Faculty & Staff News


Professor Hartman to Participate in NEH Summer Institute

Professor Ian Hartman will be spending part of his summer as a fellow at a workshop dedicated to the study of the American West. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, "The View from the East: The American Government and the American West" will bring together scholars from around the country to George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia for an intensive month-long seminar. The seminar's close proximity to several D.C. area archives will also afford Hartman the opportunity to begin research on his second book project. He's looking forward to the opportunity.

[posted  May 15]

Paul Dunscomb presents "100 Years of New Culture"

In 1915, Chinese intellectuals launched the New Culture Movement. The country has grappled with how to create a culture that is modern yet Chinese ever since. In the early 20th century, being modern and being Western appeared to be the same. Today, though, China is on the leading edge of modernity while remaining Chinese. 

Join UAA History Professor Paul Dunscomb, Ph.D., from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on March 20 for a discussion of the significance of this lesser known and oft-misunderstood fact. This event is sponsored by the UAA Confucius Institute.  

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public. There is free parking for bookstore events in the South Lot, West Campus Central Lot (behind Rasmuson Hall), Sports Lot and Sports NW Lot. For more information, call Rachel at (907) 786-4782 or email repstein2@uaa.alaska.edu. 


Prof. Dunscomb's book garners praise

The reviews are in, and Professor Dunscomb's short book, Japan Since 1945 (Association for Asian Studies, Inc.), is earning high praise!  Andrew Gordon of Harvard University has written, "Concisely rendered, engagingly written, and thoughtful in its judgments, this short book is a most valuable interpretation of Japan's remarkable history since the end of World War II."  William Tsutsui, Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences of Southern Methodist University, explained, "This slim volume surveys the dramatic changes in Japan's society, politics, economy, international relations, and culture from defeat in World War II through the disasters of March 11, 2011.  Paul Dunscomb analyzes Japan's postwar experience with balance and admirable clarity, writing in an accessible and fast-paced style that will be welcomed by students and teachers alike.  This is by far the best short introduction to the history of contemporary Japan available for classroom use."  Congratulations Professor Dunscomb!

[posted March 5, 2014]



Professor Ha's Article Appears in The Western History Review

Professor Songho Ha has published an article entitled "John Quincy Adams and the Creek Indian Removal, 1825-1827" in The Western History Review 119 (December 2013, Seoul). In this article, Ha analyzes the causes for Adams' eventual support for the removal of the Creek Indians from Georgia in a November 1827 treaty. He emphasizes the power of the ideology of "Vanishing Indians" in justifying Indian Removal. This was a belief that Indians were doomed to disappear from the earth and that they, therefore, could be forcibly removed to west of the Mississippi River. In addition, he contends that the failure of Adams to resist Indian Removal laid the groundwork for the failure of his economic policy known as the American System.

[Posted 3 February 2014]


UAA History Faculty Present at Conferences

Fidus LichtgebetProfessor Kurt Johnson presented a paper entitled, "Anatomy of an Icon: Fidus' Lichtgebet, Experiments in Modern Spiritualities, and the Aesthetics of the Body in fin-de-siècle German Culture" at the international conference "Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy and the Arts in the Modern World" held in Amsterdam on September 25-27, 2013. Dr. Johnson's study investigated the popular success of the work of the Jugendstil artist Fidus' Lichgebet among the German youths assembled at the Free German Youth Conference in 1913. In November Professor Curtis Murphy traveled to Boston for the 45th annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, where he participated on a round table, entitled, "Rebellious Subjects or Active Citizens? Political Participation and Civic Society in Polish-Lithuanian Towns and Counties in the Early Modern Period." At the round table, which focused on challenging stereotypes regarding the supposed passivity and submissiveness of petty nobles and townspeople, Professor Murphy discussed the influence of the classical republican tradition on the leaders of the 1789 burgher rights movement. Most recently Professors Kelly Shannon and Ray Ball attended the 128th annual meeting of the American Historical Association held in Washington, D.C. Professor Shannon presented a report at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Council Meeting. Professor Ball presented on a workshop panel on contract negotiation co-sponsored by the Committee on Women Historians.

Professors Shannon and Ball Look Forward to the Fall Semester

UAA History Department faculty, Professors Kelly Shannon and Ray Ball, look forward to a new academic year after eventful summers involving travel for research and professional presentations. 

Prof. Shannon and Ball


The UAA History Department Welcomes Back Professor Ian Hartman

IMG_1061The UAA Department of History welcomes back Dr. Ian Hartman as an Assistant Professor of History. Professor Hartman was born and raised in western Pennsylvania (just outside Pittsburgh) and attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Over the past eight years, he has lived in Champaign, IL, Washington, DC, Austin, TX, and finally here in Anchorage. His teaching fields include U.S. History in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, The Great Depression and World War II; U.S. Southern and Western History, Race and Empire. In addition to having been recognized for excellence in teaching at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Professor Hartman has worked on a number of research projects and has published in several journals. He is currently working on a book project From Daniel Boone to the Beverly Hillbillies and enjoying the rugged beauty of Alaska.

[posted 27 August 2013]


Prof. Kurt Johnson Joins the Department

Prof. Johnson

The UAA Department of History welcomes Dr. R. Kurt Johnson as a new Term Instructor of History for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Upon completing his PhD at Vanderbilt University and holding a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship through the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies in Berlin, Germany at the end of 2011, he spent the following three semesters teaching at Vanderbilt and Austin Peay State Universities.  During the current academic year, Dr. Johnson is looking forward to teaching a range of classes at both the UAA Main Campus and at the Alaska Middle College School campus in Eagle River. He will also be attending several conferences, while working toward getting more of his research published and exploring Alaska. 

[posted 27 August 2013]