In a recent interview with the Washington Independent Review of Books, Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History William R. Ferris talks civil rights, Black Lives Matter, and finding a one-of-a-kind photo for his new book. You can read the … Continued
Matt Andrews has recently launched his new podcast, “American Sport with Matt Andrews.” Each episode explores the sporting events that have defined our culture and changed the course of American history. It will go beyond the sports page telling of … Continued
On behalf of the History Department, Chair of the Department Professor Lisa Lindsay sent the following letter to the UNC Board of Trustees regarding the tenure case of Nikole Hannah-Jones. To read the letter in full, please click here.
Professor Michelle King’s Culinary Nationalism in Asia (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), which she edited and contributed a chapter to (“A Cookbook in Search of a Country: Fu Pei-mei and the Conundrum of Chinese Culinary Nationalism”), just won the Association for the … Continued
During the History Department’s Zoom Recognition Ceremony for Graduating Seniors on May 16, 2021, Professor Lloyd Kramer delivered remarks on behalf of the faculty. His remarks, “The Enduring Value of Historical Education,” affirmed the importance of a historical education and … Continued
The Digital History Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill presents The Cutting Room Floor – incredibly true stories from the past unearthed by historians, told by historians. Each episode features a guest historian who tells a fascinating … Continued
Dr. William Sturkey has penned an insightful article, published in The Atlantic, in which he details the methods he used to unearth the Black history of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for his book Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White. Sturkey writes that … Continued
Chief Judge Algenon Marbley, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, this week ordered police in Columbus Ohio to cease their use of tear gas, pepper spray, batons and rubber bullets against nonviolent protesters. Read … Continued
Professor Jim Leloudis recently testified in a court case challenging North Carolina’s 2018 Voter I.D. Law. The lawsuit, filed by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, argues the law suppresses Black voters in the state. Professor Leloudis’s testimony was based … Continued
Professor John Sweet was profiled in the most recent Carolina Arts & Sciences Magazine. As an IAH Fellow, Professor Sweet spoke about his First Year Seminar course, “Seeing History in Everyday Places,” and the GIS project they completed. Read the … Continued
Congratulations to Sam Zahn for being named a 2021 Truman Scholar. Sam is a major in History and Political Science, a Robertson Scholar, and current student member of the Undergraduate Studies Committee in History. He has dedicated his time on campus … Continued
Professor Emeritus Bill Ferris Remembers Roger Mudd, UNC MA 1953 and National Journalist. The full obituary is below: Roger Mudd (1928-2021) Roger Mudd earned his MA in History at the University of North Carolina in 1953. Carlyle Sitterson was the … Continued
The-UNC-Chapel Hill History Department Working Group on Equity and Inclusion has written the following Statement Concerning the 2020 Murder of Mr. George Floyd and the 2021 Trial of His Killer. If you would like to sign the statement, please follow … Continued
The Department of History strongly condemns racist violence, intimidation, and discrimination in all forms, including those against Asians and Americans of Asian descent, with whom we stand in solidarity. On March 16, 2021, a white gunman killed eight people—six of … Continued
Read about the inner workings of UNC Library’s “On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance” – a project that uses text mining and machine learning to identify racist language in legal documents. The History Department’s Dr. William Sturkey … Continued
Associate Professor William Sturkey was featured in WUNC’s most recent episode of “Tested,” detailing faculty efforts to change the name of what we currently know as Hamilton Hall. Description of the episode below: J.G. de Roulhac Hamilton’s name has marked … Continued
Every year, the History Department gives awards to outstanding teaching assistants. Undergraduate nominations are crucial in choosing the recipients. Please tell us why you think your TA deserves a teaching award. The more detail and examples you can provide, the … Continued
Statement on White House Memo Barring Federal Agencies from Race-Related Trainings READ: White House memo barring federal agencies from race-related training sessions “The President, and his Administration, are fully committed to the fair and equal treatment of all individuals within … Continued
Congratulations to Jennifer Parker on her award for Manager of the Year in the College of Arts & Sciences for outstanding accomplishments in leadership and management! For the full announcement, go here.
