A new book argues that the threat of secession has never left American politics. In the wake of Brexit and Trump’s election, many Americans began to ask if the United States might soon break apart.
Professor Elizabeth Clement contributes to Salt Lake Tribune Op-Ed, "Getting to zero cases of AIDS in Utah"
Forty years ago, America faced a viral pandemic spreading rapidly across the globe, killing otherwise young and healthy individuals. In the early ’90s it became the leading cause of death among Americans ages 25-44. The pandemic wasn’t COVID-19 — it was HIV/AIDS — but the parallels between the two are striking.
The University's 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium features the research projects of three incredible History students: Nicholas Cockrell, Juan Esquivel, and Maria Stokes. Congratulations students! Click here to view their projects.
As the academic year comes to a close, we look back on the accomplishments of our undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. Congratulations to all!
Professor Durbach's most recent book explores food programs initiated by the British government across two centuries, from the workhouses of the 1830s to the post-war Welfare State. It is available for purchase NOW!
Professor Smoak joins KCPW to discuss the coronavirus’s outsized impact on the Navajo Nation and the regional toll of an earlier pandemic.
The new pamphlet, published with the American Historical Association, offers a hemispheric view of European Emigration. It is available for purchase now.
The American Council of Learned Societies has awarded Professor Ryan Moran a full-year grant for the 2020-2021 year.
Congratulations to History Department graduate student Jeff Turner who just published a coauthored article in Digital Humanities Quarterly!
The American Historical Association has published Professor Lowey-Ball's recent article, "History by Text and Thing" - read it now!
Professor McDannell was recently cited in an ABC News story about the grisly murder of Travis Alexander. Read it now!
Julie Ault has received two internal fellowships (from the Tanner Humanities Center and the College of Humanities) to pursue a new project on East Germany’s place in the Cold War.
The University of Utah Vice President for Research's Office has agreed to fund. the Rocky Mountain American Religion Seminar for the second time
Congratulations to Professor Arvin, whose new book is available for purchase NOW!
Click here to read, "Robert A. Goldberg: A symbol of hate sits in our own backyard"
Congratulations to Professors Isabel Moreira, Susie Porter and Rebecca Horn who were each recognized at the 2019 Humanities Faculty Awards.
The American Historical Association has awarded Professor Cagle's new book, "Assembling the Tropics", with the Leo Gershoy Award. The book is available for purchase on Amazon - check it out!
Julia Huddleston and Emily Larsen independently proposed projects that mine both the Museum’s and the Library’s collections to investigate women’s roles in Utah history in distinctly different ways.
Current Research in Digital History is an annual open-access, peer-reviewed publication of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. It just published Professor Paul Reeve's short digital article featuring Century of Black Mormons!
The History Department is excited to welcome David Bresnahan, Caitlin Tyler-Richards and Cody Stephens.
Department Chair Benjamin Cohen's newest article discusses the Victorian sex scandal that shook India.
Colleen McDannell was cited in a recent Time article entitled, "15 Unsung Moments From American History That Historians Say You Should Know About"
Fellows are selected through multi-disciplinary peer review on the basis of the strength of their proposed projects and their commitment to connecting their community engaged scholarship with doctoral education at their institutions.
This year's prize will be presented to Professor Susie Porter for her work, entitled "From Angel to Office Worker: Middle-Class Identity and Female Consciousness in Mexico, 1890–1950".
The Organization of American Historians has awarded Colleen McDannell for her book, Sister Saints: Mormon Women Since the End of Polygamy.
The NEH summer stipend will enable archival research for a biography of 7th-century French Queen Balthild.
Reeve will begin July 1, 2019 when Robert Goldberg concludes his tenure as director of the Tanner Humanities Center.
Click here to read the full piece by History Graduate Student Shavauna Munster
Each episode of Ben Franklin's World features a conversation with a historian who helps shed light on important people and events in early American history.
Colleen McDannell discusses her new book "Sister Saints" and the history of Mormon women, with the Salt Lake Tribune
On January 29, 1863, the U.S. Army killed most of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone at a place called Bear River, yet hardly anyone knows it happened.
From Households to Empires: Papers Presented in Honor of Bradley J. Parker
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, facing declining enrollment and revenue, is weighing major changes to its degree programs. - Read the New York Times article here
University of Utah history professor Eric Hinderaker revisited the events of the Boston Massacre and attempted to determine what really happened on March 5, 1770.
