Department of History

Instructor Wins Award to Study Football in Cuba

From the February 2017 Desktop News | Michael Wood, an instructor in the Department of American Studies, recently received the North American Society for Sport History’s inaugural Joseph L. Arbena Award, which offers $1,000 to those pursuing research in Latin American sports history. Wood studies the history of American football in Cuba, and using the funds… Read more »

UA Mock Trial Team Wins First Place in Tournament

From the January 2017 Desktop News | With a team that’s only existed for five years – and this year’s team being particularly green at that – no one expected The University of Alabama Mock Trial Team to come out on top of one of the largest collegiate mock trial tournaments in the country. But that’s exactly… Read more »

Digitizing Social Justice

From the November 2016 Desktop News | Margaret Sasser, a 2014 alumna, spent one summer during her Master’s program digging through archives at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, Alabama. She had been hired by Dr. Ellen Spears, an associate professor in New College and the Department of American Studies, to sort through roughly… Read more »

A&S in the News – September 9-September 15

Shifting South: Why Alabama is Trump’s red-state constant Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Sept. 13 They’re mad at the stagnant economy, decaying infrastructure and deepening divide between the wealthy and the poor. And on a recent stormy night, the frustrated and furious in this central Alabama town of 1,250 made sure the local political elite heard them… Read more »

UA Appoints New Summersell Chair and Director of Hudson Strode Program

From the September 2016 Desktop News | The College of Arts and Sciences welcomes the new Charles Grayson Summersell Endowed Chair of Southern History and the new director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. Charles Grayson Summersell Endowed Chair of Southern History Dr. Lesley Jill Gordon, former professor of history at the University of Akron,… Read more »

A&S in the News – August 19-25

UA professor receives grant to develop flood prediction system CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Aug. 25 One University of Alabama geography professor is keeping a close eye on the historic flooding in Baton Rouge. Dr. Sagy Cohen specializes in Global Hydrology. His research unit has recently received a grant to develop a flood inundation map using… Read more »

A&S in the News – August 5-11

What if we never named the shooters? NBC 9 (Denver, Colo.) – Aug. 6 It’s a question that psychologists and journalists increasingly wrestle with: Are the people who engage in public violence trying to become famous, and would it help if the media stopped naming and showing them? … There are many theories about the… Read more »

A&S in the News – July 22-July 28

UA intern focuses on food, community health (Jasper) Daily Mountain Eagle – July 24 The following is the final article in a five-part series the Daily Mountain Eagle will publish this week on interns from New College at the University of Alabama spending the summer working on projects in Walker County. Ally Siegler, a native… Read more »

A&S In the News – July 15-July 21

Five options for Sen. Jeff Sessions after Trump’s VP pick Anniston Star – July 15 This week, Alabama almost actually mattered in a presidential general election. Until Republican nominee Donald Trump picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions seemed a likely pick as Trump’s potential vice president. Trump may… Read more »

A&S In the News – July 8-July 14

To Live and Die on Facebook The Atlantic – July 11 The present remains quite grim. “It’s an extremely tragic moment in American life,” according to Utz McKnight, a professor of political science at the University of Alabama. For the Philando Castiles of the world, if there’s any solace to be found in these moments… Read more »