Faculty News & Features: 2011–2012

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Susan Dabney Pennybacker Selected for Fulbright-Nehru Award

Susan Dabney Pennybacker has received a nine-month Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Award. During the 2012–2013 academic year she will be a visiting professor at the University of Delhi in New Delhi, do archival work in India, and conduct interviews for her next book. Read about Professor Pennybacker’s research project.

Gugenheim Fellowship to Support Lisa Lindsay’s Work on Trans-Atlantic History

Lisa Lindsays research on the illuminating life of James Vaughan, a South Carolina native who moved to Nigeria in the 1850s, is the focus of a recent feature in the Daily Tar Heel. Lindsay’s work, supported next year by a Guggenheim fellowship, will provide an insider’s perspective on a transformative period in trans-Atlantic history, when new identities were being formed and “old” identities were being forged anew.

Jacquelyn Hall in Civil Rights Video

Jacquelyn Hall recently recorded the segment “What Are the Legacies of the Civil Rights Movement?” as part of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s “History by Era” video series, created for K–12 educators and college professors.

Heather Williams Receives Mellon New Directions Fellowship

Professor Heather Williams has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship, which supports humanities and arts faculty who have earned a Ph.D. in the past five to fifteen years and wish to pursue training outside their disciplines. The awards also “benefit humanistic scholarship more generally by encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research,” according to the Foundation’s website. Malinda Maynor Lowery received a New Directions Fellowship last year. Read an interview with Professor Williams about her plans for the fellowship!


Students Vote Joseph Caddell 2012 Chiron Award Winner

Professor Joseph Caddell delivered the annual Chiron Award lecture on Thursday, March 15, at 7:00 p.m. in Gerrard Hall. Richard Kohn introduced him. A former intelligence officer for the Air Force, Caddell has made a career out of his devotion to country and parlayed it into one of education. His enthusiasm for learning, his love of students, and his great sense of humor have made him a magnet for young people.



History Department Welcomes Four New Faculty Members (and Their New Courses) in January 2012!

Cemil AydinAssociate Professor, is a specialist in modern Ottoman and Japanese history. His Spring 2012 courses are “Orientalism and Internationalism” and “Empires, Nations and Revolutions, 1750–1919.”



Emma FlattAssistant Professor, will expand the Department’s offerings in pre-modern cultures and politics of South Asia. This semester she is teaching “History and Culture of Hindus and Muslims: South Asia to 1750″ and “Gender and South Asia.”



Klaus LarresRichard M. Krassno Distinguished Professor, will provide new intellectual leadership in the fields of diplomatic history and international affairs. He is currently teaching “American and European Integration since WWII” and “The US and the Cold War.”



Iqbal Singh SeveaAssistant Professor, has studied modern South Asian Islamic critiques of western nationalism. Sevea is teaching “History of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh: South Asia since 1750: and “Islam and Modern Contemporary South Asia” this semester.



Wayne Lee at the Village of Theth in the Shala Valley, Albania, 2008

History professor Wayne Lee occupies an unusual position in the academy—he is a respected scholar in two very different disciplines, history and archaeology. Having widely varied interests is not strange in itself, of course. UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp, for example, is an innovative chemist and a highly accomplished musician. But in the twenty-first century, acquiring genuine expertise in two different fields—to the point of publishing important scholarship in both—is rare indeed. Associate Chair Jay Smith wanted to know more about the background of the History department’s own “Renaissance man.” Read his conversation with Wayne Lee.


Research and the Public Historian

“Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina” brings together photographs, maps, news articles, oral histories and essays documenting the development and construction of the parkway’s North Carolina segment. The site invites users to explore parkway history chronologically, geographically or by dozens of topics from access roads and automobiles to wildlife and workmen. Its interactive maps feature layers historical maps atop current road maps and satellite images. The comparisons provide insight into the parkway’s development and its impact on pre-parkway towns, farms, roads and topography. This online project is a direct outgrowth of Anne Mitchell Whisnant’s dissertation about the Blue Ridge Parkway, completed here in the Department of History in 1997.

Read about how Anne Whisnant created a career in public history.

Theda Perdue Honored after October 28 Southern Historical Association Presidential Address

The History Departments of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University hosted a reception celebrating UNC’s Theda Perdue following her address. An impressive turnout of Professor Perdue’s colleagues and former graduate students were among those on hand for the festivities. Crown beaded by Clyde Ellis in the Southern Plains Style.




Jacquelyn Hall Engages Students with Oral Histories

Jacquelyn Hall, who founded the UNC Oral History Program, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on October 1 in a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass. She joins previously elected UNC historians Christopher BrowningWilliam LeuchtenburgLouis Pérez, and Gerhard Weinberg in this prestigious Academy.

History Faculty’s Civil War Expertise Tapped on the Airwaves

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War in 1861, so Carolina History faculty have been in demand to share their knowledge with the media. WUNC’s The State of Things, hosted by Frank Stashio, recently featured Department members Harry Watson, Heather Williams, Joe Glatthaar, Malinda Maynor Lowery, and Fitz BrundageFitz Brundage was part of a conversation on WUNC’s North Carolina Voices: The Civil War.

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