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 Ph.D. in History in 2014 from the Ohio State University and for the past two years, she has been an Assistant Professor of American History at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC.
Professor Voltz’s particular research interests focus on women of color in slavery and freedom in the United States and the Atlantic World. More specifically, her first book project, tentatively titled, The Sword in Her Hands: Louisiana’s Free Women of Color and their Sexual Negotiation for Freedom, seeks to understand how free women of color used sex across the colorline as a tool of negotiation in various spaces in antebellum Louisiana. More specifically, utilizing contemporary travelers’ journals, newspapers, poems, songs, letters, notarial and ecclesiastical records, court cases and other legal documents, her work examines the sexual agency that Louisiana’s free women of color exerted in five sites of contestation – the body, the ballroom, the storeroom, the courtroom and the sanctuary. She contends that in literal and figurative spaces, Louisiana’s free women of color drew upon their sexuality to make strategic claims to their freedom and advance themselves socially and economically. This work pushes the boundaries of current scholarship engaging questions of intersectionality, sexual agency and trauma, race and identity, and hegemonic myth and cultural reappropriation. In so doing, it builds upon and push beyond historiographic discussions of the fetishizing and fantasizing gaze of white men and the overly simplistic dichotomous images of the hypersexualized Jezebel and the totally victimized yet “respectable” free woman of color. Ultimately, this book project will illuminate a more nuanced understanding of black female agency in the antebellum era.
In addition to her active research agenda, Professor Voltz is looking forward to teaching a range of courses in the Department including courses on African American, Early American and African Diaspora History. In the Fall of 2016, she will be teaching History 4690: African American History, 1619-1880. In this course, students will explore the history of African Americans in the age of slavery and will learn about the central role that slavery played in the creation of our nation. This course will be meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:45 to 12:05. If you have interest in taking the course, feel free to contact Professor Voltz or your academic advisor.
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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 colleague and friend Dr. Bradley Parker passed away Friday, January 5th, in Berkeley, California.
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.
Thursday, March 23rd is the opening day of the 2-day departmental Practicing History Conference. All panels will take place in CTIHB 351.
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.
The department's annual Practicing History Conference is slated for March 23rd and 24th, 2017, from 9am to 4:30pm. This event is held collectively with history grad students, undergrads, and faculty, to give students the opportunity to present research in a professional academic environment, as well as receive feedback on their work.
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.
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.
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.
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