History Department News Archive

2017-18 News

  • Mark Hanna guests on This American Life: Episode 616 - I Am Not A Pirate
    To be, or not to be a pirate? This week, that is the question. Hold fast, mateys! We have stories about both historical and modern-day swashbucklers who loot, pillage, and question their choices.
  • The Ottoman History Podcast: Nir Shafir interviews Michael Provence about his upcoming book.
    For much of the twentieth century, military officers have been the most successful political operatives in Middle East politics. In this episode we explore the conditions that gave rise to these figures from their schooling to the disingenuous colonial politics of the interwar mandates.
  • New Translation of Gallant's book to Greek
    Tom Gallant’s book Modern Greece has just been released in a Greek translation, sparking a full page review in the Greek version of the NY Times
  • Paul Pickowicz Retires
    Paul’s prodigious scholarship on Chinese history, focused on the People’s Republic of China, is impressive on several levels. On a purely quantitative level, Paul has published 17 books, 5 of which appeared in Chinese and Korean, in addition to more than 100 articles, reviews, translations and essays and two well-known PBS documentary films.
  • The Chinese Emperors and Monogamy: Professor Sarah Schneewind interview
    Is it conceivable that the supreme ruler of an empire would have chosen to be monogamous? It seems hard to believe, but at least one such emperor exists in history.
  • Professor Paul Pickowicz: Thirty Steps to the Front
    Out of the hundreds of students in his lecture at a small Western Massachusetts college, Paul Pickowicz sat toward the back. He was a quiet student, barely noticeable among the bustling crowds that would swell in and out of the room — he barely wanted to be there to begin with. Time spent in classrooms and with the endless piles of reading was time that was taken away from tossing a ball around under clear blue skies.
  • Time Magazine: Hanna Weighs in on Historical Blockbusters
    Though only a couple of the movies up for the Best Picture prize at this Sunday's Academy Awards are based on a true story from history, real events have long been fodder for Oscar-friendly films.
  • From Japanese Internment to the Muslim Ban: History Forgotten"
    Drs. Provence, Man, and Matsumura discuss historical parallels to the Trump Administration's Muslim Ban. Read the Op-Ed in the SD Union Tribune by Drs. Man and Provence, and listen to the interview with Dr. Matsumura.

2016-17 News

Department Statement on Travel Ban

The faculty of the Department of History of the University of California San Diego would like to express our dismay over the immigration and travel ban enacted by the President of the United States on January 27, 2017. International collaboration and exchange are necessary for strong scholarship and intellectual inquiry. We wish to affirm our support and appreciation for all instructors, scholars and students who may be adversely impacted by the executive order. If you are in need of assistance or resources concerning visa status, travel or immigration, please see the following webpage provided by the International Center: http://ispo.ucsd.edu/policyupdates.html.


Daniel Vickers Passes

Former chair and faculty member of the department, Dr. Daniel Vickers, died on Wednesday evening, February 6, 2017.
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Nancy Caciola to Appear in "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman"

Winter 2017

Professor Nancy Caciola will be on the new season of the National Geographic channel's "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman". Her segment appears in an episode titled "Heaven and Hell," which airs Monday, January 23rd.
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"The Pirate Next Door, an article by Mark Hanna

Winter 2017

A lot of what is known about pirates is not true, and a lot of what is true is not known.
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Mark Hanna, Founder’s Day Symposium Speaker

Winter 2017

Mark Hanna dispels some myths and reinforces others about piracy, smuggling, and other illicit activities in early America and the British Empire.
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UCSD Faculty Panel: "What's Next for Washington?"

Fall 2016

Marquee faculty of UC San Diego assess the stunning result of the 2016 presidential election and look ahead to what a Trump Administration will mean for US relations with China, Korea, Canada, Latin America, Israel and Iran; and how Trump's policies will affect domestic politics and international students who want to study in the United States.
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Natalia Molina: SD Union-Tribune Op Ed, "How Mexican-Americans assimilate into U.S. Culture"

Fall 2016

Within 24 hours of the election, Mexican-Americans across the nation (along with many other racial, ethnic, religious, and LGBTQ groups) were being verbally and even physically attacked.
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Mark Hanna receives 2016 John Ben Snow Book Prize

Fall 2016

The Snow Books Prize was awarded for Pirates Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740
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Allan Mitchell, Emeritus Faculty passes way at age 83

Fall 2016

An active scholar and excellent teacher, Professor Mitchell continued to write about European history throughout his life.
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Paul Pickowicz Takes Novel Approach to Teaching History

Fall 2016

From the U.S. to China to Germany and beyond, UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Chinese History Paul Pickowicz takes a novel approach to teaching history—he transforms students into experienced filmmakers.
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Tom Gallant Short-listed for the London Hellenic Prize

Fall 2016

Professor Tom Gallant’s book, The Edinburg History of the Greeks, 1768-1913: The Long Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015) has been chosen as a finalist for the London Hellenic Prize. Professor Gallant's book was one of 6 out of 116 submissions to make the shortlist. In the end, the prize went to an art history book about Hellenistic bronze sculpture, but he has been invited to the ceremony in London to receive an award for being a finalist.


