in the Atlantic World (Omohundro Institute/University of North Carolina Press, 2018). FEEGI prizes "recognize outstanding and path-breaking scholarship that furthers our historical understanding of the circumstances, causes, and consequences of increased global interaction, worldwide exchanges, and cross-cultural connections in the early modern period."

November 17, 2018

Assistant Professor Ronit Stahl has been awarded the 2018 Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize for her book Enlisting Faith: How The Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2017). The prize, awarded by the American Society of Church History, honors outstanding scholarship in church history by a first-time author and comes with a cash award of $2500.

November 15, 2018

Research Associate Alison Klairmont Lingo’s translation and edition, Louise Bourgeois, Midwife to the Queen of France: Diverse Observations (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: Toronto: Iter Press, 2017) has been awarded the Josephine Roberts Award for the best scholarly edition published in 2017 in the field of early modern women and gender.

October 10, 2018

The American Historical Association (AHA) named three UC Berkeley faculty members among its prize recipients for 2018. Prizes are to be awarded at the AHA's annual meeting in Chicago on January 3–6, 2019.

September 18, 2018

UC Berkeley News

After serving in senior administrative roles within the College of Letters and Science (L&S) for a decade, Carla Hesse will return to her full-time faculty position after the completion of her terms next summer. A talented and versatile leader with a fervent belief in the power of a liberal arts education, Carla has served as executive dean of L&S since 2014 and as dean of its Division of Social Sciences since 2009.

August 9, 2018

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a grant to Dr. Rachel Reinhard (UCBHSSP) and Prof. Mark Brilliant to reprise their Landmarks of American History workshop for teachers next summer.
Associate Professor Vanessa Ogle has recently garnered two awards for her article "Archipelago Capitalism: Tax Havens, Offshore Money, and the State, 1950s–1970s," published in the Dec. 2017 issue of The American Historical Review.

June 22, 2018

On May 26, Bard College awarded an honorary doctoral degree to Professor Emeritus Martin E. Jay during the College's 158th Commencement Ceremony. Professor Jay joins a prestigious group of individuals to have received honorary degrees from Bard College, including Margaret Atwood, Noam Chomsky, Martin Luther King, Jr, and many other notable figures.

May 25, 2018

Professor Cathryn Carson will be one of 20 UC Berkeley faculty members to take part in the inaugural Faculty Leadership Academy in Spring 2019.

April 30, 2018

The Division of Social Sciences in the College of Letters and Science has selected Stephanie Jones-Rogers, assistant professor of history, as a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for the 2016-2017 academic year. Each year the Division recognizes faculty who are outstanding for their excellence in graduate and undergraduate classroom teaching.

April 10, 2018

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has awarded fellowships to three Department of History faculty members. From a pool of nearly 1,150 applicants, peer reviewers awarded fellowships to 78 individuals, including Professor Dylan Penningroth, Associate Professor Nicolas Tackett, and Dr. Stacey Van Vleet, a visiting lecturer.

March 20, 2018

The American Historical Association has named the UC Berkeley Department of History as one of 20 recipients of a 2018–20 Career Diversity Implementation Grant, part of the Career Diversity for Historians initiative.

March 1, 2018

The American Council of Learned Societies has named Associate Professor Christine Philliou as a 2018 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow. Philliou, who specializes in the political and social history of the Ottoman Empire, will utilize the fellowship to complete research on The Many Deaths of the Ottoman Empire, 1800-2017 at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 2019-2020.

January 16, 2018

UC Berkeley News

In selecting The Work of the Dead, a book by UC Berkeley history professor Thomas W. Laqueur, to receive the 2018 Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies, the jury praised its examination of how and why the living have cared for the dead in western Europe since the 18th century as a monumental achievement.

October 9, 2017

In a recent essay published by The Conversation, Associate Professor Brian DeLay outlines how "the U.S. arms industry's close alliance with the government is as old as the country itself, beginning with the American Revolution."

September 6, 2017

An article published on September 6 in the Charleston City Paper highlights research by Assistant Professor Stephanie Jones-Rogers.

July 27, 2017

The Berkeley Blog

In her recent post on the Berkeley Blog, Stephanie Jones-Rogers, assistant professor of history, explores the ways the U.S. legal system has historically sanctioned deadly force against African Americans, and how that history connects to the prevalence of police shootings of African Americans today.

July 17, 2017

Gene Adam Brucker, Shepard Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, died peacefully at the age of 92 in hospice care at Bayside Park Center, Emeryville, California. Brucker is widely credited with having launched a new approach to the Florentine Renaissance as a leader of a cohort of influential historians studying the society and institutions of a city best known for its artistic monuments and literary lights.

May 2, 2017

Clare Ibarra, a history graduate student instructor (GSI), has been recognized with a 2017 Teaching Effectiveness Award for her essay, "Bridging the Gap between K-12 and University-level History." The Teaching Effectiveness Award for GSIs honors a small number of GSIs who devise solutions to teaching or learning problems they have identified in their classes and write them up in a one-page essay.