Faculty & Staff News Archive - 2008-2009

Professor Songho Ha and Orion AllenProfessor Ha Completes Book

Professor Songho Ha completed his book, The Rise and Fall of the American System: Nationalism and the Development of the American Economy, 1790–1837. The book will be published in fall 2009 by Pickering & Chatto of London as part of its Financial History Series. He received a grant from the UAA Complex Systems Group to fund   Orion Allen, a History Major senior, to serve as a student assistant for the project.


Anne-smallUAA History Graduate Returns to Teach

Ms. Annaliese Jacobs Bateman, a 2002 UAA History graduate and currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, taught a section of the Western Civilization at UAA in summer 2009. She studies British, Russian, and Comparative Imperial history in her graduate program. She has won the prestigious Internal Dissertation Research Fellowships from the SSRC (Social Science Research Council) for her research project “Mastering the Ice to Rule the Waves: British Imperial Mythologies and the Search for the Northwest Passage, 1817-1854.”


Professor Dieter WuerthDr.Dieter Wuerth Retires

Dr. Wuerth has retired. We thank him for his service to UAA and to History Department over the years.

Liz DennisonProfessor Dennison elected History Chair

Dr. Elizabeth Dennison has become the Chair of the History Department. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and has been teaching for many years at UAA. She specializes in Russian History. Her History colleagues extend her their hearty congratulations for the appointment and look forward to productive years under her leadership after many years' service.


Professor Caedmon Liburd Retires

Professor Caedmon Liburd, who was Chair of the History Department, retired as of June 30th of 2008 after years of service to University of Alaska Anchorage. He specialized in World History and was Chair of Undergraduate Academic Board for several years as well. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and students.



HaycoxDistinguished Professor Dr. Stephen Haycox

The History Department now has its own “Distinguished Professor,” Professor Stephen Haycox.  A Distinguished Professorship is the most prestigious faculty appointment at the University of Alaska system.  Such a designation is reserved for individuals who are widely recognized for their scholarship, university service and community contributions. His final selection is approved by the Board of Regents, the Chancellor of UAA and President of UA as well as endorsed by faculty and colleagues. He is an expert on Alaska History and has received accolades from UAA Deans, faculty, students and members of Anchorage community.

Professor Haycox has been on the faculty at the University of Alaska Anchorage for 38 years and has made and continues to make outstanding contributions to university activities and programs and teaching and scholarship. He also writes a column for the Anchorage Daily News and his column has become the site to read if one were to reflect on the history of Alaska and its impact on today’s issues.


Professors Stephen Haycox and James Mueller Awarded a NEH Grant

Professors Stephen Haycox, Department of History, and James Mueller, Department of Political Science received a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant for $500,000 to inspire private sector contributions and provide endowed funding for the 49th State Fellows Program. The 49th State Fellows Program is a program that Professors Haycox and Mueller created with collaboration with the University Honors College.

The 49th State Fellows may select any major, but must be accepted into the University Honors College. They have many opportunities to develop their leadership skills. They will have a summer internship in Washington, D.C.; the opportunity to study abroad; membership in civic organizations; and weekly tutorials. Freshman students who are interested in leadership should apply.

Paul DunscombProf. Dunscomb named first Director of the Confucius Institute

Professor Paul Dunscomb, who teaches Asian history in the History Department, was appointed the first Director of the Confucius Institute. The Confucius Institute supports the teaching of the Chinese language and culture as well as an exchange program for students and faculty. There are roughly over 250 such institutes in 75 countries around the world.  UAA will join the ranks of other Universities such as Arizona State University, Michigan State University, New Mexico State University, Rutgers University and University of California in offering this institute.

Chinese delegation