Department News

The second Rondel Davidson Lecture of the term, will be taking place this Thursday. More details here

Recent Faculty Achievements

Dr. Tamer Balci has become one of the founding members of International Symposium on Balkan History Studies, Uluslararasi Balkan Tarihi Arastirmalari Sempozyumu (UBTAS) in August 2013. 

Dr. Megan Birk had a radio interview about her article “Lyman Alden: Setting an Institutional Example,” Indiana Magazine of History June 2013.

Dr. Birk has been appointed to serve on the program committee for the 2013 Agricultural History Conference to be held in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Dr. Brent Campney:  In May 2012, his article "'A State of Violent Contrasts" won the Georgia Historical Society's 2012 E. Merton Coulter Award for the best article published in the Georgia Historical Quarterly in 2011.

Dr. Amy M. Hay was interviewed by the Rachel Carson Center of Munich, Germany where she was  a resident fellow in 2012. See her interview "Agent Orange Herbicites and the American Public": 

See Dr. Hay's earlier interview: "Five Minutes with a Fellow: Amy Hay" :
Dr. Hay won a 2012 Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany.

Dr. Sonia Hernandez won the UTPA New Faculty Mentor Award for 2012-2013 Academic year.

Dr. Sonia Hernandez and Russell Skowronek won a three-year $99,425 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the project, "Porciones to Colonias: Curriculum Innovation in the Rio Grande Valley." They won this grant along with colleagues from the Department of Psychology and Anthropology, Margaret Dorsey and Edna Alfaro, all members of Community Historic Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS).

Recent Faculty Publications

Dr. Tamer Balci  "Kosovo Albanians in the Clutches of Communism and Nationalism" in Abidin Temizer, ed. Methodical Approaches to the Balkan History Studies, Istanbul: Libra Kitapcılık, 2014; Book review of Toward an Islamic Enlightenment: The Gulen Movement in Middle East Policy 20:2 (Summer 2013): 165-172. He also published "Turkish Nationalists and the Ottoman Imperial Legacy" in History Studies: International Journal of History: Special Issue on Imperialism Throughout History (4:3 October 2012):  35-52;  “The Cyprus Crisis and the Southern Flank of NATO (1960-1975)” International Review of Turkish Studies, 2: 3 (Fall 2012): 30-54;The Gülen Hizmet Movement: Circumspect Activism in Faith-Based Reform (Newcastle upon Tyne [UK]: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012) [editor, with Christopher L. Miller];

Dr. Megan Birk, "The Farm, Foster Care, and Dependent Children in the Midwest, 1880-1920"  The Journal of the Gilded Age and Proggressive Era 12:3 (July 2013): 320-342; "Supply and Demand: The Mutual Dependency of Children's Institutions and the American Farmer," Agricultural History 86:1(Winter 2012): 78-103.

Dr. Brent M. S. Campney, "'A Little Different than in Alabama': Sectional Narratives and the Rhetoric of Racist Violence,'" in Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border, edited by Jonathan Earle and Diane Mutti-Burke (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2013): 225-241; “‘Ever Since the Hanging of Oliphant’: Lynching and the Suppression of Mob Violence in Topeka, Kansas,” Great Plains Quarterly 33 (Spring 2013): 71-86; “‘Light is Bursting upon the World!’: White Supremacy and Racist Violence against Blacks in Reconstruction Kansas,” Republished in Lynching Beyond Dixie: American Mob Violence Outside the South, Michael J. Pfeifer, ed. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013): 81-109;  "'A State of Violent Contrasts': Lynching and the Competing Visions of White Supremacy in Georgia, 1949," Georgia Historical Quarterly 95 (Summer 2011): 232-262.

Dr. Linda English got her book By All Accounts: General Stores and Community Life in Texas and Indian Territory (Race and Culture in the American West) published by University of Oklahoma Press, 2013.

Dr. Amy M. Hay's  interview on Agent Orange was published by Global Environment: A Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences:; Book review of The Medicalized Border and the Politics of Exclusion in the May 2013 issue of Southern Spaces:"Dispelling the ‘Bitter Fog’: fighting chemical defoliation in the American West," Endeavour Volume 36, Issue 4, December 2012, [Special Issue] Silent Spring after Fifty Years: 174–185; "Dow Chemical vs. 'Coercive Utopians':Constructing the Contested Ground of Science and Government Regulation in 1970s American,"Business and Economic History On-Line, 2011,;"'A Kind of Mylai...against the Indochinese Countryside': American Scientists, Herbicides, and South Vietnamese Mangrove Forests," in Environmental Change and Agricultural Sustainability in the Mekong Delta(Springer: 2011), 69-81.

Dr. Sonia Hernandez "Women's Labor and Activism in the Greater Mexican Borderlands, 1910-1930," in Arnoldo De León, ed. The Mexican Revolution and the Tejano Community (College Station: Texas A&M Press, December 2011).

Dr. Irving W. Levinson and Dr. Gregory D. Gilson got their co-edited book Latin American Positivism: New Historical and Philosophic Essays published by Lexington Books, 2013.

Dr. Levinson published "Spanish Policy on the Northern Frontier: Limited Resources and Varied Responses," Journal of the West 49 (Summer 2010): 97-105 [date published: Summer 2011].

Dr. Christopher L. Miller, Making America: A History of the United States (6th ed., Boston: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2012); "Marked Out by the Will of Heaven to Sway the Destinies of Half the Globe:” The Peculiar Imperialism of the United States and Russia" History Studies 4:3 (October 2012): 113 - 136.The Gülen Hizmet Movement: Circumspect Activism in Faith-Based Reform (Newcastle upon Tyne [UK]: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 [editor, with Tamer Balci]; "Adopting the 'Other': A Peculiar U.S. Orientalism in the Response to the Circassian War, 1838-1859," History Studies: International Journal of History: (Special Issue, October 2011: "Relationships of the USA and the Great Middle East"): 189-204; Making America: A History of the United States, Brief (5th ed.) 2011.