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Sean Trainor, Bill Cossen and Paul Matzko each won the Liberal Arts External Incentive Award

Congratulations to Sean Trainor, Bill Cossen and Paul Matzko, all of whom have won the Liberal Arts External Incentive Award.

Scott Cave has been chosen for the Lydia Cabrera Award

Congratulations to Scott Cave!  Scott has been chosen for the Lydia Cabrera Award by the Conference on Latin American History.

Nina Safran's book won the Premio del Ray award

Congratulations to Nina Safran!  Nina’s book Defining Boundaries in al-Andalus:Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Islamic Iberia won the Premio del Rey, awarded once every two years by the AHA, for the best book on Iberian history between 500 and 1516.  Read more here:

http://www.historians.org/awards-and-grants/past-recipients/premio-del-rey-recipients


A new Spanish translation of Matthew Restall's book has been released.

Congratulations to Matthew Restall!  A new Spanish translation of a volume co-authored with Michael R. Oudijk has appeared under the title Conquista De Buenas Palabras Y De Guerrauna vision indigena del la conquista.

Sophie De Schaepdrijver's Bastion: Occupied Bruges in the First World War has just been released.

Congratulations to Sophie De Schaepdrijver! Sophie’s Bastion: Occupied Bruges in the First World War has just appeared and coincides with her curation of the major centenary exhibition in the city of Bruges.

Sean Trainor's article appeared as this fall's cover article in Early American Studies

Congratulations to Sean Trainor!  Sean’s article “Fair Bosom/Black Beard: Facial Hair, Gender Determination, and the Strange Career of Madame Clofullia, ‘Bearded Lady,’” appeared as this fall's cover article in Early American Studies 12.3 (Fall 2014): 548-575.

Paul Matzko has been awarded the LA External Funding Incentive Award

Congratulations to Paul Matzko!  Paul has been awarded the LA External Funding Incentive Award.

Matthew Restall's article appears in The Hispanic American Historical Review

Congratulations to Matthew Restall!  Matthew’s article, “Crossing to Safety? Frontier Flight in Eighteenth-Century Belize and Yucatan” appeared in The Hispanic American Historical Review 94:3 (August 2014): 381

David Atwill selected as one of 20 Public Intellectuals Program Fellows

Congratulations to David Atwill! David has been selected as one of 20 Public Intellectuals Program Fellows by the National Committee on United States-China Relations.

Graduate Student Bill Cossen: Jeopardy Champ!

Graduate Student Bill Cossen: Jeopardy Champ!

Bill Cossen is known around the Penn State History department as a hard-working, likeable guy who focusses on American Catholic history. But this past summer, he took time off to do something a little different: compete on America’s Favorite Quiz Show, Jeopardy!

Bill had a great run, winning three nights in a row for a total of four appearances. His television demeanor, relaxed and focused under pressure, is something that seems to come naturally. “Bill Cossen is close to unflappable,” said Amy Greenberg, Edwin Erle Sparks professor of History and Women’s Studies and Bill’s advisor. “I'm not surprised by his performance: he knows an awful lot about a great number of topics, and gives the impression of being exactly where he wants to be,” she added.

In five years at Penn State, Bill has set a high standard for himself, having already published two articles in peer-reviewed journals and serving as editorial assistant for the Journal of the Civil War Era. He has also undertaken significant archival research in preparation for his dissertation, and has a family as well. Bill and his wife Kristina, a third-year pediatric resident at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, are expecting their first child any day now.

“Bill is an exemplary student in every way,” said Michael Kulikowski, Professor and Head of Penn State’s History department, adding, ”while we don’t expect all our students to be Jeopardy! champions, I’m not at all surprised that Bill did so well; we are very proud of him.”

Reflecting on his experience, Bill sees a connection between his graduate work and his appearance on a game show:  “On one level, my three years of course work and four summers of research gave me an advantage when facing categories dealing with history and religion.  But on a deeper level, the department and its professors have consistently encouraged students to pursue reading and study in fields outside of the more narrow boundaries of our research.  This spirit of deep inquiry in a broad range of subjects has served me well in both my academic work and on Jeopardy!”

We couldn’t have said it any better – warm congratulations, Bill!

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Hsin-fang Wu awarded a dissertation fellowship

Congratulations to Hsin-fang Wu! Hsin-fang was recently awarded a dissertation fellowship from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

Tyler Sperrazza selected for the Filson MA Fellowship

Congratulations to Tyler Sperrazza! Tyler was recently selected for the Filson MA Fellowship.

David Hensley accepts position at Queens University, Belfast

Congratulations to David Hensley! David has recently defended his dissertation and has accepted a position as a Temporary Lecturer in the School of History and Anthropology at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Bill Cossen's article appears in The South Carolina Historical Magazine

Congratulations to Bill Cossen! Bill’s article, “Catholics, Constitutions, and Conventions: Bishop John England and the Democratization of American Catholicism,” appeared in The South Carolina Historical Magazine 114, no. 4 (October 2013): 316-340.

Michael Kulikowski was recently awarded a 3 yr NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant

Congratulations to Michael Kulikowski! Michael was recently awarded a three year NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant to support work on the Landmark Ammianus Marcellinus.

