Congratulations are in order for UConn History PhD candidate, Nicole Breault. In the past year, Nicole received fellowships from the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute and The Huntington Library. Nicole can add another impressive honor to her already long list of grants and fellowships. Nicole was named the David Center for the American Revolution Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia for 2021-2022. She will spend the next year in Philadelphia researching, writing, and finishing her dissertation.
Well done, Nicole, and congrats on another impressive feat. You do UConn History proud and are a model for graduate student excellence.
History conferences are no doubt different these days, but even in virtual and online spaces, they still honor excellent historical scholarship. And that’s certainly the case with UConn History PhD student Constance Holden.
Constance’s paper, “Black Visibility and Whitened Modernity: Constructing Argentine Nationalism in Caras y Caretas, 1898-1910,” for Virginia Tech’s Innovative Perspectives in History Graduate Research Conference won the Brian Bertoti Award for Outstanding Historical Scholarship.
Well done, Constance, and congratulations on this incredible honor! Keep up the great work and making UConn History proud.
It’s that time again: the announcement of the University of Connecticut’s Humanities Institute (UCHI) Fellows.
Once again, UConn History is well represented. Please join us in congratulating Professor Micki McElya, Associate Professor Fiona Vernal, and PhD candidate Erik Freeman for receiving 2021-2022 UCHI Fellowships. As a UCHI Fellow, Professor McElya will work on the project, “No More Miss America! How Protesting the 1968 Pageant Changed a Nation.” For Professor Vernal, her UCHI Fellowship means working on “Hartford Bound: Mobility, Race, and Identity in the Post-World War II Era (1940-2020).” And as a Draper Dissertation Fellow, Freeman will work towards the completion of his doctoral dissertation, “The Mormon International: Communitarian Politics and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1830-1890.”
Well done, folks, and we look forward to seeing and hearing more about these exciting projects.
Since joining the department in spring 2020, besides teaching his courses, and doing so virtually, he also inaugurated a new speaker’s series, the Noether Dialogues in Italian & Modern History. Professor Luzzatto organized and moderated four panels this past year (fall 2020-spring 2021) with speakers from all around the world. And on top of those accomplishments, he just delivered a talk for the University of Connecticut Provost’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Professor Luzzatto’s talk, “Looking into a Name: The Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair and World History,” focused on the personal and intellectual history of Emilia Pasca Noether and her family, the namesake and supporters of his academic chair and speaker series.
Well done, Professor Luzzatto, on an excellent first year as part of the UConn History family. Here’s to an even more amazing year two!
Congratulations are in order to UConn PhD alum Nathan Braccio (2020) for receiving and accepting a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental History at Utah State University – Uintah Basin. Nathan will take up the fellowship this fall. We look forward to hearing Nathan’s stories about teaching and researching at USU-UB as well as about the beautiful scenery he will enjoy out there.
Well done, Nathan, and keep making UConn History proud!
On March 16th, in Atlanta, eight people were shot and killed, six of whom were Asian women. The past year has seen a dramatic increase in anti-Asian harassment and violence. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, there have been nearly 3,800 assaults and other forms of harassment of Asians and Asian Americans in the United States.
But anti-Asian discrimination and violence is not new and has a long history in the US. Along with University of Minnesota Professor Erika Lee, UConn History own’s Professor Jason Chang appeared on WNYC’s On The Media to discuss “how the model minority myth has cloaked patterns of brutality against Asian-Americans, and the bloody events that have been wiped from public memory.” It’s a gripping conversation that provides much needed insights into last week’s horrific shooting. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen, it’s very much worth your time.
Since the shocking, and long-debunked, claim appeared late last year, Professor Dudden has been at the forefront of an international movement of scholars challenging the claim and ensuring that the comfort women who suffered, some of whom she has met and profiled, are treated with dignity and respect.
On top of recently receiving a Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Research Grant, UConn History PhD student Megan Streit can add another honor to her already impressive list of accomplishments: the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). Out of a national field of applicants, Megan was chosen to participate in CLS’s Azerbaijani program. The CLS program is an eight-week immersive language program where students obtain beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, or advanced training in fifteen languages that are critical to America’s national security and economic prosperity. The CLS program is housed within the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Congratulations, Megan, on this latest, incredible honor. Well done, and keep up the great work. You make UConn History proud!
Anti-Asian sentiment and plantation workers. The Jim Crow South and KKK members possessed by demons.
These diverse topics are fueling the anti-racist research and writing being done by UConn History Professors, Jason Chang and Dexter Gabriel. As part of a new series examining emerging research areas, UConn Today spoke with Professors Chang and Gabriel, along with their colleague in UConn’s Human Development and Family Studies department Jolaade Kalinowski, about their exciting work.
For Professor Chang, his research is pushing people to reconsider ideas of plantation workers by focusing on Asian tobacco laborers working in New England in the 1940s and 1980s. With Professor Gabriel, it is his acclaimed 2020 novella, Ring Shout, which analyzes historical topics but also delves into body horror and produces, as one reviewer for National Public Radio wrote, “images and beasts Guillermo del Toro would fall all over himself to help create on screen.”
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Paul Canning ’71 MA, associate professor of history at UConn Hartford. A tribute to his life and work as a professor at UConn for 35 years can be found on UConn Today. We mourn his loss and extend our condolences to his partner and family.