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Prof. Schulman Discusses Legacy of the 60s-70s for the 2016 Election on Open Source Radio

By Jillian Nichols
June 13th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

Bruce Schulman appeared on the June 9th episode of Open Source Radio with Christopher Lydon.  Schulman joined a panel discussing the legacies of the 1960s and 1970s for the 2016 election. You can access the broadcast at

History Department Newsletter The Presence of the Past Now Available for June 2016

By Jillian Nichols
June 1st, 2016 in Uncategorized.

Find out what your friends, colleagues, peers, and professors have been up to this past semester! The June 2016 issue of the Department of History’s newsletter The Presence of the Past is now available to view online. For past issues of the newsletter, visit the History Department’s archives.

Prof. Thornton Acts as Historical Advisor to Roots Remake

By Jillian Nichols
May 26th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

Professor of History and African American Studies John Thornton wrote a piece for BU Today regarding his role as a historical advisor to the upcoming remake of the 1977 TV miniseries Roots and imagining the historical context of the story.

Katie Moore and Aaron Hiltner Win Shotwell Dissertation Fellowships

By Jillian Nichols
May 25th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

Congratulations to the two History Department PhD Candidates, Katie Moore and Aaron Hiltner, who were each just awarded the Robert Shotwell Fellowship for their dissertations!   'A Just and Honest Valuation': Money and Value in Colonial America, 1690-1750 by Katie Moore "argues that colonists mediated economic change within existing moral and social frameworks by re-imagining... More

Student Commencement Speaker Debra Marcus Highlights Prof. Jarvis’s Course in Ceremony

By Jillian Nichols
May 19th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

The Department of History was given a nod in the 2016 All-University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 15th.  Student Speaker Debra Marcus highlighted History Department Lecturer Eric Jarvis's course on Music and Civil Rights as one of her most formative experiences during her time at BU. Marcus remarked, "BU transformed me by offering... More

Prof. Rabinovitch Writes Book Review for Haaretz

By Jillian Nichols
May 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

Professor Simon Rabinovitch today published a review of Captivity by Hungarian writer György Spiró in Haaretz. The article, titled "The Ultimate Jewish Road Novel, Set in First-century Rome, Judea and Beyond," can be read here.

Prof. Haberkern Gives Advice to Graduating Students in BU Today

By Jillian Nichols
May 9th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

The History Department's own Professor Phillip Haberkern offers advice to the Class of 2016 alongside other BU faculty and staff in a video posted by BU Today. On the experience of completing a BU degree, Professor Haberkern remarks, "What's incredible about BU in a lot of ways is it brings people... More

Amy Noel Ellison Defends Dissertation, Accepts Fellowship at American Philosophical Society

By Jillian Nichols
May 4th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

On Monday, April 4, Amy Noel Ellison successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, entitled “‘Reverse of Fortune’: The Invasion of Canada and the Coming of American Independence, 1774-1776.” In the autumn of 1775, American revolutionaries invaded Canada in the hope of winning a fourteenth colony for the cause, dealing a fatal... More

History Student Caroline Lord Awarded Boren Scholarship for International Study

By Jillian Nichols
May 2nd, 2016 in Uncategorized.

History major and former History Department office assistant Caroline Lord has been awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship for International Study. The Boren Scholarship allows US undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in the world regions critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad programs. To read a... More

Prof. Payaslian Publishes Review in International Journal of Middle East Studies

By Jillian Nichols
April 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

Professor Payaslian published a review of David N. Yaghoubian, Ethnicity, Identity, and the Development of Nationalism in Iran (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2014) in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 48, no. 2 (May 2016), pp. 416-418.