Faculty News


Jonathan Rosenberg will present a paper, "US Symphony Orchestras and the East-West Struggle," at a Harvard-Tufts conference on "Music and Diplomacy," which will be held on March 1-2, 2013.

Dániel Margócsy has recently co-edited, and co-written an introduction to, States of Secrecy, a special issue of the British Journal for the History of Science (June 2012). This year, he is the Birkelund fellow at the New York Public LIbrary's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. In Fall 2012, he gave talks at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, McGill University, and the University of Pittsburgh, and also participated in a roundtable at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Laura Schor's new book, The Best School in Jerusalem: Annie Landau's School for Girls, 1900-1960, has been accepted for publication and is under contract with Brandeis University Press.

Manu Bhagavan's new book, The Peacemakers: India and the Quest for One World (HarperCollins India, 2012), has received rave reviews and widespread media attention. Click here to learn more. And check out his new regular blog on CNN-IBN here.

Spring 2012

Jonathan Rosenberg recently published "America on the World Stage: Music and Twentieth-Century U.S. Foreign Relations" in the January 2012 issue of Diplomatic History. On February 23, 2012, Jonathan held a public book discussion at Roosevelt House with Yale Professor John Lewis Gaddis, author of George F. Kennan: An American Life. Jonathan will also chair the panel on civil rights at the conference,"Revisiting the Great Society: The Role of Government from FDR to and LBJ to Today," to be held on March 14-15, 2012, at Roosevelt House. And onn April 5, 2012, he is scheduled to speak as part of the 92nd St. Y (Tribeca) Series on the American Presidency. His talk, based on his current research, is titled "Dwight Eisenhower, Leonard Bernstein, and the Cultural Cold War."

Manu Bhagavan has just published a new book entitled The Peacemakers: India and the Quest for One World (HarperCollins India, February 2012). The book was released at the World Book Fair in New Delhi on 29 February. For more details, please visit the book website.

In mid-February, Devin Fergus participated on the first external panel for the in-house staff of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, providing a substative policy discussion of consumer finance issues and the African American Community. In addition, Devin held a book discussion with Michael Katz, on Why Don't American Cities Burn?, Katz's new book. For more details, please click here. The book discussion will also be broadcast on C-SPAN.

Donna Haverty-Stacke's article, "'Punishment of Mere Political Advocacy': The FBI, Teamsters Local 544 and the Origins of the 1941 Smith Act Case," has been accepted in The Journal of American History. The article is expected to appear in June 2013, volume 100, issue 1.

Fall 2011

Karen Kern's book Imperial Citizen was published by Syracuse University Press. For more details, please click here.

Donna Haverty-Stacke participated in a roundtable discussion on "Rethinking U.S. Labor History" at the North American Labor History Conference in Detroit on October 21, 2011 and at the Social Science History Association's Annual Meeting in Boston on November 18, 2011. Her recent publication, "Rethinking U.S. Labor History: Essays on the Working-Class Experience, 1756 - 2009" (co-edited with Daniel Walkowitz, Continuum 2010) was the inspiration for the panels.

Benjamin Hett's book, Crossing Hitler, about the life of German lawyer Hans Litten, serves as the basis for an upcoming BBC drama and accompanying documentary. The films will be broadcast on BBC Two in the U.K. on August 21 and 27. Read more here.

Jonathan Rosenberg served as panel chair at the annual conference of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, held in June 2011 in Alexandria, VA. The subject of the panel was "U.S. Public Diplomacy and the Spanish-Speaking World."

The Department of History is pleased to announce a search for a historian of modern Europe. Read more here.

Spring 2011

Karen M. Kern's chapter "'They Are Not Known to Us': The Ottomans, the Mormons, and the Protestants in the Late Ottoman Empire" was included in American Missionaries and the Middle East. Foundational Encounters, edited by Mehmet Ali Dogan and Heather J. Sharkey (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2011).

Dániel Margócsy delivered a talk on the invention of color printing at the Center for Renaissance Studies at ELTE University (Hungary) in December 2010. He also presented papers on the development of taxonomy at the Colonial Science and its Histories workshop at the Institute for Historical Research at the University of London in January 2011, and on the commerce of anatomical preparations at the Annual Meting of the American Association for the History of Medicine in May 2011. He is the recipient of a junior fellowship for Summer 2011 at the Descartes Centre of Utrecht University.

