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  • Visiting professor Tibor Glant was part of a panel on "The Syrian Refugee Crisis Now," part of the Think Global series on November 2. The panel included KERA's Krys Boyd, Holly Wiliams from CBS News, and Manochehr Dorraj from TCU's Department of Political Science.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Hanan Hammad, who was given the 2015 Wise Woman award at the spring gathering of Women and Gender Studies students and faculty. The award, given by WGST students, recognizes excellence in teaching and mentoring.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Ben Tillman, selected as the A.M. Pate Professor for 2015-16. The Pate Professorship recognizes excellence in research and writing and provides support for a particular research project. Previous Pate Professors were Peter Szok in 2014-15 and Jodi Campbell in 2013-14.

  • Ph.D. student Jamalin Harp was awarded a competitive Princeton University Library Research Grant to work in Princeton’s library collections during the summer of 2015 for her dissertation on the Washington Orphan Asylum.
  • The department's spring honors banquet and Phi Alpha Theta initiation was held Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 in the Kelly Center, featuring speaker Dr. Todd Kerstetter. Congratulations to our Phi Alpha Theta initiates Emily Dace, Wes Hoblit, Alec Lewis, Nikki Nguyen, and Tammie Rhinehart. We also celebrated the winners of the following awards: Billy Klaess received the Texas Sons of the American Revolution Van Zandt Chapter Award; Tiffany Huff was named the department's Senior Scholar; and Rebekah Yarmchuk received the Hammond Memorial Award. In the graduate program, Jamalin Harp received the Graduate Teaching Award, Mike Burns was awarded the Graduate Research prize, and Meredith May was the first recipient of the newly established McDonald Research Prize. The Texas Oral History Association recognized Kendra DeHart as the author of the association's best journal article of the year.
  • The TCU History & Geography department hosted visiting Green Chair Dr. Lara Putnam of the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Putnam presented a public lecture, "Grounding Transnational History: Place-Based Research for a Digital Age" on Tuesday, April 7, at 3:30 pm in Scharbauer 1008. Dr. Putnam is a leading scholar of race, gender, and transnationalism in Latin America and the Atlantic world.
  • Dr. Alex Hidalgo's dissertation was chosen by the Conference on Latin American History as the winner of this year's Lewis Hanke Post-Doctoral Award. The prize is given annually to a recent PhD recipient in order to conduct field research that will allow transformation of the dissertation into a book.
  • Dr. Max Krochmal was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston to support his collaborative research project, “Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Oral Histories of the Multiracial Freedom Struggle in Texas, 1954-Present.”  Krochmal will lead a team of researchers that will collect, interpret, and disseminate approximately 100 new oral history interviews with African American, Mexican American, and white civil rights activists in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.  The project includes the creation of a digital humanities website.
  • Ologwagdi Díaz Rivera, one of Panama’s leading indigenous artists and a longtime veteran of the country’s labor and social protests movements, visited TCU March 23-27. Events included “Ologwagdi and the Art of Protest” featuring ten of the artist’s banners and a short discussion on modern indigenous painting.
  • Dr. Hanan Hammad has been named a Visiting Research Fellow at the Woolf Institute in Cambridge, UK, in the summer of 2015. She will contribute to an MPhil course at the University of Cambridge and organize a conference on religious minorities and popular culture in the modern Middle East.
  • Congratulations to our 2014-15 Graduate Dissertation Fellows! Beth Hessel is the recipient of the Benjamin W. Schmidt Dissertation Scholarship, Jonathan Steplyk will receive a Departmental Dissertation Fellowship, and Dan Vogel was awarded the Benjamin W. Schmidt Teaching Fellowship.
  • The department mourns the loss of Dr. Mark Gilderhus, who held the Lyndon Baines Johnson Chair from 1997 until his retirement in 2010. The TCU flag was flown at half staff on February 20, and a memorial service washeld in Fort Collins, CO, on February 21. A memorial fund has been established with the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in recognition of Dr. Gilderhus's influence in diplomatic history. Read Dr. Gilderhus's obituary here.
  • On February 4, history professors Alex Hidalgo, Peter Szok, and Don Coerver hosted a screening of “The Missing 43,” a documentary on the recent disappearance of education students in Mexico’s troubled state of Guerrero. The incident has garnered international attention for the brutal nature of the event, the stranglehold of powerful drug cartels on local communities, and the government’s inability to respond.
  • Dr. Ken Stevens spent the fall semester 2014 with a Fulbright Scholar Award that established him as the 2014 Laszlo Orszagh Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Debrecen in Hungary. Read more about it here.


  • Students in Dr. Hidalgo's History Major Seminar presented their work "Mapped Encounters: A Digital Exhibit of the George T. Abell Collection,” on Thursday December 4 at 3:00 p.m. in the Debate Chamber (SCHAR 1001). The Abell Collection includes over one hundred maps that highlight early modern and nineteenth-century achievements in cartography, geometry, and science.


  • The fall 2014 Phi Alpha Theta initiation was held on Thursday, November 6, at 3:30 pm on the first floor of Reed Hall. Congratulations to new initiates Garret Evans, Brandon Frank, Rebekah Yarmchuk, Taylor Meneley, Brennan Rivas, Lauren Mackson, Henry Hollo, Eric Gerber, and Kelly Shara.

  • We mourn the loss of Dr. Paul Boller, who passed away in March 2014 at the age of 97. Dr. Boller was the Lyndon B. Johnson Chair of U.S. History until his retirement in 1983, though he remained active as a historian and a supporter of TCU's history department until his death. Click here to read his obituary in Perspectives.
  • The department's spring awards banquet took place on Monday, April 21. In addition to initiating new Phi Alpha Theta members, the department recognized Stephen Lopez as its Senior Scholar, Kirby Richards as the Hammond Award winner, and Ryan Higgins as the recipient of the Sons of the American Revolution (Van Zandt Chapter) award. Beth Hessel was awarded the Graduate Student Teaching Award, and Scarlet Jernigan received the Graduate Student Research Award. See pictures here.
  • Ph.D. student Miriam Villanueva has won a CLAH James R. Scobie Award to support her dissertation research on the cultural history of Panamanian militarism.

  • Ph.D. student David Grantham has won a Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Grant to conduct research at the Ford Presidential Library, as well as a Moody Research Grant to pursue research at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin related to his study of Argentine-Middle East diplomacy during the Cold War.

  • Dr. Steve Woodworth, Civil War historian, was featured on KERA's program "Think" on Wednesday, April 2. Get the podcast here.

  • Dr. Ken Stevens' edition of the Texas Legation Papers won the 2013 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Nonfiction. His work is also featured in TCU Magazine; read more about it here.

  • Dr. Max Krochmal's "Texas Communities Oral History Project," in which students studied and interviewed local civil rights activists, was featured in TCU Magazine. See the article and video here. Dr. Krochmal is spending this year in residence at SMU as the recipient of the Summerlee Fellowship in Texas History at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies.

  • Dr. Steven Woodworth, along with two other TCU professors, has been named by the Princeton Review in The Best 300 Professors, its guidebook of top undergraduate professors from over a hundred American colleges.