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Ph.D. student receives the Darden Pyron American Cultural History Fellowship

The 2018 Darden Pyron American Cultural History Fellowship, in the amount of $350.00, was awarded to Megan Scallan, in support of her project, "Beyond the Surface: Columbia, Material Culture, and the Consumption of Early American Nationalism, 1800-1875."

Former Undergraduate obtains Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews

Congratulations to our former undergraduate Charles Jones (2010) who obtained his Ph.D. entitled Conversion and Transformation: Prince Albert’s Programme for a European Monarchical Order from the University of St. Andrews in June 2018


New edited volume on Cuban History

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Bustamante on his new co-authored volume entitled "THE REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN. CUBA, 1959-1980" recently published by Duke University Press. For more details see

Ph.D. Candidate Wins SIPA Competition

Many congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Joseph Marin who was one of two winners of the Green School's Three Minute Thesis Competition! Joseph presented his dissertation research in only 180 seconds before a panel of faculty representing our entire college. He will now represent the Green School and the History Department at the university-wide Three Minute Thesis Competition to be held during Graduate Student Appreciation Week in April.


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 2018-2019 academic year. The DEADLINE for submission is April 19. Click For More Information for writing guideline and prizes.

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In "Michael E. Mendez ’03 reimagines the gas station." Former FIU undergraduate, Michael Mendez, relates how his degree in History has helped him after graduation, and his entrepreneurial endeavors.

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On March 5th, 2019, Dr. Erika Kern was featured in Season 3 of "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman" episode 1, "Search for the Devil", in a five minute segment as the expert on the medieval manuscript Codex Gigas.

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Ph.D Student Wins CLAH Fellowship

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Morgan Gray for winning the James R. Scobie Award from the Conference on Latin American History which will enable her to carry out dissertation research in Peru over the upcoming summer.

Congratulations to Dr. Premo on the receipt of the 2019 Book Prize in Colonial Latin American Studies by the Latin American Studies Association’s section on colonial studies for her 2017 work "The Enlightenment on Trial".

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Dr. Kenneth Lipatito secures International grant

Congratulations to Dr. Lipartito on his receipt of a grant from CIFAR, a Canadian NGO. This award is worth $22,000 per year for 5 years to each primary researcher and is intended to stimulate international and interdisciplinary research into socially equitable innovation.

Candidate John Ermer has his opinion piece concerning the deterioration of US-Cuban political relations published in The Washington Post. Click to be taken to article.

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The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Emancipation and Resistance at Yale University has awarded Dr. Jones a one-month residency to assist her research into the illegal slave trade between Senegal and the Caribbean. Additionally, Dr. Jones has been chosen to receive the Council of American Overseas Research Center's National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship. Click for more information.

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Drs. Bianca Premo and Jessica Adler receive FIU awards

Congratulations to Drs. Premo and Adler for their receipt of FIU 'top scholar' awards. Dr. Premo's award comes under the category of "Research and Creative Activities for Established Faculty with Significant Grants (Humanities)" while Dr. Adler's recognizes her "Research and Creative Activities for Junior Faculty with Significant Grants (Humanities)."


Two recent Ph.D. Graduates Secure Positions

Congratulations to both Dr. Grace Solis and Dr. Chris Davis on their recent appointments. Dr. Solis has been made a QA Content Manager for Learning Tribes while Dr. Davis starts as a Visiting Instructor of History at Florida Atlantic University.

Congratulations to the following Ph.D. students who each received a Tinker Foundation Field Research Award to carry out dissertation research in the noted countries: Peru, Uruguay, Cuba, Columbia, and Mexico.

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Ph.D. Candidate Receives Major Fellowship

Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Leo Falcon for his award of the 2019 Dissertation Fellowship from the Academy of American Franciscans. This fellowship, amounting to a stipend of $15,000, also carries with it the right of the awarding institution to preempt the publication of Mr. Falcon’s eventual dissertation.


