News and Events

Summer Graduate Humanities Internship allows Justin Power to research dissertation

Justin Power, a fourth year Ph.D. candidate, spent this past summer researching at the Pequot Museum, through a program known as the Graduate Humanities Internship. This program not only provided him hands on experience in archives, it also allowed him the perfect opportunity to conduct research for his dissertation.

Dr. Tamba M'bayo Publishes His First Book

Recently, Dr. Tamba M’Bayo celebrated the publication of his first book titled, Muslim Interpreters in Colonial Senegal, 1850-1920. In this book, M’bayo drew on French colonial archival sources and oral accounts to cast light on the activities of indigenous Muslim intermediaries who bridged the linguistic and cultural gaps between French colonizers and colonized Africans in Senegal.

WVU History Alumnus uses historical skills to scout film locations in New Orleans

Eliana Ginsburg graduated from WVU in with her Bachelor of Arts in history in 2006 and thought she wanted to work in the history field. Pursuing this, she went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Public History from the University in Maryland and then completed two internships in New Orleans, at the Louisiana State Museum and the National World War II Museum.

"Development and Its Experts: From Colonial to Postcolonial Times"

Recently, Dr. Joseph Hodge was invited to present the opening lecture for the Master’s Degree Course on Local and Global Development at the University of Bologna in Bologna, Italy. The lecture, titled “Development and Its Experts: From Colonial to Postcolonial Times”, took place on September 20, 2016. Dr. Hodge was welcomed by Professor Mario Zamponi, Coordinator of the Local and Global Development Program, and by Dr. Massimiliano Trentin, Professor of History and International Relations of the Middle East, who gave the introductory remarks. The lecture was sponsored by the Department of Political and Social Sciences and the Center of Historical and Political Studies on Africa and the Middle East at the University of Bologna.

Ph.D student Francis Curran III presents research to Monongalia Historical Society

Ph.D student Francis M. Curran III was invited by the Monongalia Historical Society to present his research on Southern sectionalism prior to the Civil War at their quarterly dinner meeting Friday, September 16, 2016.

Sixth annual Holt Lecture provides enriching opportunities for students

“The shot John Wilkes Booth shot at Ford’s Theatre was the first shot in the war to come after, the war on Black freedom and equality…a war we are still fighting today,” Martha Hodes said as a striking final thought in her lecture “Mourning Lincoln: The Assassination and the Aftermath of the Civil War” given at WVU on September 29.

Aaslestad at the University of Leiden

Katherine Aaslestad, Professor of History, recently contributed to the international workshop “The Persistence of Civic Identities in the Netherlands, 1747-1848” at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.  An internationally renowned scholar on civic identity, Aaslestad was invited by Professors Henk te Velde and Judith Pollmann in Leiden to serve on the Expert Committee for the workshop to contribute her expertise on German Central Europe and provide transnational perspectives on the research projects presented at the meeting. The experience offered an exciting opportunity to be part of international collaboration and a research team that focuses on an area crucial to her own research.  

Hearts, Minds, and Voices: A Lecture by Professor Jason Parker

We are pleased to welcome back Jason C. Parker, a former teacher in our department, to give a lecture next week on his new book, "Hearts, Minds, Voices". 
Guest Lecture Flier

Dr. Parker, a dynamic speaker and and pioneering scholar, is the first to study US Cold War public diplomacy in relation to the global South. Cold War Superpowers strived to "win hearts and minds," particularly in the global South where states subject to the effects of decolonization experienced the Cold War through public diplomacy. His book argues that the American war for hearts and minds during the Cold War inadvertently nurtured the "Third World project." For more information on "Hearts, Minds, Voices," see

The lecture is Monday, October 3 at 1:30 PM in the Rhododendron Room of the Mountain Lair.

Students and Watts Museum collaborate to create new West Virginia glass exhibit

The Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum will open its new exhibit on September 20, 2016. The exhibit, “Molded in the Mountains: The Glass Industry in West Virginia,” has been created through collaborative efforts involving many students from the Department of History, including two public history classes, two interns, student workers, and especially the museum’s two full-time employees, Danielle Petrak, a current Ph.D. student in the History Department, and Eliza Newland, who received her MA in History from WVU in 2014.