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Dr. Peter Zinoman to Discuss His Work Jan. 11

Dec 14, 2016

Dr. Peter Zinoman, author and professor at University of California, Berkeley, will discuss his current book on Anti-Stalinism in Hanoi during the 1950's at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Build.186-C101 on campus. 

History Students Awarded Graduate Presentation Funding

Nov 29, 2016

Two History M.A. students, Alika Bourgette and Crystal Smith, received funding from Graduate Education to present their research at an interdisciplinary conference in October. Both students were awarded $500 Graduate Presentation Awards, which provide financial support for graduate students who present research at a professional conference.

History Department 2016 Awards & Scholarships

Oct 4, 2016


Blake Burgess, (Robert C. Detweiler Outstanding Senior of the Year)

Benjamin Klein, (Heifetz Family/John G. Snetsinger Scholarship)

Paul Michaels, (Heifetz Family/John G. Snetsinger Scholarship)

Kaitlyn Moran, (J. Irving Snetsinger Memorial Award- writing)

Solange Kiehlbauch, (J. Irving Snetsinger Memorial Award – political history and writing)

Allison Wilkinson, (Kristin King Morana Memorial Scholarship)

Tessa St. Clair, (Dan Krieger History Award)

Benjamin Aster, (Thomas Redican Memorial Scholarship)

Crystal Smith, (Richard Spencer Wood Memorial Award)

Alika Bourgette, (Richard Spencer Wood Memorial Award)

Dr. Cameron Jones (History Faculty of the Year)


Oct 4, 2016

This fall, history alumnus (minor, ‘14) Tom Yusin will enter the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he plans to pursue a career in pediatric oncology.  Yusin’s interest in medicine began as a child.  Yusin represents his family’s third generation of physicians, but he also comes from a family of history students and practitioners.  Tom’s grandfather, Alvin S. Yusin, M.D., published several works of historical fiction.  


Sep 30, 2016

Congratulations to Alika Bourgette, a first-year Masters of Arts program student, who reached the final round of the 30th Annual Cal State University Student Research Competition.  Bourgette presented his paper, “Paving Paradise: The Royal Hawaiian and the Rise of Waikiki Tourism,” which examines human engineering and transformation of the Waikiki landscape into a leisure playground and its contemporaneous creation as a cultural phenomenon via film and literature. 

2016 Best Book Award

May 4, 2016

"Scientists at War" book coverSarah Bridger's amazing book Scientists at War: The Ethics of Cold War Weapons Research just won the Society for U.S. Intellectual History's 2016 Best Book Award!

Congratulations, Sarah!!

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The Uprooted: Race, Children, and Imperialism in French Indochina, 1890-1980

Feb 10, 2016

07/24/2017 - The Uprooted, was awarded the 2017 International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS) Colleague's Choice Book Prize. There were 330 books submitted this year from 60 different publishers.  Congratulations, Dr. Firpo!

Christina Firpo just published a new book with the University of Hawaii Press entitled The Uprooted: Race, Children, and Imperialism in French Indochina, 1890-1980.

Cal Poly History Professor Named Cambridge Visiting Research Fellow

May 20, 2015

Cal Poly History Professor Matthew Hopper has been awarded the 2015-16 Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge in England.


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