A Look Back at 2016

While we ring in the New Year, we wanted to take a look back at what some of our professors and graduate students have done in the past year.

fleischmanWe welcomed to the department Thomas Fleischman (Ph.D. NYU, 2013), our new assistant professor of modern German history. Tom works on industrial agriculture in East Germany and the environmental crisis occasioned by the introduction of factory pig-farming along capitalist lines in the 1970s and 1980s. Together with Stewart Weaver and Tom Slaughter, Tom will contribute to our growing strength in environmental history. He will be introducing to Rochester courses on the history of animals, one of the most                                                              innovative new areas in the field.

Many of our other teaching initiatives involved digital history. Elya Zhang used mapping software to help students visualize trade and demographic patterns along Chinese rivers. Pablo Sierra’s students worked extensively with a new database of Latin American newspapers, and Mike Jarvis used his “Virtual St. Georges” project (the creation of a digital visualization of that historic Bermuda port) to introduce undergraduates to digital history.  Tom Slaughter and his collaborators have been awarded a National Archives grant to expand his outreach to seniors in the Rochester Community, who have been working with undergraduates on the digitalization of the William Seward Archive.

Several faculty received prestigious fellowships and honors over the past academic year. Tom Devaney was offered a Fulbright for an academic year of leave at University of Turku, Finland, as well as a fellowship from the University of Helsinki’s Collegium for Advanced Studies, also for a full academic year (Tom accepted the latter). Dorinda Outram pursued her research into laughter in the Enlightenment during a one semester fellowship at the Herzog Georg Library in Wolfenbuttel, Germany in the fall of 2015. She will follow this up in fall 2016 with an in-residence fellowship from University of Gottingen’s Lichtenberg Kolleg, an interdisciplinary center of humanistic and social science inquiry. Dick Kaeuper was inducted as a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, and Pablo Sierra was awarded a fellowship from the university’s new Humanities Center to work on his book manuscript.

Stay tuned for more happenings in the History Department in the upcoming year!