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UCI Department of History: 2016-2017

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The UCI History Department gathered on Monday June 12th to celebrate the achievements of our faculty and students over the past year. Here is a list of the accolades: 

Undergraduate Program  Data

- 13 students participated in the 2016 History Internship Program.
- 10 students participated in the 16-17 Advanced Research Seminar
- 24 students presented research in the Third Annual Undergraduate History Conference.
- 65 history majors will graduate in Spring 2017.

Undergraduate Student Awards

McCulloch Memorial Funds Scholarship: Brynna Gallagher, Yareli Castro Sevilla
Vicki L. Ruiz Undergraduate Scholarship in History: Vanesse Hiten, Maricruz Hernandez Cabrera,
School of Humanities Undergraduate Award in History: Chase Robinson, Jack Anderson,
Chancellor’s Award of Distinction : Julian Bugarin, Yareli Castro Sevilla, Lauren Kerner
New Phi Alpha Theta Members: Jenna Allie, Julian Bugarin, Huitzijared Contreras, Caleb Hawkins, Lauren Kerner, Ciani Reyes, Yareli Castro Sevilla, Meleia Simon-Reynolds, Jocelyn Xu

Undergraduate Student Accomplishments

Taylor Wlaschin has been accepted into the “Equity and Social Justice in Education” M.A. Program at San Francisco State University.
Gabrielle Wood completed an internship at the National Archives this Spring.
Tiffany Thompson (2016 graduate) will begin graduate studies at Columbia in the Fall.
Lauren Kerner has accepted a position as the Israel Engagement Coordinator at UC Santa Barbara.
Nichole Grimes participated in the Western Association of Women Historians conference.
Yareli Castro Sevilla has been accepted to the Graduate Program in History at Yale University
Four history majors were chosen to present their research at the 2017 UROP Conference: Bailey Betancourt, Huitzijared Contreras, Nichole Grimes, and Therasa Topete.

Graduate Student Accomplishments

Achee, Ashley:  Dickson D. Bruce Graduate Research Award
Amer, Ayal: Charles & Ann Quilter Graduate Students Award , American Institute of Indian Studies Language Study in India
Brewster, Michele: OGS Conference Grant Spring 2017
Bolton, Cherish: Humanities Out There Public Fellow
Calahane, Kacey:  Dickson D. Bruce Graduate Research Award
Combs, Matt:  OGS Conference Grant F16. The book “1943: China at the Crossroads” (co-edited by Combs) will be translated into traditional Chinese in summer 2017.  The simplified Chinese translation was published in 2016.  The book features chapters by Yidi Wu (PhD 2017), Dan Knorr (MA 2013), Tom Worger (MA 2013, UCI JD 2015), Chuning Xie (MA 2013)
Cosby, Katherine: Research grant from the UC Consortium for Black Studies in California, Selected as Honorable Mentions for 2017 Faculty Mentor Program Fellowship
David, Kyle: Fulbright Fellowship
Delacruz, Rachael: Humanities Commons Research Grant and Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies Research Grant
Dickmeyer, Laurie:  OGS Conference Grant F16 & S17
Goodale, Sif:  Humanities Commons Research Grant, Selected as an alternate for a Fulbright to Norway
Lira, Stefanie:  Graduate Student Research Award from the Center for Asian Studies and 2017 Pedagogical Fellows Program
Lo, Yi Ci:  Charles & Ann Quilter Graduate Students Award Best Paper Award
Mellors, Sarah:  OGS Conference Grant F16, Charles & Ann Quilter Graduate Students Award, Western Association of Women Historians Founders’ Dissertation Fellowship, and UC Irvine Center for Asian Studies Research Grant
Olomi, Ali: Humanities Commons Research Grant, Pedagogical Fellowship, Humanities Dean's Gateway Fellowship , and CIRTL Associate Certification
Pascoe, Steve: Charles & Ann Quilter Graduate Student Award
Presswood, Marketus: Dickson D. Bruce Graduate Research Award and Amherst College Dean's Fellowship
Rubio, Juan:  Dickson D. Bruce Graduate Research Award, Charles & Ann Quilter Graduate Student Award
Samplina, Romina:  Charles & Ann Quilter Graduate Student Award
Wu, Yidi: OGS Conference Grant F16, UCHRI Graduate Student Dissertation Support, UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education Gardner Fellows, UCI Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship.

