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40-Acre Smudge’: Race and Erasure in Prewar Seattle

"Asaka's in-depth research, graceful prose, and expert analysis not only reinterprets Seattle's history but provides a model for urban historians." This article develops the concept of erasure to understand the contemporary memory of Yesler Terrace, a New Deal–era public housing project in Seattle, and why this memory diverges so sharply from the history revealed in...

Carlos Cortés: Owning One's Identity

"My name is Carlos, not Carl," young Carlos Cortés told the teacher at his new school, just before being sent to the principal's office. Seven decades later, Professor Emeritus Cortés emphasizes the importance of embracing one's full background across ethnicity, birthplace, language, and religion. He shares with us the need to honor cultural identity and...
By Alan Headbloom |

“Defying Indian Slavery: Apalachee Voices and Spanish Sources in the Eighteenth-Century Southeast”

"This article provides a different view of Apalachees in the eighteenth century southeast—not as the victims of English settlers and Creek slavers, but as agents in their own right, who used mobility to maintain their culture and traditions in ways that previous historians have overlooked." READ Article The Bolton-Cutter Award is a $500 prize given...

This UCR historian once trained horses; now she studies them

For Kat Boniface, the history of horses goes far beyond the famous thoroughbred. Boniface, a doctoral student in the history department at the University of California, Riverside, arrived at UCR in 2015. Since then, she’s narrowed the focus of her research from medieval history to horses and horsemanship, topics in a rising field known as...
By TESS EYRICH |

Digital Zombies and Virtual Reality Juliette Levy on digital history in the classroom

Weekly podcasts, a virtual reality experience involving Che Guevara, and a learning game with zombies are among the digital platforms a history professor has used to enhance her teaching and make the subject engaging, especially for large classes of hundreds of students. Juliette Levy, an associate professor at the University of California, Riverside, described her...

Governor Brown Announces Appointments - Catherine Gudis

Catherine Gudis, 55, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Cultural and Historical Endowment. Gudis has been an associate professor and director of the public history program at the University of California, Riverside since 2007, where she was an assistant professor from 2005 to 2007. She was director of education at the Los...

$1 million grant advances study of California’s missions

If you were once a fourth-grader in California, you probably remember learning about the state’s trail of 21 historic missions. Maybe you even made a model of one of them with Popsicle sticks or papier-mache — or maybe that’s something you’d prefer to forget. Created between 1769 and 1823, the missions are central to California’s...
By TESS EYRICH |

Smithsonian names woman to top post at American History Museum

UC Riverside History Alum Anthea M. Hartig becomes the first woman to be permanent director of Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Read More

Argentina’s Missing Bones - James Brennan

Argentina’s Missing Bones is the first comprehensive English-language work of historical scholarship on the 1976–83 military dictatorship and Argentina’s notorious experience with state terrorism during the so-called dirty war. It examines this history in a single but crucial place: Córdoba, Argentina’s second largest city. A site of thunderous working-class and student protest prior to the...

Che’s Village – Virtual Reality to Stimulate Critical Thinking

UC Riverside’s Associate Professor of History Juliette Levy likes to teach from the edge of the e-learning revolution. Her latest experiment involved a virtual reality (VR) platform intended to stimulate intellectual learning on an emotional level for the students in her History 20 / World History course. Dr. Levy co-created a VR application called “Che’s...

Mediterranean Encounters: Trade and Pluralism in Early Modern Galata - Dr. Fariba Zarinebaf

Mediterranean EncountersTrade and Pluralism in Early Modern Galata The book places Galata, the former Genoese colony and European port of Istanbul at the heart of global maritime networks of trade between the Black Sea and Mediterranean ports as well as the caravan trade between Asia and Europe in the early modern period. It thus tackles...
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Congratulations to Assistant Professor Daisy Vargas

Congratulations to UCR History 2018 alum Daisy Vargas who has been appointed Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Arizona. Daisy completed her dissertation at Riverside in Spring 2018: "Mexican Religion on Trial: Race, Religion, and the Law in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands".

New Book by UCR Alum Seth Archer: Sharks Upon the Land

Professor Seth Archer (UCR PhD 2015) traces the cultural impact of disease and health problems in the Hawaiian Islands from the arrival of Europeans to 1855. Colonialism in Hawaiʻi began with epidemiological incursions, and Archer argues that health remained the national crisis of the islands for more than a century. Introduced diseases resulted in reduced...

UCR History hosts 2018 WHEATS Workshop, Oct 5-7, 2018

Graduate Students in the Department of History and other departments on campus will host the 2018 WHEATS (Workshop on the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology and Science) at UCR. WHEATS is an intensive, rotating workshop for graduate students and recent PhDs who study the environment, agriculture, technology or science from a historical perspective. WHEATS began...

Historian’s database offers new view of colonial California

Understanding American history is a challenge, but what happens when some of that history is scattered, inaccessible, and in another language? Steven Hackel , a professor of history at the University of California, Riverside, knows these obstacles all too well. Hackel was recently awarded an archival grant by the John Randolph Haynes Foundation to continue...
By TESS EYRICH |