Brown History PhD alumnus Chris Lamberti was named runner-up for the Allan Nevins Prize for his dissertation Riot Zone: Chicago 1919. Based on a block-by-block investigation of Chicago's 1919 race riot, it argues that racism was too entrenched—bringing material and psychological benefits to particular groups and neighborhoods—to be undone in the first years of African Americans' Great Migration to the city. After a brief period of possibility, the terrible week-long riot ended hopes of a more socially just and racially integrated Chicago.
Last month, the Undergraduate Council of Students honored Professor of History Joan Richards with the Teaching and Advising Award. Selected every year from over one hundred heartfelt submissions from the undergraduate student body, the award recognizes professors, advisors, and teaching assistants that have made a substantial impact in the lives of students.
History PhD candidate Laura Perille has been named a Brown-Wheaton Faculty Fellow for 2014-15. Teaching a course called "Cross-Cultural Interactions in the Early Modern World" at Wheaton College, she says,"It is meaningful for us to bring our original course ideas to Wheaton, and gain insight into being a faculty member at a small liberal arts college."
Today, the Oxford University Press will release a new book by Visiting Assistant Professor Thomas Jundt—Greening the Red, White, and Blue: The Bomb, Big Business, and Consumer Resistance in Postwar America. The book reveals the history of environmentalism as a reaction to corporate capitalism amidst the anti-communist crusades of the Cold War.