Ph.D. Placements 2016-2017

Erik Altenbernd, PhD '16 - Asst. Professor, College of the Canyons
Daniel Borses, PhD ’11 – Asst. Professor, Riverside City College
Catherine Christensen, PhD ‘09 – Asst. Professor of History, Palomar College
Laurie Dickmeyer, PhD ‘17 – Instructor CSU Dominguez Hills & Saddleback College
Andrea Milne, PhD ‘17 - SAGES Teaching Fellow, Case Western Reserve University
Marc Ocegueda, PhD ‘17 – Asst. Professor of History, CSU Sacramento
Jordan Stanton, PhD ’10 -  Asst. Professor, Orange Coast College
Yidi Wu, PhD ‘17 – Asst. Professor of History, St. Mary’s College, Indiana

Graduating Ph.D. Students

Laurie Dickmeyer, “The Ghost of the Hong Monopoly": US-China Trade and Diplomacy in the Nineteenth Century” (Committee Chair: David Igler)
Alex Jacoby, “Bringing the Beach to Los Angeles: the Politics and Environment of the Southern California Coast, 1890-1970” (Committee Chair: David Igler)
Liam O'Mara, “Between the Prophets and Nihilism: Nietzsche Responds to Apocalyptic Thought” (Committee Chair: Mark Levine)
Andrea Milne, “’A Caring Disease': Nursing and Patient Advocacy on the United States’ First AIDS Ward, 1983-1995” (Committee Chair: Allison Perlman)
Marc Ocegueda, “Sol y Sombra: San Bernardino's Mexican Community, 1880-1960” (Committee Chair: Vicki Ruiz)
Yidi Wu, “Blooming, Contending, and Staying Silent: Activism and Campus Politics in China, 1957 (Committee Chair: Jeffrey Wasserstrom)
New Faculty Books

Touraj Daryaee   Ancient Iran: A Concise History. I.B. Tauris, 2017.
Joan Malczewski Building a New Educational State: Foundations, Schools, and the American South. University Of Chicago Press, 2017
Renée Raphael  Reading Galileo: Scribal Technologies and the Two New Sciences. John Hopkins University Press, 2017.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom  The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China. Oxford University Press, 2017.

New Faculty Books (Edited)

Touraj Daryaee King of the Seven Climbs: A History of the Ancient Iranian World (3000 BCE -651 CE). UCI Jordan Center for Persian Studies, 2017.
Touraj Daryaee and Khodadad Rezakhani. On the Explanation of Chess and Backgammon. H&S Media, 2016.
Ross E. Dunn, Laura J. Mitchell, Kerry Ward. The New World History: A Field Guide for Teachers and Researches. University of California Press, 2016.
Sabine Fruhstuck and Anne Walthall. Child’s Play: Multi-Sensory Histories of Children and Childhood in Japan. University of California Press, 2017.
Alka Patel and Touraj Daryaee. India and the Longue Duree. UCI Jordan Center for Persian Studies, 2017.
Kenneth Pomeranz and Steven Topik. The World that Trade Created: Society, Culture and the World Economy, 1400 to the Present (4th Edition). Routledge, 2017.
Jaime E. Rodriguez. Honor Y Patria: Memorias de un Militar Ecuatoriano. Academia Nacional de Historia, 2016.
Jaime E. Rodriguez. “Lo Politico” En el Mundo Hispanico. El Colegio de Michoacan, 2015.
Jaime E. Rodriguez. De La Fidelidad a la Revolucion: el Proceso de la Independencia de la Antigua Provincia de Guayaquil. Publicacion del Programa Editorial  de la M.I. Municipalidad de Santiago de Guayaquil, 2015. 
Anne Walthall and M. William Steele. Politics and Society in Japan’s Meiji Restoration: A Brief History with Documents. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016.

Faculty Fellowships, Grants, & Awards

Alex Borucki, NEH Preservation and Access Division Grant to support the project: Final Passages: The Intra-American Slave Trade Database
David Igler & Laura Mitchell, AHA Career Diversity for Historians Grant
Adria Imada, National Institutes of Health Biomedicine Grant (renewed) to support her  book project, An Archive of Skin, in 2017-18
Mark LeVine, NEH Collaborative Research Grant to support the project Human Rights in the Arab World: Research Advocacy and Public Policy
Jessica Millward, UC Consortium for Black Studies Grant & UC HRI Residential Research Group Fellowship
Rachel O’Toole, Romina Samplina, Katherine Crosby, Humanities Commons Grant for their Lecture Series, Heterodox Histories: Nature, Ideology, and Race
Renée Raphael, Huntington Library Dibner Fellowship for Metals in Motion: Mining Technology between Europe and the Americas, 1400-1800; and Bibliographical Society of America, Pine Tree Foundation Fellowship in Hispanic Bibliography
Heidi Tinsman, Guggenheim Fellowship

Thanks to everyone who helped make year such a good one!