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Fall 2014

  • Jessica Hower, Assistant Professor of History, presented a paper entitled “Under One (Inherited) Imperial Crown: The Tudor Origins of Britain and its Empire, 1603-1625” at the annual international Britain and the World Conference at Newcastle University in June. Her work received the Wm. Roger Louis Prize, awarded annually to the author of the best paper delivered at the conference.

  • Melissa Byrnes, assistant professor of history, served as discussant for a panel entitled “Contested Visions of Metropole and Colony: From France to French West Africa in the 20th Century” at the Western Society for French History’s Annual Conference in San Antonio this November. She also chaired a panel, “Conquering Science and the Science of Conquest.”

  • The history department is joined this year by assistant professor Jethro Hernandez-Berrones. Dr. Hernandez-Berrones will be teaching courses on the history of medicine and the history of Latin America. He recently completed his Ph.D. in the history of health sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, where his dissertation focused on the medical profession in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution.

  • Melissa Byrnes, assistant professor of history, presented a paper, “Ramadan on the Rhone: Muslims and Christians in Secular France” at the Mediterranean Studies Association Annual Congress in Marbella, Spain, in June. She attended the conference with two other SU faculty–Eric Selbin, professor of political science, and Sergio Costola, associate professor of theater–as part of their work with the “Mediterranean Mingling” Paideia Cluster.

Spring 2014

  • Professor McClendon’s most recent book, The South Africa Reader, received a rave review from the LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science) Review of Books. The conclusion: “The South Africa Reader makes for gripping reading and a comprehensive treatment of the country’s exciting past and tumultuous present – a must for any eager student of South Africa.” You can read the full review here.

  • Shana Bernstein, associate professor of history, presented a paper on March 15 at the American Society of Environmental History conference in San Francisco. The paper is titled “The Garbage Ladies of the Settlements: Environmental Health in Progressive-Era Chicago.”

  • Melissa Byrnes, assistant professor of history, published an article entitled “Liberating the Land or Absorbing a Community: Managing North African Migration and the Bidonvilles in Paris’s Banlieues” in the Winter 2013 special issue of French Politics, Culture & Society, “Algerian Legacies in Metropolitan France.”

  • Shana Bernstein, associate professor of history, chaired a panel on “Catholics, Racial Justice, and Reassessing Religion in the Long Civil Rights Movement,” at the American Historical Association conference in Washington, D.C., in early January.

Fall 2013

  • Melissa Byrnes, assistant professor of history, received a $2,000 Sam Taylor Fellowship from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. The funds will enable her to travel to France and Portugal to conduct research on French activism for Portuguese rights in the 1960s.

  • Jessica Hower joined the History Department as an assistant professor of history in Fall 2013. She will be teaching classes in British, World, and early Modern European History. Dr. Hower earned her undergraduate degree in history and political science from Union College in New York and her Ph.D. in history from Georgetown University. Her research examines imperialism in Tudor Britain.

  • Melissa Byrnes, assistant professor of history, attended the Society for the Study of French History’s Annual Conference in Cardiff, UK, in July. She chaired two panels and presented her work, “A Cosmopolitan Approach to Community Policies: North African Migrants in the Suburbs of Paris and Lyon.”

  • Thomas McClendon, professor of history, was invited to give the 2013 Distinguished Africa Lecture at The University of Texas at Austin on September 19. You can find the video recording for his talk, “Making African History in the United States: the South African Education Program in the 1980s,” here.

Spring 2013

  • Shana Bernstein, associate professor of history, was invited by the Chicano and Latino Studies Department and the Jewish Studies Program of California State University Long Beach to give an April 25, 2013 talk titled “Allies in the Struggle for Civil Rights: Mexican American and Jewish Relations in a Time of Change.”

  • Melissa Byrnes, assistant professor of history, presented a paper titled “Slumlord with a Heart of Gold: What the Controversy over the Oliviers de Serres ‘Ghetto’ in Villeurbanne Reveals about Migrants’ Rights in the Republic” on April 6, 2013 at the Society for French Historical Studies Annual Conference in Cambridge, MA.

  • Melissa Byrnes, assistant professor of history, gave a talk entitled “Migration and Municipal Foreign Policy: North Africans in the Suburbs of Paris and Lyon” at a workshop hosted by UT-Austin’s Institute for Historical Studies on April 15, 2013, as part of their series on “Reinventing Diplomacy.”

Fall 2012

  • Who’s making history these days?

  • Shana Bernstein, associate professor of history, gave several invited lectures in 2012, including “Nazis, Red-Baiting, and Civil Rights: Jewish Americans as Interracial Activists in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles” at Stanford University’s Research Institute for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.

  • Shana Bernstein, associate professor of history, was named a 2012-2013 Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians (OAH). Read more here.

  • Melissa Byrnes, assistant professor of history, gave a paper on “The Algerian War through Metropolitan Prisms: How Ideas of Empire Shaped Local Immigration Policies and Policing” at the French Colonial Historical Society’s annual conference in New Orleans.