History

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

January 2020

  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones reflected on the relevance of homeopathy for understanding access to medicine in Mexico and Latin America in the past and in the present in an interview for the blog of the Brazilian journal História Ciências Saúde—Manguinhos. You can read the interview here.





  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones’s entry “A Recipe for the Body: Chiropractic Medicine in Mexico (Part I)” was published by The Recipes Project, a blog dedicated to food, magic, art, science, medicine, and everything related to recipes, from magical charms to veterinary remedies. The entry offers a brief analysis of a few documentary ingredients Hernández Berrones found prospecting the archival mines of unorthodox healers in postrevolutionary Mexico in his efforts to concoct a nuanced narrative of 20th-century medicine in that country. Mexican chiropractors navigated a still-undefined space where national traditions blended with domestic and foreign modernities. Their bodily recipes kept the bodies of thousands of Mexicans fit to modernize a nation, and their activism pushed for the health of the medical body politic.





December 2019

  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones coauthored the introductory piece for a special dossier titled “Homeopathy in Latin America and Spain: Local Developments and International Networks” with historian Patricia Palma for the journal História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos. The authors came up with the idea of this collection when they saw the number of contributions on this topic at an international conference in Rio in 2017. The dossier is the first collection of articles on the topic for Latin America.





  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones published an article titled “Breaking the Boundaries of Professional Regulation: Medical Licensing, Foreign Influence, and the Consolidation of Homeopathy in Mexico” in the journal História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos. Prompted by colleagues and students who attended the 2017 Borderlands Symposium, he reexamined his doctoral research considering historical actors beyond national borders and produced this analysis. Hernández Berrones argues that Mexican homeopaths’ plural approach to medicine reflected their own plural political position on professional values and regulations. Raising the concerns of the national medical community, they liberally used foreign credentials, knowledge, products, and professional associations to increase their clientele, impress government officials, and obtain support for the successful institutionalization of homeopathy in Mexico.





  • Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower published a short review of Steven Attewell’s People Must Live by Work: Direct Job Creation in America, from FDR to Reagan in the September issue of History: Reviews of New Books.





June 2019

  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower presented a paper titled “From Benign Mascot to Enemy of All Mankind, and Back Again: The Problem and Promise of Pirates in Pedagogy” and led the plenary roundtable on teaching piracy studies at the Problem of Piracy: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Plunder at Sea across the World from the Ancient to the Modern, at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, June 24–26, 2019. The conference was sponsored by the Royal Historical Society, the Society for Nautical Research, and the University of Strathclyde.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower published “Public Sector Unions in the United States” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Urban History (ed. Timothy Gilfoyle; Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. 271–285). The essay is a (slightly) modified version of a piece that was originally included in the digital Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History  and was selected for traditional print publication based in part on heavy online traffic.





  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones was invited to present his work in the Seminar on Otherness at the Center of Interdisciplinary Research in the Sciences and the Humanities of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He presented the paper “Mystic of Medicine, Modern Curandero, and ‘Improvised Doctor’: Francisco I. Madero and the Practice of Homeopathy in Rural Mexico at the Turn of the 20th Century” on June 14, 2019. Hernandez Berrones discussed with undergraduate and graduate students the fluid limits among religious medical beliefs, indigenous healing rituals, and academic medicine as well as the geographic, social, economic, and cultural elements that shape and disrupt these boundaries in Mexico.





  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes published an article, “Diplomacy at the End of Empire: Evolving French Perspectives on Portuguese Colonialism in the 1950s and 1960s,” in Cold War History.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower presented a paper titled “The Union of the Future: The Politics of the Presidency in a Public Sector Union, 1958–1964” at the annual meeting of the Labor and Working Class History Association Conference, held May 30–June 1 at Duke University in Durham, NC.





May 2019

  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones was invited to the Permanent Seminar on the History of Medicine and Public Health in Latin America at the School of Medicine of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He presented the paper “Proletarian or Bourgeois? The Dilemma of the Mexican Medical Profession after the Revolution of 1910” on May 28, 2019. In the paper, Hernandez Berrones describes the tensions among different groups of physicians between their professional liberty and their limitations in the context of the postrevolutionary government´s efforts to provide health to all Mexicans.





  • Part-Time Assistant Professor of History Iris Ma was invited to give a presentation titled “The Making of ‘Youth’ in Modern China: Reflections on the May Fourth Movement” for the panel commemorating the 100th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement and the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Revolution on May 2, 2019. The event was jointly organized by the Institute for Historical Studies and the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.





April 2019

  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes served as discussant on a panel on “The Empire beyond the Ivory Tower: Non-Academics and the Legacies of Colonial History in Contemporary France” at the Society for French Historical Studies Annual Conference, in Indianapolis, IN. She also spoke at a round-table discussion on “Using Digital Tools to Do Public History.”





  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower  attended the British Scholar Society’s annual Britain and the World conference in Kansas City, MO, April, 11–14, 2019. She served as chair on two panels, “Rethinking ‘Centers’ and ‘Peripheries’ in the Early Modern World” and “Commercial and Imperial Relationships in the Early Modern British World,” and took part in the editorial board meeting.





  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones was awarded a prestigious 2019 Summer Stipend by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). NEH grants are highly competitive. Applicants go through a three-step review process that involves specialists, NEH staff, and the National Council of the Humanities. This year, the NEH offered grants to 11% of approximately 1,000 applications. Hernandez Berrones will use the grant to continue working on the manuscript of his book project, A Revolution in Small Doses: Homeopathy, the Profession, and the State in Mexico 1910–1943.





March 2019

  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes  published a review of Paul Silverstein’s Postcolonial France: Race, Islam, and the Future of the Republic  in H-France Review  Vol. 19 (March 2019), No. 43.





  • Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power  (University of Florida Press, 2018) has won the 2019 Best Book Award from the United Association of Labor Education. Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower  contributed a chapter titled “‘A Threshold Moment’: Public-Sector Organizing and Civil Rights Unionism in the Postwar South.”





  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes chaired a panel on “Survival in the French Empire: Health, ‘Heathens,’ and Heritage” at the 20th & 21st Century French & Francophone Studies International Colloquium in Oklahoma City, OK, March 14.





February 2019

  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower‘s chapter “‘… And Greedily Devoured Them’: The Cannibalism Discourse and the Creation of a British Atlantic World, 1536–1612” was published in the book To Feast on Us as Their Prey: Cannibalism in the Early Modern Atlantic (ed. Rachel B. Herrmann, University of Arkansas Press, 2019, pp. 97–114.)