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Alumni Profile: Jim Maddock

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:

Alumni Profile: Sarah Lindsley

Sarah Lindsley (Ph.D., 2011) completed her History Ph.D. in twentieth century American history with a focus on gender, sexuality and race. Today, she is a Senior Equal Opportunity Specialist at the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Her successful trajectory from doctoral student to public sector professional, illustrates one of the many diverse career paths open to History graduates.

UW History Professors facilitate NEH workshops, Atomic West, Atomic World

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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New Course on American Citizenship Examines the Narrative of “Equal Rights for All” in U.S. History

In Autumn 2014 the Department of History will offer a new course in American history – HSTAA 110 American Citizenship. Designed and taught by Professor John M. Findlay, this course presents a clear, thematic focus on citizenship – an issue that is of enduring interest and importance today -- that supplements the department's introductory survey course in United States history.

Graduate Student Profile: Eleanor Mahoney

History PhD Candidate Eleanor Mahoney

Eleanor Mahoney is a PhD Candidate in the History Department. Her dissertation examines changes in American land use patterns from roughly the Great Society to the election of Ronald Reagan. In particular, Mahoney traces connections between the rise of environmentalism in the 1970’s and the decline of industry – linkages frequently ignored in scholarly and popular histories of the period.

Graduate Student Profile: Antony Adler

History PhD Candidate Antony Adler

Antony Adler is a doctoral candidate in the History of Science. His dissertation project, The Ocean Laboratory: Exploration, Fieldwork, and Science at Sea, presents a comprehensive transnational history of the changing practices of scientific oceanic fieldwork from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century using British, French, and American case studies.

Prof. Susan Glenn Explores the Boundaries of Jewish Identity

University of Washington History Professor Susan Glenn presented the annual David Belin Memorial Lecture in Jewish Public Affairs at the University of Michigan in March, where she spoke about “The Jewish Cold War: Anxiety and Identity in the Aftermath of the Holocaust.” Concurrently, a profile of Professor Glenn was featured in the March 2014 issue of the Washtenaw Jewish News  in which she discussed her own Jewish identity.

Reviving the Language and Culture of Sephardic Jews

Professor Devin Naar of the Department of History was recently interviewed for a feature article in the March 2014 edition of Columns: The University of Washington Alumni Magazine. There, he describes his own journey which began when he came into possession of a stack of old letters from relatives who had lived in Greece during the Second World War and were murdered during the Holocaust. It was the process of decyphering these letters--written in Ladino, the centuries-old Judeo-Spanish language of the Sephardic Jews--that set Naar on the path that would later lead him to his present task, leading a project dedicated to keeping the Sephardic language and culture alive.