Professor Jordanna Bailkin has been selected as the winner of the 2013 American Historical Association (AHA) Morris D. Forkosch Prize for her book The Afterlife of Empire (University of California Press, 2012). In addition, Professor Bailkin recently won the Stansky Book Prize awarded annually by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best book published anywhere by a North American scholar on any aspect of British studies since 1800.
Ross Coen is a second-year Ph.D. student in the History Department where he is studying the 20th century American West, in particular the intersections of environment, technology, and politics in Alaska fisheries. He is the author or Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil (University of Alaska Press, 2012), which examines the political and technological history of the SS Manhattan, an icebreaking tanker that transited the Northwest Passage in 1969 in order to test the viability of shipping Alaska North Slope crude oil via circumpolar marine routes.
In their quest for greater political participation within shifting imperial fields—from Spanish (1850s–1898) to US rule (1898-)—Puerto Ricans struggled to shape and contain conversations about race. In so doing, they crafted, negotiated, and imposed on others multiple forms of silences while reproducing the idea of a unified, racially mixed, harmonious nation. Silencing Race explores the ongoing, constant racialization of Puerto Rican workers to explore the 'class-making' of race.