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Gender and Women’s History
Women’s and gender history is an active field of study at UA. Faculty teach courses in a variety of geographic locations and time periods, enabling students to gain transnational and comparative perspectives on the diversity of gender roles and on how a gendered analysis changes our understanding of historical problems.

History Department Alumna Briana Royster Pursues PhD at New York University
Briana Royster is a Tuscaloosa native who earned her BA in History in 2012, as well as MA’s in History (2014) and Women’s Studies (2015). Though she entered undergrad as an engineering student, after returning to school following a break in her studies, she decided to switch to History.

Junior Molly Buffington Researches Lutheran Liturgies
Molly Buffington, a History major in her junior year at UA, is writing an honor’s thesis on Lutheran liturgies, and the ways that theology about the sacrament was communicated to the congregation through these songs.

The Spring Issue of our Department Newsletter, Historically Speaking, Now Available!
We are please to announce that Spring issue of Historically Speaking is now in print and on its way to faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the Department of History at The University of Alabama.

UA Students tell the stories of Tuscaloosa County lynching victims.
Fifteen UA students enrolled in HY 300/AAST 395 Southern Memory: Lynching in the South collectively spent more than 1,000 hours documenting the lives and circumstances surrounding the deaths of 10 Tuscaloosa County residents who were lynched between 1884 and 1933.

Undergraduate Matt Culver Creates WWI Exhibit at Warner Transportation Museum
Undergraduate Matt Culver’s exhibit “Lafayette, We Are Here! America Enters the First World War” is currently on display at the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum in Tuscaloosa. Matt Culver is a senior History/Computer Science double major, and has been involved with a group of students working on two World War I exhibits on campus in remembrance of the war’s centennial.

Adams and Martinson Receive the College of Arts & Science’s Outstanding Sophomore Award
Please join the Department of History in congratulating History Majors Emily Adams and Clay Martinson, both 2018 recipients of the College of Arts & Science’s Outstanding Sophomore Award!

Howard Jones’s My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness Explores Infamous Vietnam Massacre
This June, Professor Emeritus Howard Jones published My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness, a look into one of the most infamous incidents in the Vietnam War.

Latin American History
Stretching from the early Atlantic world to modern and contemporary Mexico, UA has great strengths in South American, Central American, and Caribbean history. Issues of cross-cultural relations, race and ethnicity, national and regional identity, and popular and political culture are widely investigated. Latin American History also benefits from the Alabama-Cuba Initiative, which gives faculty and students opportunities to study in Cuba.

Military and Naval History
Students in military history study the full range of conflict, from the ancient world to contemporary problems. Graduate study of military history at UA is especially strong in colonial and Civil War America and Early Modern and Modern Europe, with a strong emphasis on naval history, diplomacy, international relations, and the home front.

11th Triennial Southern Association for Women Historians (SAWH) Conference
Resistance, Power, and Accommodation: Women and Southern History
This triennial conference is June 7-10, 2018, at The University of Alabama, Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Department Celebrates Recent Publications by Faculty
The History Department celebrated three faculty members publishing books earlier this semester.

Religious History
Graduate students will find the History Department an intellectually stimulating environment for studying the role of religious ideas, behaviors, people, and institutions of the past. The department offers a wide variety of courses in religious history, and students can work on religious history topics in many subfields, including Southern history, Early and Modern American history, and Medieval and Early Modern European history.

History of Race
Students in this field investigate how racial identities have been constructed and contested over time, shaping social interactions and setting the boundaries of inclusion and exclusion in various regions of the world. Faculty strengths lie in early modern understandings of difference, slavery in the Americas, Native American history, free people of color in the United States and Latin America, and the role of race in shaping the Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras in the United States.

European History
The department has a longstanding history of excellence in areas of German, Central European, and Russian history, French history, English history, Medieval history, and Early Modern and Modern history. Faculty specializations range across political, diplomatic, social, cultural, gender, intellectual, religious, imperial, and economic history, as well as the history of science and medicine.

Five Undergraduates Present at UA’s Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Conference
Emma Pepperman, Molly Buffington, Rhiannon Hein, Lauren Tucker, and Bradley Beasley recently presented their research to attendees at The University of Alabama’s Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Conference.

Department Celebrates Professor George McClure’s Career
Dr. George McClure is retiring after more than 30 years as a faculty member in our department.

Southern History
The history of the U.S. South is an area of particular strength, as the department boasts seven specialists in the field. Course offerings and faculty research investigate all areas of southern history, from politics and labor relations to the history of race, gender, religion, and the environment. UA is also conveniently located near many important archival resources for the study of the South.

United States History
UA promotes robust inquiry in all periods of American history.  Our strength in social, cultural, and political history is complemented by specializations in African American history, Native American history, military and diplomatic history, constitutional history, intellectual history, religious history, economic and business history, and gender history.

Dr Green’s Students Open Art Exhibit: “Mecca”
On March 2nd, our own Dr. Sharony Green opened an art exhibit curated by students in her “Gender, Race, and Urban Space” graduate course. The exhibit, entitled “Mecca: Atlanta, Harlem, Miami, and Beyond” reflect the students’ interrogation of these cities as cultural “Meccas” for certain groups, in particular people of African descent.

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