The Mormon History Association honored Religion of a Different Color with its Best Book award at its annual conference on Friday, June 10.

"Religion of a Different Color is a true historical tour de force. It instantly joins the elite ranks of the Mormon studies canon, becoming required reading for anyone interested in the Mormon past (or present). The book's utility goes far beyond Mormon studies, however, as it should also be consulted by scholars of whiteness and American race relations as an expert analysis of how religion impacted and was impacted by the national discourse about race." -- BYU Studies Review

Two Guggenheim Fellowships Awarded to Outstanding College of Humanities Professors

The University of Utah College of Humanities was thrilled to learn that two John Simmon Guggenheim Fellowships for 2016 were awarded to Professor Nadja Durbach and Professor Melanie Rae Thon.

Since 1925 the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has offered Fellowships to artists, scholars, and scientists in all fields. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. Often Characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The Foundation receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year, and approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded. This year the Board of Trustees granted 175 Fellowships. 

Nadja DubarchNadja Durbach is an historian of modern Britain who specializes in the history of the body. Educated at the University of British Columbia (BA Hons) and the Johns Hopkins University (PhD), she joined the University of Utah in 2000 where she is currently Professor of History.
Read Nadja's full profile here.

Melanie Rae ThonMelanie Rae Thon is an author whose books include The Good Samaritan Speaks, a fine art edition featuring her poetry and the work of eight visual artists; the novels The Voice of the River, Sweet Hearts, Meteors in August, and Iona Moon; and the story collections In This Light, Girls in the Grass, and First, Body. She is a recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award, the Hopwood Award, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gina Berriault Award, and a Writer's Residency from the Lannan Foundation. In 2009, she was Virgil C. Aldrich Fellow at the Tanner Humanities Center. Melanie teaches in the Creative Writing and Environmental Humanities Programs at the University of Utah.
Read Melanie's full profile here

The College of Humanities offers eager congratualtions to both Nadja and Melanie, and thank them for being an exeptional example of the University. 

See The New York Times announcement. 

Congratulations to Alyssa Victoria Mae Wall for winning on of the two J. Willard Marriott Library Honors awards this year. Hers was in the category of Social Science / Science. The title of her thesis was "A Tradition of Appropriation of Culture for Political Gain: Music in Korea."

 Congratulations to Professor Elizabeth Clement for being awarded the 2016 Faculty Teaching Award for Excellence in General Education!

We are pleased to announce that three Department of History faculty members have won 2016 Kickstart Grants from the College of Humanities.

Congratulations to Professors Cohen, Durbach, and Lowey-Ball!

Congratulations to Professor Horn for receiving the Excellence in Global Education Award sponsored by the Office for Global Engagement.

"Her leadership to establish the Center for Latin American Studies and gain NRC status has a far-reaching impact for student and faculty global  engagement at the U as well as in K-12 education and the local community."

Congratulations to Professor Adams for receiving the Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch Prize in Teaching for 2016.

"The Hatch Prize in Teaching is awarded to an outstanding faculty member who has made significant contributions to teaching at the University of Utah for an extended period of time. Specifically, the committee looks for a faculty member who has distinguished him or herself through the development of new and innovative teaching methods, inventiveness in the curriculum and classroom, as well as commitment to enhancing student learning."

Futures in History Event

A sincere thank you to everyone who attended Futures in History, and we look forward to seeing you again at next year's career social event!

 Professor Reeve - Redd Center Lecture

Professor Paul Reeve was invited by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at BYU to give a lecture titled "From Not White Enough to Too White: Rethinking the Mormon Racial Story." His lecture is based on research from his recent book Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness, published by the Oxford University Press, 2015.

 Cohen India Trip

Students from the University of Utah and from colleges and universities in Hyderabad and across India, pose together. The students are participants in a major grant on sustainable urbanization sponsored by the US Consulate Hyderabad, and directed by Department of History faculty member Benjamin Cohen.

 New U of U Grad School Podcast Series Features History Ph.D. Student

Conflict, Terrorism, and Reprisals in the Middle East at the Turn of the Century

Brad Dennis, who will graduate with his Ph.D. in History from the University of Utah this December, discusses the origins of interethnic and interreligious conflict at the birth of the modern Middle East from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. The conflicts he describes, instigated by foreign interventions and realizing a horrific peak of violence in terrorism and the mistrust, discrimination, and eventual ethnic cleansing that it engenders, provide a fascinating and almost eerily analogous comparison to — and cautionary lesson about — contemporary events.

Professor Elizabeth Clement Featured in the 2015 U of U Innovate Report


Featured Faculty Research

Listen to the 2015 Frontiers of New Media Symposium

Keynote - Dr. Marwan Kraidy, "Burning Man and Laughing Cow: Digital Dissent and Democratic Divides"

Roundtable Discussion - "Digital Democracy | Digital Divides"