Congratulations to our Faculty and Students!

Professor Robert Westbrook has received the Riker Award for Graduate Teaching and will be accepting it at the university commencement ceremony.  Only one Riker Award is given throughout the whole university each year, so this is a signal honor.

PhD Candidate Andrew Kless has received the Ball Dissertation Fellowship for his work on his dissertation.

PhD Candidate Jim Rankine has received the university’s Curtis Award for teaching by a graduate student.

PhD Candidate Daniel Rinn has been awarded a Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship, sponsored by the New York State Council for the Humanities.

PhD Candidate Kyle Robinson has been awarded the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship.

PhD Candidate Jonathan Strassfeld has been awarded the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship.

Recent PhD Graduate Serenity Sutherland has been awarded the Susan B. Anthony Institute’s dissertation prize.


“I Was Told There’d Be Food”


Camden Burd (PhD Candidate), discusses Digital History on the podcast “I Was Told There’d Be Food.”— a show that explores the the challenges, opportunities, and realities of being a graduate student today.  Check out the podcast here.

From the podcast website:
“Welcome to I Was Told There’d Be Food – a podcast about all things academia and history!

AKA, for this week, anyway, NOT the one where Jen, Katie, and Alex are replaced by robot imposters in order to teach humans about humanities things, but the one in which we discuss the ever expanding role of digital humanities scholarship.

In conversations with our guest and resident digital humanities expert, Camden, we discuss the tools and methods of digital humanities work. We even explore the ways in which digital tech can help us encounter the ever elusive beast – collaborative work in history. Do your part – help humanize the digitals!”


Dr. Henry E. Sigerist


Professor Theodore Brown has recently been a guest in Professor Thomas Devaney’s HIS 501 course.  Professor Brown discussed Dr. Henry E. Sigerist, a topic closely related to current public debate.  Here is a brief synopsis written by Professor Brown.

In the three decades from 1925 to 1955, Henry E. Sigerist (1891-1957) was widely regarded as the world’s leading historian of medicine. In 1925, at the precocious age of 34, he had succeeded Karl Sudhoff, a German scholar of towering international reputation, as Director of the University of Leipzig’s pioneering Institute of the History of Medicine. In 1932, Sigerist succeeded William Henry Welch, the founding dean of the Johns Hopkins University Medical School, as Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute of the History of Medicine, recently created on the Leipzig model. During the next fifteen years, Sigerist turned the Hopkins Institute into the leading center for the history of medicine in North America. He transferred his own research to Baltimore and arranged for exceptional European junior colleagues to join him for various periods of time. He likewise nurtured North American medical history efforts already underway and elevated scholarly standards, most notably by founding and editing the Bulletin of the History of Medicine and by considerably raising the professional tone of the American Association for the History of Medicine.

During his fifteen American years from 1932 to 1947, Sigerist also played a surprising but important public role. Welcomed as an urbane and eloquent lecturer, he enjoyed celebrity status at medical society meetings, before civic associations, and in colleges and universities. He was regularly called upon by philanthropic foundations, public agencies, labor unions, the media, and sometimes by the Roosevelt administration. Sigerist also served as a major spokesman for compulsory universal health insurance, and was much sought after as a lecturer, popular author, and radio commentator. His lecture in Philadelphia on February 19, 1939 at the Peoples Forum (advertised by this flyer) was one of his many well-attended public presentations. Sigerist’s ideas were reported in The New York Daily News and Time Magazine, and he published articles in mass circulation magazines and reviews such as Atlantic Monthly, PM, Science and Society, and the New Masses. Because of his dual reputation in historical scholarship and medical politics, Sigerist was invited to visit South Africa, India and Canada as a distinguished lecturer and health policy consultant.

Fee, Elizabeth, and Theodore M. Brown. Making Medical History: The Life and Times of Henry E. Sigerist. N.p.: John Hopkins University Press, 1997.