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The Department of History


The Department of History congratulates Professor Ileana Rodríguez-Silva on being awarded the 2014 Frank Bonilla Book Award for her book Silencing Race: Disentangling Blackness, Colonialism, and National Identities in Puerto Rico. The Frank Bonilla award is the Puerto Rican Studies Association’s most prestigious book award.

Rodríguez-Silva is an assistant professor of Latin American and Caribbean history at the University of Washington-Seattle. Her research focuses on racial identity formation, post-emancipation racial politics, and comparative colonial arrangements in the configuration of empires. To read more about Professor Rodríguez-Silva and her work visit her faculty page.


Hanford B Reactor, 1940s

This summer, UW History professors John Findlay and Bruce Hevly shared their expertise with a national audience of K-12 educators as facilitators in workshops on the development of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State. Professors Findlay and Hevly are co-authors of the book Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011). In addition to Findlay and Hevly, a third workshop facilitator, Kate Brown, also has ties to the University of Washington Department of History—she is an alumna, having specialized in Russian history. Brown’s book Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters compares the towns around Hanford to equivalent towns in the Soviet Union.

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Dread and enchantment haunt twentieth-century Dutch Indies and Indonesian literature, but Laurie Sears suggests that these literary works can bring ineffable experiences of trauma into narrative form.