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The University of Maryland, Baltimore County's annual Low Lecture features two Duke History alumni, Professor Vince Brown of Harvard and Professor Marjoleine Kars of UMBC, in a conversation about two recent books on Caribbean slave rebellions. read more about Alumni Featured in Panel on Slavery, Warfare, and Rebellion in the Caribbean »

Prof. Adam Mestyan published Primordial History, Print Capitalism, and Egyptology in Nineteenth-Century Cairo - Muṣṭafā Salāma al-Naǧǧārī’s. The Garden of Ismail’s Praise (Cairo: Ifao, 2021). The abstract of the book is: "How old is the world? This question was a central problem for Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the face of the new scientific discoveries in the nineteenth century. This book introduces the answer from a Muslim point of view, outside of official institutions. The extended introduction – a… read more about Prof. Adam Mestyan publishes new book »

Graduate and professional programs across the university also scored impressive rankings in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of graduate programs released today.  Duke University School of Medicine rose to third among 122 medical schools in the nation for research.  In addition to the medical research rating, seven specialty programs in the School of Medicine placed in the top 10: Surgery (second); Anesthesiology (fourth); Internal Medicine (fifth); Radiology (sixth); Pediatrics (seventh, tied); Obstetrics… read more about Duke Graduate Programs Score High In Latest US News Rankings »

Claudio Saunt has been awarded the 2021 Bancroft Prize for his book Unworthy Republic.  Saunt is currently Professor of American History at the University of Georgia. "Saunt’s Unworthy Republic is a brilliant, searing account of 'Indian removal' in the 1830s United States: the state-sponsored expulsion of an estimated 80,000 native peoples from their homes east of the Mississippi River and brutal deportation to an ill-defined 'Indian Territory' in the West. Far from being 'natural' or 'inevitable,' as… read more about Claudio Saunt, PhD '96, Wins Bancroft Prize »

Rob Franco has won the Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies Article Prize for his article, “Transgressing Che:  Irina Layevska Echeverría Gaitán, Disability Politics, and Transgendering the New Man in Mexico, 1964-2001,” Radical History Review 136 (January 2020). Click here for more information. read more about Rob Franco (PhD '20) wins the Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies Article Prize »

Gabriel Rosenberg, associate professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and History, co-authored an article in The New Republic, arguing that "the rise of cellular agriculture will force consumers to consider the moral consequences of torturing and killing animals for food." read more about The Sadism of Eating Real Meat Over Lab Meat »

Tracey Campbell, author of "The Year of Peril: America in 1942" has been named the winner of the New-York Historical Society American History Book Prize.  Campbell is currently a Professor of American History at the University of Kentucky. read more about Tracy Campbell, PhD. '88, Wins American History Book Prize »

When Elizabeth Schrader signed up for a free short-course in the summer of 2019, the doctoral candidate in religion had no idea it would have an immediate impact on her scholarship. Two years earlier, Schrader published an article arguing that early Christian copyists may have altered the Gospel of John to minimize the role of Mary Magdalene. This was an important finding, but it wasn’t getting the attention in scholarly circles that she’d hoped for. “Although my work had appeared in a prestigious journal (the Harvard… read more about What I Got Out of the Duke Graduate Academy »

This month, we present a collection of 12 Duke-authored books documenting women's contributions to history, culture and society. These books, along with many others, are available at Duke University Libraries, the Gothic Bookshop or the Regulator Bookshop.   Women and the War Story by Miriam Cooke In “Women and the War Story,” Professor Emerita miriam cooke charts the emerging tradition of women’s contributions to what she calls the “War Story,” a genre formerly reserved for men. Concentrating on… read more about 12 Duke-Authored Books on Women's History »

As part of its event series tgiFHI, the Franklin Humanities Institute is conducting interviews with its faculty speakers in order to familiarize broader audiences with the diversity of research approaches in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences at Duke University. Martin Miller is Professor of History at Duke University. In this edited and condensed interview, he describes life as an American graduate student in 1960s Moscow; how he analyzes photographs with a historian's eye; and how Western… read more about Meet Your Humanities Faculty: Martin Miller  »

Adriane Lentz-Smith, professor of History, joined WGBH to discuss contralto Marian Anderson, giving " an exclusive look into Anderson's rich life story and explore fundamental questions about talent, race, fame, democracy, and the American soul." read more about Exploring American Experience's "Voice Of Freedom" »

Jehangir Malegam, associate professor of History, wrote an essay for Public Seminar about how the medieval understanding of redemptive violence can illuminate the impulses of some Christian conservatives today. read more about Insurrection and Apocalypse: Staring Down Monsters, from the Middle Ages to America Today »

Andrew Walker (B.A. '11) and Farren Yero (Ph.D. '20)  have been awarded a six-month Omohundro Institute-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2021-2022. “Content taken from 2021 OI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellows announcement email”… read more about Duke Alums Win OI-NEH Postdoc Fellowship »

Adriane Lentz-Smith, professor of History, joined PBS to speak with author Jason Fagone and CODE-EQUAL co-founders Valeria and Kyara Torres-Olivares about pioneering women in STEM—from Elizebeth Smith Friedman, to groups like CODE-EQUAL. read more about Breaking the Code »

This month, we present a collection of 10 Duke-authored books detailing the history of Black life in America. While this is not a comprehensive list of all Duke scholarship on Black history, it is intended to be an introduction to the multifaceted work of Duke scholars in public policy, history, documentary studies, religious studies, African and African-American studies, cultural anthropology, sociology, art, art history, and visual studies.  These books, along with many others, are available at Duke University Libraries,… read more about 10 Duke-Authored Books on Black History »

Dr. Ashley Rose Young (MA ’13, PhD ’17) was named by Britannica as one of the “20 under 40: Shapers of the Future” in the category of Academia and Ideas for her work with the American Food History Project at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. You can read the full article here: https://www.britannica.com/list/20-under-40-young-shapers-of-the-future-academia-and-ideas. read more about Alumna named by Britannica as one of the “20 under 40: Shapers of the Future” »

This month we offer a collection of Duke-authored works that reflect human experiences through fiction.  These books along with many others are available at the Duke University Libraries, the Gothic Bookshop or the Regulator Bookshop.   A Life of Adventure and Delight by Akhil Sharma WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In "A Life of Adventure and Delight," Professor Akhil Sharma delivers eight stories that focus on Indian protagonists at home and abroad. A young woman in an arranged marriage… read more about 10 Works of Fiction from Duke Authors »

Author Jason Fagone and CODE-EQUAL co-founders Valeria and Kyara Torres-Olivares speak with professor Adriane Lentz-Smith about pioneering women in STEM—from Elizebeth Smith Friedman, to groups like CODE-EQUAL. Conversation livestreamed and recorded on January 21, 2021. read more about Breaking the Code - A history of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics »