History at the Humanities Institute

Five members of the History Department will be away this year working on dissertations, articles, and book manuscripts as fellows at the UConn Humanities Institute. The Humanities Institute was founded in 2001 under the direction of Ross MacKinnon, then Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Richard D. Brown, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus.

 

Brendan Kane, Associate Professor of History, will be working on a book manuscript tentatively titled "Knowledge and the legitimacy of power in Ireland and England, 1500-1700.” The project explores the relationship between the establishment of legitimate power (political, social, religious) and the production of knowledge (ethnographic, historical, cartographic, genealogical) in early modern England and its first colonial theater, Ireland. Kane's most recent book, The Politics and Culture of Honour in Britain and Ireland, 1541–1641, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010.

 

Matthew McKenzie, Assistant Professor of History, will be working on a project tentatively titled "A History of Denial: Cultural Representation and Environmental Catastrophe on Georges Bank, 1872-1945." His most recent book, Clearing the Coastline: The Nineteenth Century Ecological and Cultural Transformation of Cape Cod, was published by the University Press of New England in 2011.

 

Janet Watson, Associate Professor of History, will be working on a book manuscript tentatively titled "Telling War Stories: The Second World War in Postwar Britain." Her first book, Fighting Different Wars: Experience, Memory, and the First World War in Britain, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2004 and was awarded the 2005 Tomlinson Prize for the Best Work of History on World War I.

 

Omar Dphrepaulezz, a graduate student in History, will be completing his dissertation, "Imperialism, Racism, and Anti-Islamism: The U.S. Army Campaign to Pacify the Southern Philippines, 1898-1907."

 

Alea Henle, a graduate student in History, will be completing her dissertation, "Preserving the Past, Making History: Historical Societies and Editors in the Early Republic."