Due to the cancellation of the Association of Asian Studies 2020 Annual Conference, 2019-20 AAS President Prasenjit Duara did not have the opportunity to deliver his Presidential Address in Boston. We are pleased to announce that Duara’s talk, “The Art of Convergent Comparison: China and India in Modern Times,” is available as a narrated slideshow. read more about Prof. Prasenjit Duara delivers 2020 AAS Presidential Address »

History Ph.D. candidate, Travis Knoll, has just published for the SSRC's The Immanent Frame, on "Social Activism and Rooted Liberationist Religion in Brazil". read more about Travis Knoll publishes in the SSRC's The Immanent Frame »

“I've had so many people tell me over the last few weeks that they feel like they’re losing their identity,” said Sherilynn Black, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement. “The work that they do—their teaching, research,… read more about Duke Faculty Reexamine Their Roles as Scholars and Mentors in an Uncertain Time »

Assistant Professor of History Nicole Barnes was recently honored with the William H. Welch Medal, which is awarded by the American Association of the History of Medicine. This award is bestowed upon “a book of outstanding scholarly merit in the field of medical history published during the past five years”.  Nicole joins a prestigious list of past recipients.     This is the 2nd national recognition Nicole has received for her first monograph, Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937… read more about Nicole Barnes Awarded William H. Welch Medal »

Congratulations to the following student award winners from Duke University units in 2020.   African & African American Studies   John Hope Franklin Award for Academic Excellence: Elizabeth DuBard Grantland Karla FC Holloway Award for University Service: Beza Gebremariam Mary McLeod Bethune Writing Award: Jenna Clayborn Walter C. Burford Award for Community Service: Kayla Lynn Corredera-Wells   Art, Art History & Visual Studies        Mary Duke… read more about Student Honors and Laurels for 2020 »

Jocelyn Olcott’s international, interdisciplinary research focuses on caregivers – those low-wage workers who are responsible for our children, our elderly, and as the phrase suggests, taking care of us. Olcott is a professor of history and the director of the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies… read more about Historian Jocelyn Olcott: Assessing the Value of Caregivers During a Pandemic »

Ashton Merck, 2020 Ph.D. graduate in the Department of History, wrote an essay in Duke's Medium  about COVID-19 and food safety read more about "COVID-19 is a food safety issue" by Ashton Merck »

Farren Yero, was asked to write a piece about the pandemic for the Panorama, a digital platform for the Journal of the Early Republic.  Yero recently defended her dissertation and is slated to graduate this May. read more about When Politics Go Viral: COVID-19 and Lessons from the Atlantic World »

Bold thinking is an essential part of Duke’s approach to scholarship, and three ongoing projects show the unexpected results. Adriane Lentz-Smith, Gabriel Rosenberg,… read more about The Police State, Livestock Breeding and Web 2.0: Research by 3 Duke Professors »

Graduate student, Jacqueline Allain, recently published an article titled, "‘They are Quiet Women Now’: Hair cropping, British Imperial Governance, and the Gendered Body in the Archive". Blurb: The punishment of hair-cropping for use on female prisoners was the subject of considerable disagreement in the British Caribbean during the post-emancipation era. The robust debate over hair cropping furnishes a lens through which to analyze competing visions of colonial rule at a moment of British imperial expansion. Moreover, the… read more about PhD Candidate, Jacqueline Allain, Publishes Article »

Nearly seven years ago, a new hashtag appeared. It was summer 2013, and George Zimmerman had just been acquitted after fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old Black teenager. The new movement #BlackLivesMatter quickly became a national sensation. However, movements to protect the lives of Black individuals are not exclusive to the United States, nor did they begin just in 2013. For the Spring 2020 semester, Professor of History John French teamed up with Silvio Luiz de Almeida, Mellon visiting professor in the… read more about Students portray Black Lives Matter movement in US and Brazil through art »

Professor Adriane Lentz-Smith has won a fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year at the National Humanities Center.  Learn more about the fellowship. read more about Lentz-Smith Named National Humanities Center Fellow »

Our courses challenge students to think critically about the world around them and their place within it. And for Fall 2020, we will feature a broad range of topics and time periods that focus on everything from the history of intimacy and synthetic chemicals, to the global cold war and living in a world with Coronovirus. Below are just a sampling of our offerings for this fall.   Selected Spotlighted Courses Introduction to Global History - History 101.01 Explore problems in… read more about Spotlighted Fall 2020 Classes »

In times of crisis, historians look back in search of answers for the present. What seems to many as the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic appears familiar in historical perspective: humanity confronting the prospect of horrific losses, and a plague testing the social bonds. Epidemics call upon society to show solidarity, to care for others, and to protect the vulnerable. Not all such calls were answered positively in the past: Epidemics sometimes led to violent persecution of imagined villains, resulting in social oppression… read more about Epidemics in History: Faculty Reflections on COVID-19 »

One after another, they took their turn at the mic—seven Duke history Ph.D. graduates, now all established scholars. One after another, they unspooled memories and introspection on how the guest of honor, Julius Scott, had shaped their lives and careers. To Alexander Byrd, Scott was his first… read more about History Alumni Celebrate the Common Wind that Launched Their Careers »