Amy Greenberg's book won the Myra Bernath Book Prize

Congratulations to Amy Greenberg! Amy’s book, A Wicked War, has won the Myra Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Sophie De Schaepdrijver was recenlty interviewed and featured in The Penn Stater

Congratulations to Sophie De Schaepdrijver! Sophie was recently interviewed and featured in The Penn Stater July/August (2014): 49.

Jennifer Boittin's article has been recently published .

Congratulations to Jennifer Boittin! Jennifer’s article, “Adventurers and Agents Provocateurs: German Women Traveling Through French West Africa in the Shadow of War,” was recently published in a special issue on “War, Occupation and Empire in France and Germany,” edited by Jean Pedersen, Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques 40, 1 (2014): 111-131.

Open Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of History

History of Latin America, colonial period or nineteenth century

The Pennsylvania State University Department of History invites applications for a tenure-track position in the history of Latin America, colonial period or nineteenth century. The appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending upon qualifications, and will begin in August 2015. The successful applicant should be able to enhance the graduate concentration in Latin American history, demonstrate an active research agenda, be able to contribute immediately to both graduate and undergraduate teaching in the department, and be ready to participate in the Latin American Studies program. Candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand at date of application. Submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that describes current and future research, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and contact information of three references at https://app2.ohr.psu.edu/Jobs/External/EVMS2_External/currentap1.cfm#53234. Applications may also include up to three offprints or unpublished papers or chapters. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to
http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/ , which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

 

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College of the Liberal Arts

Department of History and Jewish Studies Program

Middle East Studies

The Pennsylvania State University Department of History and the Jewish Studies Program invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in modern Middle East Studies and Jewish History. Research focus and teaching interests are open, but the successful applicant will teach undergraduate courses at all levels in the Israel-Palestine and Arab-Israeli conflicts and in the history of Ottoman and mandate Palestine. Interest in transnational, postcolonial, and other theoretical perspectives is particularly welcome. Ability to contribute to an array of global studies initiatives in the College of the Liberal Arts, focusing on the study of global conflict, cultures, environment, and rights, is a real asset; working with the College’s new Center for Humanities and Information is also possible. The appointment will be held jointly in the Department of History and the Jewish Studies Program, and will begin in August 2015. The successful applicant should be able to enhance the interdisciplinary strengths of both units, demonstrate an active research agenda, and contribute immediately to both graduate and undergraduate teaching. Normal teaching load is 2-2. Dedication to the undergraduate missions of both the History Department and the Jewish Studies Program is essential. Candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand by the date of appointment. Submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that describes current and future research, and up to three articles and/or book chapters at https://app2.ohr.psu.edu/Jobs/External/EVMS2_External/currentap1.cfm#53185. Additionally, please arrange to have three letters of reference sent to Sandi Moyer at sjm1@psu.edu.  Application review will begin November 1, 2014, but dossiers will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions can be directed to Ben Schreier, Interim Director of Jewish Studies, at bjs44@psu.edu.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to  http://www.police.psu.edu/clery , which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

 

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Assistant/Associate Professor of History

Associate Director of the Center for the Humanities and Information

The Pennsylvania State University Department of History invites applications for a scholar working in any historical field, who uses quantitative, geomapping, data-mining or other large-scale methods of research, who will serve as advanced assistant or associate professor of History, and as Associate Director of Penn State`s new Center for the Humanities and Information commencing August 2015. Applicants should have scholarly records commensurate with those ranks at major research universities, and should present evidence of a capacity to contribute both to the Department and to the Center`s development. Though all applications will be considered, our strong preference is for scholars working on periods before 1900, and on geographical locations outside the United States. The History Department at Penn State is a large, research active program with a broad undergraduate major and a commitment to small, highly focused areas of graduate admissions and training. The Center focuses on the role information plays in the production of social meaning and value across the human sciences, from the orality-literacy transition to the new digital media. Addressing questions of information's role in governmentality, social memory, communication, literature and culture, philosophy, and history, the Center supports faculty and graduate students with visiting, predoctoral, and faculty fellowships, bringing together each year an interdisciplinary group of scholars who read and think widely across fields, and across information as a concept. To apply, submit cover letter, CV and the names of three references at https://app2.ohr.psu.edu/Jobs/External/EVMS2_External/currentap1.cfm#53257.  Application review will begin October 13, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. For more information about our department, including faculty bios, course lists, and areas of graduate training, please visit http://history.psu.edu. For information about the Center, please visit http://chi.la.psu.edu.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to
http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/ , which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

History Majors win three thesis awards

History majors have won three of the four honors thesis awards in the University this year.

In the Penn State University Libraries 2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Awards, the top place went to Chloe Weaver, a double major in History and German, for her thesis, "An Economic and Historical Analysis of Turkish Guest Worker Migration to Postwar West Germany." Second place went to Natalie Roberts, History and Political science, for her thesis on “History of Organic Farming in California and Pennsylvania.”

This year, the Paterno Fellows Program inaugurated its first annual Paterno Fellows Honors Thesis Award and one of the two winners was Andrew D’Aversa, a Paterno Fellow majoring in History and Management who received the inaugural award for his thesis on “Delmonico’s: The Creation of the Modern American Restaurant.”

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