With comics, video games, robotics, and stunning cityscapes, Asian cities are often presented as paragons of the achievements of modern technoscience. Yet, this was not always the case.
This course will trace the intersecting histories of the U.S and Vietnam throughout the 20th century and beyond.
Professor Cagle’s new book explores the intersection of science, culture and politics in Portugal’s empire and sheds light on little-known connections between Asia and the Atlantic World.
The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU selected Professor Paul Reeve's book, Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormons Struggle for Whiteness as its "Book of the Semester."
The 2018 Wilson Symposium’s theme was “History, Film and Race” and invited six distinguished scholars to speak about the intersection of history, film and race and its effects on modern society.
Professor McDannell’s new book offers a history of modern Mormon women that takes aim at various stereotypes, showing that their stories are much more complex than previously thought.
Colleen McDannell discusses her new book "Sister Saints" and the history of Mormon women, with the Salt Lake Tribune
Congratulations to our award-winning faculty!
U of U History faculty co-authored the successful Mellon Grant, that will provide funds to recruit and retain Pacific Islander students over the next three years.
History Department Professor Susie S. Porter’s new book, “From Angel to Office Worker,” is now available for purchase.
Utah Drawn: An Exhibit of Rare Maps, co-curated by History Department PhD graduate Travis Ross, has won the Autry Public History Prize from the Western History Association.
Sondra Jones traces the metamorphosis of the Ute people from a society of small, interrelated bands of mobile hunter-gatherers to sovereign, dependent nations—modern tribes who run extensive business enterprises and government services.
Professor Durbach's article entitled, "Comforts, Clubs, and the Casino: Food and the Perpetuation of the British Class System in First World War Civilian Internment Camps" has been released as part of OUP's History of Food collection. Read it here!
The story of one SLC doctor's fight against stigma, shame and ignorance at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. The film premiered at the 2018 DTH Film Festival
Ben Cohen, professor of history and Department Chair discusses why historical knowledge is vital to society and why it’s important to understand who we are and where we come from. Listen now!
The University of Utah announced that Stuart K. Culver, associate professor of English, has accepted the appointment as the dean of the College of Humanities. Currently acting as interim dean, Culver will move into his new position immediately.
Paul Reeve, professor of history at the University of Utah, and the J. Willard Marriott Library have collaborated to develop a public history project,“Century of Black Mormons,” a database that illuminates the history of black members in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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.
Eric Hinderaker, Chair and Professor of History, is being honored with the University of Utah’s prestigious designation of “Distinguished Professor.”
The University of Utah’s Department of History has been chosen to receive a Career Diversity Implementation Grant, as part of the Career Diversity for Historians initiative.
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.
New for 2018, we are introducing a regular blog post feature from our faculty members wherein they tackle current topics from a historical perspective. Our inaugural essay comes from Dr. Nadja Durbach on the phenomenon of "lunch shaming" schoolchildren and its relationship to education standards in the United Kingdom in the early 20th century.
Dr. Elizabeth Clement, along with other specialists from the College of Law and Marriott Library, contributed to Quiet Heroes, which will be screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Dr. Clement served as historical consultant and conducted interviews with subjects in the film. She has also worked to solicit and evaluate archival materials and conduct oral histories.
Our colleague and friend Dr. Bradley Parker passed away Friday, January 5th, in Berkeley, California.
In Spring 2018, Dr. Maile Arvin will begin teaching her first classes with the U History Department, rounding out our course offerings with her expertise in the Pacific Islands. Professor Arvin comes to us from her postdoctural fellowship at UC Riverside and will also be teaching classes for the Gender Studies department. Enjoy this brief introduction to Professor Arvin and her work!
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.
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.
History Professor Dr. Paul Reeve has been appointed the first Simmons Mormon Studies professor, advancing the University's Mormon Studies initiative.
An introduction to our newest Ancient Mediterranean specialist, her research interests, and her plans for the future at the U.
Associate professor of history Dr. Bradley Parker has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue his archaeological work on Inca and Wari Imperialism in Ayacucho, Peru.
Safi S. M. Safiullah, a native of Bangladesh and Manager of the Salt Lake City Public Library’s Marmalade Branch, was recognized for his career in community engagement and lifelong support of libraries and education around the world.
The American Historical Society has announced its participants for the 2017-18 Career Diversity for Historians Faculty Institute, including Department Chair and Professor Eric Hinderaker, Professor Matt Basso, Professor Greg Smoak, and Professor Paul Reeve.
Beginning Fall semester 2017 the History Department at the University of Utah will offer a Public History Certificate designed to prepare graduate students for a range of careers in public history institutions. The program combines rigorous training in historical methods and theory with practical, real world experience.
Professor Eric Hinderaker was recently interviewed on WBUR Radio about his newest publication, Boston's Massacre, published through Harvard University Press.
Professor Noel Voltz was recently interviewed in the Chronicle of Higher Education, along with other professors, about the specific challenges of being a person of color in academia.
Professor Bradley Parker recently published an article in the prestigious journal Advances in Archaeological Practice.
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.
Dr. Clement was one of 20 faculty members selected out of over 200 nominations to receive this year's award. Her nomination by student Amy Brown emphasized Dr. Clemet's "dedication to helping students find resources, figuring out their career passions, and realize the possibilities that exist for their futures".
Professor Matthew Basso has been named the State Scholar for the Smithsonian Institute's The Way We Worked, a Museum on Main Street program. Presented by Utah Humanities and the Smithsonian Institute, this exhibition of work and labor in American history began its year-long Utah tour in January at the Ogden Union Station.
Danielle Olden, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. The year-long NEH Fellowship will enable Danielle to complete her book, Racial Uncertainties: Mexican Americans, School Desegregation, and the Making of Race in Post-Civil Rights America,which examines Denver, Colorado's battle over school desegregation in the late 1960s and 1970s.
Professor Bradley Parker guests on the Thinking Aloud podcast to discuss Utah's archaeological treasures, the dangers facing petroglyphs and material remains, and how archaeologists and the public can work to preserve them for future generations.
Gary Okihiro, Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University will deliver the Department of History’s prestigious O. Meredith Wilson Lecture. Okihiro is a brilliant and internationally recognized scholar whose wide-ranging research focuses on United States, southern African, and world history.
Professor Beth Clement’s ongoing work on the AIDS epidemic has supported the production of a documentary on HIV in Utah, part of which just appeared in Still Here, an eight-minute short film hosted by VideoWest. Click on "Read more" for the link.
Nadja Durbach is an historian of modern Britain who specializes in the history of the body. During her Guggenheim Fellowship, Professor Durbach will be working on a book entitled, Many Mouths: State-Feeding in Britain from the Workhouse to the Welfare State.
Associate Professor Elizabeth Clement has not only won the 2016 Faculty Teaching Award for Excellence in General Education, but over the last two years, Clement has been active in the creation and processing of the new Kristen Ries/Maggie Snyder HIV/AIDS Collection at the Marriott Library. Click "Read more" for the link.
According to the BYU Studies Review, "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).
Of professor Horn, the Office for Global Engagement commented that "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."
Along with a number of scientists and two poets, Colleen McDannell won the 2015 Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Award. She is among the first Humanities scholars to win the prestigious prize.
The History Department is pleased to welcome Professor Noel Voltz to the faculty. Professor Voltz is a scholar of African American and African Diasporic History. She earned her PhD in History in 2014 from the Ohio State University and has been an Assistant Professor at Trinity Washington University in DC.
Three Humanities students, Jessica Chamorro, Sabrina Dawson, and Kate Mower have won the 2016-2017 Fulbright Awards. The US Fulbright program was established in 1946 to create mutual understanding and support friendly and peaceful relations between people in the U.S. and other countries.
Hosted by H-SAC in cooperation with Department staff and faculty, the second annual Futures in History social brings together faculty, students, and alumni to share stories, network, and to explore the rich variety of career pathways open to History undergraduates.
Professor Benjamin Cohen received a 30k grant from the U.S. Consulate, Hyderabad, India, to lead a team of nine Indian and six American students in studying sustainable urbanization in India. He travelled with Stephen Goldsmith (Architecture + Planning) to Hyderabad in December-January where the students conducted interviews, fieldwork, and meetings.
Brad Dennis, who graduated in the Fall of 2015 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.
Congratulations to Alyssa Victoria Mae Wall for winning one of the two J. Willard Marriott Library Honors awards this year. The title of her thesis was "A Tradition of Appropriation of Culture for Political Gain: Music in Korea," which one in the category of Social Science / Science.
The Calvin S. and JeNeal N. 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.
Marwan M. Kraidy is the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture, and Founding Director of the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication (PARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, where he is also affiliated with the Middle East Center.
University of Utah Department of History featured on Historians TV, January 1, 2012. Watch video.