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Congratulations to FIU History Student Jordan Pulido

Congratulations to Jordan Pulido, who will graduate with his BA in history this Spring. Jordan has been selected as a Peace Corps volunteer. He will spend the next two years teaching English in Macedonia. The Peace Corps is an extremely selective government program placing volunteers all over the world.

Dr. Bianca Premo has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for her book project entitled The Smallest Subject. This book tells the story of the five-year old Peruvian girl who gave birth to a healthy son in 1939 and is still considered the youngest mother in the world.

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The Department of History is pleased to announce a competition for two (2) PostDoctoral Fellowship positions open to all FIU History PhDs graduating in the two previous academic years, to begin Fall 2018. The two positions include consideration of potential applicants requesting renewal of their FIU postdoctoral position for up to a second year. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 27, 5:00 PM. Click For More Information.

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The Department of History is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 competition for a fellowship award to conduct work for a dissertation on the Iberian Atlantic World prior to national independence. Preference will be given to those proposals requiring research in foreign archives and libraries and to graduate students completing their doctoral studies at FIU.

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Congratulations to FIU History Student Alyssa Caitlin

Congratulations to Alyssa Catlin (BA 2017, MA 2018), who has accepted a job as a Social Studies teacher at Lamar Louise Curie Middle School, specializing in honors and IB curriculum. We wish her the best!

History Department Professors Honored at the Provost's Book Recognition Event

On Thursday March 22nd 2018, several of the History Department faculty were honored at the Provost’s book recognition event, an annual celebration of the achievements of recent faculty authors. On this occasion, Drs. Jessica Adler, Bianca Premo and Chantalle Verna, received acknowledgment. See details of their books under the ‘Academic’ tab on this website!

The Department of History hosted a successful and well-attended symposium entitled "Archivos: An Open Seminar" with the participation of several distinguished speakers on March 9th 2018. Video coverage of the event can be accessed at Note: non-FIU users will need to register.

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Professor Chantalle Verna to be a panel discussant at John Jay College, CUNY

On March 20th 2018, Professor Chantalle Verna will be a panel discussant for a book talk at John Jay College, CUNY, to be given by Edward Paulino concerning his recent monograph ‘Dividing Hispaniola’.


Three Ph.D. Students receive Broad Fellowships for summer research

Congratulations to Adrian Alzate, Maite Morales, and Deyan Peykov on being awarded SIPA's Morris and Anita Broad fellowship to conduct doctoral research.

Congratulations to FIU Graduate Jeremy Salloum

A warm congratulations to Jeremy Salloum (BA 2012, MA in Public History 2015) on his new position as Educational Curator at History Miami. He joins several fellow FIU history students and graduates already employed by History Miami.

Three History Professors Receive Top Scholar Awards

Three History Department faculty have been recognized by the university as Top Scholars. This designation is the result of a competitive process whereby faculty are assessed for academic impact in their respective fields by a committee of their peers. Dr. Bianca Premo won the award in the category of ‘Notable Academic Appointments’ while Drs. Jenna Gibbs and Kenneth Lipartito secured recognition under the category of ‘Major Grants’. Congratulations to all three awardees.

Congratulations to Maria Botero (BA F17)! This fall, Maria will be starting an MA in Strategic Communications, with a concentration on advocacy and social impact, at American University in Washington DC. We wish her the best!

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Dr. Jessica Adler, a joint professor in the Department of History and the Robert Stempel College of Public Health, has been awarded a most prestigious NEH grant amounting to more than $90,000 for the development of her public history project "War and Healing: A Century of Veterans’ Reintegration." This is a significant project within the NEH's larger "Dialogues on the Experiences of War" supporting humanities-based programs for military veterans and their families.

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Congratulations to Ph.D. Student Jordan Malfoy

On Thursday, April 12t,h Ph.D. graduate Jordan Malfoy received the annual departmental best Dissertation award at the Green School of International and Public Affairs ceremony. The Department of History had a bumper crop of six completed Ph.Ds in 2017/18 so Jordan’s achievement is particularly commendable.

On March 23rd, 2018, FIU's chapter of the history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, held an induction ceremony and inducted 10 new members.

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The Writing in History Undergraduate Essay Contest is designed to recognize the quality research and scholarly writing of students in history courses at Florida International University. Any current undergraduate at Florida International University is eligible to submit a piece of historical scholarship written during the 2017-8 academic year. Deadline for submission is April 20. Click For More Information for writing guideline and prizes.

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The History Department and FIU Online are pleased to announce the launch of a new fully online BA degree. Students can now register for classes under this new, convenient option that allows them to obtain their History degree in a way that fits in with the hectic pace of modern life. Please click for more information.

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The FIU History Department is pleased to announce the digital release of the FIU History Newsletter's second volume: Yesterday Today. Physical copies to follow at a later date. Please click for more information.

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Congratulations to FIU History Student Maria Laura Rodriguez

Congratulations to Maria Laura Rodriguez (BA 2016). This fall, she will start an MA program in German and European Studies at School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. We wish her all the best!


Ph.D. Student Receives Travel Scholarship

Ph.D. Candidate Maite Morales has received the Eliana Rivero Research Scholarship from FIU’s Cuban Research Institute to support research towards her dissertation entitled “Communal Desires: Cuban Consumption and Nostalgia, 1972-Present.”

Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Bianca Premo for receiving a prize for her book, Enlightenment on Trial. Dr. Premo received the Bandelier/Lavrin Prize for best book on colonial Latin America from the Rocky Mountain Conference on Latin American History. Click to see the picture of distinguished historian Asunción Lavrin holding the plaque.

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The History Department is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s undergraduate ‘Writing in History’ winners. First place: Frisia Corrales; Second place: Paul Branccacio; Third place: Ali Bhatti. For more information, click on the link below.

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FIU's Dr. Bianca Premo will be speaking at the "LANGUAGE & DEMOCRACY: an interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Miami" which aims to convene scholars and students from the humanities, social sciences, and law to examine how the fact of linguistic diversity challenges, enriches, empowers, and endangers democratic projects and processes across diverse temporal and geographic context on May 4th. Click for more details.

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Congratulations to doctoral candidate Leo Falcon for receiving the Cuban Research Institute's Eliana Rivero Scholarship to enable him to carry out research in Cuba in furtherance of his research project entitled "Manufacturing Sin: Francisco Carranco and the Establishment of the Inquisition in Cuba and the Caribbean, 1595–1614." Leo earned his M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Florida International University and his B.A. in Cultural Anthropology at the University of North Texas.

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Our warmest congratulations to our most recent graduate students who attained their Ph.D degrees this spring. They are Jessica Allison [mentor: Dr. Noble David Cook], Sven Kube [mentors: Dr. Jenna Gibbs and Dr. Kenneth Lipartito], Jordan Malfoy [mentor: Dr. Gwyn Davies], and Rene Silva [mentor: Dr. Kirsten Wood].

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Congratulations to Rosabel Gomez

Congratulations to Rosabel Gomez (F16) on her admission to the University of Washington’s Master’s Degree program in Museum Studies. Rose already has an impressive list of museum credentials, with experiences including a commercial art gallery, an internship with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, The History of Diving Museum in the Keys, and recently with History Miami, where she has been for over a year. We wish her all the best as she takes her next steps in the field.


On August 16 and 17 Prof Jessica Adler, ably assisted by MA candidate Brahim Almarales, held a facilitators' workshop here at FIU as part of her NEH supported War and Healing Program. For more details on this exciting initiative please see the attached document.

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Jordan Malfoy, who successfully defended her Ph.D. on civil defense preparations in interwar Britain in April 2018, has been appointed as Digital Reference Historian with the Marine Corps History Division in Quantico, VA. She will be responsible for the care, maintenance, digitization, and organization of the Marine Corps' working files and will be the primary point of contact for the regulation and administration of the divisional website and its Facebook presence.

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Doctoral Students Received Prestigious Fellowships

From July 16 to July 27 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, doctoral students Mr. Adrian Alzate and Dr. Gloria Lopez participated in the Max Planck Summer Academy for Legal History 2018: The World and the Village, The Global and the Local in Legal History. They were sponsored by the highly prestigious Max Planck Institute for European Legal History.

The Department of History is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 competition for the Henry J. Voegtle Fellowship on the History of Florida or Southern U.S. This fellowship is awarded to conduct undergraduate or graduate research addressing issues in the history of Florida or Southern U.S. history. Preference will be given to those undergraduate projects involving Florida and using archives and libraries away from Miami.

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Dr. Kenneth Lipartito's letter "The Teaching American History Program Was Not a ‘Boondoggle’" in defense of the Teaching American History(TAH) federal program has been published in The Chronicles of Higher Education. Dr. Kenneth Lipartito makes important points about the significance TAH program, and the team work made by the FIU Department of History and the Miami Dade County Public School System. Click to be taken to article.

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The students will present their work at Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American for their Studies Cuba Studies Program Graduate Student Symposium: "New Voices in Cuba Studies". A symposium exploring new directions in Cuba studies. Click for more information.

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The Department of History is offering an opportunity for graduate students to travel to Cuba over spring break 2019 as part of Sugar and Iron Curtains: Comparative Cultures of the Cold War (EUH 5905 / LAH 5905) . Students will visit key Havana sites, hear from local scholars of literature and the arts, and meet with a historian at the Bay of Pigs. Students will also explore the legacy of Soviet influence in Cuba, especially in architecture and popular culture. Click for more information.

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Congratulations to Trevor Bryant for receiving Henry J. Voegtle award to pursue his doctoral research.

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Dr. Premo receives book prize

Dr. Premo’s book Enlightenment on Trial (Oxford, 2017) has received the 2018 Southern Historical Association Murdo McLeod Prize for best book in the fields of Latin American, Caribbean, American Borderlands and Frontier or Atlantic World history.

Ph.D. candidate Ross Nedervelt wins prize

Many congratulations to PhD candidate Ross Nedervelt who won the Charlie Crouch Prize from the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era for his paper "Geopolitical Security, Spheres of Influence, and the Border-Sea in the American Revolution," presented at the Consortium's annual conference in Philadelphia last February.

The Business History Conference has invited Dr. Sven Kube, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History, to participate in its Luncheon Panel at the American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting 2019 in Chicago, the theme for which is “Loyalty and Disloyalty.”

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Photograph of thee FIU History PhD students participants at the "New Voices in Cuban Studies" symposiums at Harvard. See news item (11/30/2018) for more details.

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