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Libby Sharrow Wins 2024 APSA Kammerer Award

Elizabeth A. Sharrow, associate professor of history and public policy, has won the 2024 American Political Science Association (APSA) Kammerer Award for their book Equality Unfulfilled: How Title IX's Policy Design Undermines Change to College Sports.

July 8, 2024
In Memoriam: Alon Confino

Our esteemed and highly respected colleague, Alon Confino, director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies (IHGMS) and professor of history and Judaic and Near Eastern studies, died June 27 after a long illness. A funeral was held at the Congregation B’Nai Israel cemetery in Northampton on July 2

July 3, 2024
The Class of 2024

The history department warmly congratulates the 2024 BA, MA, PhD and Public History graduates on your truly remarkable accomplishments! We wish you joy and luck in all your future endeavors.

May 17, 2024
Professor Manisha Sinha interviewed by Slate's Rebecca Onion

Slate's history writer Rebecca Onion recently interviewed Professor Manisha Sinha about what gun control advocates can learn from abolitionists who helped end slavery.

May 15, 2024
The History Department Condemns the Police Action and Mass Arrests of May 7 and 8

We, the Department of History, condemn the inflammatory police action and mass arrest of over 135 members of our UMass Amherst community on May 7 and 8. The arrestees included three of our own faculty and multiple history graduate students, who were exercising their constitutionally protected right to freedom of speech and assembly. We protest the damaging treatment of the arrestees, including our department members, who were present to support peaceful protest by UMass Amherst undergraduates, graduate students and other faculty.  We condemn the recourse to law enforcement, not dialogue, at

May 14, 2024
Kevin A. Young Authors New Book, ‘Abolishing Fossil Fuels’

In “Abolishing Fossil Fuels: Lessons from Movements That Won” (PM Press, April 2024), Young argues that climate destruction is a problem of political power and that activists should draw on the lessons of successful movements in U.S. history.

May 2, 2024
History's Asheesh Kapur Siddique Wins HFA College Outstanding Teaching Award

The College of Humanities & Fine Arts (HFA) has announced its 2024 College Outstanding Teaching Award recipients: Asheesh Kapur Siddique, assistant professor of history, and Ruth Jennison, associate professor of English. The College Outstanding Teaching Award is given annually within HFA to professors who have made significant contributions to undergraduate student education.

April 23, 2024
History's Kevin A. Young Named 2024 Public Engagement Faculty Fellow

Associate Professor of History Kevin A. Young has been named a 2024 Public Engagement Faculty Fellow. Eight fellows selected in all by the Public Engagement Project (PEP) will draw upon their substantial research records to impact policy, the work of practitioners, and public debates.

February 27, 2024
UMass Amherst Researchers Among Recipients of Major NEH Grant Expanding Public Access to Records on the History of Slavery

A team of UMass Amherst faculty, librarians, staff, and students and their partners at the Pioneer Valley History Network (PVHN) are among the partnering projects awarded $349,803.00 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in support of the project Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade, also known as Enslaved.org, an open-access website affiliated with Michigan State University that publishes datasets and biographical narratives with information about the lives of individuals who suffered under slavery and who were part of the transatlantic slave trade. The Western

December 5, 2023

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