Democrats want an "Obama-Biden restoration not a political revolution," says Pope "Mac" McCorkle Former Vice President Joe Biden won North Carolina’s Democratic primary with 43% of votes cast Tuesday, according to… read more about Duke Faculty Assess Tuesday's Primary Results »

Professor Stern and Professor Triplett’s project, “The Sandcastle Workflow: A Malleable System for Visualizing Pre-Modern Maps and Views,” explores methods for understanding premodern cartography using 2D and 3D visualization and mapping techniques. Stern and Triplett have also been awarded Data+ (summer 2020) and Bass Connections (2020-2021) project team grants from Duke for related work. read more about Philip Stern and Ed Triplett (AAHVS) awarded Digital Humanities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities »

Johns Hopkins Press—with a grant from the NEH/Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book program to reissue classics in some fields—has just brought out a brand-new edition of The Russian Revolutionary Emigres, 1825-1870 by our very own Martin Miller.  Originally published in 1986,  Marty’s monograph was the first study of Russian emigres who left their country in the first half of the 19th century to escape the numerous adverse demands of the state under Nicholas I.      read more about Professor Miller's "The Russian Revolutionary Emigres, 1825-1870" reissued after more than three decades »

A new exhibit in the Divinity School underscores that sometimes the most powerful messages of peace come from the people most involved in fighting wars. The Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School, in collaboration with the Center for Documentary Studies, the Human Rights Center, the History Department, and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program, all at Duke University, is hosting an exhibit titled “Waging Peace in Vietnam: US Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War.” The exhibit website provides additional… read more about Setting the Record Straight About Vietnam Protest Movements »

Ph.D. candidate Gray F. Kidd recently published an article in CLIO: Revista de Pesquisa Histórica, a journal produced by the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) since 1977. Kidd’s article, titled “Neither War nor Peddlers: Unraveling 180 Years of Historical Literature on Pernambuco’s “Peddlers’ War”, 1710-1711,” is available online. read more about Kidd Publishes in Pernambuco’s CLIO »

Graduate student Mohammed Ali recently got an article accepted to the journal Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge. The article is titled "Ethical Archetypes in Environmental Histories" and analyzes the different tropes environmental historians have used to raise the ethical stakes of environmental destruction. The article will be published in Volume 36 by the beginning of next year. read more about Mohammed Ali placed a journal article in Rhizomes »

DURHAM, N.C. -- Five Duke University students and alumni have been named Schwarzman Scholars, a program that funds one year of study in Beijing, China. Seniors Charles Berman of Durham, North Carolina, and Max Labaton of Washington, D.C., were named Schwarzman Scholars. They join 2019 Duke… read more about Five From Duke Named Schwarzman Scholars »

Duke University alum, Mikael Chukwuma Owunna's new book "Limitless Africans", is featured in The Guardian.  Mikael double majored in Biomedical Engineering and History (Duke University '12).   Photo by Mikael Chukwuma Owunna read more about Mikael Chukwuma Owunna's ('12) new book "Limitless Africans", is featured in The Guardian »

On Sunday, November 10 at 7:00 PM, Adriane Lentz-Smith will be featured on the veterans episode of the Legal Eagles Review on WNCU 90.7 FM.  The show will air this Sunday, November 10, at 7p on the radio on WNCU 90.7 FM. You may also listen online at by clicking on the "Listen Live" link on the right side of the page. You can also listen using the WNCU App ( ).   The episode should also be available on iTunes around a week following the air… read more about Adriane Lentz-Smith featured in veterans episode on WNCU 90.7 FM »

The exploration the public lives of the “first ladies” of America’s Christian evangelical megachurches and an intimate portrait of the joys and hardships of rural life in Appalachia are among the new noteworthy books by Duke authors this fall. Many of the books, including new editions of previous titles, can be found on the "Duke Authors" display shelves near the circulation desk in Perkins Library. Some are available as e-books for quick download. Most can also be purchased through the Gothic Bookshop. [Duke Today will… read more about Fall Books: Clean Hands, Aging Brains, Evangelical Women and Other Great Reads »

The opening of an exhibit exploring the foundations of housing inequality in Durham was celebrated Oct. 28 in the Classroom Building on East Campus. “Uneven Ground” – a series of informational hanging panels rich with photos and archival data originally curated as part of the Bull City 150 project – will be hosted by the Franklin Gallery @ History throughout this academic year. The exhibit panels span the first and second floors and are available to the campus community and the public during working hours. The Franklin… read more about History Department Exhibit Presents the Stories Behind Housing Inequality in Durham »

Graduate student, Ayanna Legros was awarded the Emerging Scholars Award by the Haitian Studies Association and was granted an NSF travel grant from the Society for the History of Technology. read more about Ayanna Legros Receives Emerging Scholars Award and NSF Travel Grant »

Uneven Ground: The Foundations of Housing Inequality in Durham, NC   Uneven Ground is a traveling public exhibition by Bull City 150 that tells the story of the historical roots of current-day land and housing inequality in Durham, North Carolina. The historical narratives that shape Uneven Ground are drawn from original archival research and mapping data, local oral histories and sound recordings, and dozens of books, reports, newspapers, dissertations, and theses.   Utilizing the exhibit, Bull City 150 intends to go… read more about "Uneven Ground: The Foundations of Housing Inequality in Durham" Franklin Gallery Exhibit Opening Monday, October 28, 2019 »