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Cameron Boutin successfully defended his dissertation, “Enduring the Elements: Civil War Soldiers’ Struggles Against the Weather,” on Friday. AND he has a great job! He’s just been hired by the Dovetail Cultural Resources Group (  as a Historian 1. In this position he will conduct historical research for a variety of federal and state projects, from transportation studies to National Register nominations. He’ll be moving to Wilmington, Delaware, to begin the position in January. Congratulations!

Two of Nikki Brown’s photographs were selected for an upcoming publication, Seeing Black: Black Photography in New Orleans, 1840 and Beyond. Here are the photos:

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  2. Teaching tie-tying at Mr. Chill's Barbershop, June 2012 

  3. William on Bourbon St, New Orleans, June 2012      

Dr. Brown also won a NEH Summer Stipend Grant to support an oral history project on the Afro-Turks.  She'll go to Turkey this summer to start collecting the oral histories.

Kayla Bush published a study of Castle and Key as well as KBBG. She was featured on KET Connections hosted by Renee Shaw with Rob Beatty and the master blender for C&K, Brett ( She will be speaking on December 4 about her research at the Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild/Castle & Key Untold Story Chapter 3 release party.

Francie Chassen López has been busy with two recent publications: “The Weaponising of Women’s Bodies in the Wars of Reform and French Intervention in Mexico, 1857-67” Gender and History 35 No. 2 (June 2023), 547-564, and “La revolución biográfica feminista: las lecciones de Juana Cata” (The Feminist Revolution in Biography: The Lessons of Juana Cata”) in Gloria A Tirado Villegas, Elva Rivera Gómez, and Lidia E. Gómez García, eds. Saberes, enseñanza y poder:Las mujeres rompiendo techos de cristal en el espacio público, Siglo XV-IXXI (Puebla: Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, 2023), pp. 23-38. She also delivered “Disappearing Acts: The Politics of Gender in Mexico’s Mid-Nineteenth-Century Wars” on the panel “Forgotten Activists: Gender and Memory in Mexico’s Three Revolutions” at Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, 50thAnniversary Meeting, June 30, 2023, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA. In addition, Dr. Chassen-López was awarded the title of Visitante Distinguida (Distinguished Visitor) of the city of Oaxaca, an honor bestowed by the City Council of Oaxaca, Mexico for contributions to the preservation of archives and writing of the history of the city. As part of this honor, she gave the keynote lecture for the celebration of the 491stanniversary of its founding: “La ciudad de Oaxaca en lucha: La guerra de Reforma y de la Intervención” (The City of Oaxaca in Arms during the Wars of the Reform and French Intervention), April 25, 2023. Finally, in August 2023 she returned to serving on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Latin@ and Latin American Culture and Arts (FLACA), of which she was a founding member. FLACA is a non-profit organization that works to further Latin@ and Latin American culture in Lexington, Kentucky. It organizes the September Latino Festival in downtown, Friday Latino Live, the Health Fair, and various other cultural activities.

Claire Clark started a three-year term as a Chellgren Endowed Professor on July 1, 2023. For the professorship, she will be developing the extracurricular components of a new interdisciplinary certificate program in medical behavioral science, for which she teaches an experiential capstone course in health humanities. Beginning in Fall 2024, she will also be offering BSC 755: History of Medicine Among African Americans: Implications for Health Disparities, as a cross-listed graduate course with the History department. This course is one of two options for fulfilling the coursework requirement for the Department of Behavioral Science's White Coats for Black Lives fellowship program.

Joe Clark was invited to give the 21st Annual Black Atlantic Lecture at Vanderbilt next February.

Anastasia Curwood delivered talks about her Shirley Chisholm research at the University of Delaware, Emory University, and SUNY-Canton this fall. She also was awarded a National Park Service grant with co-PI Le Datta Grimes (PhD ’21) to study the Black history of Mammoth Cave National Park.

Vanessa Holden was elected to the American Antiquarian Society this fall. The Digital Access Project, which she co-directs, recently celebrated the completion of Phase I, the initial digitization of nearly 80,000 pages of Fayette County historical documents.

Arshiya Jeelani received the James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research from the UK Appalachian Center for the summer. Her research project is titled, "Mary Jane in the Mountains: The Social, Political, and Environmental Effects of Marijuana Growth in Eastern Kentucky." 

Hilary Jones has joined the editorial team that is redesigning and relaunching the Ruth Sims Hamilton African Diaspora Studies Series at Michigan State University Press.  As a mentor and teacher, Hamilton taught the editors about the importance of developing a theory of African Diaspora movements and engagements, across time and place.  Hilary will join the press to reintroduce the series at the African Studies Association Conference that meets in San Francisco Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.  At the meeting Hilary will present a paper, “Foreign Suspects: Garveyites and Pan-Africanism in Early 20th Century Colonial Dakar,” for the panel “Decolonizing A Colonial Capital City: Political and Economic Exchanges in Dakar and Its Region,” chaired by Rachel Jean-Baptiste.

Amy Malventano presented a paper entitled "Louisville Women and the Fight to Improve Louisville" at the Urban History Association's 10th Biennial Conference held at the end of October in Pittsburg, PA. 

Emily Mokros has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Journal of Chinese History, and will be going to Taiwan for an archival trip this summer and hopefully to the Yuelu Academy (a humanities institute of Hunan University in Changsha, China) to give a talk.

During a trip to Europe last spring and summer, Jeremy Popkin gave talks at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, at the Freie Universität in Berlin, and at the KIIS summer program in Prague.  He also gave papers at a conference at the University of Trier in Germany on “Questioning Slavery” and at the International Auto/Biography Association-Europe conference in Warsaw.  The 8th edition of Popkin’s Short History of the French Revolution will be published by Routledge in January 2024.  He continues to work on a book on the French Revolution and the issue of slavery, which is under contract with Princeton University Press. 

Sinu Rose made a roundtable presentation at Yale, " Contextualizing Apostolic Tradition and Denominational Affinities: The Tryst of Saint Thomas Christians of Southern India with Multiple Christian Traditions." 

Akiko Takenaka received a contract for her book manuscript Mothers Against War: Gender, Motherhood, and Peace Activism in Postwar Japan from the University of Hawaii Press. She also appeared in this profile:

Tammy Whitlock's research on women and shoplifting in 19th Century Britain was featured in this CNN article: