Accomplishments: Department of History

May 1, 2014
Deidre Clemente (History) has written a book, Dress Casual: How College Students Redefined American Style (The University of North Carolina Press, 2014), a lively history of fashion on American college campuses. Whether it's jeans and sneakers or khakis with a polo shirt, chances are college kids made it cool. The modern casual American wardrobe, she argues, was born in the classrooms, dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses, and gyms of universities and colleges across the country. As...
February 1, 2014
Sue Fawn Chung (History) has been working on the Stanford University Chinese Railroad Workers Project and recently attended a workshop at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan, where she presented a paper on Chinese railroad workers in Nevada. She also attended their anthropology workshop, where she headed a panel and commented on papers on archeological projects in Nevada and Utah connected with Chinese railroad workers. The next conference will be held in Guangdong, China.
June 1, 2013
Miriam Melton-Villanueva (History) presented "Religious Context of Land in Nahua Communities of the Early 19th Century" at the Rocky Mountain Council of Latin American Studies' annual conference in Santa Fe, N.M. She also presented "Aztec Testaments: Indigenous Archives in Central Mexico" at a talk jointly sponsored by UNLV's department of anthropology and the Latin American Institute.
May 1, 2013
Sue Fawn Chung (History) chaired a panel on Chinese workers and presented a paper on "Branching Out: Chinese in the Woods in the American West" at the Association for Asian American Studies annual conference in Seattle. She also toured the Wing Lake Museum, which she had aided by raising restoration funds. The museum gained national park recognition in March.
March 1, 2013
Sue Fawn Chung (History) is the co-producer of More Than a Face in the Crowd, a film that will be part of the Asian American film festival in San Francisco this month. It also will be seen at the Southwest Oral History Association Conference at UNLV in April as part of the keynote address to be delivered by Chung's co-producer Samantha Chan.
February 1, 2013
Sue Fawn Chung (History) received the Bancroft Honor Award from the Western history department of the Denver Public Library for her book In Pursuit of Gold: Chinese American Miners and Merchants in the American West (University of Illinois, 2011).
December 1, 2012
Michelle Tusan (History) has a new book, Smyrna's Ashes: Humanitarianism, Genocide and the Birth of the Middle East that just has been published by the University of California Press.
December 1, 2012
P. Jane Hafen (English) edited a collection of scholarly essays, Critical Insights: Louise Erdrich. Among the contributors are Patrice Hollrah (Writing Center), Margaret Huettl (History), and William Huggins (English). Erdrich just won the National Book Award for her novel The Round House.
December 1, 2012
Sue Fawn Chung (History) presented a program, "Preservation 101," about the basic steps in historic preservation at the Asian Pacific Islander Historic Preservation Conference, which she helped establish, in Los Angeles in June. She also helped create the preservation program. At the end of June she participated in the National Park Serice Diversity Conference in San Francisco. She also served on the Stanford University Planning Committee on the Study of Chinese Railroad Workers in September.
December 1, 2012
Joanne Goodwin (History) has written a chapter for a book, Oral History, Community, and Work in the American West, which will be published next year. The chapter, "Women at Work in Las Vegas, 1940-1980," examines the ways in which the history of the Las Vegas tourism industry and its female workers could not be fully understood without the firsthand accounts offered through the oral history method.
October 1, 2012
Rachel Anderson (Law) was one of the recipients of the Medal of Justice awarded by the State Bar of Nevada for the Black History Month issue of Nevada Lawyer, which was published in February. This historic issue was a joint venture between the Las Vegas chapter of the National Bar Association (LVNBA) and the State Bar of Nevada and celebrates the contributions of African-American lawyers in Nevada against the backdrop of the civil rights movement on a state level and a national level. The...
July 27, 2012
Sue Fawn Chung (History) served on the planning committee and was a founding member of the Asian Pacific Islander Historic Preservation Forum, which held its second national conference in Los Angeles in June. She presented a paper on the preservation of the Bok Kai Temple in Marysville, Calif. It is a Daoist temple that dates from 1880.