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The Department of History


The Department of History is pleased to announce three new faculty members for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please join us in welcoming these three distinguished scholars to the department!

Josh Reid will take up the position of associate professor of Native American history of the Pacific Northwest. Born and raised in Washington State, Reid is currently assistant professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He also directs the university’s program in Native American and indigenous studies. His first monograph, The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs, will be released this spring. He currently sits on the editorial advisory board of Pacific Northwest Quarterly and on the American Historical Association Council.



Matthew Mosca has accepted the position of assistant professor specializing in the history of Imperial China. Matthew Mosca is currently assistant professor of Chinese history at the College of William & Mary. He previously held research fellowships at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Hong Kong, and the Institute for Advanced Study. His first book, From Frontier Policy to Foreign Policy: The Question of India and the Transformation of Geopolitics in Qing China, was published in 2013.




Jim Maddock

When recent graduate Jim Maddock (B.A./B.S. 2014) first came to the University of Washington he had planned to utilize his strong background in math and “hard” science to complete a degree in computer science. However, he recalls, he quickly learned two things about himself:

“First, while I enjoyed programming, I found the larger research and design questions that encapsulated computer science more compelling.  I wanted to understand the broader context in which we built technology and its implications… Second, I learned that I could not be happy studying exclusively math and science.  I needed a mixture of humanities and engineering.”

After taking Professor Charity Urbanski’s introductory course in medieval European history, Maddock knew that he had found the perfect complement to his more technical studies. He declared a double major in Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) and History.

As an undergraduate at the University of Washington, Maddock began conducting social media research with Professor Kate Starbird of HCDE that analyzed the spread of rumors through Twitter during the Boston Marathon bombings of April 2013. Ultimately, he explains, they hope to better understand rumoring behavior and the propagation of misinformation under crisis or disaster conditions, and to build software that automatically detects rumors in real time. The qualitative research skills that he honed as a History major have been instrumental in his ability to successfully carry out this project. 


Greece: A Short History of a Long Story presents a comprehensive overview of the history of Greece by exploring the continuity of Greek culture from its Neolithic origins to the modern era. This book tells the story of Greece through individual personalities that inhabited various periods in the lengthy sweep of Greek history; uses an approach based on recent research that includes DNA analysis and analyses of archaeological materials; explores ways in which the nature of Greek culture was continually reshaped over time; and features illustrations that portray the people of different eras in Greek history along with maps that demonstrate the physical sphere of Greece and major events in each of the periods.