Accomplishments: Department of History

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.
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 15, 2020
Joanne L. Goodwin (History) co-edited the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly's special issue on Nevada's woman suffrage campaigns. Published early this fall, the issue recognizes the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) which enabled a majority of U.S. women who were citizens (but not all) to vote. It also brings together the most recent scholarship on woman suffrage in the state. Goodwin's article "Mapping Nevada's Suffrage Campaigns" explores suffrage activities from...
October 1, 2020
Carlos S. Dimas (History) was an invited speaker for the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine's working group Under Stormy Skies: Atmospheric Science, Technology, and Society. He delivered a paper entitled "State Visions: Exploring the Argentine Landscape in the Gran Chaco, 1870-1910" that looked at how engineers and armies used environments, weather, and climate to expand the Argentine state's national borders. The talk forms part of his project that looks at the role of...
September 30, 2020
Joanne Goodwin (History) participated in a webinar, "Trailblazers: The National Votes for Women Trail," sponsored by the National Woman's Suffrage Centennial Commission.  
September 28, 2020
John Curry (History) published an extensive, peer-reviewed chapter in the Routledge Handbook on Sufism (London: Routledge Press, 2021). Edited by the well-known scholar of Islamic mysticism, Lloyd Ridgeon of University of Glasgow, the volume contains chapters by more than 30 of the best-known specialists in the field of Islamic studies. It serves as an encyclopedic roadmap on the topic of Sufism from the early medieval period to contemporary times, and includes chapters covering the entire...
September 18, 2020
Claytee White (UNLV Oral History Research Center) facilitated a panel discussion as part of an event series titled "We Need to Talk: Conversations on Racism for a More Resilient Las Vegas." The panelists were A.B. Wilkinson (History), Kevin Wright (Student Diversity & Social Justice), and Brenda Williams of the Westside School Alumni Foundation.
September 16, 2020
Gregory Brown (History) has published an article documenting the first academic lectures on the French Enlightenment and French Revolution delivered in the United States, by Andrew Dickson White, between 1859 and 1861. White, an active abolitionist, worked with prominent French legal historian Edouard René de Laboulaye to build support for the Union cause and the abolition of slavery in France and the United States during the Civil War, and he considered the history of the French Revolution an...
September 10, 2020
Jeff Schauer (History) recently discussed his new-ish book, Wildlife between Empire and Nation in Twentieth-Century Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) on the New Book Network. The book explores colonial and national era wildlife policy in eastern and central Africa.
September 3, 2020
Neil Dodge (History) won a Summer Research Award for Graduate Students from Brigham Young University's Charles Redd Center for Western Studies. He will use the award to conduct research and write a dissertation chapter, "Reimagined People: Captives as Beloved Kin, 1846-1868."  His dissertation traces the changing parameters of Navajo identity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is a doctoral candidate and also a citizen of the Navajo Nation.
September 3, 2020
John Curry (History) was appointed to a three-to-five-year term on the Development Committee for the Advanced Placement world history exam, which is administered to hundreds of thousands of high school students each year. This committee represents a unique collaboration between high school and college educators, and is made up of six key appointees, drawn from the university and secondary education community across the entire United States. The committee plays a critical role in the preparation...
July 24, 2020
Doris Morgan Rueda (History) received the American Society for Legal History Small Grant to conduct digital research during the COVID-19 pandemic for her project, “Saving The Bad Kids, Caging Los Chicos Malos: Juvenile Justice and Racialized Surveillance in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1900-1970." She is a doctoral candidate.