Congratulations to Department of History-AADS Associate Professor Hilary Jones on receiving a U.S. Scholar Fulbright Award for the Africa Regional Research Program in Senegal. The award will allow her to conduct fieldwork in Senegal for her book manuscript, “From Senegal to the French Antilles: West Africa and the Making of the French Atlantic World.”

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Congratulations to Dr. Marshall for the publication of her book "Magazines and the Making of Mass Culture in Japan" in the University of Toronto Press series 'Studies in Book and Print Culture'.

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Two recent Ph.D. Graduates Secure Positions

Congratulations to both Dr. Adrian Alzate and Dr. Ricardo Pelegrin on their recent appointments. Dr. Alzate will be tenure track assistant professor at Universidad Autonoma de Occidente, a prestigious private college in the city of Cali, Colombia; Dr. Pelegrin starts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Western Oregon University, a major public school.


The Department of History is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 competition for the Henry J. Voegtle Fellowship on the History of Florida or Southern U.S. B.A. history majors or minors, MA or PhD students in history, are invited to apply. The DEADLINE for submissions is Monday Oct. 7th. Click for further information.

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Faculty-curated Exhibition Wins Award

The Florida Association of Museums has awarded the exhibition "Queer Miami: A History of LGBTQ Communities" curated by Dr. Julio Capo Jr. at History Miami Museum its 2019 Museum Excellence Award. Congratulations to Dr. Capo Jr.!

Dr. Catherine Mas' dissertation “The Culture Brokers: Medicine and Anthropology in Global Miami, 1960- 1995,” was not only approved unanimously with distinction during spring 2019, but also received three separate awards from Yale University. Click for more information.

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FIU Team win Poster Award

Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth Lipartito and his team made up of undergraduate students Christopher Jorge and Mun Bong Choi (Florida International University) and FIU Doctoral Student/MDC Instructor Jairo Ledesma, and students Luis Coello and Jose Duque, Jr. (Miami Dade College) for winning the Douglas Astolfi Award from the Florida Conference of Historians for the best poster presentation on their Key West project concerning free black residents in the 19th century.


On October 24th, Dr. Davies delivered the annual Russell Lecture (entitled “The Landscapes of Siege”) for the Archaeological Institute of America. This lecture, delivered at a different venue each year, was hosted by the Department of Classics at the University of Mississippi.

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Applications are solicited for the newly authorized search for a Digital Instructor position in the Department of History. Click for further information, and details.

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Congratulations to Dr. Christine Ardalan on the publication of her new book "The Public Health Nurses of Jim Crow Florida" through The University of Florida Press. Click for more information.

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Doctoral Candidate co-edits issue of Journal

Congratulations to Sandra Londoño Ardila for co-editing Vol. 9.2, 2019 of the Journal of World Christianity in association with affiliated faculty member, Dr Bidegain. In addition to the co-written introductory essay, Sandra also published a significant article in the issue under her own name.

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) has selected Dr. Julio Capo as one of 21 new speakers for its Distinguished Lecturer Program. The link to his DLP listing is as follows:

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Ph.D. candidate selected for Doctoral Colloquium

Ph. D. candidate Clinton Hough has been selected for the competitive 2020 Doctoral Colloquium at the Business History Conference in Charlotte, NC. This forum allows candidates to present their research proposals and future plans to a distinguished panel of faculty in a two day intensive seminar designed to help them further their research and writing goals. No more than ten participants are selected each year. Congratulations to Clinton and to his advisor, Dr. Ken Lipartito.

Congratulations to Josh Goodwin for being named as a 'Worlds Ahead Scholar' for the Fall of 2019.

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Congratulating to Adjunct Instructor Dr. Vanesa Rodriguez-Galindo on being awarded the Association of Public Scholars' 2019 Publication Grant for her forthcoming book "Madrid on the Move: Feeling Modern and Visually Aware in the Nineteenth Century."

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