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History Department Brag List, June-October 2020

Carson Benn received the 2020 James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for research on Appalachia.  He will be presenting his work during the academic year 2020-21: “Broadcasting Region: The Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction and the Case for an Appalachian Network.”

Eladio Bobadilla is a new dad. Ellison Ted Bobadilla came into the world on Monday, Sept. 28.  Timaree and the babe are doing great. Congratulations, Timaree and Eladio. Eladio Bobadilla, along with other scholars, shared his thoughts about the Louisville protests: He was interviewed on the “Behind the Blue” podcast, on the arc of social movements in the United States: Eldio also spoke with ABC 36 about what remembering 9/11 looks like in 2020:

Doctoral student Cameron Boutin recently was awarded a Summer Micro-Grant by the Society for Military History to help in his dissertation research. He also has an upcoming book review coming out in the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. The book reviewed is An Environmental History of the Civil War by Judkin Browning and Timothy Silver.

Nikki Brown was on French TV: France 24, being interviewed on John Lewis’ death:

Nikki also spoke about the recent protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on France24 Nikki’s interview appears in the first segment. Nikki also wrote an open letter to UK Athletics coaches on behalf of the faculty and staff of the Program in African American and Africana Studies, inviting them to begin a dialogue with the greater UK community on sports and social justice: Finally, Nikki and Kathi Kern discussed the 19th Amendment on Eastern Standard (WEKU): in June:

Jane Calvert is editor of The Complete Writings and Selected Correspondence of John Dickinson. Vol. 1 was published on June 8 by the University of Delaware Press. Vol. 2 is expected to be published in October. For a description of the contents of Vol. 1, see: Jane was also invited to lead a three-part virtual seminar in October and November hosted by the Library Company of Philadelphia called John Dickinson and the Making of the U.S. Constitution, 1776-1788. Readings will be based on work from the John Dickinson Writings Project, and she will have guests Liz Covart to discuss the Articles of Confederation, Jack Rakove on the Constitution and John Kaminski on Ratification.

Tracy Campbell’s new book, The Year of Peril: America in 1942 (Yale, May 2020), was the basis for an op-ed piece by George F. Will in the Washington Post: Tracy recently chatted about his book with Lewis Lapham on the podcast, Lapham’s Quarterly:

Francie Chassen-López has been awarded the Otis A. Singletary Endowed Chair in the Humanities by the UK College of Arts & Sciences.

The Center for Investigative Reporting ran a podcast serial, The Recovery Revolution, that drew on Claire Clark’s research. Claire did a roundtable on the podcast along with a few other alcohol and drug historians. Check out her (and their) remarks here.

Anastasia Curwood, director of the Program in African American and Africana Studies, played a pivotal role in the establishment of UK’s new Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies. Anastasia also talked about Shirley Chisholm (on whose biography she is working) on the New Books Network Political Science podcast:

Anastasia also partnered with Mariah Kendell on a Lexington Herald-Leader op-ed piece, “UK administration pushes symbolic, not substantive, change to systemic racism on campus”: She was also featured in a WHAS news report, “UK Faculty Group asks for Rupp Arena to be renamed”:

Anastasia partnered with Kathi Kern in another installment in WEKU’s series on the 19th Amendment:

Doctoral student Cody Foster presented a paper titled “‘To Reawaken the World's Conscience’: The International War Crimes Tribunal and Moral Revolution during the Vietnam War, 1967at the Institute for Human Studies Conference at George Mason University. In addition, Cody’s opinion piece published by The New York Times in December 2017 titled “Did America Commit War Crimes in Vietnam?” was republished in a collected volume entitled Casualties of War (Rosen Publishing, 2020).

Jacob Glover (Ph.D. 2017) and his team at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill won a $95,754 grant from the NEH this summer to fund new digitization initiatives as well as a new augmented reality experience. Glover is the project director of this initiative, “Expanding Digital Humanities at SVPH.” They also won a $130,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services for a new exhibition, “Local Economies, Global Impacts.” 

Melanie Beals Goan’s new book, Simple Justice: Kentucky Women Fight for the Vote (University Press of Kentucky), will be available on Nov. 12: . Melanie was also featured in a UKnow article on the 19th Amendment centennial:

Doctoral student Steffi Greenhill (ABD) was selected to participate in the first Manuscript Development Workshop sponsored by the Journal of Southern History, July 30-31. Workshop participants shared works in progress on the theme of “Immigration and Migration in the American South.” Steffi also published “A White Man's Empire: The United States Emigrant Escort Service and Settler Colonialism During the Civil War” in the blog of the Journal of the Civil War Era:

Phil Harling secured an advance contract from Cambridge University Press (UK) for Managing Mobility: Migration and the British Imperial State, 1830-1870.

Vanessa Holden was named Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Center for Diversity Innovation at the University at Buffalo. partnered with Kathi Kern in another installment in WEKU’s series on the 19th Amendment:

Vanessa, Amy Murrell Taylor, Tracy Campbell and Kern discussed the “Uses and Abuses of History During COVID-19” in an installment of the UK Alumni Association’s webinar, “Great Teachers on Great Challenges”: Vanessa also did an interview with UKnow, “Juneteenth Explained”:

Joanna Lile (PhD 2012) has been appointed visiting assistant Pprofessor of History at Georgetown College.

Doctoral student Billy Mattingly (Ph.D. 2020) will be a fellow in the Smithsonian's Data Science Lab for the Analysis of Historical Documents. He’s also tied to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He’ll be in charge of writing the code and developing the machine learning methods for sorting, classifying, and labeling automatically millions of unsorted and cataloged documents. Billy will also be teaching others the methods for using computer programming to analyze historical sources.

Robert Murray (Ph.D. 2013), a faculty member at Mercy College, has been awarded the Ralph Gray Prize for the best article published in the Journal of the Early Republic in 2019. His article is titled ‘Bodies in Motion: Liberian Settlers, Medicine, and Mobility in the Atlantic World.” The award is given by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

Erik Myrup was awarded a certificate of merit in the faculty advising category by the National Academic Advising Association for his work advising our History majors.

Karen Petrone has been named the inaugural Director of the Cooperative for Humanities and Social Sciences in UK’s College of Arts & Sciences: For the center’s first event, Tracy Campbell joined State Representative Charles Booker for a conversation on “Leadership in a time of crisis”:

Jeremy Popkin now has something in common with Elena Ferrante: He has been published in Italian. Popkin’s Concise History of the Haitian Revolution, originally published in 2012, has appeared as Haiti. Storia di una rivoluzione, put out by the well-known Italian firm of Einaudi. A new English-language edition of Jeremy’s book is due to appear in 2021. Jeremy’s article on the demolition of the Kirwan-Blanding dormitory complex has been published in The Common Reader, an online magazine supported by Washington University in St. Louis: Jeremy’s online op-ed, “Le nouveau procès de Louis XVI” (“The New Trial of Louis XVI”), was featured in the French media site Médiapart:

Gerald Smith was appointed co-chair of Lexington’s new Commission on Racial Justice & Equity: Gerald is also the host of a series of occasional radio segments on racial justice in Kentucky and America on WEKU 88.9 FM (NPR for central and eastern Kentucky). His first interview was with Dr. William Turner. They talked about Dr. Turner’s years at UK: as a student leader in the 1960s, faculty member in the ’70s and administrator in the early 2000s. They also discussed his essay “Black Lives Have Always Mattered in Appalachia: Just Look to Our History.” Additional episodes will air in October. Upcoming guests include Sandra E. Weissinger and Dwayne A. Mack, who will discuss their book Law Enforcement in the Age of Black Lives Matter; and Kenneth W. Goings, who will discuss racial stereotyping in American history. Finally, Gerald and his co-chair, Roz Akins, will discuss the Mayor's Commission for Racial Justice and Equality:

Akiko Takenaka’s op-ed piece marking the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in 1945 was featured in a recent Washington Post piece: Akiko is also featured in a recent Japan Times piece: Akiko is also on the translation team that translates the governor’s messages into Japanese. The team recently won the 2020 Amici Linguarum Award. 

Amy Murrell Taylor is the recipient of the College of Arts & Science’s Distinguished Professor Award for 2020-2021. Amy has also been named a 2020-2021 University Research Professor by the UK Board of Trustees. Amy’s multiple-award-winning Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps (UNC, 2018) was recently published in a paperback edition.

Derrick White made several media appearances on the CBC, CTV and NPR to discuss athletes’ recent protests against police violence in Black communities and the debate over the name of Rupp Arena.


Derrick was also featured in a recent op-ed in The Undefeated Check out The Black Athlete podcast, co-hosted by Derrick and Louis Moore, and widely available via Apple, Spotify and other podcast platforms:

Tammy Whitlock has an essay coming out for the new History of Feminism online platform from Routledge Historical Resources. Her essay is on “Women and Crime” and focuses mainly on the British experience.

George Wright’s scholarship on racial violence in Kentucky is featured in an op-ed piece by Rick Blake, “Jacob Blake is my Nephew: My Family Knows Breonna Taylor’s Family’s Pain,” in the Washington Post: