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Graduate Student News



Jacki Hedlund Tyler successfully defended her dissertation entitled "The Power of Political Chatter: Settler Colonialism and the Construction of Race, Gender, and Citizenship in Oregon. Her advisor was Peter Boag.


09.05.2014 Amir Selmanovic (PhD candidate) presented a conference paper based upon his dissertation research at the Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference organized by the University of Colorado—Boulder, held on September 5–7. His paper was titled “Bringing Workers’ Self-Management to the League of Communists of Yugoslavia: The First Step of Legitimization of a New Socio-Economic System.”
Fall 2014 The Catholic Record Society (UK) has awarded Jennifer Binczewski a David Rogers Research Award for 2014. The award is for 500 pounds ($830) to support the research this Fall for her dissertation: "Solitary Sparrows: Widowhood and the Catholic Community in Post-Reformation England, 1570–1620."  Jennifer's faculty advisor is Professor Jesse Spohnholz.
08.05.14 Greg Atkins presented "Rise of the Evangelical Mecca: Boosters, Young Life, and the Navigators in Colorado Springs, 1940-1953" on Friday, August 15th at the 107th Annual Meeting of the the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association in Portland, Oregon.
07.28.14 On July 28, Ai Wang successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, titled "City of the River:  The Hai River and the City of Tianjin , 1897-1948." Her advisor was Professor David Pietz.
07.01.14 Robert Franklin has signed on as co-coordinator of the Society of Architectural Historians Archipedia Project with Dr. Phil Gruen of the School of Design and Construction as the other co-coordinator.  This is a two-year project with an estimated live date of July 2016 to list the "Washington 100", 100 buildings, structures, or sites that best represent the architectural history of Washington State. The encyclopedia is online and is jointly published by the SAH and University of Virginia Press, although several states (including Washington) are in process of being completed and not available yet.  


06.14.2013 Laura Arata (PhD candidate in U.S. History whose faculty mentor is Robert Bauman of the WSU Tri-Cities campus) writes: "I have been awarded a Charles Redd Center (BYU) Graduate Fellowship for summer research in Virginia City, Montana. The Redd Center funds research on the study of the American West."
06.14.2013 Phil Travis (PhD candidate in U. S. History and whose faculty mentor is Noriko Kawamura) received the Thomas S. Foley Institute's graduate student fellowship for summer 2013 in the amount of $1,000.00.
05.04.2013 Dulce Kersting, who graduated with an MA this semester, has accepted a position as curator for the Latah County Historical Society in Moscow, Idaho. Her faculty mentor is Peter Boag. Congratulations, Dulce! And thanks to the History Faculty who helped her achieve her MA! The Moscow-Latah County area will benefit from Dulce's expertise and the cumulative training received in WSU's History Department. WSU, will, in turn, benefit from her nearby presence.
05.04.2013 Robert Franklin, a History graduate student, has received the Lawrence Stark Archives Graduate Fellowship from WSU's Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections (MASC) to do archival work during summer 2013. Congratulations Robert! Robert's faculty mentor is Dr. Robert McCoy.
05.04.2013 Congratulations to Graduate Students Kris Skelton (advisor Professor Rob McCoy) and Dulce Kersting (advisor Professor Peter Boag), who are graduating with Master of Arts degrees May 4. They will be missed (although as noted last week, Dulce will change hats and serve as the curator for the Latah County Historical Society in nearby Moscow, Idaho).
05.04.2013 The WSU Vancouver Library announced that History student Janie Black is the winner of the 2013 all-campus Student Research Excellence Award. Janie's paper, entitled Lascivious Pilgrims: Sexuality and Sexual Laws in the British Puritan New England Colonies during the 17th Century,"  and her accompanying essay displayed a sophisticated understanding of the library research process and was an excellent introduction to the subject matter of sexuality in 17th Century New England.  
05.03.2013 Shawna Herzog (PhD candidate in World History) recently returned from participating in the International Institute of Social History Conference in the Hague (Netherlands) where she presented a paper based on her doctoral research:  “Selling Sex in the City:  Prostitution in Singapore from 1600 to the Present.”
04.08.2013 Johnna Lash (Ph.D. candidate, World History) received one of only two $2,700.00 graduate student awards to participate in the University of California-Davis "Roots of the Arab Spring" National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute for School Teachers. This is a three-week program occurring July 15-August 2, 2013.
03.18.2013 Nathan Sowry, History Master of Arts 2011, will be starting a position early in May, as an Archivist with the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. Nathan is a former graduate student in World History at Washington State University.
03.01.2013 Katie Perry received a Graduate and Professional Student Assn (GPSA) Registration Grant to cover the fees for a conference of the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS)  at the University of California (Berkeley) March 8-10, 2013.  Katie will give a paper, drawn from her dissertation research, on the Conservative Party’s response to the Mau Mau Revolt. Katie’s primary advisor is Professor Heather Streets, now at Northeastern University.
02.24.2013 Laura Arata has been awarded a Graduate Student Travel Award from the National Council on Public History (NCPH) to help offset the cost of attending the conference in Ottawa this April. She will present a paper titled "Terror and Tourism: Constructing Narratives of the Vigilante and Nez Perce Trails in Montana". Here is the press release from the NCPH.
02.24.2013 Amir Selmanovic received a Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) travel award to conduct research this May for his dissertation on the creation of a socialist, Yugoslav working-class identity in Tuzla, Bosnia between 1945-1963. His faculty advisor is Professor Brigit Farley.
02.16.2013 Daniel Vickoren and Greg Atkins both won Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Awards to support thier MA and PhD research, respectively. Their mentor is Professor Matt Sutton.
02.15.2013 Phil Travis won the award for the best oral presentation for Liberal Arts and Humanities in the Wiley Research Expo at WSU. He spoke on his doctoral research about "Nicaragua and the Cold War Roots of the War on Terror". Phil won a $500.00 prize for his accomplishment. His mentor is Professor Noriko Kawamura.


12.05.12 Amanda “Mandy” Townsley, a doctoral candidate in British History/Memory Studies, gave a paper on November 29 at the “Private and Public Memories Symposium” in Helsinki, Finland. The symposium was hosted by the Finnish Oral History Network (FOHN) in collaboration with the Finnish Literature Society and the Academy of Finland project Strangers from the East (2009-2012). Her faculty mentors are Professors Heather Streets (now at Northeastern University) and Ray Sun. Mandy writes about her experience: My panel title was "Exploring Institutional Memories" and my paper title is "Clandestine Memory: The Strange Case of Irish Remembrance of the Great War".  This was the fourth symposium put on by the FOHN on memory and gained record-breaking international attention.  From the program: "Organizers received almost twice the amount of excellent paper proposals than the maximum paper allocation. The papers were chosen based on how well they were in dialogue with the main theme of the symposium private and public memories."  I was the only American in attendance and had the opportunity to network with British, Irish, Australian, Estonian, Finnish and Polish memory and oral historians.  Program and additional information.
03.22.2012 Trevor Bond and Emily Anderson awarded a NPS Grant for the Japanese American Confinement Sites program
03.20.2012 Matthew Sutton named Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History at University College Dublin by Fulbright
01.24.2012 Peter Boag named German Distinguished Chair in American Studies for 2012-13 by the Fulbright Commission
01.12.2011 Matthew Sutton interviewed by WSU and was highlighted by the Journal of American History


10.24.2011 Three History majors were awarded Auvil Fellowships for Undergraduate Research and $1000 each
09.26.2011 Matthew Sutton was interviewed on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and on NPR
09.25.2011 Matthew Sutton published an opinion piece in the New York Times
09.23.2011 Marina Tolmacheva established an endowed fund called Middle East Studies Research and Scholarship Fund
09.10.2011 Matthew Sutton gave an introduction to the real life of Aimee Semple McPherson to theater patrons
09.01.2011 Peter Boag published his newest book, Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past through the University of California Press
08.31.2011 Jenny Thigpen won Jensen-Miller Award from the Western History Association
08.15.2011 Jeff Sanders and PhD student, Lee Ann Powell, were featured on NPR for their work on the Cascade Curtain
08.15.2011 Professor Spohnholz receives Meyer Project Award
05.10.2011 History major is selected for the 2011 Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program
03.21.2011 Professors Pietz and Sutton receive awards from the College of Liberal Arts
03.15.2011 Matthew Sutton receives a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship to Write History of American Evangelicals
02.13.2011 Professors Mercier and Armitage have a book named as an Outstanding Academic Title of 2010


12.06.2010 Jeff Sanders and 7 students visited Hanford’s historic B Reactor as part of the two-year seminar
12.03.2010 Emeritus professor and colleague attend book signing for their book "Pullman"
11.08.2010 History Dept co-sponsored Bekowitz lecture on Holocaust
10.11.2010 History Dept co-sponsored Shadow Tribe lecture by Andrew Fisher
09.01.2010 Orlan Svingen co-authored public history field school essay for Public History News
07.06.2010 Jeff Sanders contributed to a four-part series on the Alaskan Way Viaduct produced by KUOW
05.07.2010 Three History Majors (Kristin Zaichkin, Lucas Burke, Kara Mowery) recieved CLA Outstanding Senior Awards
04.21.2010 Laurie Mercier was the recipient of the Claudius O. & Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professorship in History
03.31.2010 Professor selected as research associate with the National Asia Research Program (NARP)
03.31.2010 History majors take first and second in WSU Libraries' Student Research Excellence Award
03.05.2010 19th-century mission wife Mary Richardson Walker exhibit begins
03.01.2010 Freshman history major receives $1,000 scholarship
02.03.2010 "Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America" highlighted
01.25.2010 Joel E. Tishken appointed co-general editor of Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions.
01.01.2010 Mercier, Armitage publish Speaking History: Oral Histories of the American Past, 1865–Present


12.20.2009 Richard Hines was given top honors in the Daily Evergreen's "Best of Pullman" readers' poll
12.18.2009 Brigit Farley reflects on the history and fall of the Berlin Wall in this column in the Tri-City Herald.
12.07.2009 Civil rights historian Robert Bauman will headline WSU's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
10.27.2009 History, athletics are professor's twin pursuits
09.09.2009 Tingstad receives WSU Alumni Achievement Award
07.24.2009 Gov. Gregoire appoints McCoy to Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
06.22.2009 Education for students, teacher
06.16.2009 Alumnus Jason Blazevic heads to China to participate in energy summit
06.11.2009 From Caesar to Kirk: Professor takes students on quite a trek
05.20.2009 DDP student Gail Langseth wins Howard C. Payne Award
05.18.2009 Coordinates: History alumnus deployed to Afghanistan
02.26.2009 Department of History celebrates Women's History Month
02.24.2009 "Black Community Organizers Before President Obama" lecture Thursday at WSU Tri-Cities
02.10.2009 Upcoming events for Black History Month
02.01.2009 "Space Chronicles": Alumna Jennifer Ross-Nazzal is chief historian at NASA's Johnson Space Center


12.09.2008 Book by WSU Tri-Cities history professor examines dynamics of race, cultural movements in Los Angeles
12.01.2008 UNESCO recognizes history graduate's work with World Heritage designation
10.30.2008 WSU hosts atomic bomb exhibition
06.25.2008 Sue Peabody awarded Gilder Lehrman Fellowship
04.29.2008 Retirements ahead: History faculty look to the future
04.24.2008 David Coon receives Mullen Excellence in Teaching Award
04.16.2008 Susan Armitage named WSU Woman of the Year
04.07.2008 Asia Program hosts China Town Hall
03.31.2008 LeRoy Ashby receives WSU President's Award for Lifetime Service
02.29.2008 Clarkston history teachers to learn about local and regional history
02.28.2008 History department presents Women's History Month lectures
02.19.2008 Holocaust rescues, rescuers are focus of WSU's March 2–5 Week of Remembrance
02.15.2008 Washington Post national editor to speak at WSU on peace and the war on terror
01.16.2008 History alumnus to lecture on youth and the Black Freedom Movement
01.14.2008 History graduate student to receive Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award
01.01.2008 History alumnus named chief historian by the National Park Service


11.30.2007 Relevant education: In history's footsteps
10.23.2007 China: Energy, Economy, and the World
09.28.2007 Alumnus to present initial history department colloquium
05.27.2007 Public history field school featured in the Montana Standard
05.07.2007 Lydia Gerber receives Honors College award
04.26.2007 Jerry Gough and the Creightons receive College of Liberal Arts awards
04.05.2007 History faculty participate in conference examining peace and security
03.27.2007 Renowned author, documentary filmmaker to speak at WSU
03.05.2007 Lectures, discussions highlight Women's History Month
02.28.2007 Sue Peabody receives American Philosophical Society fellowship
02.01.2007 Black history lecture focuses on African Americans in the U.S. military


12.18.2006 History grad carries college banner at commencement
12.15.2006 NAACP teams with WSU Vancouver, historical society to create digital archives
12.13.2006 Ray Sun and others receive Holocaust Education Grant
12.13.2006 Grant Holly (history major) receives University Writing Portfolio Award
09.06.2006 Christianity in South Africa is focus of lectures
08.29.2006 China commerce is focus of Spokane conference
07.26.2006 Gift creates history department’s first endowed chair
06.23.2006 Orlan Svingen will watch history in the making
06.19.2006 Tamber Hilton (Asian studies major) receives National Security Education Program scholarship
06.16.2006 Asian studies conference begins at WSU
04.13.2006 WSU hosts first symposium on undergraduate Asian studies research
04.05.2006 Two survivors will reflect on the horrors of genocide
03.20.2006 Renowned Lewis and Clark historian to speak at WSU
02.01.2006 History department plans Women’s History Month lectures
01.25.2006 Dwayne Mack (Ph.D. '02) presents Black History Month lecture


10.25.2005 Presentation by history department considers American Indian perspective of Lewis & Clark and Sacagawea
10.03.2005 Leading China economics professor to speak at WSU
05.25.2005 David Pietz chosen for Public Intellectuals Program
03.24.2005 LeRoy Ashby named regents professor
02.23.2005 Author to present interpretation of women’s long-forgotten trek across U.S.
02.07.2005 Middle East scholar to speak at WSU


11.08.2004 History department sends Sacajawea on the road
05.05.2004 Heather Streets awarded college teaching award
02.25.2004 Roger Schlesinger to receive Faculty Excellence Award
02.17.2004 Visiting professor to discuss 'Race and Social Construction'
01.30.2004 David Pietz awarded Mellon Fellowship


10.29.2003 History department events observe Lewis & Clark expedition
10.13.2003 Joint peace studies to strengthen Asia Program
04.11.2003 Dwayne Dehlbom to receive Employee Excellence Award
03.14.2003 Mary Watrous-Schlesinger, Laurie Carlson (Ph.D. candidate), and Madel Ngiraingas (history and women's studies double major) named WSU Women of Distinction


12.06.2002 Marina Tolmacheva copresents 'The U.S./Iraqi Conflict: The Truth and Some Educated Guessing'
11.25.2002 History grad receives Alumni Achievement Award
11.25.2002 Visiting scholar hopes to right history



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