History

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

February 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.”





November 2017

  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower gave an invited talk on her current book project, Tudor Empire: The Making of Britain and the British Atlantic World, 1485-1603, at Oxford University, Oxford, UK, on Oct. 31, 2017. The lecture was part of “The Long History of Ethnicity & Nationhood Reconsidered Seminar Series,” Michaelmas Term 2017, sponsored by TORCH: The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, Bing Overseas Studies Program Stanford University, and the University of Birmingham BRIHC: Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures.





August 2017

  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones co-organized the symposium “(Un)Bounded Doctors: Nation, Profession, and Place in the Local and Global Formation of Medical Groups in the 19th and 20th Centuries” together with Dr. Beatriz Teixeira Weber from Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil, for the International Congress of the History of Science and Technology in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 23–29, 2017. The symposium brought together scholars from McGill University (Canada), University of Western Ontario (Canada), Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (Brazil), Casa de Oswaldo Cruz/Fiocruz (Brazil), Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico), Brown University (USA), and Southwestern University (USA) to discuss the demography of doctors as a result of state-building processes, migration, professional organization, and the provision of health. In this panel, Hernandez Berrones presented the paper “From Foreign Healers to International Doctors: Internationalism and the Consolidation of Homeopathy in Mexico, 1853–1942.” The ideas for this paper resulted from conversations with Latin American & Border Studies committee members about the inclusion of Borderland Studies in the Latin American Studies Program and with students and faculty during the First Borderlands Symposium in the fall of 2016.





July 2017

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower presented a paper titled “’Every Candidate…Is Running Against Our Union’: AFSCME’s Response to Tax Cut Fever in the Late 1970s” at the annual meeting of the Labor and Working Class History Association at the University of Washington in Seattle.





May 2017

  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones organized the panel “Medical Pluralism in Latin America Revisited: Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, and Psychoanalysis in the Latin American Landscape in the 19th and 20th Centuries” for the annual meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. (May 4–7, 2017). In this panel, he also presented the paper titled “’Hostilidad,’ ‘Desorden’ and ‘Indisciplina’: The Challenges of Medical Pluralism at the National Homeopathic Hospital during the Age of Institutionalization of Biomedicine in Mexico City, 1893–1934.”





  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes presented a paper “From ‘Ghetto’ to ‘Apartheid’: Education Policy as Housing Discrimination in 1970s Lyon” at the Society for French Historical Studies Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. She also participated in a special roundtable on “Human Rights in the Modern Francophone World.”





  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower presented a paper titled “To bere the sam good hart’ of Empire: The Meaning and Making of British Imperialism in the Sixteenth Century” at the annual British Scholar Society’s Britain and the World Conference in Austin, Texas, on Apr. 6, 2017.





April 2017

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower published “Public Sector Unionism” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, eds. John Butler et. al.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower won a Summer Stipend fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the completion of his book, A Revolution in Government: Jerry Wurf and the Rise of Public Sector Unions in Postwar America (University of Pennsylvania Press).





March 2017

  • Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower delivered a paper titled “A Threshold Moment: Public Sector Organizing and Civil Rights Unionism in the Postwar South” at the biennial meeting of the Southern Labor Studies Association in Tampa, Fla. He also chaired and commented on a panel discussion titled “Organizing the New, New South: Labor Unions and Employers in the South during the 1970s and 1980s.”