History

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

October 2018

  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones presented a paper titled “Teaching Medicine to the Working Class: Private Medical Schools in Revolutionary Mexico, 1910–1940” at the 15th International Reunion of Historians of Mexico in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 1821. In this paper, he argues that “free schools” proposed a transitional model of medical training between the Porfiriato and the revolution. This model proposed to socialize the medical profession, keeping it free from state regulation before the revolutionary state decided to implement policies and programs aimed at regulating medical certification, geographic distribution, and labor.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower presented two papers at the 40th Annual North American Labor History Conference at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. The first, “Forty Years after Prop 13: The Past, Present, and Future of Public Sector Anti-Unionism,” explored the connection between antitax conservative politics in the 1970s and the recent wave of legal and legislative challenges to government employee unions. The second, “The Memory of Memphis and the (Un)Making of the Modern Public Sector Labor Movement,” examined the way that union activists have used instrumental commemorations of a strike by 1,300 sanitation workers that culminated with the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. over the past half century. Both papers drew on portions of his current book project about public-sector unions in the postwar United States.





September 2018

  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones was invited to participate in a workshop of precirculated papers titled The Gray Zones of Medicine(s): Towards a History of Healers and Healing in Colonial and Modern Latin America and the Caribbeanat the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He presented the article “Mystic of Medicine, Modern Curandero, and ‘Improvised Doctor’: Francisco I. Madero and the Practice of Homeopathy in Rural Mexico at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.”





July 2018

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower published a chapter titled “‘A Threshold Moment’: Public-Sector Organizing and Civil Rights Unionism in the Postwar South” in Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power, eds. Matthew Hild and Keri Leigh Merritt (Gainesville: University of Florida Press).





  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower presented a paper titled “‘Partners Both’ in Gender and Empire: Mary I, Elizabeth I, and the Construction of Female Imperial Kingship, ca. 1550-1570” at the seventh Kings and Queens conference, “Ruling Sexualities: Sexuality, Gender and the Crown,” at the University of Winchester and Hampton Court Palace, United Kingdom, July 913, 2018. Her attendance was funded by a grant from the conference, which was sponsored by the Royal Studies Journal, Royal Studies Network, University of Winchester, Society for Renaissance Studies, and Historic Royal Palaces.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower delivered a paper titled “The Politics of Work and the Work of Politics: Public Sector Labor and the Tax Revolt at Forty” on July 4 at a special one-day conference on “The American Moment: Past, Present, and Future” at the University of Reading, United Kingdom.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower published an op-ed column titled “With Janus, the Supreme Court Guts the Modern Labor Movement” in the Washington Post’s Made by History digital feature.





June 2018

  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower presented a paper titled “‘Bloody’ or ‘Most Serene and Potent’?: Mary I, The British Empire, and the Making of the Early Modern Atlantic World,” at the British Scholar Society’s annual Britain and the World Conference at Exeter University, Exeter, UK, June 21–23, 2018. She also chaired a panel on “Relations and Perceptions in the Early Modern Caribbean.”





May 2018

  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes was featured in a podcast on the legacies of 1968. Listen here: Part I, Part II.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower was the featured guest for Union City Radio’s “Labor History Today” podcast for the week of May 13. He discussed the life of labor leader Jerry Wurf and the upcoming Supreme Court case of Janus v. AFSCME. The full podcast is available here. The discussion begins at the 18:00 minute mark.





April 2018

  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower presented a paper titled “‘Thy bright sphere’: Elizabeth I, the Armada, and the Atlantic World, ca. 1570–1600” at the “Elizabeth I: The Armada and Beyond, 1588 to 2018” Conference, sponsored by Royal Museums Greenwich and the Society for Court Studies, at Queen’s House and National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, United Kingdom, April 19–21, 2018.





  • Emma Walsh,  class of 2018, presented a paper based on her history honors research, “The Nuremberg War Trials and the Legacy of the Armenians,” at the 9th Annual Texas A&M History Conference, “Conflicts and Resolutions.”





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower presented a paper titled “Betty the Bureaucrat?: Public Workers and Comparable Worth in the Long 1970s” at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Sacramento, Calif., April 13.





  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower published an article titled “‘All Good Stories’: Historical Fiction in Pedagogy, Theory, and Scholarship” in Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice 23, no. 1 (January 2019, online publication March 28, 2018): 1–48. She was also appointed to the Journal’s editorial board.





March 2018

  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes presented a paper, “Awakening the Public Conscience: The French Committee for Amnesty in Portugal and Anti-Salazar Activism,” at the Society for French Historical Studies Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., March 8–10. She also chaired and provided the formal comment for a panel on “Transnational Human Rights in the Twentieth Century: Decolonization and Activism in the ’68 Years.”





  • Esteban Woo Kee , class of 2018, presented his research on “ACT UP and the Revolution of Gay Rights” at the 6th Annual Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop at Illinois Wesleyan University, Feb. 23 25, 2018.





February 2018

  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes presented a paper titled “Anti-Salazarism and Student Solidarity: Franco-Portuguese Student Activism in the 1960s” at the 1968 in Global Perspectives conference hosted by the University of South Carolina, Feb. 15–17, 2018.





  • Associate Professor of History Melissa K. Byrnes  gave a talk for the Newcomers & Friends of Georgetown about philanthropy, community engagement, and the lessons and experiences from her First Year Seminar, “Doing Good and Doing It Well.”