Department Highlights

Professor Rebekah Klein-Pejsova has been selected for appointment as a fellow in the Faculty Development Center for Humanistic Studies for the Spring 2020 semester.

Professor Silvia Mitchell received a 2018-19 Library Scholars Grant for her research trip to the Archivo del Palacio Uceda in Madrid.

Professor Kim Gallon received a 2018-19 Library Scholars Grant for her research trip to the University of Ghana.

"Charles Halleck, County Prosecutor in the Shadows of the Depression," an article by Professor William White, was published in the Indiana Magazine of History, December 2018, Vol. 114, No. 4.

Professor Katie Brownell published an op ed for Made by History in the online version of the Washington Post: 

Professor Wendy Kline published an op ed (as part of the Made By History series) in the online version of the Washington Post: 

Professor Silvia Mitchell served as guest editor of the December 2018 issue of the The Court Historian - The International Journal of Court Studies. The special issue topic is "The Spanish Habsburg Court during the Reign of Carlos II (1665-1700)." Professor Mitchell also wrote the Introduction to the issue and one of the articles: “Women and Children First: Court Ceremonial during Carlos II’s Minority, 1665-1675.”

The latest book by Dr. Wendy Kline, Dema G. Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine, has just been published by Oxford University Press: "Coming Home: How Midwives Changed Birth." Additional information about this important new study is available on the Oxford website: 

Professor Kathryn Cramer Brownell's course on the American Presidency appeared on C-SPAN on December 15. The program is available at this link:

Dr. Ariel de la Fuente's new book has been published: “Borges, Desire, and Sex.” For more on the book (and others in this important series in Latin American Studies), see:

Dr. Kathryn Cramer Brownell published a timely analysis of the midterm election:

Professor Sharra Vostral's new book, “Toxic Shock: A Social History,” was published by New York University Press in the Biopolitics Series.

Dr. Wendy Kline, Professor of History and the Dema G. Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine, has published an article to accompany the recent PBS documentary: "The Eugenics Crusade" (American Experience), in which she is also featured:

Dr. Kathryn Cramer Brownell moderated the Sears Lecture on "Women in the White House and Beyond" on October 18, featuring Mrs. Laura W.  Bush, Barbara Pierce Bush, and Jenna Bush Hager.

Dr. Kathryn Cramer Brownell had three major interviews air recently:
Washington Post Magazine:  
C-SPAN interview (on Nixon and the media). The interview occurred in April at the OAH and aired in September:

Dr. Randy Roberts, 150th Anniversary Professor and Distinguished Professor of History, appears in a new documentary: "By Grantland Rice" (ESPN). Here is a clip from the documentary that features his insightful comments:

Dr. Wendy Kline is featured in a 2-hour documentary on PBS (American Experience series), “The Eugenics Crusade,” which aired October 16:

Dr. Sharra Vostral was interviewed by CNN for the recent article "Employer's paid period leave policy in Australia stirs world debate."

Dr. David Atkinson was featured in a profile in the "Shanghai Review of Books" and "The Paper." The article includes a painting of the department’s Director of Graduate Education! See below for the article (in the original Chinese and Google Translate).

Dr. Melinda Zook, Professor of History and Director of the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts program, received the Purdue University Faculty Scholar Award.

Dr. Wendy Kline was interviewed on National Public Radio (“To the Best of Our Knowledge”) regarding her forthcoming book: “Coming Home: How Midwives Changed Birth” (Oxford University Press): The interview aired on WBAA and 220 NPR stations. A podcast is available at:

Dr. Melinda Zook published "Generations of Women Historians: Within and Beyond the Academy" (Palgrave, 2018), eds., Melinda Zook and Hilda Smith. Dr. Whitney Walton wrote a chapter in it, “Arvède Barine: History, Modernity, and Feminism,” and so did Dr. Zook: “C.V. Wedgwood: The Historian and the World.”

Dr. Cole Jones published "'Elated with Victory, and Reeking with Revenge': The Yorktown Prisoners and the Laws of War in Revolutionary America," in Glenn A. Moots and Philip Hamilton, eds., Justifying Revolution: Law, Virtue, and Violence in the American War of Independence (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2018).

Dr. Randy Roberts contributed to a program on Muhammad Ali on one of the leading French radio shows that deals with culture on a large scale.  It was a 10-hour program.  See the link below.  Efforts are underway to have this biography published in French.

Dr. Wendy Kline was in OAH in Sacramento.  She was interviewed by C-SPAN about her research and about teaching the history of medicine at Purdue.

Dr. Wendy Kline's latest piece for Made By History in the Washington Post:

Dr. Stacy Holden has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research  in Morocco during the spring semester of 2019.  This is terrific recognition of her work and standing in the field.

Dr. Kathryn Brownell's latest for Made By History in the Washington Post

Dr. Wendy Kline has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times.  See​ 

Professor Margaret Mih Tillman
 received a good write up for her presentation at the Modern China Workshop at the Hoover Institution and Sanford University.  Please see the link.

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