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Department of History News

The history department's curriculum embraces the panorama of the past while also helping students to fulfill their constitutions, humanities, multicultural, and international requirements.

Current History News

football players look up at fireworks display
Campus News | December 2, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

portrait of woman
People | November 25, 2019

Jean Munson of the Women's Research Institute of Nevada credits professor Joanne Goodwin, the institute's director emerita, as having been an important mentor.

People preparing to cut ribbon on new Fertitta Complex
Campus News | November 1, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

A group of four UNLV nursing students work on a manikin at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas.
Campus News | September 25, 2019

A collection of news stories capturing the excitement of UNLV’s campus in June, July and August.

A historical photo shows the original Nevada Capitol
Business and Community | August 20, 2019

"The Sagebrush State" is an essential tome to appreciating the history, and vagaries, of governance in the state.

elephant reaching into tree
Research | June 6, 2019

A new book details how colonial control impacted a continent’s relationship to its wildlife.

History In The News

Nevada Appeal
December 12, 2019

Carson City is now home to one of five historic markers in Nevada recognizing women’s suffrage and marking the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment.

The Atlantic
December 12, 2019

I don’t remember what specific combo of frustration and busyness led me to wear leggings to the office one day recently, but I do remember it felt magical. With nothing but a stretchy band and Nulu(™) fabric holding me in, I felt freer, like I was dancing through my duties, rather than trudging through them encased in polyester and wool. My computer seemed to run more quickly; my sources were more responsive; the PR people were less angry.

KNPR News
December 10, 2019

It was 150 years ago that construction began on the Sutro Tunnel. It had quite an impact … and didn’t amount to much. If that sounds contradictory, well, bear with us.

Lifestyle.INQ
December 2, 2019

High-tech fabrics, an obsession with health and the slackening of dress codes make a new range of clothing possible.

Quartz
November 29, 2019

Decades only take shape with the clarity of hindsight. The artifacts that make a decade memorable don’t become obvious until long after it has passed.

KUNR
November 29, 2019

While you’re driving down the road in Nevada, you will soon see a new set of historic markers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck has the story.

History Experts

An expert in U.S. women's history, political activism, oral history, and feminism.
Finding the intersection of the end of British colonial rule in African and how it affected wildlife conservation.
An expert on Native American history.
A historian and curator of 20th century American culture, specializing in clothing, political fashion, and the use of fashion in the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald. 
Kirk is an expert who studies the intersections of cultural and environmental history in the modern U.S. with a special interest in the American West.

Recent History Accomplishments

December 9, 2019
William Bauer (History and the American Indian Alliance) made a presentation, "Generational Trauma and Round Valley’s History: Slavery and Boarding Schools," at the Decolonizing Your Approach to Justice for Child Abuse symposium, which was held on the Round Valley Indian Reservation in Northern California. He discussed the history of slavery and...
November 21, 2019
William Bauer (History) and Fawn Douglas (Art) were featured speakers with Jack Malotte, an accomplished visual artist who focuses on Great Basin landscape, contemporary political issues faced by Native people, and environmental activism. Bauer proposed some historical/political context for Malotte's work. Douglas provided readings of some of...
November 19, 2019
John Curry (History) recently acted as a chair and discussant for a panel at the 2019 Middle East Studies Association conference, Modes and Methods of Manuscript Publication in the Early Modern Period: The Ottoman, Safavid and European Realms, reviewing the four paper submissions and drawing them together as part of an invited talk meant to...
October 23, 2019
In celebration of International Open Access Week, the University Libraries has announced five winners of the 2019 UNLV Open Access Awards. This year winners include: Brookings Mountain West in the category Non-Academic Departments With The Most Materials in the Institutional Repository William F. Harrah College of Hospitality in the category...
October 17, 2019
John Curry (History) has just published an invited chapter surveying a collection of scholarship published on recently scholarly debates in Ottoman social and religious history. "Some Reflections on the Fluidity of Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in an Ottoman Sunni Context,” appears in the edited volume Beyond Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: New Perspectives...
September 30, 2019
Monserrath Hernández (Journalism and Media Studies), Maribel Estrada Calderón (History), Marcela Rodriguez-Campo (Teaching and Learning), Elsa Lopez (Education), Laurents Bañuelos-Benitez (Education), Rodrigo Vazquez (Economics), and Nathalie Martinez (Honors) were each recently awarded a student scholarship from the city of Las Vegas and the...