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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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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.”
Congratulations to Sean Trainor! Sean was recently interviewed about the article by Virginia Prescott on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Listen here.
Congratulations to Hsin-fang Wu! Hsin-fang has been named a 2014 Career Development Awardee by the Center for Global Studies at Penn State.
Congratulations to Eric Welch! Eric has been offered a one-semester Hill Dissertation Write-up Fellowship for Spring 2015.
Congratulations to Sean Trainor! Sean’s article, “The Beard That Wasn’t: Abe Lincoln’s Whiskers,” recently appeared in the online journal The Appendix. Read the article here.
Congratulations to Antwain Hunter! Antwain has accepted a tenure track position in the Department of History and Anthropology at Butler University in Indianapolis.
Congratulations to Courtney Rong Fu! Courtney has been named a 2014 Career Development Awardee by the Center for Global Studies at Penn State.
Congratulations to Tim Wesley! Tim, a 2010 PhD graduate, has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of History and Philosophy at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.
Congratulations to Jeffrey Rop! Jeffrey, a 2013 PhD graduate, has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship in the History department of the University of Minnesota at Duluth.
Congratulations to Lauren Kaplow! Lauren, a 2013 PhD graduate, has accepted a visiting assistant professorship in the History department of the University of North Dakota.
Congratulations to Will Bryan! Will, a 2013 PhD graduate, received an offer for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University, in Atlanta, GA.
Congratulations to Bill Cossen! Bill’s article, “Monk in the Middle: The Awful Disclosures of the Hotel Dieu Nunnery and the Making of Catholic Identity,” has appeared in American Catholic Studies 125, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 25-45.
Congratulations to Sophie De Schaepdrijver! Sophie was recently named Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium. Read more here.
Congratulations to Kate Merkel-Hess! Kate was recently featured in the "AHA Member Spotlight." Read more here.
Congratulations to David Atwill! David, graduate program director and associate professor of History and Asian studies, is the 2014 recipient of the Graduate School Alumni Society Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award. Read more here.
Sean was recently interviewed on his piece for The Atlantic for a program entitled Sunday Extra on Australia’s Radio National. Listen here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/sundayextra/beards-a-la-mode/5248842
Congratulations to Sean Trainor! Sean’s article, “Fair Bosom/Black Beard: Facial Hair, Gender Determination, and the Strange Career of Madame Clofullia, ‘Bearded Lady’” was recently accepted for inclusion in a special, Fall 2014 issue of Early American Studies entitled “Beyond the Binaries.” In addition, Sean’s article, “The Racially Fraught History of the American Beard” was recently published in the online edition of The Atlantic.
Congratulations to Rachel Moran! Rachel received a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. The fellowship will fund early archival research for Rachel’s study of pregnancy and the modern welfare state.
Congratulations to Annie Rose! Annie has been elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society, established in 1812 and devoted to American history, literature, and culture through 1876.