Natalia Molina, 'How Race is Made in America'

Fall 2016

'Michigan Daily' op-ed about Professor Natalia Molina's lecture on racial scripts that provided a clear and much-needed message: Racism is embedded in our institutions and must be addressed through comprehensive reform.
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Faculty Highlight: Simeon Man

Fall 2016

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Simeon Man, whose article, "Aloha, Vietnam: Race and Empire in Hawai'i's Vietnam War," American Quarterly 67:4 (December 2015) has been awarded the American Studies Association's Constance Rourke Prize for the best article published in American Quarterly in 2015. 
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Jeremy Prestholdt: Time Magazine Feature

Fall 2016

20 Years After Tupac¹s Death: ŒA Symbol of Possibility, of Life Cut Short'
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Faculty Highlight: Robert Edelman

Fall 2016

Professor Robert Edelman's most recent book, "Spartak Moscow, the People's Team in a Workers' State," has been placed on display in an exhibit at the new museum in the team's new stadium.

2015-16 News

Faculty Highlight: Nancy Kwak

Spring 2016

Congratulations to Associate Professor Nacy Kwak whose book, "A World of Homeowners: American Power and the Politics of Housing Aid" has been awarded the 2016 Kenneth Jackson Award for the best book in North American urban history.


Faculty Highlight: Frank Biess

Spring 2016

Congratulations to Professor Frank Biess who has been appointed as Faculty Director for the UC-Education Abroad Program Northern Europe (Denmark, Sweden, Germany) with residency in Berlin. His two-year appointment will begin in July 2017.


Faculty Highlight: Wendy Matsumura

Spring 2016

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Wendy Matsumura who received the Paul Sweezy Marxist Sociology Book Award for her book, The Limits of Okinawa: Japanese Capitalism, Living Labor, and Theorizations of Community.


Faculty Highlight: Rebecca Plant

Spring 2016

Congratulations to Associate Professor Rebecca Plant who has been awarded the prestigious Berkshire Conference of Women Historians' 2015 Article Prize in the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality for her article, "The Crowning Insult": Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mother and Widow Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s," co-authored with Frances M. Clarke, and published in the Journal of American History, September 2015.


Outstanding Professor, Mark Hanna

Spring 2016

Mark Hanna recently received the UC San Diego Outstanding Professor award by the Panhellenic Council. His book, Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740, received the John Lyman Book Award Honorable Mention for U.S. Maritime History from the North American Society of Oceanic History. You can find out more about the book on a recent blog Under the Crossbones.
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Behind the Lectern: Deborah Hertz

Spring 2016

Professor Deborah Hertz is not just a lecturer, she is a teacher who engages her students to appreciate and think critically about history.
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Faculty Highlight: Mark Hendricks

Spring 2016

Associate Professor Mark Hendrickson received UC San Diego's first New Directions Fellowship Grant from the Mellon Foundation. The grant will support Dr. Hendrickson’s efforts to explore how the work of American mining engineers and geologists working abroad between 1880 and 1930 helped shape the development of 20th-century American capitalism, science, and foreign policy. 
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2014-15 News

UC San Diego Top Ranked

Fall 2014

The University of California, San Diego is one of only five top public universities in the U.S. to make the top 20 list in a new ranking of the world’s top 500 colleges. The campus took the No. 18 spot in U.S. News and World Report’s first-ever global ranking of universities which measured factors such as research, global and regional reputation, international collaboration as well as the number of highly-cited papers and doctorates awarded.
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Anthology Publication

Fall 2014

Congratulations to Professor Joseph Esherick, Professor Paul Pickowicz, and 16 of their former UCSD graduate students on the occasion of the publication of an anthology honoring both professors, Visualizing Modern China: Image, History, and Memory, 1750-Present (Lexington Books, in press).

The volume is edited by James Cook (Pittsburgh); Joshua Goldstein (USC); Matthew Johnson (Grinnell); and Sigrid Schmalzer (U Mass) and contributors include: Jeremy Brown (Simon Frazer); Michael Chang ( George Mason); Madalene Dong (University of Washington); Christian Hess (Sophia University-Japan); Liu Lu (Ithaca College); Cecily McCaffrey (Willamette); Andrew Morris (Cal Poly); Charles Musgrove (St. Mary's College-Maryland); Elena Songster (St. Mary's College-Oakland); Xiao Zhwei (Cal State San Marcos); and Zheng Xiaowei (UC Santa Barbara). Congratulations to all!


Search for Endowed Chair

Fall 2014

Department launches search for inaugural Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Endowed Chair in Ancient Greek History


Search for Faculty

Fall 2014

History seeks tenure-track faculty member in history of 19th-20th century Japan


Faculty Highlight: Bob Edelman

Fall 2014

Congratulations to Professor Bob Edelman, who has won a highly competitive Collaborative Research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his ongoing work on The Global History of Sport in the Cold War. Bob and his colleague Chris Young (Pembroke College, Cambridge) have been awarded a three-year grant to convene three international scholarly workshops on the topic of sport and politics during the Cold War and will publish the resulting papers and associated materials through two print volumes and an open access website.


UC San Diego Top Ranked

Summer 2014

UC San Diego Named Nation’s 8th Best Public University by U.S. News and World Report
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UC San Diego Top Ranked

Summer 2014

UC San Diego Ranked Best University Washington Monthly ranks UC San Diego best university for 5th consecutive year
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