Donna Haverty-Stacke delivered a paper entitled "Rethinking U.S. Labor HIstory: Thoughts on the Recent Past and Future of the Field" at the Historical Society Conference held at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. on June 4, 2010.

Mary Roldán was a jury member for two international competitions this past year: one sponsored by the Argentine government in honor of the bicentennial of Independence (1810-2010): 2010-2011 Jury Member, 2nd Convocatoria Internacional: “Construír Bicentenarios Latinoamericanos en la Era de la Globalización,” Programa Bicentenarios FADU Universidad de Buenos Aires; and another to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Colombia's National Radio Station: 2010-2011 Jury Member, “Cuéntame una historia de Radio,” RTVC, Radio Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia. Results published as Cuentame una historia de Radio. She also delivered the Tenth Howard F. Mahan Lecture at the University of South Alabama, Laidlaw Performing Arts Auditorium, March 24, 2011, speaking on “Mobilizing the Airwaves: Radio, Violence, and Persuasion in Colombia, 1944-1962." Mary also delivered four coference papers: “Enacting Social Change: Radio and Religion in Rural Colombia, 1960s-1970s. “ Paper presented at the Conference on Religion, Social Movements, and Progressive Reform in Latin America, Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, Boston University, May 6, 2011; “Rediscovering the Indigenous: Popular Culture and National Folklore on Colombian Public Radio.” Paper presented at the University of South Alabama Faculty Seminar, Mobile, Alabama, March 23, 2011; “Battle Over the Airwaves: The Use of Radio to Shape Public Opinion in the Colombo-Peruvian Conflict.” Paper presented at the Committee on Latin American History (CLAH) panel Latin American Airwaves: National Radio and Transnational Audiencesin the Twentieth Century, American Historical Association Meetings, Boston, MA, January 6-9, 2011; and “Watchdog Journalism? Radio, Development, Violence and Civic Engagement in Colombia.” Paper presented at the Latin American Studies Association Meetings (LASA), Toronto, Canada, October 10, 2010. Finally, Mary also provided expert witness testimony in a political asylum case for a Colombian human rights workers affiliated with the Norwegian Refugee Committee (November 2010; awarded asylum: March 2011).

Fall 2010

Benjamin Hett delivered a paper on November 7, 2010 on Rudolf Diels and the Reichstag fire controversy at Lessons and Legacies XI, a Holocaust history conference, in Boca Raton, Florida. On November 30, 2010, he spoke about Hans Litten (drawing on his book Crossing Hitler) for a session of "Books at the Bar" at the New York Bar Association. This January, he will be speaking again on the Reichstag fire at the University of Bielefeld in Germany.

Jonathan Rosenberg presented two papers in November 2010: "Instrumental Diplomacy: U.S. Symphony Orchestras and the East-West Struggle," Conference on Cultural Diplomacy, Scholarly Internationalism, and American Studies Since World War II, Vienna, Austria; and "From the New World: Writing the History of World Politics and Classical Music in Twentieth-Century America," University of Cologne. He also published the following: "Fighting the Cold War with Violins and Trumpets: U.S. Symphony Orchestras and the East-West Struggle," in Winter Kept Us Warm: Cold War Interactions Reconsidered, Sario Autio-Sarismo and Brendan Humphreys, eds. (Helsinki, 2010). This chapter is based on a paper he presented at the University of Helsinki in October 2009.

Tom Head has published some two dozen entries (ranging from 50 to 2500 words) in Robert Bjork (ed.), The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, 4 vols. (Oxford University Press, 2010). Topics include: "Asceticism," "Monasticism," "The Peace and Truce of God," "Pilgrimage," and "The Year 1000."

Marta Petrusewicz delivered the keynote address at the V Congress of the Società Italiana delle Storiche, in Naples, Italy, 28-30 January 2010, entitled "Monsieur le Capital, Madame la Terre: the gender of progress in the 19th century." She served as chair of and discussant at the panel "The Challenges of Ethnic and Racial Difference in Postwar Europe" at the XVII Conference of Europeanists, 15-17 April 2010, Montreal, Canada and gave a cycle of three invited lectures at the Ecole Normale Superieure, rue d’Ulm, Paris, France in October 2009. She also co-authored and co-edited, I Sud: conoscere, capire, cambiare (with Jane Schneider and Peter Schneider), Bologna: Il Mulino, 2009.

Donna Haverty-Stacke's new co-edited book Rethinking U.S. Labor History: Essays on the Working-Class Experience, 1756-2009 was recently published by Continuum. NYU's Tamiment Library and Program in Metropolitan Studies held a panel discussion on 17 November to celebrate the launch.

Manu Bhagavan gave an invited presentation in December 2010 to the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (New Delhi), one of Asia's leading think tanks, on India and the United Nations. His new edited volume, Heterotopias: Nationalism and the Possibility of History in South Asia, was recently published by Oxford University Press.

Spring 2010

The History Department is pleased to welcome Dániel Margócsy, who will join the faculty in Fall 2010 as an Assistant Professor of early modern European history. Professor Margócsy has a Ph.D. from Harvard and comes to Hunter from Northwestern University. He has a special interest in the history of science.

The History Department is pleased to welcome Devin Fergus, who joined the faculty in Fall 2009 as an Assistant Professor of African American history. Professor Fergus has a Ph.D. from Columbia and comes to Hunter from Vanderbilt University. He has been on leave 2009-2010 on a Fellowship with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. For 2010-2011, Professor Fergus will continue his leave with a Fellowship at the James W. Johnson Institute at Emory Universiy.

The History Department is pleased to welcome Eduardo Contreras, who joined the faculty in Fall 2009 as an Assistant Professor of U.S. Latina/o History. Professor Contreras has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and comes to Hunter from the University of Houston. He has been on leave 2009-2010 on a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley.

Devin Fergus' book, Liberalism, Black Power, and the Making of American Politics, has been named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 2009 by the American Library Association.

Donna Haverty-Stacke received a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society in 2009 for work on her next book project dealing with the 1941 Smith Act trial of the Minneapolis Teamsters. She spoke on "America's Forgotten (Labor) Holiday" at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen's Labor, Landmarks and Literature Lecture Series on February 16, 2010. Donna also gave a book talk on her publication, "America's Forgotten Holiday: May Day and Nationalism, 1867 - 1960" at the Tamiment Library on May 1, 2009.

Devin Fergus delivered a seminar lecture for the National History Center and the Wilson Center which will soon be broadcast on C-Span. Devin has also been named one of 50 international delegates to the American Council on Germany.

Manu Bhagavan served as a commentator at the NYU/Columbia Global Intellectual History Conference held in Spring 2010.

Spring 2009

In June, Professor Jonathan Rosenberg presented the following lecture as part of the New York Philharmonic Insight Series at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York: "Classical Music in America and the Great War."

The History department is pleased to welcome Mary Roldan, who will be joining the faculty in Fall 2009 as Epstein Professor of Latin American history. Professor Roldan has a Ph.D. from Harvard and comes to Hunter from Cornell University.

Prof. Benjamin Hett has won a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship as well as an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship. Congratulations! Professor Hett has also just published Crossing Hitler: The Man Who Put the Nazis on the Witness Stand (Oxford University Press, 2008), a book which has also just been translated into several different languages. Professor Hett spoke about his book at the 92nd Street YMCA in New York on 9 February 2009. He has also published: "'And Only Where There Are Graves Are There Resurrections': Hans Litten Between East and West," European Studies Forum 38 (2), 2008

The Department is pleased to announce that Professor Emerita Nancy Siraisi has won a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship, the "genius award." Learn more here: http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.4537287/k.84A7/Nancy_Siraisi.htm. Congratulations!

Professor Donna Haverty-Stacke published an op-ed entitled "Can Obama Change America’s Understanding of Class and Dissent?" on the History News Network, January 19, 2009: http://hnn.us/articles/59966.html. She is also the recipient of a Spring 2009 Presidential Travel Award.

Professor Manu Bhagavan is serving as the 2009 President of the Society for Advancing the History of South Asia (SAHSA), the national organization of South Asia historians subsidiary to the American Historical Association.

Professor Karen Kern presented “Gender, the Law, and Milk Marriage in late Ottoman Birecik,” at Gender and Power in the Muslim World, a Conference at Sarah Lawrence College, March 6-7, 2009 and at New Perspectives on Gender and Legal History – European Traditions and the Challenge of Global History (Middle Ages to 20th Century), Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, April 2-4, 2009.



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