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History Department Brag List, July-October, 2021

Carson Benn, who received his PhD in May 2021, has been hired as a Program Director at LiKEN Knowledge, where he is working on initiatives ranging from Appalachian community development partnerships to the Heirs' Property Project. You can read more about his work here:

Devyn Spence Benson was recently elected treasurer to the Cuba Section of the national Latin American Studies Association. She also had an essay titled, "Sara Gómez: Afrocubana (AfroCuban Women's) Activism After 1961" published in the edited collection The Cinema of Sara Gómez: Reframing Revolution eds., Susan Lord, María Caridad Cumaná, and Víctor Fowler Calzada (Indiana University Press, 2021), pp. 223-259.

Eladio Bobadilla was interviewed and quoted extensively by the Brazilian newspaper Correio Brazilienze about the migrant crisis on the southern border and President Biden’s response. The piece can be found here (in Portuguese):

Cameron Boutin had an article published in the Sept. 2021 issue of Civil War History: "Contending with the Elements: The Role of Weather in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House." Cameron Boutin was also hired as a Park Guide at Camp Nelson National Monument through the National Park Service’s Pathways program.

Nikki Brown was interviewed and quoted for a story on Netflix's new show about women of color in the academy, The Chair. The article appeared in, and can be viewed here:

Dana Caldemeyer, a 2016 PhD graduate, published her first book, Union Renegades: Capitalism, Miners, and Organizing in the Gilded Age (University of Illinois Press, 2021). She is an associate professor of history at South Georgia State College.

Jane Calvert and The John Dickinson Writings Project recently published Volume Two (1759– 1763) of The Complete Writings and Selected Correspondence of John Dickinson. Jane also received another grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the John Dickinson project, a Scholarly Editions grant of $449,998. With anticipated matching funds, Jane will have raised $600,000 over 3 years for the Dickinson Project.

Tracy Campbell was featured in an article, "Mining the Complications," in the summer edition of Duke Magazine, and he was a guest on a "History Hit" podcast with the Danish Institute for Advanced Study and the London School of Economics. Tracy also gave a talk (via Zoom), on "The Year of Peril," to the Old Guard of Princeton University.

Francie Chassen-López gave the closing keynote, “Un encuentro con el giro biográfico: Escribiendo la biografía de Juana Catarina Romero, Cacica de Tehuantepec,” for the XXIII Seminario Jan Patula Dobek, Aug. 16-20, 2021, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, Mexico City on zoom, Friday Aug. 20, 2021

Joe Clark’s book, Veracruz and the Caribbean in the Seventeenth Century, is now under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Anastasia Curwood submitted her revised book manuscript to the University of North Carolina Press, Aim High: Shirley Chisholm and Black Feminist Power Politics.

Cody Foster, who received his PhD in May 2021, has been hired as a full-time teacher at the Sayre School in Lexington. He is teaching history and AP Government.

Greg Gibson was elected president of UK's Appalachian Research Community (formerly the Graduate Appalachian Research Community).

Hilary Jones was invited by Mariana Dantas of the Global Urban History Project to be part of a roundtable conversation on how inequality has shaped her research and thinking. This roundtable on cities and inequality is part of the Global Urban History Project’s “Dream Conversations” series. It will be held on October 28, 3-4:30 PM EDT. Here is the link to register and to read more about the event:

Mel Kapitan was invited to join a panel for the 2022 International Medieval Congress, held at the University of Leeds every July. The panel is sponsored by the Network for the Study of Late Antique and Early Medieval Monasticism, and the panel is titled "The Rule of Benedict and Carolingian Monastic Reform." Mel’s paper is tentatively titled "Impossible Silence, Persistent Noise: Sonic Challenges to the Application of the Rule of Benedict in Carolingian Monasticism."

Christa Kieffer was selected by the Kentucky Historical Society as a Graduate Research Assistant for 2021-2022. She is working with the editorial team of the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society and is also gaining experience with the Kentucky Oral History Commission.

Christopher Leadingham recently presented his work at the Southern Historical Association’s “Southern Exchanges,” a virtual workshop hosted by the SHA Graduate Council.

Emily Mokros gave a book talk on The Peking Gazette in Late Imperial China at the University of California Berkeley's Center for Chinese Studies last Friday. She also led a workshop for their graduate students on the "information turn" in Chinese studies. Emily also won a Gaines MiniGrant to bring Travis Martin of EKU to campus to talk about his book on the post-9/11 generation of veterans in the History Department Workshop (Feb. 25) and for War and Society undergraduates.

Jeremy Popkin did a half-hour radio interview about the Haitian Revolution for the Australian Broadcasting System. A new, revised edition of his Concise History of the Haitian Revolution will be published by Wiley/Blackwell in October. Jeremy’s history of the French Revolution, A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution, published in 2019, has appeared in Italian translation: Un nouvo mondo inizia: La storia della Rivoluzione francese. The October 5 issue of Jacobin magazine features excerpts from A New World Begins. The paperback edition of Jeremy’s book will be available by late October. His letter dissenting from the praise showered on Lafayette in a recent Adam Gopnik article in the New Yorker magazine appeared in the Sept. 27 issue of the New Yorker.

In July, Cameron Sauers presented his work, "Military Occupation, Sexual Violence, and the Struggle Over Masculinity in the Early Reconstruction South" at Southern Exchanges, the virtual works-in-progress seminar for graduate students sponsored by the Southern Historical Association. In September, Cameron presented his paper "The Last Great Push: Ulysses S. Grant, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the race against death" at the American Language Association's symposium on "Rebirth Renewal Renaissance." His paper examines both authors’ races against death to publish their final works, with a particular interest in how Fitzgerald invoked Grant and Civil War memory in his final works.

Ph.D. alum Jeff Stanley’s article, “Demanding Racial Equality: Free People of Color and the 1791 Concordats in Saint-Domingue” is slated for publication in the journal Slavery and Abolition. It will appear online soon, and then appear in print in the June 2022 issue. Jeff is an assistant professor of History at Dalton State University.

The Washington Post published a Juneteenth feature story based on Amy Murrell Taylor’s book, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps: Also, in her capacity as program chair for the June 2021 conference of the Society for Civil War Historians, Amy led the effort to convert the meeting to a virtual format -- and somehow managed to survive!

CJ Werking was honored on September 30 as one of three University-wide Outstanding Teaching Assistants for the 2020-21 academic year.

Derrick White’s piece, “We Won’t Shut Up and Dribble,” appeared this summer in The Ohio State University’s Origins: