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In his book, "Fatal Love: Spousal Killers, Law, and Punishment in the Late Colonial Spanish Atlantic", Dr. Uribe looks back to the 18th and early 19th centuries to identify the historical intersection of domestic violence, state and church patriarchy, and the law. Join us on Tuesday, March 1 at Books & Books, 8 PM.

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Professor Kenneth Lipartito has just published an article in the American Historical Review titled "Reassembling the Economic: New Departures in Historical Materialism." This is a major professional accomplishment, for the AHR is undoubtedly the most important and competitive journal in our profession within the United States. Publishing in it is reserved to a select few. Professor Lipartito makes us all proud and deserves our warmest congratulations!

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Congratulations to Dr. April Merleaux for publishing her article "Sugar, Surveillance, and Citizenship: The Global Crisis of 1919–20 in Buenos Aires and New York" in the Journal Global Food History.

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Ph.D. student Grace Solis receives predoctoral research award from Harvard

Congratulations to FIU History doctoral student Grace Solis, who has received a most competitive award from the Institute for New Economic Thinking at Harvard University's Joint Center for History and Economics. This award will support Grace as she pursues her dissertation, "Female Journalists, Popular Didacticism and Nation Building in the Andes, 1870-1900."


Dr. Daniel Royles receives oral history grant

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Royles, who has been awarded a grant from the Chris Webber Memorial Fellowship Fund to pursue his research on African-American oral history. Using this funding, Dr. Royles will interview people who have focused their advocacy on the intersection of AIDS and affordable housing in black communities.

Chris Davis selected as a Library Resident Research Fellow

Christopher Davis has been selected as a 2016-2017 Library Resident Research Fellow at the American Philosophical Society (APS) through the generous support of the Eugene Garfield Fellowship. Davis will spend a month at the APS Library in Philadelphia, PA to conduct research for his dissertation on the American eugenics movement.

History major selected for Smithsonian internship

Congratulations to history major Rosabel Gomez, who will be interning with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in the Division of Culture and the Arts. Rosabel will be working in the Graphic Arts Collection. As part of her duties, she will be accessioning, cataloguing, and scanning prints, arranging and describing incoming collections, conducting basic research on artists and subjects, and numbering and storing the prints.

History majors inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Congratulations to history majors Elysée Yhuel and Maria Rodriguez, who were recently inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society for their outstanding academic performance. We are proud of their hard work.

Congratulations to Dr. Jenna Gibbs, Dr. April Merleaux, and Dr. Bianca Premo, who have been named as FIU Top Scholars. They will receive their awards formally at a ceremony on April 25.

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As Associate Editor of JWAH (Journal of West African History), Dr. Hilary Jones is one of the organizers of the upcoming launch conference to celebrate the publication of the first three issues of the journal. The conference will interrogate the state of the field and examine critical issues facing the region of West Africa today. The conference will take place at Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan) from April 8-April 9. The event is free and open to the public.

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Dr. Otovo presented her paper, "Serving the Nation and Securing the Race: Mothers of Color, Household Labor, and Trabalhista Politics," at the Brazilian Studies Association international congress held at Brown University (March 31-April 2, 2016). She also organized the panel, "Reproducing Politics, Gendering Health, and Situating Maternity as Practice," and served as moderator for a panel on, "Tropical Wellbeing: Perspectives on Public Health in Brazilian History."

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Dr. April Merleaux wrote an Op-Ed for the Miami Herald encouraging the public to come to Fragile Habitat: Conversations for Miami's Future on April 8th. Click the link for more information and free tickets.

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Dr. Chantalle Verna publishes her article in the journal Diplomatic History

Dr. Chantalle Verna's article "Haiti, the Rockefeller Foundation, and UNESCO's Pilot Project in Fundamental Education, 1948-1953." has appeared in the April 2016 issue of Diplomatic History.

Congratulations to Dr. April Merleaux

We are pleased to learn that Dr. April Merleaux's recent book, Sugar and Civilization, has just received the Myrna Bernath Book Award from the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). This award recognizes the best book published in 2015 in the fields of U.S. foreign relations, transnational history, and related areas. This is a major accomplishment that confirms April's stature in the field at an early stage in her career.

Congratulations to Talia Amador '15

Our congratulations to history major Talia Amador, BA class of 2015, who will be entering Columbia University to pursue an MA in Museum Anthropology. She had many good options and we wish her nothing but success as she continues her journey.

On April 29, FIU's chapter of the history honors society Phi Alpha Theta inducted 7 new members. Our best wishes to Maria Rodriguez, Rodrigo Ferrando, Anthony Decollibus, Adrian Diaz, Erin McNulty, Luis Diko, and Mixa Hernandez. For photos of the event, click on the link above.

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Ariel Olivera to begin his MA at the University of Reading

We wish Ariel Olivera (BA F16) the best as he begins his MA in Medieval Studies at the University of Reading, England, this fall.

Hilary Jones’ essay “Fugitive Slaves and Christian Evangelism in French West Africa: A Protestant Mission in Late Nineteenth Century Senegal,” has been published in the peer-reviewed journal, Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies. Click for more information.

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Dr. Victor Uribe promoted to Full Professor

Congratulations to our Chair Dr. Victor Uribe for being promoted to Full Professor.

Dr. April Merleaux receives Tenure

Congratulations to Dr. April Merleaux for receiving Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor.

Congratulations to Dr. Joyce Peterson, whose article "Baby M: American Feminists Respond to a Controversial Case" is featured in the Journal of Women's History, vol 28, no. 2 (Summer 2016).

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Dr. Okezi Otovo publishes review article "Historicizing Gender, Medicine and Biopolitics"

Congratulations to Dr. Okezi Otovo for publishing her review article "Historicizing Gender, Medicine and Biopolitics" in the the Journal of Women's History vol 28, no. 2 (Summer 2016).


In this inaugural Faculty Spotlight, we would like to highlight the work of our Brazilianist, who joined the Department of History in 2012: Dr. Okezi Otovo.

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Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Adler and Dr. April Merleaux, who were recently selected by the Provost's Office to receive grants for Faculty Research in the Humanities. Click on the headline above for more details about their work.

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On May 11, the History Department celebrated our new graduates and held a reception for high-achieving graduates from the 2015-16 academic year. Click here for photos of the festivities.

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The Department of History was recently awarded a grant for the project "Bridging the Gap: Linking History PhD Training to Nonacademic Employment" by the National Endowment for the Humanities.This grant is part of the NEH's Next Generation Humanities PhD program.

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Congratulations to Dr. Victor Uribe for winning the LACS - SHA Murdo J. Macleod book prize for his book "Fatal Love: Spousal Killers, Law, and Punishment in the Late Colonial Spanish Atlantic".

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Dr. Victor Uribe's radio interview to air Sunday, September 25th

Tune in to hear Dr. Victor Uribe's interview on Radio Caracol, 1260 AM, concerning the peace negotiations in Colombia between the Colombian government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC-EP guerrillas. It shall air this Sunday, September 25th, at 11 am.

Dr. Terrence Peterson was interviewed by The New York Times for the article "France’s ‘Burkini’ Bans Are About More Than Religion or Clothing". Click to read the article.

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Dr. Aurora Morcillo was interviewed by El Nuevo Herald about her journey as a historian coming of age in the transition from Francoist dictatorship to democracy in her home country, Spain. Click to read the article.

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Dr. Michael Bustamante was interviewed by Marketplace for the segment "JetBlue makes historic flight to Cuba". Click to listen or read it.

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Dr. Bianca Premo was honored as the Faculty Speaker at this year's Faculty Convocation and Awards Banquet, Thursday, September 29, 2016. In the speech, "Out of Place: On Leaving and Coming Home to FIU," Premo says, "FIU’s uniqueness is not an inalterable condition but a choice we have been making. It is a way of narrating who we are that we select every day. Being conscious of this frees us to truly innovate, individually as faculty, and as a collective." Read the full text of her remarks here.

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Jason Daniels wins the 2016 Lydia Cabrera Award

Congratulations to Jason Daniel, who won the 2016 Lydia Cabrera award, presented by The Conference on Latin American History. This award is given annually to support the research efforts of US scholars of colonial Cuba, and the competition is open to graduate students, university faculty, and other professional scholars.

Congratulations to Dr. Dan Royles who has published "Silence = Death: It's Time to Teach AIDS History" in the Oct. 2016 issue of Perspectives. Click to read the article.

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On Thursday, 11/3, Dr. Osvaldo Barreneche, of the Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina/CONICET, presented his work "Police Abuses, Politics, and the Criminal Justice System in Buenos Aires Province: Argentina During the 1960s" as part of the Conversations in History series. This event was sponsored by the Department of History Graduate Student Association. Click to see photos of Dr. Barreneche with DOHGSA students.

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Dr. Micah Oelze's article, "Demolishing Legitimacy: Bogotá's Urban Reforms for the 1948 Pan-American Conference" was just published in the Journal of Latin American Studies. Click to download the article.

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The Hampton House, working with the FIU History Department and the University of MiamiFrost School of Music, will be creating the Brownsville Unity Music Project (BUMP). Click to read more

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Dr. Bianca Premo's article "Finally, Again: Miami before Trump and after Castro" has been been published on Click to read the article

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In his article "How to understand Cuba beyond Castro", Dr. Michael Bustamante provides a list of works that are useful for understanding Cuba. Click to read the article.

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