Rucker Featured in Virtual Discussion “Observing Juneteenth: The Conversation Continues”

Dr. Walter C. Rucker, Professor of History, was recently featured in the virtual discussion “Observing Juneteenth: The Conversation Continues,” with Dr. Carol E. Henderson, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Emory’s Chief Diversity Officer, and Adviser to the President. Held on June 25, 2020, the event was sponsored by the Emory Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. In the conversation Rucker and Henderson discuss Juneteenth through the lens of slavery and slave resistance as well as freedom and liberation. Rucker’s works include The River Flows On: Black Resistance, Culture, and Identity Formation in Early America (LSU Press, 2005) and Gold Coast Diasporas: Identity, Culture, and Power (Indiana University Press, 2015). Watch the full conversation above or on YouTube: “Observing Juneteenth: The Conversation Continues.”

Dudziak and Fellow Contributing Authors Discuss ‘World War II and the West It Wrought’ (Stanford UP, 2020) in Virtual Event

Prof. Mary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, is a contributing author of the new book World War II and the West It Wrought (Stanford University Press, 2020). Dudziak recently participated in an webinar with the volume’s contributors: Mark Brilliant, Geraldo L. Cadava, Matthew Dallek, Jared Farmer, David M. Kennedy, Daniel J. Kevles, Rebecca Jo Plant, Gavin Wright, and Richard White. See the event, streamed on YouTube, below:


Celebrating the Class of 2020: April 29, 2-3:30pm

The History Department will host the 2019-20 senior celebration on Wednesday, April 29, from 2-3:30pm via Zoom. Below are a few of the history majors that will be individually recognized at the event. ‘

Phi Alpha Theta, Tau Chapter: 2019-2020 Graduates

Hannah Fuller
Parth Goyal
Junyi Han
Yazmina Sarieh
Emily Sharp
Isaiah Sirois
Abigail Stern
Jonathan Tao
Daniel Thomas
Minnie Yang

2019-2020 Honors Graduates

Drew Bryant
Director: Adriana Chira
“International Activism and the Women’s Human Rights Movement: 1990-2000”

Hannah Fuller
Director: Matthew Payne
“A Tale of Two Trials”

Junyi Han
Director: Tonio Andrade
“Guoshang Cemetery and the Collective Memory of World War II”

Christina Ocean
Director: Valerie Babb, English Dept.
“Martin Luther King, Jr., the Dreamer: The Power Invoked by Dreaming in Black Literature and Culture”

Martin Pimentel
Director: Jason Ward
“Detrioters: The Rise and Fall of the Detroit Rumor Control Center, 1967-1969”

Diego Romero
Director: Yanna Yannakakis
“Feathered Empire: Change in Central Mexico in the 16th Century”

Noah Roos
Director: Matthew Payne
“The Tundra and the Desert: Soviet-Iraq Relations, 1968-1972”

Kate Sandlin
Director: Clifton Crais
“What Are You Afraid Of: Witchcraft Suppression in the Northern Province, South
Africa in the Twentieth Century”

Emily Sharp
Director: Benjamin Reiss, English Dept.
“Roy Cohn’s America: Conservatism, Sexual Politics, and Memory in the Twenty-
First Century”

Isaiah Sirois
Director: Daniel LaChance
“A Little Encouragement in Pulling Themselves Up by Their Own Bootstraps:
American Individualism and Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship”

Jonathan Tao
Director: Tonio Andrade & Cynthia Patterson
“Bactria and the Cultural Legacy of Alexander the Great in the East”

2019-2020 Senior Awards

George P. Cuttino Prize (best record in European history):
Hannah Fuller

James Z. Rabun Prize (best record in American history):
Isaiah Sirois

Latin America & Non-Western World Prize (best record in Latin America & Non-Western World History):
Kate Sandlin

Matthew A. Carter Citizen-Scholar Award (high academic achievement & good works in the community):
Yazmina Sarieh

Emory History Department Updates in the Context of COVID-19

Emory University will extend spring break until March 22, after which the institution will transition to remote learning for graduate and undergraduate classes. Visit Emory’s COVID-19 page for details about these changes, and please contact History Department faculty and staff via email with individual questions or concerns. History Department staff and faculty will work remotely for the next several weeks.

All History Department seminars, workshops, and book events have been canceled for the remainder of the semester, including the History Department Workshop scheduled for this Friday, March 20, featuring Dr. Thomas D. Rogers and Dr. Jeffrey T. Manuel, and the celebration of Dr. Sharon Strocchia’s recently-published monograph, Forgotten Healers: Women and the Pursuit of Health in Late Renaissance Italy, slated for next week. In lieu of the in-person events featuring these works, check out two recent posts about them:

Department of History Workshop to Feature ‘Ethanol Lands’ by Rogers and Co-Author Manuel (CANCELLED)

The next meeting of the History Department Workshop will feature Dr. Thomas D. Rogers’s current book project, “Ethanol Lands: Energy, Agriculture, and Sustainability in the United States and Brazil.” Rogers is co-authoring the book with Dr. Jeffrey T. Manuel, Associate Professor of Historical Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The workshop will take place on Friday, March 20, from 12-1:30pm in the Major Seminar Room. Please RSVP to Becky Herring ( if you plan to attend. image002

Event to Showcase Strocchia’s Work on Women and Healthcare in the Italian Renaissance (CANCELLED)

On Wednesday, March 25, the Department of History will host an event, “Women and Healthcare: Lessons from the Italian Renaissance,” marking the publication of Dr. Sharon T. Strocchia’s newest book, Forgotten Healers: Women and the Pursuit of Health in Late Renaissance Italy (Harvard UP, 2019). Dr. Strocchia’s discussion of the book will be followed by a panel with Dr. Ruth Parker (Emory University School of Medicine) and Prof. Kylie Smith (Woodruff School of Nursing). The event will take place from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.

See the Event flyer below, and also read a recent History Department Q&A with Dr. Strocchia about Forgotten Healers.

Department of History Workshop to Feature Crais’s New Book Project

Dr. Clifton Crais, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for African Studies, will present at the Department of History workshop on Friday, February 21, in the Major Seminar room in Bowden Hall. Crais will be sharing the introduction to his new book project, tentatively titled “A Global History of the Present, 1750-1914.” Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Becky Herring at


History Department Event on February 5 Celebrates Publication of Suddler’s ‘Presumed Criminal’

Assistant Professor Carl Suddler published Presumed Criminal: Black Youth and the Justice System in Postwar New York with NYU Press last year. The Emory History Department will celebrate the publication of Suddler’s work this upcoming Wednesday, February 5, with an event at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. The book event from 7-8:00pm will be followed by a reception at Manuel’s Tavern. Read more about Presumed Criminal and Suddler, who joined Emory’s faculty last year, via the New Faculty Q&A with Dr. Carl Suddler.

Emory News Center Features ‘Archival Lives’ Conference


The Emory News Center featured a profile of the Archival Lives conference from December 5-7, 2019. Co-convened by Adriana Chira (History), Clifton Crais (African Studies/History), and Walter C. Rucker (African American Studies/History), the workshop brought together an array of participants “to reckon with what it means to work with and produce archives of the African diaspora.” Read April Hunt’s feature story on the Emory News Website, “‘Archival Lives’ conference examines trans-Atlantic slave trade,” in addition to the full description of the conference at “Archival Lives.”