Miguel La Serna recently co-authored a “Perspective” piece for the Washington Post with Kia Caldwell, professor of African, African American and Diaspora Studies, about the lack of diverse leadership at UNC and its role in exacerbating the COVID-19 pandemic. They argue … Continued
Bret Devereaux, PhD ’18 and research affiliate, writes on the challenges facing public higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic. He writes “Calling a halt to on-campus operations and going totally online, thereby waiving on-campus fees, was the right, moral choice. … Continued
William Barney writes on the History News Network about how we can learn from President Lincoln in this historical moment. He writes “the United States is at a crossroads” and “the path chosen will determine whether contemporary America resumes its … Continued
Malinda Maynor Lowery recently wrote a “Perspective” piece for the Washington Post about proposed legislation that would limit federal education funding for schools who want to adapt The New York Times “1619 Project” for classroom use. Stating “race and exploitation are … Continued
The History Department, along with Sociology, Political Science, and Peace, War & Defense have started the process of renaming Hamilton Hall. Our motivation for renaming the building is rooted in the history of our University and Professor Hamilton’s role in … Continued
PhD Candidate Alyssa Bowen co-wrote an insightful article for The Nation with William Horne, entitled “We Need an Academic New Deal.” In this thoughtful and timely article, Bowen and Horne analyze the current crisis facing higher education and state demands to … Continued
Robert Colby, who received his PhD from our department last year, recently won the Society of American Historians’ Allan Nevins Prize for Best Dissertation in American History. Dr. Colby’s dissertation, “The Continuance of an Unholy Traffic: Slave Trading in the … Continued
Jim Leloudis was recently featured in an article for the News and Observer about the history of UNC’s responses to pandemics. Dr. Leloudis explains that UNC reopened doing the 1918 flu pandemic, and shines a light on this history to encourage North … Continued
Our very own Malinda Maynor Lowery, Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of the American South, was recently featured on WUNC’s The State of Things, hosted by Frank Stasio. She discusses Henry Berry Lowrie and the … Continued
Dr. Michelle King’s article “Margaret Sanger in Translation: Gender, Class, and Birth Control in 1920s China” was awarded the bi-annual “best article” prize by the Journal of Women’s History for the period 2017-2018. The announcement came out yesterday. You can see … Continued
C-SPAN has released a broadcast of Prof. William Sturkey’s lecture entitled “Expanding Rights in the 1960s and ’70s.” The lecture, which was part of Dr. Sturkey’s course on American History since 1865, looks at women’s liberation and the gay rights … Continued
John “Rocky” Rhodes, who received his PhD from the Department of History in 2016, received his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in a ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In Rocky’s dissertation, “Agents of Empire: The Frontier U.S. Army and the Transition … Continued
Prof. Katherine Turk’s HIST179H course entitled “Women in the History of UNC-Chapel Hill,” was recently featured in the Daily Tar Heel. Prof. Turk’s course explores the history of women’s experiences at UNC since its founding. Students in the class engage in hands-on … Continued
The North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series is proud to announce the second annual Konrad Jarausch Essay Prize Competition for Advanced Graduate Students. In recognition of the longstanding commitment to graduate education of Konrad H. Jarausch, who is … Continued
Prof. Jerma Jackson’s 398 section is hailed in the Daily Tar Heel for inspiring an undergrad who wants to be a history teacher. Of Jerma, the student says: “She really does genuinely get to know you and wants to help you … Continued
Bill and Marcie Ferris received the 2019 William F. Little Distinguished Service Award, recognizing faculty, staff and volunteers who have served the College through their outstanding leadership above and beyond the duties of their position, in the tradition of Bill … Continued
Cemil Aydin’s The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History has been long-listed (that is, in the top 10) for the 2019 International Convention of Asia Scholars Book Prize in Social Sciences. Additionally, his book on the Political History … Continued
Congratulations to Matt Andrews, who for the third time has been designated “Best Professor” by the Daily Tar Heel in their 2019 list of “Carolina’s Finest.” According to UNC students, Prof. Andrews is “not only the best professor but he … Continued
Fitz Brundage was recently named a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History, for his 2018 publication Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press). The prize committee described Dr. Brundage’s work as “a morally engaging investigation of torture … Continued
PhD candidate Caroline Newhall was featured in a recent interview with the Daily Tar Heel ahead of her public “Tell about the South” talk next Wednesday, April 17, hosted by the Center for the Study of the American South. In the … Continued
Prof. Lloyd Kramer will serve in this role from May 8, 2019, when Prof. Leslie Parise steps down, until June 30, 2020, when he will be succeeded by the candidate who wins the next election a year from now. A … Continued
Sarah Shields has been chosen for membership in the Frank Porter Graham Honor Society. FPGHS recognizes outstanding service provided to the University and community by graduate and professional students enrolled at UNC at Chapel Hill, as well as faculty and … Continued
William Sturkey’s recent publication, Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White (Harvard University Press, 2019), is the subject of a review by Jennifer Szalai in the New York Times. Slazai praises Prof. Sturkey’s “cleareyed and meticulous book” for his ability to balance “the … Continued
William Ferris has been featured in an interview in Bomb regarding his 2018 Grammy award-winning collection Voices of Mississippi. In this interview, Ferris reflects upon his career as a documentarian of the American South. Read the interview here.
Liz Lundeen received the UNC Graduate School’s Impact Award, an annual honor for graduate students whose research “contribute to a better future for people and communities in North Carolina.” Congratulations, Liz! Read more about her research and the award here.
William Ferris, the Joel R. Williamson eminent professor emeritus of history, won two Grammy Awards last Sunday in Los Angeles. His box set “Voices of Mississippi” won best historical album and best album notes. The four-disc set features dozens of … Continued
Dr. Lloyd Kramer is the 2018 recipient of the George H. Johnson Prize for Distinguished Achievement by an IAH Fellow. Click here to read more about this prize and Dr. Kramer’s involvement in the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
Congratulations to Lisa Lindsay, who received the 2018 Herskovits Prize last night for Atlantic Bonds. The prize is awarded annually by the African Studies Association for the most important scholarly work in African studies.
Dr. Konrad Jarausch’s book Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the 20th Century was recently included in Smithsonian Magazine‘s “Best History Books of 2018” list. Congratulations, Dr. Jarausch!
This semester, Prof. Brett Whalen teamed up with Prof. Chris Clemens (Senior Associate Dean for Natural Sciences) to teach “Time and the Medieval Cosmos” as part of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan. The course was recently featured in an article … Continued
William Sturkey is one of only two recipients in the Faculty Category among a faculty of 3,500+ to receive the UNC Diversity Award. The Diversity Award recognizes significant contribution, time and effort of Carolina community members towards advancing an inclusive … Continued
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Kathleen DuVal has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. As a Guggenheim Fellow, she will be writing a book on American Indian dominance in the centuries before 1850. She continues the tradition of UNC … Continued
Matt Andrews goes 2 for 2 in The Daily Tar Heel “Best” Categories. UNC students named his course “History of the Olympics” (HIST 220) the Best UNC Class and Dr. Andrews was named Best Professor. Read more about his thoughts … Continued
A colloquium held in 2017 in which authors of essays written about May 1986: New Approaches, New Perspectives discussing each other’s work was crucial in the making of this French Historical Studies Special Issue. Some of the attendees liked the … Continued