Accomplishments: Department of History

January 13, 2021
Carlos S. Dimas (History) was elected by his peers as secretary for the Teaching and Teaching Materials Committee of The Conference on Latin American History, the major organization of Latin American historians in the United States. He will serve as secretary for 2021-22, then serve as chair for 2022-23. 
December 22, 2020
Susan Lee Johnson (History) is the author of Writing Kit Carson: Fallen Heroes in a Changing West (University of North Carolina Press), a critical biography that braids lives together over time and space, telling tales of two white women who, in the 1960s, produced books about frontiersman Kit Carson — Quantrille McClung, a Denver librarian, and Kansas-born but Washington D.C.- and Chicago-based Bernice Blackwelder, who sang on stage and radio and worked for the CIA before starting to write. In...
December 18, 2020
Michelle Follette Turk (History and Honors) has published a revised and expanded book, Gambling with Lives: A History of Occupational Health in Greater Las Vegas, a long-term study of health and safety in Southern Nevada, and the region's most catastrophic workplace disasters. Her research began as a dissertation at UNLV (Ph.D. History, 2011), and was funded by the 2010-11 President's UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.         
December 1, 2020
Susan Lee Johnson (History) has published a piece on recent controversies over monuments honoring the frontiersman Christopher "Kit" Carson. It appears in the online magazine We're History. Johnson is the Harry Reid Endowed Chair for the History of the Intermountain West.
November 25, 2020
A. B. Wilkinson (History) published Blurring the Lines of Race and Freedom: Mulattoes and Mixed Bloods in English Colonial America with the University of North Carolina Press. This book investigates how people of mixed African, European, and Native American heritage (referred to as “mulattoes,” “mustees,” and “mixed bloods”) were integral to the construction of early ideas about race. Thousands of mixed-heritage people appear in English colonial records and Wilkinson’s book provides a clear and...
November 23, 2020
Jeff Schauer (History) gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the African Studies Association — in virtual form this year. His paper, "Developing the National Herds: The Making of National-Era Wildlife Policy in Zambia, 1964-1974," explored how attempts to imagine a radical repurposing of ecology, debates, and negotiations around overlapping uses of national parks, and backroom negotiations with rogue chiefs and recalcitrant hunters represented alternative possibilities that emerged...
November 17, 2020
William Bauer (History, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, American Indian Alliance) participated on a roundtable discussion, "A History of Hops in the Western World" at the second annual Beer Culture Summit, hosted virtually by the Chicago Brewseum. He discussed Indigenous Peoples who worked in the hop industry in Nevada, California, Oregon, and Washington.
October 27, 2020
History Department (Liberal Arts) has received the prestigious 2020 American Historical Association Equity Award. This award is given annually to an individual or institution demonstrating an exceptional record in the recruitment and retention of students and new faculty from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented within the historical professions. The institutional award to the department of history recognized a record that include such achievements as mentoring, program building,...
October 27, 2020
Iesha Jackson (Teaching and Learning), Doris L. Watson (Educational Psychology and Higher Education), Marcie Gallo (History), and Claytee White (Oral History Center) gave their second of two peer review presentations on their collaborative project, Digging Deep and Branching Out: Using Oral History and Collaborative Inquiry to Explore Candidate Resilience and Craft Equitable Experiences for ARL Teachers of Color. The presentations were given at the Southwest Oral History Conference and the Oral...
October 21, 2020
Doris Morgan Rueda (History) is included in an online multimedia art project, "Without Borders, Sin Fronteras," curated by Veronica Aranda and Eduardo Parra. This virtual exhibit explores issues of immigration and migration and celebrates cross-cultural immigration experiences through poetry, film, music, and visual art. She is a doctoral candidate.
October 20, 2020
John Curry (History) presented a paper at the annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association, which was held virtually this year. His paper, "The Extraordinary Life of Mezemorta Huseyin Pasha: Corsair, Captive, Dey and Admiral," sought to explain how marginal figures engaged in piracy in the early modern Mediterranean could sometimes rise to positions of great significance in the Ottoman Imperial Navy.
October 20, 2020
Alejandra Herrera (History) won the Western History Association Graduate Student Prize. The prize is designed to foster graduate student professional development and to enhance collegial citizenship within the organization. Herrera will use the research stipend to conduct research on the history Nevada, once it is safe to travel in spring 2021. She is a master's student.