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The Department of History is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, staff, faculty, North Carolinians, and visitors.  We believe that a broad definition of diversity is essential for the protection of human rights and human dignity.  It is also essential for lively, creative, and engaged learning and scholarship.

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Institute For the Arts and Humanities Podcast Featuring Kathleen DuValKathleen-DuVal

When it comes to telling the story of our nation, Professor Kathleen DuVal says she is most fascinated by the stories that have not been told. Her latest book, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution, has won the Deep South Award, the Journal of the American Revolution’s Book of the Year Award, and was a finalist for the George Washington Prize. The book explores the narratives of eight stakeholders in the Gulf Coast during the Revolutionary War. She recently was honored with the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Professorship, which supports excellence in undergraduate teaching. For more on the conversation, listen to the IAH podcast here.

Alumna Reflects on Russian Scholarship in the US and Europe

A decade after leaving Chapel Hill, Rósa Magnusdottir said she still refers back to much of what she learned while at UNC. While it was a challenge to start writing and thinking academically in English, Magnusdottir credits UNC’s supportive environment and the influence of mentors with easing that transition. “My advisor, Don Raleigh, will always remain an influential figure in my life,” Magnusdottir said. “I had a great relationship with Bob Jenkins, whom I worked with in the Burch Honors Program in Vienna and Bosnia-Herzegovina for two summers. I also learned a lot from all of the people in my entering cohort and am extremely grateful for the amazing and growing network of UNC Russianists.” “I learned a lot about teaching, about being a student and I learned to set high standards for my work,” Magnusdottir said. “The most valuable lesson I took from UNC’s Russian history program was that an internationally recognized faculty can be collegial and supportive.” After completing her degree in 2006, Magnusdottir received a job at Aarhus University in Denmark, where she first joined the faculty as an assistant professor of Russian studies. She then moved up to an associate professorship in Russian studies, and currently serves there as a tenured associate professor of history. Read more here

Donald J. Raleigh Receives 2016 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring


Donald J. Raleigh, the Jay Richard Judson distinguished professor, has received the 2016 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring. The Graduate School presents the annual award to a faculty member who has: encouraged graduate students to establish their own records of scholarly activity, provided a supportive environment that brings forth the very best from students, and achieved a successful record of graduate degree completion among students he or she has advised. One nomination letter said the following: “Don’s attitude toward mentoring has resulted in a real community of scholars, recognized and respected by our field of Russian history. He creates a cooperative atmosphere among his students, encouraging them to share knowledge, evaluate one another’s work and assist one another in the research field.”  Read more here.

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