Faculty & Staff News


Prof. Ball Presents at Conference in Italy

Ball at the Modena CathedralProf. Ball spent part of her summer in Europe, where she conducted research in Spain for her book project and attended the annual meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies in Modena, Italy. There she presented a paper entitled "Celebrating Dynasty: The Birth of a Prince and Imperial Identity in the Seventeenth Century." Ball argues that the birth of the Prince Balthasar Carlos in 1629 provides a window for examining the way that news traveled, how networks worked, and how various individuals and groups, such as municipal authorities, ambassadors, religious brotherhoods, and universities, used celebrations to foster their connections to the newborn prince as imperial subjects in an early modern absolutist monarchy. At the same time, local circumstances complicated how imperial identity was materially expressed and experienced across boundaries of rank, race, and gender in cities like Madrid, Rome, and Lima. At the conference, which took place at the end of June and was held in the historic part of the Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Prof. Ball also chaired a panel on Women, Religion, and Marriage in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America.
[posted 20 August 2014]

Prof. Dunscomb Conducts Book Research in Yokohama

Dunscomb in early JulyProfessor Paul Dunscomb, who is now the History Department's chairperson, spent much of the summer of 2014 in Yokohama, Japan, doing preliminary research on his next book project on the Crisis in Japanese Professional Baseball of 2004. The announcement of the plan to merge the Kintetsu Buffaloes and Orix Bluewave in June of that year precipitated a major crisis not only for Japanese pro ball but an existential crisis for the Japanese as they struggled to figure out what had become of their nation as it began to emerge from the long Lost Decade (1992-2004). The crisis generated narratives of decline but also strength, resilience, and the possibility of positive change. It also generated a cast of characters in the form of team owners, would-be team owners, players, and ordinary fans which allows Dunscomb to analyze how the political economy of postwar Japan had ceased to be viable and the many alternatives that individual Japanese (often to the consternation of the establishment) were creating for themselves. In examining how the crisis played out we can learn much about how change happens in Japan and especially note the origins of the changes which ultimately led to the end of LDP rule in 2009.

[posted 18 August 2014]


Prof. Ha's Book Now Available in Korean Edition

Songho Ha's Korean Book CoverA Korean translation of Professor Songho Ha' book The Rise and Fall of the American System (2009) has been published by Hakgobang Press and is now out. Professor Yang, Hong-seok, a specialist in early American history at Dong-Kuk University in Seoul, spent two years working on translating the text for this new Korean edition. Professor Ha was also heavily involved in the final editing process to ensure the accuracy of the translation. Since its initial publication in 2009, The Rise and Fall of the American System has been well received and the first print run of the book sold out. Accounting History (2011) commented that "this book is excellent historical material for political leaders of government, civil servants, professors of government and philosophy, and students of political sci­ence and United States history." Professor Ha's book has also been cited in a textbook A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson (2013). Congratulations on your continued success, Professor Ha!

[posted 14 August 2014]