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Leaders of the Mau Movement

1930, Samoa


Eric Hinderaker Named Distinguished Professor

Eric Hinderaker, Chair and Professor of History, is being honored with the University of Utah’s prestigious designation of “Distinguished Professor.”

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2018 Practicing History Department Conference

Save the date! Our annual conference of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research presentation is just around the corner. Check here for the most up-to-date scheduling information.

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Introducing Guided Pathways for History Majors

Our award-winning and internationally-recognized faculty educate students in a myriad of time periods, world regions and areas of interest. Guided Pathways will allow students to customize a learning experience specific to their interests and future career goals.

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Graduate Student Jeffrey Mahas Published in Journal of Mormon History

History department graduate student Jeffrey Mahas was recently published in the Journal of Mormon History. His paper introduces the reader to the little-discussed whistling and whittling movement of early Mormonism and its relationship to vigilante violence within the community.

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Alumnus Andrew Smith Receives Prestigious Boren Award

Andrew Smith, U of Utah History alumnus (BA, 2015), is among the latest recipients of the Boren Award, the prestigious and nationally competitive fellowship program that supports service and language learning abroad. He is currently at work in Tanzania and learning Swahili. Tanzania’s Kigoma province has received a majority of the over 400,000 Burundi refugees.

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Graduate Student Kathryn Hain Wins World History Association Honors

Kathryn Hain, December 2016 graduate from the History Department, received an Honorable Mention, in the World History Association Dissertation Prize, an award that placed her work in the top ten percent of the competition.

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First-Year Graduate Student Lori Wilkinson Accepted for Publication

Lori Wilkinson, a first-year graduate student focusing on 19th and 20th century US History, will have a research paper featured in the January 2018 issue of the Journal of Mormon History titled "Scribbling Women in Zion: Mormon Women Emulate Fanny Fern". The paper focuses on the relationship between LDS women on the frontier of Utah and the writings of Fanny Fern, a satirical newspaper columnist with the New York Ledger known for her conversational writing style.

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(HIST 3910) Histories of the Pacific Islands

This class provides an introduction to the history of the Pacific Islands, also known as Oceania. The Pacific Ocean is vast - covering over 30% of the earth – but often depicted as empty, marginal, or isolated from the rest of the world. Yet, imperialism and colonialism in the region has long served significant economic, political, and military needs of Western countries. This class will analyze the histories of both Indigenous framings and Western framings of the Pacific, including the origins of the Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia divisions imposed by Europeans in the eighteenth century. We will analyze various forms of imperialism and colonialism in the Pacific as well as Indigenous resistance and movements to achieve decolonization. 
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Last Updated: 5/15/18